Re: Preservation Project
Yes, sorry--should have been more clear, and here's my reply in the RIGHT spot.
At each stop in her journey, a group or individual adds things to the doll's collection. Having the actual doll to hand is nice for final fit adjustments, though there will be pattern bases made available that are sized to fit her. Clothing items, accessory items, household goods, crafting items--just about anything period and to her scale is up for grabs.
Last time, the doll was an 18" vinyl play doll, and her collection included miniature books, a fishing pole (and fish), numerous bits of clothing, bedding, wash basin and pitcher, bonnets, doll, valise, and large storage trunk.
This doll has all those same options open, for sewn & knitted items, to-scale workbaskets and other household things... it can get just as involved as the contributors care to make it. The doll and basic outfit go on to the next stop, and the contributor's items come to "home base." (This keeps the shipping weight down on the doll box, and lets us start photographing the individual items, too.) If a person doesn't need or desire the doll to visit, the contributions can go straight to "home base"--and we'll have detailed body measurements for helping with "scale" for the doll, too.
The doll's visit is also a chance to dress her up and take her on a "tour" of local sites that pertain to the era, if so desired, snapping pictures to include in her travel diary. The diary will go with her to her new owner in November 2007 (we'll scan and post pages on-line, too.) Each contributor fills out an information sheet with details on what they chose to add, their inspiration and sources, the significance of the items, any nifty details on the materials or processes, etc.
All in all, it's going to be one very cool collection! The goal is for all clothing to be done in period-appropriate textiles and styles, with period techniques (in other words, no serging seams, etc. ) I'm working on press release information for CW hobby magazines, doll magazines, sewing magazines... there are far more folks than just the CW hobby who will want to buy tickets, and that gets us to the preservation goal even faster. (Those press releases won't go out until January, for May-July publication.)
Names-wise, some I've been tossing around include:
Mary or Marie
It needs to be something historic, something melodic... but Mehitabel is out, as is Dorcas. I like Dorcas, but my kids vehemently vetoed that one.