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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Stump Doll & My Attic Crawl Space

Okay, she does look 150 years old, but she's new. Her attire however was made from pieces of wonderful old fabrics that we recently found in our attic crawl space! We do not go up there because the only opening which is from my art room closet up into it is small. There is crumbly old insulation up there too. But, there are boxes and boxes of stuff! And most of it is old clothing and fabrics. Periodically some young man, my grandson or the son of a friend, will go up and bring down what he can. But it is not good air to breathe up there, so we get the stuff piecemeal. Since our house was built in 1888, I feel certain that much of the fabric is indeed very old. Some of the styles of the clothes are Victorian and all hand stitched.

The stump doll was created for little girls to have some facsimile of a dolly to play with. I made the above one fairly large for you see, the beauty of a stump doll for me is that they are invariably stuffed with fabric scraps. I think a child might enjoy this one, but usually they were a trifle smaller. Waste not want not.


  1. She is adorable! How wonderful is that to have a secret stash upstairs that is a surprise to you each time something comes down!!!!!!!!!
    Margaret B

  2. oh my gosh I love the stump doll. And what a find in your attic...absolutely perfect for you. Good luck on your sale, can't wait to see it all.


  3. oh! how fun to have mysterious stuff in the attic! All I have is christmas ornaments circa 2003 ;) not very romantic or mysterious ;)

  4. I love her and sooo creative! Her simplicity is devine!

  5. OH GOODNESS..may I come over and crawl in your attic????

    Love your newest offering :)

    Hugs, Doreen

  6. She is lovely Christine! Just what a precious lil girl, or boy, would have loved to put to bed and have play tea parties with. So simple and so charming! And your attic....you have much more patience and restraint than I ~ for I Would strap on a respirator, grab a flashlight, and shimmy and squirm till I got thru that little door! xoxoxo rachael

  7. Hi Christine...Your newest works are wonderful! Love the stump doll. I can only imagine the joy you have when opening up an old box and finding such treasures! It is like Christmas!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Hugs, Nancy

  8. Oh My !!!But, there are boxes and boxes of stuff! And most of it is old clothing and fabrics)I couldn't stand it. I would have a mask on and dig dig dig.How interesting you live in such an historial old house full of treasures, it sounds like. I love to hear about your finds and new dolls.

    Janice In Missouri

  9. You did a wonderful job on the stump doll. I cannot imagine finding such fabrics but so glad that you did!

  10. Great work!!
    I actually thought it was old.
    You should do more of these types. I love them!