clothespin doll patterns in family circle in early 60's : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

my sister is looking for a set of patterns that appeared in a early 60's magazine like family circle or womens day. it was a set of 15 or so characters for christmas. they were made from felt and clothespins and sequins. i remember a ballerina and a solider, and mr and mrs claus. she contacted the magazines to no avail. any suggestions?

-- js (, December 26, 2001


No, but I can refer you to someone who does this type of work. Her particular speciality is painting figures (in great detail) on railroad spikes, but doing them on clothspins shouldn't be a problem to her. Some of the ones she does: RR engineer, old RR engineer, John Deer farmer, golden spike w/name, old man with cane, construction man, Jesus with lamb, nutcracker, snowman, Santa Clause, RR porter, baker, cook, truck driver, RR agent, camo. soldier, Elvis, mailman, milkman and Native American. All you have to give her is an idea or sketch. Cost for a spike is $10 each plus shipping.

Contact Kathy Griffin, 206 Mill Street, Bancroft, MI 48414 -

-- Ken S. in WC TN (, December 26, 2001.

Someone made me a clothspin angel by crocheting a darling dress with wings and a halo and then putting it on an old clothespin (round kind). Another person made me a Raindeer out of clothspins (flat kind).

-- westbrook (, December 26, 2001.

Update: Kathy now charges $12 per spike, plus shipping. No idea what she might charge for just painted (no add-on, etc.) pins. I have purchased seven of her spikes and have been far more than pleased, so take it as an endorsement of the quality of work as my standards are fairly high.

-- Ken S. in WC TN (, December 26, 2001.

Go here:

It gives basic instructions.

Then do a search on any search engine (try google), just put in "clothespin dolls". Lots of sites to look at where you can get ideas for how to make different styles of dolls.

-- JJ (, December 26, 2001.

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