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Josephine's Family - Handmade, one-of-a-kind, cloth dolls

More than 20 years ago, I wanted a doll to sit in a child's antique rocking chair in front of the fireplace in my living room. I searched for the "right" doll and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. My idea was "I can sew. I'll make a doll." I bought a pattern and made myself a "country doll". After adding my own touches to her, she came out very cute. When she was admired by a relative, I gave my first doll to her. After that I made another doll and someone else loved her. So, she too was given away. Soon people started asking me to make dolls for them to give as gifts and I started charging a small amount. Because I knew my dolls were special, starting my own small business became a viable option. I joined a local craft guild after attending their "juried" craft show in my area and was told that all my creations had to be "original". I could not use a commercial pattern. After working feverishly to accomplish this task, I was "juried" into the "Artisans' Circle" craft guild of Northampton County, PA in 1994 and started on the road to becoming a master in my field. In 1998 I was "juried" into the prestigious "Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen". This is an honors award given for excellence in craftsmanship and design. I am humbled to be a "juried" member of this organization. My designs are always changing in order to perfect my craft. While working towards this goal, I'm having the most fun making my dolls and meeting all the wonderful people who take a member of "Josephine's Family" into their homes. Lucille Gruppo-- "Josephine's Family"-- e-mail: josephinesfamily@aol.com  
2013 Show Calendar
8 photos - Josephine's Family participation in PA Guild and other Fine Juried Craft Shows
Baby Bunting Dolls
31 photos - Collectable Cloth Teaching Doll
Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls
15 photos - Traditional Raggedy Ann and Andy
Orphan Train Riders Dolls
21 photos - "Part of American History"
Book & Movie Character Dolls
14 photos - Inspired by books, movies, or just out of my head
Native American Dolls
9 photos - American Indian Dolls
Sleepytime Dolls
18 photos - Dolls to cuddle & sleep with
Storybook & Nursery Rhyme Dolls
8 photos - Dolls inspired by Children's Storybook characters & Nursery Rhymes
Christmas Dolls
8 photos -
Christmas Ornaments
75 photos - Angels, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Monks, Hex Signs, & more
Soft Animals
34 photos - Funny Bunnies, Dogs
Good Witches
2 photos - La Befana...An Italian Legend
31 photos -
29 photos - Christmas City, Bethlehem, PA
Eagles Mere Art & Craft Festival
2 photos -
Blueberry Festival
3 photos -
Earth Center for the Arts Craft Show
2 photos -
13 photos - Soft Dolls and Animals Signature Doll--Original Design by Lucille Gruppo
15 photos - Antique Doll with new clothes