CheckMates... the Scottish Rag Dolls... A sad story

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    In 2002 I bought Charlotte two hand made Scottish dolls dressed in Harris Tweed .. called CheckMates

    They were made by a lady in Poolewe, Scotland.. a Mary Buchanan

    I decided to buy another two for my granddaughter Olivia, and searched on-line for the site where I had found them.. to no avail..
    I tried emailing the lady, no reply, more searching and I found a profile for here on Etsy .. so I tried to contact her via this site .. but no reply..

    I then looked on Google maps to find where her studio was.. it is called Cadadh, Bridge Cottage, Poolewe. IV22 2 JU , I found it on Street View , but no longer a house but a Cafe'

    Bridge Cottage St.View

    Puzzled, I searched for the cafe' on Google and found a FaceBook Page..
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    So.. I sent a message to the owner asking if they knew Mary or her whereabouts..

    I had reply very quickly.. Mary had passed on a few years ago.. but her husband was living in the cottage next door..:cry:

    How sad I felt holding the two dolls that Mary had lovingly made..

    One day we hope visit Poolewe and perhaps see her husband ..

    The dolls, with Harris Tweed and Tartan clothes, wool hair and leather boots .. and they have survived rather well.. considering they were played with and not on display ...

    heirlooms now.. hopefully Charlotte can give to her little girl :)
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    Looks like a nice place for a few days holiday.. with a C&CC site right on front bt the beach..

    Street View
     
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    beautiful dolls, but such a shame the lady died, comes to us all in the end..

    just had a wander around on your street view, what a lovely village, very scenic, down to the water too, shall bookmark the place for if i ever get up that way again, thank you.. :)
     
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    Fabulous place, Jim.
    First up there in July 1989 tugging a caravan and stayed just up the road on Gruinard Bay which overlooks the island they used for anthrax testing!
    There are a number of parking areas next to the road you can wild camp on and there's a camping ground in Mellon Udrigale that overlooks a fabulous wee beach (Google Map it). Never stayed there but think it's an honesty box type arrangement.
    Beware of midge season though! Loch fishing for an hour in humid showery conditions and I thought it was "steam" coming off the waterside vegetation. Eh no!!!!! Had to give up after the hour to count the bites. Lost count at over 100.
    There was a wee roadside pub within walking distance and it was the first time I heard the saying. When do you close, asks I (remembering that back then it was 21.30 \ 22.00 and no Sunday opening!) for the response to by och aboot October.
    Inverewe Gardens are just up the road as well.
     
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    Stayed at the C&CC site a few years ago and witnessed what was probably our finest sunset, the whole site was silent and spellbound. Nice area and fine site.
     
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    What a sad but lovely story, beautiful dolls something to treasure :mnythnks:
     
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    The C&CC site gets full so advance booking may be in order. We turned up there in May 2013 in rainy weather and could not get in. Eventually we spent three nights 'wild camping' in the village and had a great time - despite the rain. I asked at the shop if it would be OK and was told it would be fine at that time of year. Not recommended in high summer though when the village gets very busy.
     
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    Update..

    this week we decided to 'try our hand' at making our own rag dolls ..

    this is our first effort.. and quite pleased.. a few mistakes .. but not bad.. stands about 20 in high

    all made from scraps of material and wool from the sewing box..

    it was a joint effort.. excuse the pun..

    she has no name .. suggestions please.
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    Mary. After the lady who made the originals.
     
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    The cafe in poolewe is really good. Have stopped there for coffee and cake a few times when on motorcycle trips. We are going up that way in the motorhome in spring and will probably call in.
     
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    She looks really cute, but like a Molly to me. :xsmile:
     
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    Ditto
     
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    :xThumb:Pretty good

    Have you tried plaiting her hair with a wee ribbon on the end?
     
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    Our elder son's family are into Goth stuff (always do Whitby) so Jill made them each a doll for Christmas 3 years ago.
    One male, two female and an owl (because our grandson was too old for dolls but always liked owls).
     

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    What a wonderful collection @GJH. The Goth dolls are taking doll making to a new level and something the youngsters will treasure always.
     
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    Another pair, just finished..

    James and Mary


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    You've been busy. Are you going into production?:)
     
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    @scotjimland what did you decide to call the first doll you made?
    Love the new pair you have made.
     
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    Jill is often asked that. When people are told the amount of hours that go into it though (and, as a result, what it would cost) the subject suddenly gets changed :D
     
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    thanks @big map was going to be Mary.. but changed.. she is now Mary's mum .. lol

    @GJH yes.. I think we paid about £30 each for the Checkmates.. which was very reasonable..

    If I were 'up to speed' probably take about four hours.. even paying yourself minimum wages noone would buy them..

    It's like wood turning .. no one will pay for the time it takes to make a nice bowl..

    .. it's a hobby ..I just love being creative
     
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