Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Antique Izannah Walker Doll Sells for $2,500

This Izannah Walker Doll sold for a hammer price to a floor bidder of $2,500.00 plus buyer's premium of 15-17%, depending on payment method.   Julia's description reads:
"1860s era cloth doll with molded and painted oil cloth head with separately modeled ears with short curly brown hair, large brown eyes and exposed ears. Arms and legs are painted in the same manner as the head and the legs also have painted black leather boots with red edging at the top. She is well recostumed in an 1860s style cotton print dress with white linen apron. SIZE: 19" (49cm). CONDITION: Head has had some professional re-touch to major areas of face and hair as well as to back of shoulder and around the neck."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Izannah Walker Doll to Sell
at November James Julia Auction

On November 30th, James D. Julia, Inc.  will bring the Izannah Walker doll shown above up for auction.  To read more, visit the James Julia site

To see the other dolls at auction, click here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dixie Redmond's E-book:
Making an Izannah Walker Inspired Doll
Includes Pattern and Tuturials

The E-book is $35.  

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I've traveled thousands of miles in search of knowledge about Izannah Walker dolls. I've taken hundreds of pictures of original Izannah Walker dolls and shared on the Izannah Walker Chronicles while learning about these wonderful dolls.  I designed a pattern and led several sessions of an online class based on the information in this book.  People who've made the pattern in the class left comments about their experience here.   The pattern consists of making a cloth doll over which a one of a kind clay head is sculpted.  My pattern and the instructions are inspired by Izannah Walker dolls but use modern materials like paperclay.     

I've bundled all the tutorials used in the Izannah Walker Workshop as well as the pattern into a PDF downloadable E-book called Making an Izannah Walker Inspired Doll.  The book has over 107 pages of tutorials using photographs of the doll making process.   I tried to present the information so that if someone were only looking at the pictures they could make the doll.   Here's a peak at the Table of Contents:

And here's a peak at one of the sections 
on sculpting with paperclay:

What skill levels are required to make this doll?

It is best if you have sewing and sculpting experience.  You will be sculpting your own Izannah Walker head using paperclay and looking at inspiration pictures I have provided.   In the class, I suggested that people make 3 dolls at the beginning and give themselves permission for their first few dolls to be learning dolls.  Some people did take the Izannah Workshop who had never made a doll and their efforts resulted in some lovely creations.  But sculpting and sewing experience makes it much easier. 

How Do I Buy the Book?

To purchase the e-book, you will click on the "Add to Cart" button below.  This will open a window which allows you to pay for the book through Paypal.   Once you have paid for the book through Paypal it will open up a window with a link to download the book to your computer.  I've tested this a couple of people and it went through fine.

Note:  If you pay by e-check you will not be able to download until your payment has cleared through Paypal.  This can take several days.  If you pay using a credit card, the download link is offered immediately. The E-book is $35.  

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