Antiques, Spun Cotton and Izannah

Since our last visit here, I had the pleasure of once again attending the Antiques in Long Valley show in Long Valley, NJ where I scored my beautiful blue antique chimney cabinet last year.   This year the show was just as amazing as the last… there were so many wonderful goodies that I wished I could have brought home with me.  The booth where I bought my cabinet last year was once again filled with wonderful pieces of furniture and many Sold signs.  This year I was on more of a budget than last year, but I did manage to come home with two finds that I am really pleased with – a small and extremely primitive hand forged shovel…

primitive antique shovel

…and an antique German spun cotton ornament to add to my collection.  The technique used to make it is different than I have seen before, so studying it will also assist in my education process as I learn this old technique.

I am continuing to really enjoy where my journey into spun cotton has been taking me.  Below are my newest spun cotton creations that are still available.  I am also archiving my designs on a new spun cotton ornaments page of this blog.  Custom orders for designs you may have missed are always welcome.

spun cotton ornament

spun cotton ornament

spun cotton ornament

And finally, I have some progress on my first Izannah Walker style doll from the workshop that I am taking.  It has been hard to tear myself away from my current obsession with spun cotton to work on her, but I’ve gotten a bit completed!  I have her torso sewn and stuffed, and her head with shoulderplate stuffed and pinned onto the torso.

Izannah Walker Doll Workshop progress

After sewing the shoulderplate in place, I shall begin sculpting her face – I will share how I do with it in an upcoming blog post.

I will end for now with a big thank you to Cathy of the always-inspiring One Pink Goose for presenting me with the Sunshine Award, which is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world. I am honored!

sunshine blog award

4 thoughts on “Antiques, Spun Cotton and Izannah”

  1. OH my goodness Steph….I LOVE your new ornaments..they are beautiful! Wonderful antique ornament as well…I love it..and the shovel is fantastic.

    Great progress on your Izzy doll…I only have her torso sewn…like you..I just can’t tear myself away from my other stuff!!!

    Wishing you a wonderful day,
    Hugs, Doreen

  2. Thank you, Doreen! I am taking a break from making more spun cotton ornaments to type this. I am addicted!

    The shovel was priced so reasonably that I picked it up right away at the antique show (plus… it’s so “me”)… the ornament I thought about for my whole first walk-through and then went back to bargain for. 🙂 My parents got some wonderful finds at the show too.

    And glad to hear I’m not the only one sort of lagging on my Izzy progress… I do really enjoy making her though, and am excited to start sculpting.

  3. What a great shovel you have found there and that spun cotton ornament is lovely. Sounds like my sort of show. Your new doll is looking great too. Very neat. I am looking forward to seeing her emerge.

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