I don't let myself go to the op-shops as much these days, or my house will turn into one. However I had a bit of time today, and went to my favourite local one which I had not been to for a long time. The trip paid off and I got this slim hard cover book by Judy Sparrow on the history of the teddy bear. The photos are gorgeous and the text informative.
The back cover has photos of modern Steiff replica bears.
Finally, look at the this photo from an old issue of Threads magazine (no. 35 June/July 1991) that I got in the same op-shop today. It is of a porcelain doll made and dressed by Emilliene Duncan. The detail and the amount of work involved is mind-blowing! She sews most of the garments by hand and the article is worth tracking down for detailed descriptions of the hand sewing techniques that she uses and the best fabrics to sew with for dolls.
Phew. Two posts in one day is unusual for me, but I thought I had better do them now while I can. Happy sewing everyone.