In the Home Stretch:
Miniature Izannah Walker Doll


My antique Izannah Walker doll Hope has a little friend.   Let me pause and say, I never thought I would be able to say, "My antique Izannah Walker doll Hope."   I dreamed and hoped, of course, but thought that's all it would be.   There were other things to attend to, other things to spend money on.  But my husband knew how much time I'd spent studying these dolls, and how much effort writing about them, and so Hope came to live at our house.   I've been working on this miniature Izannah Walker doll for quite a while.  She is starting to come together....


She's about 10 inches tall. 
She has pantaloons 
and a petticoat 
and a custom apron... 



here is where she began (she's the one in the back....


In process sculpting - she's in front...


I sculpted her, added a knit cloth stockinette cover, 
along with tiny, tiny fabric ears.
then painted and then aged her....

But something was bothering me
so I gesssoed her....



 and then I repainted her....


And I think we are on the home stretch.  
She looks happy. 



And that, my friends, is how a doll can take a year to make.  


"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden




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