Here's a great and unusual primitive pattern line.
Ragged Edge caught our eye for two reasons.
First, we just liked these wonderful, creative primitive dolls.
But second, we loved their size... THESE ARE BIG DOLLS,
anywhere from 2 feet to 5 feet tall!
The Ragged Edge pattern line is the work of Tonya Leslie.
Tonya tells us that she has been artistic all her life.
She taught herself to sew at the age of 19 when she got her first
sewing machine as a birthday gift.
Tonya was an art major in college.
She brings both a natural talent and formal training to her patterns.
Her artistic talents show in the unique, primitive style of her pieces;
Her formal training is apparent in the attention to detail found in
"I love detail", Tonya told us. "No matter how hard I try,
I cannot make a plain doll. My patterns are full of detail
and finishing touches." She also says "I do love old antiques.
My favorites are the old toys and the old fashioned cloth and
spun Christmas ornaments. And boy do I love the old original rag dolls!"
As a mother of two youngsters, we asked Tonya how she finds time
to design patterns and make dolls.
Her answer was that, first, she's always sketching ideas.
She has boxes full of them.
Second, she likes to design late into the night.
She says that she'll often work all night when inspiration hits.
Tonya's first patterns were released in 1996.
Her "Harvest Hannah" was featured on the cover of the
Country Sampler that year.
She has also been featured several times
in the Japanese magazine "Country Dolls" by CCS.
She says "their photographers came to my house which was
We've selected a group of our favorite Ragged Edge
patterns to offer at Homespun Peddler.
We think you'll like them as much as we do.
Click here for
Ragged Edge page 1.
Snow Bunny - 23" doll
You can order any "Ragged Edge" pattern by
For more information send
to the Peddler.
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