Dot: Memories and a Doll

Yesterday was four years to the day since my maternal grandmother, Nan, passed away. She is sorely missed. Nan was an amazing woman, who was always at the centre of family gatherings, keeping everyone in tears of laughter with the tales she told. She was the most wonderful cook – her Yorkshire Puddings were legendary, and her cakes and biscuits were always mouthwateringly delicious. Nan was also an extremely accomplished seamstress and, although she was always proud of her grandchildren, I think she lamented the fact that none of us could so much as sew a button on. Sadly, I only started to learn to sew in March 2009, just a month before she died, so she never got to see how much my sewing progressed or to see what pleasure it has brought to me. I think she would be thrilled and proud to know that finally one of her grandchildren has taken up needle and thread!

I finished making this doll yesterday, on the anniversary of Nan’s death, and so I felt that it would be fitting to name the doll in her memory. So, let me introduce you to Dot (short for Doris). Dot is a bit more glamorous than Flo, I think. Perhaps it’s the darker lips, or the fact that she isn’t blushing coyly. In any case, Nan never left the house without her lipstick, so I think she would approve πŸ™‚

Dot final

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16 thoughts on “Dot: Memories and a Doll

  1. Motherfunker says:

    She is lovely, just lovely! Your nan would definitely be proud of you Viv xxx

  2. 8B Creative says:

    This is lovely! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  3. Janet says:

    Nan would be so happy to see this creation. It’s wonderful!!

    When I saw the name of the doll I thought you had made a Dottee doll. They became “famous” a few years ago and were originally made by Dot Christian, a good blog friend of mine.

  4. Julie says:

    I loved that you named her after your Nan. She is wonderful and I know the real Dot would have loved her.

  5. Gjeometry says:

    Aw, I think your Nan would consider this a lovely tribute. Your story is the same as mine. My baba (grandmother) passed away before I began to sew and she was quite a seamstress. Even made my mother’s wedding dress as well as the bride’smaid dresses. Made clothes and dresses and dolls for all of us. I wish she were still here so that I could share in the lovely experience of sewing with her.

    • vivjm says:

      Oh yes, it sounds like we’ve quite similar sewing stories. I feel that through learning to sew I am at least keeping the “thread” going from her to me, and it sounds like you feel the same way about your baba.

  6. annjrippin says:

    That’s so lovely. What a gorgeous way of remembering. Ax

  7. Love her! I am sure your Nana would too. I have just been thinking how much I would love to show my Nana that I actually finished a knitting project, so she could feel all that effort she expended when I was little was worth it. I just didn’t get it or enjoy it back then, I needed decades for the learning to sink in!

    • vivjm says:

      I understand about not getting it/enjoying it when you’re younger, maybe these kind of things are skills you grow into. I certainly didn’t have the patience for learning to sew when I was younger!

  8. Andria says:

    Dot is wonderful! What a great tribute to your grandmother.

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