I started making the youngest dolls first, gauging the size increase as each year passed. The dolls' armatures are made from thread wrapped pipe cleaners, with each figure dressed in an outfit I would have worn that year, taken from memories, family photos or imagination. Since I've sewn many of own clothes in my life, it was easier to remember an outfit from the past. They are recreated here with smaller scale fabric and embroidered wool felt. The wooden bead faces are painted and glued onto the pipe cleaner neck. The hair is made from embroidery floss sewn to a felt "wig" that is glued to the bead head. I showed the evolution of my hair graying, with strands of white intermingling with the dark brown thread. My husband appears the year we were married and my sons are included through the years when they were little and physically connected to me. The tatting outside of the circle was made by my grandmother about 100 years ago. The wool felt spiral is mounted on upholstery fabric, which I embellished with multicolored French knots.
The 2020 Benefit Auction is now in progress - Section 3 pieces are now available for $750. TOTAL RAISED: $83,950!