I've been doing some sorting out and I found this painting of the very first doll I ever made, about 20 years ago. Not an art doll, this was years before I heard of that concept; she was a Victorian rag doll. I even made all her tiny clothes which could be removed. After I lost my mum I had a strange feeling I needed to make a doll, and this little girl had popped up as a pattern in mum's 'Woman's Weekly' magazine in the mid 1990s.
I remember the designer also made tiny doll quilts, and did beautiful detailed illustrations. She worked in a beautiful blue painted summer house in her garden. Doesn't that sound wonderful! At that time I never dreamed about designing my own patterns. So I made Katie Beth (named after my two nieces) from hers. Katie Beth sat with my bears for a long time before I gave her to a charity shop. She was very sweet, so I hope she found a good home. Before she left, I did this painting of her sitting with her best friend 'Buttons'.