Tuesday, September 25, 2007

She's only a paper doll

This is my new treasure from the flea market. As far as I can tell they are called paper dolls....Duh! But look at the detail on that skirt. That is certainly a lost art. I quess they were a popular craft in the 30's. I am intriqued and may try making my own. It reminds my of my paper doll making days with the McCall's magazine. Anyone remember those days? Each issue had a paper doll...Betsy McCall... that I would glue to cardboard from between my dad's dress shirts that he had pressed at the cleaners. My Mom usually cut her out when she dried as cutting cardboard with safety scissors can be tough. I played with paperdolls as much as any other toy I had. But since I have advanced beyond safety scissors I may have to try one of these ribbon dolls. The sky is the limit as far as the design goes. As long as she has the required skirt to be-ribbon I suppose. If anyone knows a proper name for this craft let me know and I'll let you know how the repro goes.


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

That is fabulouw! I have not seen anything like her before! What a great find.

Lori said...

What a great find! The few I have seen have been terribly discolored and costly! later, Lori

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Karen, I aboslutely love that! What a wonderful find! I would have bought it too! And kept it of course :) I cant wait to see the one you make! I know it will be beautiful as is everything you do!


Susan Tuttle said...

What an incredible find! I have never seen anything like it.


Rose Garden Romantic said...

She is so pretty!! What a great find!

Anonymous said...

I think these were called ribbon art paper dolls or ribbon art lady's as I have seen them called several things. You can usually find some on ebay. Yours was a nice find.
Vicki Pink Pearl Girl

Stephanie said...

I just recently purchased one, but mine is bridal themed & a repro with a 1940's pin up glam girl!!! Amy of Four Sisters in a Cottage made mine & I just love it! She might know what they are called.

Can't wait to see your version ~ I'm sure it will be wonderful!!

Angelic Accents

Alice W. said...

I love that! So beautiful! Great find!

Natasha Burns said...

wow she is fabulous!!! i've never seen anything like her, how special!

Amy @ The Cottage Gate said...

Love your blog - just found it this morning!! What a sweet little treasure - good luck with your paper doll creation!!


Bertie said...

Karen, I don't know what it's called, but it sure is beautiful. The forerunner of altered art, I imagine. What a treasure!

Aunt May's Cottage

Miss Rhea said...

I have seen these before, and they are quite collectible, Cant wait to see what you come up with. :)