Linens and Lace

Do you ever fight with your muse?  You know, that voice inside that wants you to create something, or write something, or do something that’s so very impractical and seemingly unimportant in the big scheme of things, but really is.

There have been times in my life that I’ve tried to squash that voice but it hasn’t worked for long.   Now, I balance the practical with the impractical.  And, I’ve come to trust that inner spirit guide of mine and to follow wherever she leads without judgment. 

Making a doll is one of my latest projects.  My interest re-ignited with that little doll I rescued from the antique store back in January.   Then Son #2 invited me to go with him to the Swap Meet where I found old lace, old garments, old treasures, at a low price.    The hand stitched clothes are lovely with tiny tucks and lace inserts.   Here’s a few photos to give you an idea of the details:

Tiny tucks and lace inserts

 I hope the handcrafted labor is clear in these photos.  I find inspiration and will share my dollmaking journey in future posts.  FYI:  A swap meet is like a giant garage sale.  The one we went to sets up in the parking lot of a junior college.  My son bought some tomato plants and a small Japanese Maple tree for his patio.


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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8 Responses to Linens and Lace

  1. marilynscottwaters says:

    sometimes, “The heart wants what the heart wants.” 🙂 Don’t be afraid to chase those rainbows. You never know where they will take you. ❤

  2. I love the details in those old clothes. It reminds me of the ‘smocking’ my mom did on my dresses when I was a little girl. 🙂

  3. Beautiful thoughts and pictures. 🙂

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