Updated August 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~ Edith Flack Ackley Dolls~
~ Re-Created ~ by Doll Artist~Designer - Gayle Garbarino ~
Edith Flack Ackley a doll maker designer and writer
who was born in Greenport Long Island New York.
In the early 1900's Ackley studied portrait painting after finishing high school.
Following the death of her husband she gave it up for marionette making which provided the subject for an early book
MARIONETTES Easy to Make Fun to Use.
In 1936 she met and married Stow Wengenroth an artist lithographer
renouned for his beartiful prints of the New England coast.
During her lifetime Edith Flack Ackley made hundreds of dolls
...all cloth stuffed with cotton.
She took great pride in her dolls and encouraged others to make dolls for fun or profit as well.
During the 1920's and 1930's, many artists and crafts people published books and patterns for making rag dolls.
In 1934 Edith Flack Ackley released doll kits which included unbleached muslin
with the doll pattern stamped on the fabric, along with instructions and patterns for the doll's clothing.
This doll was to have yarn hair and embroidered features.
The kit was offered through the magazine Woman's Home Companion.
Ackley had several different books published during her lifetime. She wrote several childrens books along with her daughter Teckla Ackley and was also an accomplished poet.
Some of her book titles include: Paper Dolls _ Their History and How To Make Them; A Doll Shop of Your Own; Marionettes Easy to Make and Fun to Use; Dolls To Make For Fun and Profit.
(Illustrations in the above mentioned books are by her daughter Teckla Ackley)
This space reserved for future pictures of a few of MY OWN re-creations of "Edith Flack Ackley's Dolls"
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