Monday, July 5, 2010

Different Dolly Stitching

Is your heart a puddle?
I was smittened the moment I laid eyes on her almost 20 years ago at a local fundraiser.
Needless to say, she came home with me!

I recently shared some stitching I did for dolls, here and here.
But this takes dolly stitching to a whole 'nuther level!
Have you ever seen such a cute little nose -- and it is all created with needle and thread.

Her big brown eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows are carefully hand embroidered.
Subtle coloring adds her sweet little pink lips and a rosy glow to her cheeks.

Even her little hand,

and ears are completely molded and shaped by stitching.

The only thing not stitched?
There was no sign of a label or artist signature.
It makes me sad that I do not know who to credit for this creation that has brought so many smiles to my face over the years.
 I realize that I do not always "sign" my creations, either.
Maybe this person, so talented with needle, thread and fabric, did not care as much about the recognition, but more about the joy shared with others.

One more thing is missing:  a name.
Any ideas?

**Surgery Update, July 5**
I wrote and scheduled this post prior to my recent surgery, but have received many inquiries for a health update. 
Thank you so much for wrapping me, my family, my surgeon and other caregivers in your thoughts and prayers.  They were very much felt and appreciated.
I am home, but must continue to refrain from most activities for a few more days.  I spend my days and nights on our family room sofa, as I must remain in an upright position.  Not sure I will know what to do when I can actually lie down to sleep!
Frozen pea compresses for my eye have become my best new friend, while TV and CDs occupy my mind and attempt to prevent boredom.  I would much rather be outside in the sun or stitching.
So, I hope some of you are doing that for me!
The past few months of limited and double vision prepared me well for these days of vision with mostly just one eye.
The swelling in my right eye is subsiding, and I know that some of my vision was preserved.  To what extent, and for how long, remains to be seen.
My right eye and side of head are still swollen, very discolored, sore and just downright ugly!  Although improving, I have a fairly constant headache. 
One other risk of the surgery was facial paralysis or numbness.  From the amount of pain I have felt, I think that risk is small.  In this case, pain was a blessing!
Stitches will be removed on Tuesday morning.  More information, including a schedule for surgery on the left eye may be learned at that time.
There are still many hurdles to clear, but I am grateful for the small steps thus far.
Thank you again for your care, concern and support. 


Martha said...

Your dolly is too adorable. Glad to see you post and update. Prayers continue for further healing on this journey.

Julia said...

Prayers are going out that you will continue to heal as you are supposed to.
The doll is too cute!
I don't know what I'd name her. I guess I'd think of my favorite little brown eyed girl (in my case Sarah) and name the doll for her.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Jan:
One thing that everyone knows I CAN'T do is make dolls. I've tried and failed miserably. I'll leave that to the experts.

So glad to hear your surgery went well and you continue to heal. Prayers answered. I'll continue to hold you in my thoughts until you come through the other side of this whole, scary ordeal.


ShirleyC said...

I love your little dolly. Thanks for the update. I will still pray for full vision, and for a good report on Tuesday.

DawnB said...

Yes my heart is a puddle, she is adorable. My favorite brown eyed girl is DD Laura but your dolly looks like an Amelia to me. Fingers crossed for a good report tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Darling dolly! So glad to read your surgery update - please know that you're in my daily prayers, Jan. Hugs :)

Lois said...

Oh, Jan, your doll is just precious!

So glad to hear an update. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

What a gorgeous doll! This is a lesson - sign your work! Thanks for the surgery info, I hope you continue to heal well.

Hettie Lynn said...

Thanks for the update. You have been in my prayers and I'll pray that you will continue to heal with full vision.

Emily Snow said...

Oh Jan, I have kept you in my prayers with your health.
I just love your little dolly. Her details are precious. I attempted a doll ( for the first and only time) two summers ago. This one is so adorable. She looks like a Mary to me.
Wishing we could stop in to see you in Dallas on our way home from GA.
God Bless,

Smocking with Gwen said...

So glad of your optimistic recovery. I have thought of you everyday as I am a "worrier". My husband has said for years that he doesn't have to worry because I do it all by myself.

Keeping good thoughts and prayers,

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