History Via Fabrics and more

U.S. Postage Stamp - American Doll CollectionEarly American LifeHow to make history come alive: make it hands on!  Another of my growing interests is American History.  Several blogs feature references to one of the first patented American dolls.  This Christmas 2011 issue of Early American Life magazine has a nine-page article, “Izannah Walker’s Iconic Dolls” by Edyth O’Neill and Dixie Redmond.   I found this U.S. postage stamp featuring an IW doll.  There are several blog sites created by Dixie:  Izannah Walker Chronicles and NorthDixieDesigns which feature this folk art doll, originally handmade sometime between 1850 and 1880.

Page IZ Walker from Early AmericanIzannah Walker Workshop E-book Dixie RedmondI purchased a doll/clothes pattern from NorthDixieDesigns  several years ago and have several Izannah doll reproductions that I was working on but which are now in the “unfinished projects” drawer.  Someday I will revisit dollmaking.

My interest in this Izannah doll led me to purchase some reproduction fabric prints from the 1800’s.  The salvage edge of each fabric identifies the time period, use, or date that the fabric design was first printed.  Here’s some examples:

Civil War Dressing Gowns 1The salvage reads: “Civil War Dressing Gowns” from the collection of Judie Rothremel for Marcus Brothers Textiles, Inc.






And this fabric:  “Charleston V 1850-1865” from the collection of Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.
Charleston 1850-1865


And this one:   Windlham Fabrics presents “Harpers Ferry” by Nancy Gere, 1810-1890, Pattern #27724.

Harpers Ferry 1810-1890




Here’s a few historical patterns from Simplicity:
Simplicity Pattern 1Historic Pattern 1

My interest started with a doll which led to fabrics and patterns and historical research.

Someday those Izannah dolls I started will be finished and clothed.  For now, I hope this post inspires creative energy in you.

“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, give yourself to it.” ~Buddha


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: www.lindaruddyart.com Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: www.wingsofwonder.wordpress.com Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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8 Responses to History Via Fabrics and more

  1. robin says:

    These fabrics are beautiful and to have the history behind them, too, is so cool. Gorgeous post today, Linda, and your creativity, as always, is awe inspiring.

  2. catherine says:

    Love the post!

  3. Ooo, love all of those fabrics. I have a few vintage scraps in my sewing box and I know I will make them into something one day. 🙂

  4. Sartenada says:

    Very interesting post.

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