Saturday, 15 June 2019

RAVEN Art Doll

Well once again, Arley has inspired me to try my hand at making my own Raven Doll.  Here she is:

 I used an east indian pillow cover that was in shades of purple and I add some dark dyes.  I kept some aside for appliqu├ęs on her head dress and sleeves.  She is all cloth, a stump doll with doe suede for face and black doe suede for hands.  I also gessoed the face before adding her features.  I was very happy with the results.
 I made her a paper "beak" mask that can be put over her face so that she looks more like a raven.

Here is the second version I made this time using a two tone sequin fabric for her body overlay:

This is the beginning of this particular face:



Monday, 20 May 2019

A Week Away

I spend a wonderful week in Courtney, BC with four good friends.  We rented a house on Dove Creek (called Dove Creek Farm) and the place was even better than advertised:

Charles and one of the two horses
The two brothers grazing in one of the nine paddocks

The back view of the house with Mason bee homes under the eaves

Dove Creek from the trail on the property

Another view from the trails


One of the three trails as seen from our back porch

We had a glorious time and even took time out from our mad creations to visit the Farmer's market and downtown Courtney (including the thrift stores!) Fun had by all!

Here is a sneak look at some of our ventures:

Four of us were making a wee Waldorf doll

We made wee elephants (6" tall)

Bobbi's sweet dolly in progress

Joan's Raven doll waiting for hands and a head!
There will be a future post to reveal all of the finished (or almost finished) projects!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Charlie Patricolo Workshop

Twice a year our doll club has a doll making retreat at Heritage Acres in Saanich, BC.  This year we hosted a wonderful cloth doll maker, Charlie Patricolo.  Her dolls are all cloth, some with wire armature, most without.  This class was meant to be especially useful for beginning doll makers.

Charlie brought a number of her dolls for us to inspect.  What fun we had.






Everyone enjoyed the workshop and learned many tips on making all cloth dolls with soft sculpted faces.  Here are a few photos of the dolls in progress:







I made one doll in class and finished the costuming at home and them promptly made a second doll!
Francesca and her kitty

A closeup of her wild hair

My second doll, I named her Lidia and she makes teddy bears

As many of you know, I love taking workshops.  It is so much fun to learn new techniques and create with like minded peers in a warm and giving environment.  I look forward to my next doll making adventure in mid-May so stay tuned!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Waldorf Doll Workshop

I have always wanted to make natural material soft dolls in the style of Waldorf dolls and this year I was lucky enough to have just this opportunity!

In February the first Dollfolk Handwork Festival was held in Portland Oregon and I signed up for a workshop with Fabs from Fig and Me

I met many like minded ladies and I had a great time despite the cold wintry February weather.  The next festival will be held in the month of April or May, the organizers assured us so.

Here are pictures of what I made and of the workshop:

This is the model doll. She is 12.5" tall and so sweet.

A fellow doll maker's progress

Pinning the hair cap in place

My dolly all skinned and waiting for limbs


Here is my finished dolly, Francesca with a jumper and sweater made by Fabs

Her knitted beret made by me

Francesca's friend, Phoebe, made by a fellow Canadian from Kelowna


A wee one wearing a cape made by Fabs



All ready for a wintry day (see still needs her boots)

 The following are the process photos of constructing the head:






As soon as I returned to Victoria, I completed my second doll:

Meet Pippi, a sweet, fun loving girl who loves her monkey



Hand knitted cap and vest

Here she is showing off her outfit



Bye for now, time for a cup of java
I am now sure that I want to make more of these little darlings this year!
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