Last weekend, while at NETA's SPA 2011 in Freeport, ME I fell in
love with a character named "Abby" made by the wonderfully talented women at Mountain Fiber Folk in Vermont.
Some of the women make the clothing for these dolls out of vintage doilies, others wet felt things like vests and embellish them, others contribute animal fleece for hair, and Amy Felske is the doll sewer extraordinaire. Her dolls have energy and life in them - Abby made friends all over the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday!
Abby has wonderful details like a felted embellished vest, a tail, vintage lace doily overskirt, a Battenberg lace cap, a carved swan staff, a rusty key on her belt, Birkenstock shoes, and a basket of wool in her other hand.
The co-op members all knew the dolls by name, and said goodbye to her when I purchased her. They even got me a box to put her in for the long ride home - her "car seat". Then one of my SPA 2011 companions, NH Sara went to the freebie table, found some dark green yarn and knit Abby a blanket to keep her warm on the ride home as well.
Abby wears bloomers, covered by a dark screen gassamer skirt, then the vintage doily overskirt. She sports a calico blouse and wet felted,
embellished vest. Her tail is even adorned with ribbon. Her platform is old barn board found inside the artist's own barn. Soon, I hope to have some formal modeling pics of her that Amy took after her creation... AND Amy created Abby especially for coming to SPA!
I've commissioned another creature from Amy - it will remain a secret until he arrives!