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Inducted into Country Living Artist Guild as guild's first dollmaker

In one of the greatest honors of her dollmaking career, Country Living magazine selected Christine in 2009 for its prestigious Guild of American Artisans and Craftsmanship.

"Christine LeFever, a devotee of Early American crafts, fashions papier-mache dolls that collectors exclaim over and children love," the article stated. "These creations are what make Christine the 31st inductee into the Country Living Guild, which honors American artisans."

Not only was Christine the thirty-first artist to be inducted into the highly select guild of artisans ~ but she's its first dollmaker ever. Much of the article was an interview about Christine's dollmaking.

PRIMS features Christine's Queen Anne Poppet 

PRIMS magazine ~ one of the most popular publications for readers fond of the "primitive" look ~ featured Christine's Queen Anne Pansy Poppet in its Fall 2010 issue.

The article includes patterns for readers to create their own poppets, plus Christine's detailed instructions for making the doll.
Christine's poppet dolls have been popular since their first appearance in Early American Life magazine in 2004.

Click here to read the article, complete with patterns.

Warner Bros. uses Christine's dolls in the "Felicity" movie

Moviemakers Warner Bros. displayed two of Christine's Queen Anne Tess dolls as props in the movie "Felicity," based on the popular American Girls Dolls series of dolls.

The American Girls Dolls represent specific time periods, and "Felicity" is 1774 Colonial America.

In the Warner Bros. production, the two dolls Christine created are shown prominently in a scene with Felicity and her friend, Elizabeth, in the shop owned by Felicity's father. The scene is about 45 minutes into the movie.

"Felicity" is available on DVD, and Christine's two dolls have traveled to American Girls Doll shops around the U.S. as part of a display of props used in making "Felicity."

Savannah 1820s museum commissions Christine for special doll

The Davenport House museum in Savannah, Georgia, is displaying a doll they commissioned Christine to create to match the period and style of the museum's furnishings.

The Davenport House is a stately Federal-style home, built by master carpenter Isaiah Davenport. Beautifully preserved, it provides a glimpse into 1820s domestic life in the urban port city of Savannah.

Christine designed and created the doll from a silhouette of Cornelia Davenport, provided by museum director Jamie Credle.

The Davenport House Museum is at 324 East State Street in Savannah. The phone is 932-236-8097.

At left is the silhouette of Cornelia Davenport provided by the museum, upon which Christine based the doll. At right is the 16-inch doll Christine created for the Davenport House Museum, complete with book, quill, and period coiffure and attire. 

Dolls Magazine publishes feature on Christine's dollmaking

Christine is the subject of a lengthy feature article in the November 2004 issue of Dolls Magazine, a leading publication for doll collectors.

The article describes Christine's history and personal philosophy as a dollmaker.

 It has several color photographs of her dolls, such as a Hannah, an Emma, and an Amy doll, in addition to a photo of Christine hard at work.

To read the article, click here.

Christine has full-page appearance in Oregon Home magazine

Oregon Home magazine, in its May-June 2006 issue, published a full-page article on Christine's dollmaking.

Written by Associate Editor Beth Olson, it discusses both her dollmaking and home.

Regarding the dolls, the article quotes Christine:

"They've become like my little children. I'll have all of these dolls with painted faces waiting to be clothed, but the're not 'alive' until they're finished and named. That's the best part: when I can step back and say, 'Welcome to the world!'"

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Somerset Life praises Christine's Paper Dolls

The Autumn 2008 issue of Somerset Life dedicated three pages to Christine's slip-in paper dolls that she's created for often including in packages when she ships dolls.

The little paper dolls have been a hit with customers and Somerset Life's editors praised them as well.

Christine's dolls selected repeatedly for leading Traditional Crafts directory

Christine has been honored to be selected six straight years for the prestigious Directory of Traditional American Crafts, a juried listing of the top 200 traditional craftspeople in America.

Selections are based on the quality of craftsmanship and historical integrity of my dolls. She also has been selected for the Early American Life Traditional American Crafts Holiday Directory.

Dolls the judges selected for the Traditonal Crafts directory have included her Tess, Tillie, Hattie, Hannah, and Emma dolls ~ all of which are based on authentic historical doll styles.

At right, Christine's Maggie doll in a Kinsale cape was selected  for EAL's holiday directory of leading traditional-craft artisans.

Christine's Dolls at Historic Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation in historic Charlottesville, Virginia is now selling dolls by Christine LeFever at the Monticello Museum shop. 

To see, click here.