Note: Crazy Mary has made several of these wonderful half-doll creations and seeing her photos of the "work in progress" will help demonstrate how they are constructed. The photos and information here are only meant to enhance the pattern and information available through Helen Gibb's website and books and in no way replace them or constitute a pattern of their own.
Any questions or comments should be addressed directly to Crazy Mary.
Instructions for making Miss Madeline were used from "Heirloom Ribbonwork" by Helen Gibb. Porcelain 1/2 doll and book purchased from http://www.helengibb.com/ribbonsnips.html
First Step and picture:
This Pincushion was made using instructions from "Heirloom Ribbonwork" by Helen Gibb. The pincushion portion is made from muslin and stuffed very firmly with polyester filling.
Second Step and Picture:
Porcelain 1/2 doll has been attached by sewing with strong quilting thread. Skirt and overskirt are being basted together with loose gathering stitches.
Third Step and picture:
Skirt and overskirt put onto doll then threads are pulled to gather snuggly around dolls waist and knotted.
Fourth Step and picture:
Tacking the skirt to pincushion from underneath near dolls waist to hold skirt in place.
Fifth Step and picture:
Doll is now ready to embellish!
Front of skirt