A Doll for Bethany ~ The Beginning….

Today I would like to share with you the story of Bethany & Lucinda Tudor.

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Bethany and her mom, Tasha Tudor, enjoying tea with their dolls ~                Emma and Lucinda. (sourced from the internet)

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A Doll for Bethany – “Lucinda”.

Lucinda was loving handcrafted for Bethany when she was about fourteen, by her mother, Tasha Tudor. Tasha also hand stitched many of Lucinda clothing and accessories.

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Bethany shared that elegant Lucinda, has quite an ancestry.

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Bethany shared that Lucinda has quite an ancestry.

When Bethany was about fourteen her mom, Tasha Tudor first crafted a mold for the head of a doll that she was creating for a friend of Bethany. The doll named Alex was part of the wedding scene in the movie “The Golden Key”.  Bethany shared that her mom would make first make a head of sculped clay, this was left to dry. The sculpted head was then covered in plaster and after the plaster dried, Tasha would split the plaster in half -to use as a mold to pour the plastic wood to create a doll head.  After the Lucinda’s head was created in the same mold  using plastic wood, Tasha then hand stitched a body and carved the arms, hands, legs and feet of wood. And after adding eyes of glass……. with the magic of her paint brush Tasha artistically painted life-like facial details.

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Lucinda does still look very elegant for being about 60 + years old (shhh, don’t let her know I gave away her age) ….

Tasha Then created Lucinda for Bethany from the same mold and artistic crafting that she had used to make Alex.

Just look at Lucinda’s beautiful red hair…. Bethany shared that her mom had a special loom used for meticulous weaving of delicate animal hair into wigs.Then the wig is glued to the dolls head for hair!! And how realistic it does look. Tasha had such addition to detail. Has we shall further see……

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Lucinda’s lovingly fashioned wardrobe….

True to Tasha’s fantasy world of dolls, she hand stitched an elegant wardrobe for Bethany’s doll. Lucinda is wearing a daily chore kerchief on her head with a lovely calico print dress, with tiny button adorning the bodice and, of course an apron. In her wardrobe Lucinda has a lovely red print dress with little puff sleeves ~ I wonder what event she might find that befitting, maybe an afternoon stroll through the gardens.  Oh my, look at the edging on that petticoat ~ all set to show in true Tasha fashion…..

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Oh Lucinda…..

Tasha stitches such pretty petticoats that she and Lucinda are quite proud to show them off ~ just as Tasha showed us her petticoat when I first met her 😉

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Lovely Bethany and Lucinda……by Tasha!

I invite you to come back for another visit with me as I continue my story of  “A Doll for Bethany ~ Lucinda’s Wardrobe”.  You can find the second part of my story here:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/a-doll-for-bethany-lucindas-wardrobe/

And ” A Doll for Bethany ~ Lucinda’s New Friend”  ~  where I will introduce you to yet another type / style of Tasha Tudor dolls

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I have designed and hand-knit a “Kindred Spirit – Cottage Elegance Shawl” in the true style of Tasha Tudor. and… we can’t forget ours dolls. You can find shawls for you and your doll – hand knit for you here :

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Tasha Tudor style doll shawl. Your doll would love wearing a custom knit Tasha Tudor style shawl.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/253011631/china-doll-hand-knit-tasha-tudor-style?ref=listing-shop-header-0

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Tasha Tudor style ” Cottage Elegance Shawl.” hand – knit of Vermont wool and Mohair

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=shop_home_active_3

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Sally Anne ” How many more Tasha Tudor style shawls to we need to knit for our kindred spirits? My arms are getting tired. I think we should sell the pattern to those who would love to knit a kindred spirit shawl for them self or a friend”
I agree with Sally-Anne, and you can find the PDF pattern here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_2

We wish you a pleasant day knitting and playing with your dolls-

~Take  Joy ~ Melissa and my dolls

 

 

 

Just a friendly reminder –

All content and photos copyright 2014 – 2016 by Melissa O’Connore

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