2. "The entire doll is made of felt. The body/limbs are lined in muslin to prevent stretching during the stuffing process." - R. John Wright
PH: Did you examine the original Edith ?
RJW: No, we haven't seen the original Edith in person. We really love the Edith character, but if you look carefully at the doll in the book, you gain a new appreciation for Dare Wright's photographic skills. The face of the doll itself is quite undermolded with very little definition and the wig is a very strange thing that she obviously cobbled together. The gingham dress is not particularly interesting. Therefore, we felt that our doll needed a bit more refinement in all the details so that it wouldn't disappoint when actually seen in person.
PH: Was Brook Ashley involved in the design process?
RJW: Brook, no, she was not involved at all in the design process. Although she very kindly supplied us with color photos of Edith as well as those of the two bears for use in the locket. The Lonely Doll book, of course, was studied intently.
PH: Anything else you would like to share about the development process?
RJW: We had a bit of a crisis after the prototype was completed when someone pointed out to us that the original Edith's eyes are blue rather than brown! We had no idea since most 109s we've seen have brown eyes. Of course you can't really tell in the B&W photos, but they looked quite dark to us . . . Anyway, her eyes have been changed accordingly and we actually like them much better than brown.
PH: When will the first dolls be available for shipping?
RJW: We were planning on shipping Edith by the end of this year. Now however, it is looking like they will most likely be shipped at the beginning of 2008. This is not absolute; we still may be able to ship some of them by the end of 2007!