Guinevere could hardly contain her excitement. Christmas eve was finally here! She had asked her woodland friends to meet her by their favorite tree at midnight because she had a surprise for them.
She made her way through the forest, clutching her basket of presents. There were carrots for Rabbit, acorns for Squirrel, a birdseed cake for Redbird, wild blueberries for Owl, and mealworms for Hedgehog. The moonlight peeked through the trees.Guinevere's lantern provided the rest of the necessary light, although she knew this forest like the back of her hand, even in the dark. Just a few more yards.. She entered the clearing and gasped. There her woodland friends were, gathered around their tree. Guinevere thought that she would be the one playing Santa and giving gifts, but the animals had given her one too; they had decorated the tree with garland and ornaments and a shiny gold star on top. It was a night none of them would ever forget.. The Girl Who Both Gave and Received. Please note: When creating this listing, I didn't see the "Mouse over image to zoom" writing beneath my pictures and spent some time trying to correct that. Zooming is a good and necessary thing!
However, I finally discovered that even without the words, when I hovered over the pictures, they "ZOOMED" anyway. Hope that's the case for you. Guinevere is a mystery German bisque head doll measuring just over 11 with pierced ears, sleep eyes, square teeth and straight wrists. She is the FIRST Hazel Twigg bisque head doll, and no.
81 in the series of O. Guinevere is marked "532 2/0" (as close as I can tell). I don't know her maker for sure, but she has the look of a Kestner. She possibly has her original pate.
She arrived in fairly good shape! The wig she was wearing looked as if it had been chopped short at some point in her long life, and there was plenty of glue residue around her crown. There was the teeniest of chips on one of her toes; so small, it might have been done in the factory. I held her head up to a very strong light and saw no cracks or chips.
My philosophy is to do as little as possible to these girls. Mend them, clean them, and dress them up so that they can last and be loved for another lifetime without losing the signs that they were Once-Loved before. Do not look for airbrushed perfection here! I found a very old human hair wig for Guinevere to wear.
It looks to have been hand wefted. It was originally fashioned to be worn in pigtails or long braids. I reinforced the stitching and snipped it in half, washed it, curled it, and sewed the cap part so it would fit.
It's thin, but it looks good on her and is era appropriate. Halfway through making her clothes, I was holding her up to check the length of the cloak, and PLOP! - her lower leg fell off into my lap.
Not only that, her leg had broken at the knee. I wrote about it in my last post at hazeltwigg. You can read about it in more detail if you'd like.Anyway, I managed to restring her, and she's back in one piece now. Guinevere's cloak is made from nice old olive-colored velvet. It has fur trim, possibly mink, from an old cuff and is fully lined. It clasps at the neck with two old mis-matched buttons and a chain. She has a onesie/pantaloon combination made with French seams that is also suitable for sleeping in. Her slip was made from an antique child's slip, that if I had to guess I would say it was from around the 1910's. Because of it's age, there are a few holes here and there, but it is in decent condition.
I wanted to make it fuller without adding to the bulk of her waist so I stitched an additional slip with cartridge pleats to the waistband. I picked the fabric for her skirt because I liked the subtle nod to Christmas and the way the mulberry shade went with the olive green of her cape. I get most my fabrics from thrift stores, so was surprised to discover that this fabric is Ralph Lauren! Her skirt is fully lined.
Guinevere's belt is made from suede, lined so that the color doesn't bleed onto her clothing. Her shoes are made from lovely and colorful striped cotton, and her bootlets are made from leather. They snap in the back. Her little lantern is metal and copper colored. Rabbit, Owl, Hedgehog, Squirrel and Redbird are made from various materials and stuffed with cotton.Everything but the stand, which doesn't quite fit her anyway. And there you have it!
Even with her complement of friends and her basket and her tree, Guinevere doesn't take up much space. Do you have room for one more? Please feel free to ask any questions, or if you have any clue or guesses as to who this girl is, I would love to hear from you. Guinevere's head will be carefully and gently stuffed with tissue paper for her travels to your home.
I hope you're having a very Merry Christmas season so far! ALSO: EVERY adopter of one of my girls will receive a FREE PDF copy of the book. Ill send instructions with each little girl. Shell definitely make sure you get it, closely protecting it until she safely arrives at your door.Ill note below when Guineveres post is up. There, youll learn so much more!
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UPDATE, DECEMBER 14: Guinevere's post is up at hazeltwigg. Take a gander, if'n you'd like! ANNOUNCEMENT: Since Christmas is a week from Sunday, the next Hazel Twigg O. Won't go up for adoption until the Wednesday following at my usual time of 6:33pm Iowa (central) time. EVEN IF YOU ONLY collect bisque headed dolls, keep an eye out for my auctions, they will always be something unique and fun to watch!
And you never know, you just might find something to tickle your fancy for home-madey things.. The item "HAZEL TWIGG No.
81 FIRST BISQUE pos Kestner PIERCED Ears 11 Antique German Doll" is in sale since Sunday, December 11, 2016. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\German". The seller is "hazeltwigg" and is located in Rolfe, Iowa. This item can be shipped worldwide.