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Friday, June 26, 2009

Exquisite Queen Anne Woodens by Kathy Patterson

Words alone cannot describe the craftsmanship of doll (and Santa) artist, Kathy Patterson. Kathy has captured impeccably the making of Queen Anne wooden dolls. Her ability to carve is unsurpassable. I am grateful that she has offered to instruct me in the how of creating such dolls, and in attempting it, I have put my carving knife away for a while. This is an art form that has wooed me for many years. I will have to stay happy with merely sculpting out of Paper Clay this style, a little longer.

The first doll is right now on eBay for all of two more days. The last doll just sold on eBay for $2, 350.00, and worth every penny and even more so. This style of doll, if old, can command from $16,000.00 up to $160,000.00 a piece. Lucky is the buyer of any of Kathy's incredible creations.

I've highlighted her name to direct you to her blog, and again, here it is in it's wonderful and perfectly appropriate other name, Babes From the Woods.

Some of her dolls are featured in the current issue of Early American Life, which is the annual and the 24th Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Click on Directory, then on 2009, and then on Toys or Dolls.

Enjoy the works of a dear, dear friend.


  1. oh my goodness, they are breath-taking! Queen Annes are my favorite (obviously, with prices like that, I have great taste!) I love their eyes and complexions. they are so alive and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!~

  2. The dolls are exquisite. I'd love to be able to carve these, too. That shall remain a fantasy! Her painting is beautiful. I looked at a close up of the eyebrows. Perfect details!

  3. Really wonderful. Thank you for pointing them out!

  4. Isn't her work just fantastic?!!
    I have loved Queen Annes since being introduced to them several years ago by the ladies in a group of which I belong.

    I enjoy seeing your lovely dolls as well... they are never a disappointment!

  5. I am absolutely in love with wooden dolls of all styles but I thank you for introducing me to these amazing works of art!

  6. how darn sweet of you to share about your friend and her doll making talents~~i love the bowl of early dollies --happy Summer Zwee!

  7. Thank you for sharing these wonderful dolls Christine! I am enthralled with them all! What gorgeous artistry!

  8. Thank you for sharing her work with us. Kathy is an amazing artist to be able to craft these beauties out of wood! Very inspiring.

  9. In a league of her own for sure.... Wow do they look authentic.
    Lucky you that Kathy is going to give instructions to!!!
    I'm so envious!
    And you Zwee with such tremendous talent in your own right..should not be much of a challenge for you at all!
    Have a great 4th of July weeekend!

  10. Oh thank you, Nan! But, I have tried and find it to be almost impossible for me to do even with instructions. I am so NOT a wood carver, and really that is the trick, to see a doll's face and carve it.