Updated March 2012
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~ ~ Marcella ~ ~
Designed and Created by Doll Artist/Designer -Gayle Garbarino ~
Marcella Delight Gruelle
My Very Own Version
She has just been completed !!!
And here she is........
Please let me know what you think of her!!
Marcella was created as a Special Order 36 inch doll.
Marcella has been much more of a challenge to make her look like the real live child that she represents.
I created her with a "molded" face of 100% cotton fabric.
It was important to me to create her face without a seam down the center.
She wears a blonde acrylic wig.
Her eyes are acrylic like those used in porcelain dolls, and have inserted in the same way.
All facial features have been hand painted, eyes accented prior to attaching "real" eyelashes.
Cheeks have been lightly blushed.
Her hat is made of white satin and felt, with a moss green ribbon band. And she has a soft pink feather (special request).
Her dress is yellow gingham checks, with elastic in the ruffle so it can be dropped off the shoulders, similar to the dress on the Marcella - A Raggedy Ann Story book.
Her slip is made of white cotton eyelet, and has been made EXTRA full, with LOTS OF RUFFLES that show below the hem of her dress.
She also has little white eyelet panties.
Marcella's fingers have been individually wired so they can be positioned to look more "life-like".
I have also formed actual "finger-nails"........don't you just love them?
Not even R. John Wright or Maggie Iacono dolls have fingernails!!!
They were first painted with Gesso and then painted with two coats of French Manicure pink polish.
I fell in love with these adorable little white patent leather shoes!
Child's size 3
Don't you just LOVE those little heart "cut-outs" ?
And they even have a "heart-shaped" buckle !
Of course, I may not ALWAYS be able to find these same shoes.
Marcella has jointed legs at the hips so that she can sit well.
On this particular model, I did not use joints at the shoulders, due to the style of the dress.
I plan to create other future models "inspired" by other illustrations.
Many of those have sleeved dresses that will accomodate jointed arm/shoulders.
Marcella is shown below with my 15" Volland Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls.
Marcella is shown below with my 12" Ethnic Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls.
Seeing her with the different sized dolls, helps to show her size as well as how she looks with the various dolls in her lap.
Marcella is sold separately.
Any additional dolls would be sold at their individual prices as well.
Marcella shown below with my brown haired 12 " Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls.
And here she is ......with a 9 1/2 " Beloved Belindy.
I have done quite a lot of research of some of the leading doll artists who create molded faced dolls. Most of them use 100 % wool felt, and I believe this fabric will make it easier to get a better "mold" of the facial features.
I have finally found a source for a flesh-toned 100% felt fabric, and it will be available at the end of this month.
I plan to use wool felt for my future Marcella dolls.
I also plan to offer her in a variety of sizes, because I realize that not EVERYONE can accomodate this size of a Marcella doll.
The story of the love of this father for his daughter will melt your heart as it has mine!!.....And I am thrilled to add Marcella to my list of Raggedy related Characters. After- all.......
the real-life story of Raggedy Ann owes much to a little girl named
Marcella Delight Gruelle.
Marcella has been much more of a challenge to create her in the image of the real-life child that she represents.
It is my understanding that the real-life Marcella had brown hair, rather than blonde.....it is my desire to create both a blonde and brown haired version.
I plan to continue to work on my procedures for molding my Marcella faces and on a variety of sizes of face molds and patterns for future Marcella dolls......pictures will be placed here as soon as they are available.
To Learn more about ALL of the Raggedy Characters..............Click on their Link in the left-hand column.
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