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The Work of Your Hands Creative Collecting Part 2 T by Lynn Nalven and Nicki Burley here is an undeniable thrill that comes with every new doll. Sometimes the perfect find happens in just a moment at a doll show. Some dolls only join the collection after a long and patient search and a few wonderful favorites arrive on our shelves as memorable gifts. But every collector has experienced times when the desire for a new doll is far greater than the resources available or when the perfect doll can clearly be imagined, yet you have never seen one quite like the one in your mind's eye. The answer to both dilemmas is the same: Make your own! Throughout history, loving mothers in every social class have found ways to put dolls into their children's eager hands. Wood, bone, and clay figures have been found in the oldest historical sites around the world. Roman girls played with jointed ivory dolls, which they dedicated to the gods when they reached adulthood. And for as long as mothers have been sewing for their families, they have made dolls from scraps of cloth. The British Museum even has a stuffed linen rag doll from Romanoccupied Egypt. The fragile doll was found carefully placed in a little girl's grave, the timeless gesture of a grieving family. While recovering from an accident, Emma was given a blank BJD doll to "face up." Eloise turned out so beautifully that Emma was inspired to try her hand at making other types of dolls. (photo by Ramona Jan) 142 SPRING 2015 However, there is no special age for making a doll. You do not have to be an adult, crafting a special gift for a child. Doll making can certainly be an elaborate and painstaking art, especially when working with kiln-fired porcelain bisque, carved wood, or delicate wax. These materials require specialized and sometimes expensive equipment, which can present some dangers to the beginning crafter. But there are many other media which are ideal for exploring this creative art: cloth, yarn, ovenor air-dried clays, and paper are readily available, inexpensive, and easy to use. First efforts might seem "ordinary," but dolls made from these materials can be transformed into truly extraordinary works of art as your skills progress over time. Remember to sign your dolls, because someday, the dolls you began making in order to build your own collection may become highly sought after by other collectors! Porcelain doll artist Lynn Nalven recently had the opportunity to lead two young girls in their first doll making efforts, starting them on a creative path that will add an entirely new dimension to their love of dolls. Here, she shares their story: Emma proudly displays her extensive collection of vintage baby dolls. (photo by Ramona Jan)

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Spring 2015

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
Conference Calendar
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members
UFDC Student/ Apprentice Judge Programs
UFDC Notice of Annual Meeting
A Dream Come True – UFDC’s 66th Annual Convention 2015
Fundraising Committee Report
Miss Flora McFlimsey’s Journey
Miss Flora McFlimsey Original Paper Doll
Fashionable Fair Females: Charitable Dress in Miniature
Artists in Wonderland – Featuring the Collection of Lynn Kublank
Out of Adversity
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit Shared Passions
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit The Many Faces of German Dolls
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit The Executive Committee and Board of Directors
Shared Passions 2014 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part 2
Shared Passions 2014 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part 2
Corinne’s Creation – A Doll’s Legacy
The Silent Witness Doll
The Unbridled Spirit of Miss Rose Percy
From Germany with Love – The Story of Annette Hermann
A Civil War Tea and Doll Exhibit
A Tradition of Caring
The Work of Your Hands
Reviewing Resources
Club Notes
Member-at-Large Form
Slate of Officers
Getting to Know Our Regional Directors
Doll-ers & Sense
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2015