Primitive Sheep Doll

Meet the newest addition at Old World Primitives – a primitive sheep doll.

primitive sheep doll closeup

primitive folk art sheep doll

back of primitive sheep doll

primitive sheep doll

She is 8.5 inches long and 7.5 inches high, and looks right at home nestled among antiques and other primitive smalls. I handmade her out of muslin fabric using a Kentucky Primitives design and then coffee stained, sanded, and rubbed her with cinnamon for an aged and primitive look. Her head is painted black, and she wears a rusty bell hanging from coffee dyed string around her neck. Her legs are antique rusty nails, and she stands squarely on the nail heads when propped against a wall or other object. Her sheep tag and poem are printed on stained paper, tied on with twine, and adorned with a few sprigs of fragrant sweet annie. I had almost as much fun taking these photos of her as I did making her!

Introducing Old World Primitives Patterns

I am pleased to announce that Old World Primitives is now beginning to offer primitive patterns for sale on Etsy.  My first offering is Harold the primitive folk art cat, who was featured on page 72 of the Winter 2013 issue of Prims magazine.

Harold the primitive cat in Prims magazine

Harold is fun to make, and a recommended project for anyone with basic sewing skills.  You may make him for personal use, or to sell online or craft shows.  The pattern includes both the design template and detailed step-by-step instructions for bringing him to life.   Click here if you are interested in purchasing Harold the primitive cat as an instant digital download, or e-pattern.

I will be adding many more pattern offerings to the Old World Primitives Etsy shop soon, including other designs that you may have seen featured in Prims magazine.

Prims Magazine Spring/Summer 2012 Issue

The Witch in the Moon - featured in the Prims Magazine Spring/Summer 2012 issue

I am pleased and honored to share that my Primitive Halloween Moon (aka The Witch in the Moon) design is featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Prims magazine!  You can find him on pages 96-97, and I am including a photo of his spread below – click the image above for a closer look.

Some of you may have seen this feature already but found me away on vacation when it was released, but I am back open for business now after an exciting and fun two-week road trip through Utah, Arizona and Nevada.  I have gotten a bunch of pattern requests for this design, so I am now strongly considering releasing my very first pattern soon – stay tuned!

Primitive Halloween Folk Art

Time got away from me this busy holiday season, and I never got a chance to post all of my newest designs for fall and Halloween before it was time to start working on orders for them.  So now that I have already started working on Christmas versions of the two primitive dolls below, I figured I should finally post their Halloween versions first.

primitive cat doll in a witch hat

This is a reclining primitive Halloween cat doll, dressed in a black witch hat and a black cheesecloth scarf.  Look for her in a Santa hat in my Etsy shop later this week.

handmade spooky Halloween moon man in a witch hat

And this is primitive Halloween moon wall decoration wearing a black witch hat. I envisioned him as a Halloween man in the moon, but some think he looks like an old crone, which I can see too. S/he will also be in my Etsy shop wearing a Santa hat later this week.

handmade spooky Halloween moon man

Primitive Cat Dolls

I have been working on a new series of primitive cat dolls this spring.  Here is the herd, so far.

primitive cat doll

primitive cat doll

primitive cat doll

I am having a lot of fun with these cat dolls, so there will be more to come throughout the year – including Halloween cats and Christmas cats.

Prims Magazine Spring 2011 Issue

cover of the Spring 2011 issue of Prims Magazine

My daily run out to the mailbox to check to see if today will finally be the day that my issue of Prims arrives has finally ended – it’s here!  The Spring 2011 issue of Prims magazine is just packed full of artists whose work I have long admired – and collected.  I feel extremely privileged to have two of my primitive dolls, Laura and Rebecca, featured in such amazing company.

Spring 2011 issue of Prims Magazine

 

Celebrate365 Magazine Spring 2011 Issue

I received the Spring 2011 issue of Celebrate365 magazine in the mail this week, and am very pleased to share that two of my spun cotton ornament designs are sharing spots on both the front and back covers along with such talented artists as Debbee Thibault, Lori Rudolph, Nicole Sayre, Sharon Andrews, Vergie Lightfoot and too many more to list! Take a peek at all of the talent that Connie packed onto the covers of this issue below.

Celebrate365 magazine Spring 2011 issue covers

My Victorian Girl spun cotton ornament is in the center right of the front cover, and my spun cotton bunny ornament is in the center right of the back cover (the bunny has a brother available in the Old World Primitives Etsy shop now – along with many other new designs, pictured below).

spun cotton ornaments and primitive wolf doll

Roderick Cattingham Selects His Buttons

Roderick Cattingham is almost ready to meet his public – he just has to select the perfect antique shirt buttons to match his pants first.

primitive folk art cat doll

Mr. Cattingham decides to enlist the help of Frederick Bunworth, who is known for his impeccable taste.  Mr. Bunworth helped pick out an outfit for Horatio Hopkins too, and Horatio has since hopped off to his new home.

primitive cat doll

Roderick will be all dressed and ready to present himself in the Old World Primitives Etsy shop tomorrow.  Two new spun cotton Easter bunny ornaments are looking forward to his arrival.

spun cotton Easter bunny ornament

spun cotton Easter bunny ornament

Of Primitive Rabbits and Springy Things

Meet Frederick Bunworth.

Frederick Bunworth, a handmade primitive folk art rabbit doll

Frederick is my newest design, a primitive folk art rabbit doll. He has a cloth body and a paper + chipboard head and neck. Frederick is demurely awaiting spring.

Frederick Bunworth, a handmade primitive folk art rabbit doll


Frederick Bunworth, a handmade primitive folk art rabbit doll

Frederick has joined the gaggle of spun cotton and chenille ornaments in my Old World Primitives Etsy shop.

spun cotton ornaments on a peg rack

More new designs are in the works this week!