Friday, July 3, 2009


Americana at it s best!!!
Presented by VintageKeepsakeTrunk at Artfire, this doll is incredible.

She can be seen at:

Here we have a Primitive Folk Art Americana Doll that I have fondly named "Lady Liberty". This piece would display nicely handing on the wall or sitting in a chair. She measures approximately 32 in tall and 12 in wide.

I have created Lady Liberty in the primitive fashion to give her that time-worn look. Her round head body is sewn from coffee-vanilla stained muslin with wired poseable arms, needle-sculpted fingers, pinch-stitched nose and brows. Her eyes are drawn with artist pencils and her rose bud mouth is painted red. Chocolate brown dyed sheeps wool is needle-felted in place for her hair. I have painted on her sanded red shoes and added tiny Mother of Pearl buttons for buckles.

Her dress is sewn from navy blue cotton with printed creamy stars with an over skirt of Americana print stripe in cream, navy and country red sprinkled with gold stars. The fabric has a touch of metallic gold sparkle to give it shine. I have embellished the neckline, hem and sleeves with a decorative tan machine stitching and dipped the dress in a coffee-vanilla aging solution.

Her coordinating cone hat is cut from stiffened star fabric and bordered with the sparkling stripe fabric. She holds a set of two Firecrackers that I have painted red white, and blue over stained muslin and added vintage tinsel to the natural jute wick. The patriotic Pinwheel that is stitched into her other hand has hand-painted red stripes on coffee-stained muslin backed with navy and cream star fabric with a stained wooden button at the center.

I have given this piece a primitive tag, aged with coffee-vanilla-cinnamon stain, that I have carefully burnt the edges with a flame and topped it with a nostalgic print of a vintage greeting card showing a Vintage little boy dressed as Uncle Sam holding a flag and standing by a canon and firecrackers.

I have lovingly made this piece using adaptations of a pattern designed by Karen Walker of Prim & Proper Folks.

This design will come to you dated, signed and tagged with my own label Collectibles by Joan which states The Handcrafting and Time Invested in this Piece are its Own Mark of Quality.

Enjoy your 4th!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful doll! I checked out her ArtFire shop and she does absolutely gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing! ~~Annie