Thank you for visiting Silkspike Dolls


I am an American living in Essex, England.  My name is Nancy, but half the people I know call me by my nickname, Micki. I answer to either name.  :)  I have been married to an Englishman since 1998, and love living in England.  We have a Granddaughter and Grandson; one of whom may some day pick up a needle or a paintbrush alongside me, should they become interested in those things.  I have loved Barbie dolls my whole life, and have a small collection of vintage Barbies and clothes.  Now that I have spent many hours sewing my granddaughter Barbie Doll clothes, my interest in dolls has come alive again - or at least that's my excuse! ;)  Second childhood, here I come!


I began collecting 16" fashion dolls in early 2012 and it re-sparked my childhood interest in sewing for dolls. I am mostly self-taught and have never had any formal training in sewing.  I have been sewing ever since my mother taught me how to hold a needle, and I still sew on her 1959 Singer Slant-o-Matic 401. I also love to draw and paint and work in pastels. I also enjoy working with beads and other crafts and have always been a shutterbug.  I am a Taurus, as many creative people are.  I lost my job of 12 years in 2013 - like so many people have in this worldwide recession.  I owned a neon sign shop before I moved to England, and bent all of my own neon tubes  I have been a lifeguard, a typesetter for a full-service printer, and had a few other jobs such as working in a fabric store, which I adored!  I don't think I've sat still in my entire life!

I have had some experience modeling, and enjoyed the fashions and posing, so getting back into dolls is really just an extension of that aspect of my personality.  I also learned a lot from the photographers I worked with, so hopefully with practice, my doll photography will get better since I absolutely LOVE taking pictures.

I hope to create interest and business by creating tutorials for basic patterns (sold on my Etsy Shop) and posting photos of my projects both here and on Flickr.



June Lewis - June 7, 1921 - Jan 2, 1970
My beautiful & patient mother who taught me how to sew
and always made me lots of Barbie doll clothes.
She would have LOVED the larger fashion dolls!
A B O U T
BEST VIEWED with your browser at the 100% setting :)
email me
designed with Homestead
Website Designed for Silkspike Dolls using HOMESTEAD software.
Please do not use my photos or any portion of my website without asking permission.
Thanks!  Micki :)