Today I would like to share with you the story of Bethany & Lucinda Tudor.
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.
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.
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……
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…..
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 😉
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:
And ” A Doll for Bethany ~ Lucinda’s New Friend” ~ where I will introduce you to yet another type / style of Tasha Tudor dolls
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 :
We wish you a pleasant day knitting and playing with your dolls-
~Take Joy ~ Melissa and my dolls
Just a friendly reminder –
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