This is a doll I designed about a year ago, in response to a 'thought' challenge on Gail Wilson's message board. She wanted us to describe a doll that we would imagine a young girl would take with her on a journey West, circa 1830 through 1850. Uprooted from her home and traveling into the unknown.
I liked the idea of this doll so much, I decided to try to design her as well, and Prairie Flower dolls were born :-)
The doll is simply constructed with a one piece head and torso, with the head design that produces a nice round head, instead of the typical pancake head. Arms and legs are stitched separately then attached to the body. All fhe body patterns are freezer paper templates, which makes the sewing much easier and more accurate.
Above is Josephine, my second doll. She has an embroidered face and embroidered roses around her neck. Her hair is done like all my dolls, based on my wig making tutorial. Her boots are permanently attached...they would be easy to loose on the journey West :-)