Della, a Primitive Valentine Sweetheart

DellaHeadtoTOe This sweet little gal is Della. Della is my original design and is guaranteed one of a kind, original art. I’ve used no patterns or molds to create her or her clothing. Della is 29" long from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. She is made of muslin and stuffed with fiberfill. Her bottom has been rag-stuffed & bean filled in order to weight her bottom. Della has been hand-painted & sanded top to bottom many, many times. She has been treated to a series of paint washes, giving her the look of a well-loved antique. Della’s arms are lightly wired allowing her to be gently posed.

Della’s facial features (nose & bottom lip) have been needle-sculpted by hand. They have also been hand-painted. Della has big brown eyes, detailed eyelashes, rosy cheeks & pink lips. Della’s fingers have been needle-sculpted. She sports white painted gloves & sweet little two-toned oxfords which have been highlighted & detailed right down to the laces. Della has been painted with premium acrylic paints and has been sealed with glossy acrylic sealer so that she may be lightly dusted over the years & kept a lifetime.


Della’s clothing features tons of hand-stitching! Her blouse has been made of white muslin, her collar of white cotton voile & features two vintage brown buttons on front. Della’s apron dress has been made from sweet, high-quality, pink & peach, 100% cotton prints. All exposed hems have been hand-stitched. Della’s clothes have also been treated to a coffee and lavender bud bath for an aged appearance. They were then hand-washed & pressed with linen water.

Sweet Della carries a Valentine’s Day balloon. It has been made from muslin, stuffed with fiberfill, painted & sanded twice, treated to a series of paint washes, then glittered with vintage-style glass glitter. It is attached securely to a rusty wire & wired to Della’s hand. It is truly sparkly & sweet. Della also carries a bag filled with sweet Valentine sentiments, which I suppose she’ll give away throughout her day. Her bag is made of coffee-stained osnaburg & is tied with a chartreuse, satin ribbon. It is filled with meaningful love quotes. They were handwritten onto linen paper in black ink, then hand-rolled.

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Della’s hair is black 100% mohair. It has been lightly glued then carefully needle felted to her head. Della’s low pigtails are fastened with chocolate ribbon.

Della will be available Sunday Jan. 6th at 9PM EST. This will be a 7 day auction. She will end Jan. 13th at 9PM EST. (This link will not be active until she goes live on eBay at 9.) Click here to view or bid.


  1. Tootie says:

    Della is darling! I really dig her shoes. I see that you pay extreme attention to detail and craftmanship. That’s very refreshing in such a mass-produced world!

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