This lady is available for sale, $230 plus shipping. Just like all the other dolls I have shared recently she can be purchased now, but I am not advertising her anywhere other than here. If she doesn't sell from the blog she will be in my live sale at the end of March.
At my last live sale, on Black Friday last year, someone asked if I would have any dressage dolls. I hadn't had any then so I decided I needed to make one now. I actually really like dressage dolls, though I have never actually shown in upper level dressage at any shows myself. But they are very elegant and I like them. I also really like that I can give them helmets now. While I like making fancy hats for driving, I don't actually like making dressage top hats.
I also really like that I can use a variety of accent colors. This doll got a subtly patterned teal color. Her small tie tack jewel is also a teal color. I love how this doll came together.
I really do love upper level dressage dolls. I should probably make them more often, but, like me, I don't think a lot of people show in upper level dressage at shows. Lower level is easier to outfit, and easier to set up. I don't do it because it's easier, but because it's what I know. The first time I showed in dressage I told my friend, Marisa, that I could never show in dressage. She proved me wrong immediately when she showed me how to set up an entry, with things I already had and with borrowed props and pattern, and I got first in the class. So lower level is what I know. I also don't own upper level tack.
I also want to share that I am strongly considering closing my order books for a while. It's not that I am overwhelmed with work, I am just so much slower with dolls these days, and I get stressed out if orders hang around for too long. I often just can't find time, or desire, to work on the dolls. Working on random dolls out of my head is a lot easier because they don't need to be finished at any particular time. And they don't need to look any particular way. This is an idea I have had on the table for a while. It may be coming soon.