What’s Cooking with Maggie Iacono

Expressions In Felt by Maggie Iacono

For over 25 years Maggie has been creating felt dolls in small editions and one of a kinds.
Maggie is happiest when creating dolls, and has created thousands of them that grace the
collections of doll collectors from all over the world.

Each precious face of a Maggie Made Doll has been sculpted by Maggie herself. And when the demand for her dolls grew she recruited seamstresses to help with the sewing of costumes and taught her husband to take on some of the simpler tasks to keep production moving smoothly. Always striving to improve, Maggie began adding features to her dolls to make them more lifelike. The unique ball jointing system she developed made it possible for collectors to pose their doll for more realistic play and even the tiny felt fingers can point and hold an accessory.

With a background in sewing, Maggie’s love of fabrics and textures naturally lead to designing outfits for her many editions. Collectors fell in love with her combinations of felt and silks, and were charmed by the colors she chose. Story book characters came to life in her small studio but they always had the unique touch of Maggie’s hand. And little girls, in fashion forward outfits, rose from the piles of felts, silks, and other natural fabrics that Maggie would find. And when the fabric she was searching for did not exist, or come in the ‘just right’ shade of blue or green, Maggie would dye it herself to achieve the perfect combinations.

Whether inspired by a sketch in a children’s book, or the feel of a fabric on the shelves of Mood in New York City, Maggie manages to come up with a design that is strictly her own, with those special
Maggie touches. Costumes, colors and accessories are chosen by Maggie and must enhance each doll for the collector.

Since 2005 Maggie has created souvenir dolls for UFDC Convention events. And to entertain
the collectors attending her daughter Emily, who studied movie making, created stop animation
videos starring Maggie’s dolls. Each year, keeping with the theme of the convention, Maggie
would create a souvenir doll that conventioneers took home and lovingly added to their collections.

This year convention attendees can look forward once again to a Maggie Iacono event. In keeping with the New Orleans feel, the event doll will be called “Praline” and is guaranteed to be as sweet as her name.

For more information on Maggie Iacono please visit her website: www.maggiemadedolls.com.

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