Patty asked if I would show how I display my collection, I initially collected and made large porcelain dolls and bears, after seeing an Eight inch Hilda in a shop on Pier 39 in San Francisco.
I did not buy the doll on the first stop, the ship carried on to Vancouver in Canada.
meanwhile I fretted the whole time that when I got back she would have been sold...
I was so lucky, she was still sitting on the shelf waiting for me. You can see her sitting on her Willow Twig bed in the cabinet...
I love her.
These days I no longer have my large dolls having given them away.
The only doll I have kept is my Hilda antique reproduction and packed away in a cupboard is a large "Mein Liebling" which is my second best loved doll.
She still needs her wig and eyes.
Over the years I found I then needed toys for my dolls.
were always the perfect size for this purpose.
So the collection began!
I was sorting the cupboard especially for the photograph when I realized I don't actually have much of
my miniature knitting on display.
I find I work with the garments all the time, reassessing, measuring and deciding on how a new design will develop before the stitches are cast on.
When they form part of the display
the whole scene is constantly in a muddle and goes to pot.
My collection is housed in an antique display cabinet
originally made as a shop fitting.
I have a baby boutique in progress.....as it turns out it will have to be a department store far too much to display.
Also I would like to make the special fittings I have in mind, myself... so am now the proud owner of a new soldering iron......it does scare me ever so slightly!