Mojo Redux

I’m back. I think. For now. 

I will renew the contract for this blog. 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted regularly. Lots of things have changed in my life, but after purchasing Lily Auguste my doll sewing mojo is back and I feel like sharing. 

The Virtual Doll Convention was a treat and added to my motivation. 

But first a bit about some of the changes. 

In January last year my son and his family bought a new home. Thirty minutes away from me. It is lovely and I am happy for them. But that means that Supergirl isn’t coming to my house every weekday before school and doesn’t stay with me over the summer. I miss her. She’s doing great and I treasure our time together even more now. She’s in 7th grade and will turn 13 this summer. 

We bought our mountain cabin 2 1/2 years ago. At first, every weekend was spent fixing and decorating and getting used to the two-home lifestyle. It was fun, but exhausting. Now we’re settled in, have made terrific new friends and spend our weekends being lazy

Virgin spruce forest at Gaudineer Knob, WV.

or exploring the beautiful mountains of Virginia and West Virginia or experiencing small town life. 

While the changes have taken some getting used to, all is well. 


I’m still working on my 17th century embroidery. But right now doll sewing is taking over. 

I will share with you what I’m working on and offer tutorials. I won’t be offering patterns because I don’t think many (or any) of you are sewing costumes for a 29″ wood-body, French fashion doll. Maybe I’m wrong… I will share with you my process for creating patterns and some sewing tricks and solutions.

I’m doing “roll and whip And Gather” for the first time.  I’ll let you know what I learn.

I have some thoughts about altering patterns. 

Then there’s the subject of dolly math.

I am using new and different needle and thread.

And pondering doll stand issues.

And getting back to the box of all-bisque dolls that I need to flip. 

There’s a lot to cover.

So, for now, I’m back. 


Mojo Redux — 18 Comments

  1. I enjoy reading the blog. Really like the terrific new friend comment. Always look forward to Friday night and spending time with you and Phil.

  2. Yes, please include me in your discoveries and updates! Love to hear what other “doll people” are working on. As a doll maker, restoration artist and doll costumer for the past 25+ years, I still haven’t experienced it all and am excited to connect and learn from those willing to share. Love your Auguste, too – she is definitely one I would consider investing in! Congrats on procuring such an exquisite example of a wood body fashion.

  3. My first time reading your blog and can tell already I want to follow your progress with your beautiful doll. I costume too, draft patterns, but still have lots of naked dolls to dress. I’ve diverted a couple years to quilting which has been fun, but going through my doll room and revisiting my past costuming projects, I definitely feel the need to get back into creating something unique and beautiful for a doll. Look forward to following your progress as there is always more to learn!

  4. Cant wait to see your blog – sounds very interesting and something I would love. And, thanks for sharing your

  5. I am looking forward to seeing more about your doll sewing for the beautiful Lily Auguste. ❤

  6. It is nice to have you back. Wow the shot of the twisted tree is something right out of a movie set!
    I really enjoy the embroidery! I used to do a lot of it myself. I’m looking forward to seeing your Doll sewing too
    We got a call Jan. 2018 about taking our grandson’s 4 yr. old half-sister!! After a year of not knowing if we were on or not, we have her home with us.
    She was abused by her parents so we have a lot of nurturing to do.
    I won’t be doing much with my dolls for a while. However, I will have a buddy to play dolls with : )
    So I will enjoy watching your activities.

    • Thanks Caty, I’m glad to be back. Your granddaughter is lucky to have you.

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