Her dolls are shabby and stained and patched, but they are overflowing with personality, and they are always unique.
My friend Susan introduced me to Junker Jane's work, and I have grown to appreciate and love her style--so much so that Susan and I will soon be organizing a craft swap of Junker Jane-style dolls on Craftster. To prepare myself for the swap, I thought it might be a good idea to try making something Junker-Jane-style! Here's how I did it.
I started by googling "Junker Jane" and selecting "images". That gave me about a million different pictures of her work. I scrolled through them with a paper and pencil nearby, and sketched the details that I wanted to incorporate into my doll. Then, using a standard 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper, I drew an outline to use as a template for my doll.
I cut out the paper template and starting looking around my sewing room for fabrics in muted colors, when I noticed the cutter quilt to the side of my work table. Perfect! The fabrics are already aged, AND the patchwork section boarders a plain muslin section, which is exactly what I need for the head and body.
Here's the piece that will be the front of the doll:
I chose a few more fabrics to use for the details, and the arms and legs, and laid them out around the quilt section to see it they would work. They will!
I hand-sewed the face and body details before sewing the front to the back. The fabric on the left (below) will be the back of the doll. I sewed front to back with the legs in place, stuffed it, and sewed the arms on by hand. I added a bit of hair and a bow, and...
Here's the back:
I made a tiny friend for her...
...they make a happy pair.