Canadian Madeline Saucier began making dolls when she was a youngster and illness limited her play activities. She created "companions" with likenesses of her family and friends for her play dolls. Studying drawing, portrait painting, anatomy, and sculpture, she continued making dolls into her adulthood. Though she tried many media for her dolls, eventually she settled on molded felt for them and became best known for her figures that depicted Canadian traditions and history. Saucier became a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists in 1968.