Is Redressable a Word?

Many doll collectors search for the most pristine dolls in their original clothing. Doll collectors who love to sew for their dolls often prefer to collect undressed or redressable dolls. I sometimes feel guilty about redressing a doll that came to me in her original clothing. I do not like to feel guilty. Over the past few years, I have enjoyed purchasing naked or redressable all-bisque dolls and transforming them. This … Continue reading

The Long and Winding Road to Pocahontas

On a lovely Sunday in January, my husband and I joined friends for lunch, then the men went for a stroll while my friend and I stayed in for a stitching lesson. She was excited to teach me some new techniques for raised embroidery stitches. I wasn’t a great student, but I was inspired! It got me interested in finding more about dimensional embroidery, so I Googled embroidery. This led … Continue reading

Sewing by Hand or by Machine, which is faster?

This may surprise you but, for me, sewing by hand is faster.  Since the kids grew up and moved out, I’ve had a lovely sewing room with a sophisticated sewing machine.  But, I rarely take the time to isolate myself and just sew at my machine for any length of time.  Hand sewing can be done just about anywhere and any time, sitting in the living room in the evenings … Continue reading

Hello and welcome!

My name is Emily Warner.  I am an antique doll collector, but I don’t have a tremendous number of dolls. Some of them are pictured above.  There used to be more, but many were sold or traded to acquire the few I now own. Let’s talk about refining a collection vs. acquiring more dolls. I have studied Victorian era (19th century) dolls and their costumes and accessories. What do you … Continue reading