Dulcie

Blank and tools

Blank and tools

When a new doll is being carved the Quimper Hittys are filled with hopefulness because they think there is a “sweetie pie” in the blank somewhere, but they are also anxious in case I can’t get her out of the wood…Fortunately for the carvers our workshop teacher Judy Brown does a lot of  preparation, has a lot of experience and provides a lot of materials.   Just as importantly, her patient and encouraging style of teaching meant that all the carvers at the workshop started with a beautifully prepared doll blank, and ended with a beautiful doll…

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Limbs and Bodies

Limbs and Bodies

My doll blank had a Bass wood head/torso (for ease of carving), and maple arms and legs (for strength in the joints).  She seemed to have a little protruding tummy, so I decided to carve her into a toddler-aged doll, with a plumpish face and rounded arms and legs…and bare feet! 

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In her Altogether

In her Altogether

After painting her little face, she started begging for a name…We ended up with “Dulcie” because she is sweet, and I carved her after a visit to the Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop in the Great Smokey Mountains.

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Constance reads to Dulcie

Constance reads to Dulcie

There was a Sweetie Pie in there! Constance is delighted to have a new sister. Dulcie will be for my new baby granddaughter once she gets past the biting, hammering and temper tantrum stages (I am guessing in about five years). Meanwhile she’ll hang about in the Hitty Cupboard here.

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22 thoughts on “Dulcie

  1. Very sweet! Great job. I was fortunate enough to have Judy B as a teacher (first and only time of carving for me)…isn’t she great?

  2. Dulcie is great! You have made a real sweetie. She is quite a bit younger than the other Hittys, I expect they are going to have fun teaching her the ways of the world.

    • We think so, Dulcie is endearing herself to all the Quimper Hittys. Constance was happy to find the Dolly Dingle Paper Doll story in the welcome packet, you can see she is enjoying looking after a young one.

  3. Kjerstin – she is adorable and you did a wonderful job carving her! I am jealous at how great the face looked pre-paint. Love the pot belly, too – makes her a little more human. You did a great job!!! laura

  4. I just have to echo what everyone else has said…she is just a doll!! I love the face and the little plump torso and those bare toes!! very very sweet. I am so happy you had such a good experience at the class!

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