I have loved dolls, sewing, floral arrangements, designing and crafts since I was a little girl. I was always making or sewing something and always wanted to design my own dolls and crafts. Finally, I was able to do so by creating Linda Walsh Originals and designing my own doll and craft patterns.
My passion is for the fashions of the Victorian Era and I would have to credit my grandmother for that. When I was a very young girl she gave me a very old print of Godey’s Fashions for August 1870 that belonged to my great, great aunt Flossie (see the picture to left). I was captivated by the dresses and from that moment on I was hooked.
In fact, sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. From that moment I wanted to make beautiful Victorian dolls and create my own Victorian doll patterns.
If you click on any of my Victorian doll pattern pages you will see that my Victorian “Lady” dolls are all faceless. Why are they faceless? I made them this way because I wanted each to have its’ own distinctive personality.
My feeling is that faces overwhelm the dolls personality and, therefore, have a greater impact on her personality. I wanted the clothing, hair, accessories, color scheme, etc. of the period to determine the personality of the doll.
In our family most of the women think the Victorian Dolls should be faceless, while the men think they should have a face. For those of you who are doll history buffs, many cultures over the years have made “faceless” dolls as they believed that faces contributed to vanity and a “faceless” doll showed that beauty truly lies within. I hope you enjoy making my Victorian “Lady” dolls and hope you agree they should be "faceless."
I have also been a genealogy buff all my life and wanted to find a way to honor some of my family’s ancestors so I decided to name most of my patterns after them. Hopefully, somewhere they are smiling.
I don’t think I've met any woman who doesn't still carry a soft spot in her heart for the favorite doll she had as a little girl. I know I do. My problem is that I've never seen any doll I didn't love. For me, I love all dolls. New, old, seasonal dolls, primitives (the uglier the better), reproduction, and Raggedy Anne and Andy. It doesn't matter. Cloth, wood, paperclay, terracotta, needle felted. It doesn't matter. I LOVE them all.
So, I designed a wide variety of different doll patterns, as well as some craft patterns. My doll and craft patterns range from easy for beginners to difficult for the advanced seamstress who wants a challenge.
My doll patterns are designed for all those grown-up girls who are still little girls in their hearts. My dolls are meant to be loved and displayed as decorations by grown-up girls in their homes and are not intended as toys or products for use by children.
If you'd like to see all of my doll and craft designs please check out my free E-Catalog HERE
All of my patterns contain a digital photo on the front cover, listing of supplies on the back cover, written instructions, diagrams, and individual pattern piece sheets. The instructions and diagrams are written so that you can follow them in steps, one after the other, from start to finish. The pattern piece sheets are all individual full size pattern sheets. Please click on the Pattern Examples
above for more information.
All of my doll patterns are classified as to their degree of difficulty. There are three levels which are as follows: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each classification has a symbol which is shown on my Pattern Classification’s
page which you can click on above and each pattern is now labeled as to their degree of difficulty with the appropriate symbol.
Besides designing my own dolls and crafts I've made many, many handmade dolls and crafts over the years based on other designers patterns and sell many of those dolls and crafts on my Linda Walsh Originals Handmade Dolls and Crafts
Last year I fell in love with custom fabric design and have designed hundreds of fabrics for creating all sorts of handmade decorations. Some of the fabrics are "cut and sew" dolls which can easily be hand or machine made. If you'd like to see my custom fabric designs please visit my Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs
website and/or my Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs Spoonflower Shop.
I've been on the web since 2004 and have met many, many talented artistsbric and crafters. As a result I've developed many blogs, directories, and websites to help showcase all the amazing handmade creations there are and have tons of information on my blogs for fellow crafters, doll artists, designers, bloggers, and artisans.
There's a lot to learn about me. If you'd like to know more about us and all our blogs please visit my Linda Walsh Originals Information
website. The "dollies" and I have a lot to offer all the "grown-up girls" just learning to sew to the more experiences seamstress who wants a challenge.
If you love making dolls and crafts as much as I do I hope you will enjoy my doll and craft patterns. My hope is that you enjoy my patterns as much as I enjoyed designing them.
Many of my handmade doll designs are available for purchase as home decorations for grown-up girls on my Linda Walsh Originals Dolls
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