Sunday 11 January 2015


It has been a very long time since I showed you some Cloth Shed purchases... Miss Ottie and The Bastle seem to have featured more often in recent posts rather than my stock.

So, first up ... a collection of straw filled, handmade dolls with no faces. 

3 with undergarments and little hands 

Worn clothes....

Charmingly simple and naive....
Unfinished, but I like them that way.


Continuing on the doll theme,
2 tiny "frozen Charlotte" glazed, china dolls....

Often used as charms in Christmas puddings, they get their name from an American folk tale about a young girl called Charlotte, who, having refused to wrap up warmly for a winter sleigh ride because she didn't want to cover up her pretty party dress, consequently froze to death.... That's the Victorians for you.

An equally tiny lead cat, perfect for a dolls house... NOW SOLD

And a napkin ring with a seated hare,

It would make a lovely Easter gift with a French linen napkin rolled inside. 


Finally, love it or hate it..... Vintage Fur.

A beautiful 1950's /60's fur cape. Scalloped at the back with two hidden arm holes at the front allowing the wearer to drop it it off the shoulders for a more daring look.


The other a 1930's stole.... Beautiful back and front....

So very Downton Abbey don't you think?

I hope you all had a lovely festive season....and I must say I am looking forward to getting back into the work swing after a long Christmas/New Year break... I think I miss the buzz of the buying and selling!
My next Fair is this Tuesday at Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, Northumberland. Open 9.30-3.30pm

Till next time,
Julie x


  1. Happy New Year! They are all beautiful, but I think I like the little black cat, Jane x

  2. I love the strange cloth dolls. They remind me a little of thee spooky dolls found in Edinburgh.
    Hope you are all having fun!
    nilly xxx

  3. Happy New Year darling! Nice to have you back in blogland.......I was missing you!

  4. Slightly creepy dollies, but compelling because of it.


  5. I love the dolls, they are gorgeous...creepy maybe.. but gorgeous.Love the fur too especially the cape, all so decadent.
    Lynn xx

  6. Love those dolls... well loved and endeared by some sweet souls long ago.
    They would be great temptation for Ms. Ottie!
    Susan x

  7. Hello Julie, Happy New Year to you. Congratulations on finishing the Bastle it is fabulous. Love all your purchases. Are the cloth dolls English I have only ever seen American examples? Sorry for my long absence, love Linda x

  8. Oooh such gorgeous things, love the dolls but also a bit spooked by them. I love to see the time worn marks on fabrics. So sorry to miss your lovely Hexham fairs with working on Tuesdays. Will have to change my day to make it one of these days. Happy New Year Julie x