Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cinderella at the Ball

Here is my third doll in the Fairy Tale series: Cinderella at the Ball.  She is about 9 inches tall with her beehive hair-do.  I sewed lots of silver sequins on her feet for her "glass" slippers.  Her dress is fashioned from an old taffeta prom dress.  In fact the bodice of that dress provided the sequins!

Her pannier

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Princess and the Pea

Another doll made for my fairy tale series.  She has been in my head for a long time so it was fun to finally work on the project.  I took an old frame and made it into a shadow box with foam core and vintage wallpapers.  Making the bed and mattresses were so much fun because I have so many vintage fabrics to pick from!  Her hair is a little wild.  I am making these dolls from a wire armature and paper clay head so they are fully posable.  Notice she has little beaded slippers.  Can you find the culprit in the bed which made our little princess all black and blue??

Here you can see the little beaded chandelier I made for her room box.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Little Red

She is relaxed right now...awaiting the wolf!  Little Red is 8 inches tall and fully posable.  She is made from paper maché, wire, paper and vintage textiles.  Her little basket is crafted from birch bark and leather.  She will be part of a fairy tale series which is something I've always wanted to do.

I am currently making lots of new work for a show that I will be exhibiting at Burdick's Restaurant in Walpole, New Hampshire beginning April 4, 2017.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Artsy Girl

Here is a new doll just finished.  She kind of came together at the end when I decided she needed a tote bag full of art supplies.  Thanks to Caroline from Cinderella Moments for the tutorial on painting roses.  She has a little painting in her bag that I am pleased with how it came out!

Her "hair" is actually a very old silk glove that I embellished with little Czech glass beads.

Monday, July 25, 2016

I have been wanting to make this doll for a long time.  I sculpted the head as part of an instructional demo during my last doll making workshop.  I just need to make a hat out of old materials.  The little carpet bag is trimmed with bits of leather saved from an old wallet.  I think she will find her way to Prince Edward Island.  She belongs there.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April Doll Making Workshop- Russian Style Nesting Dolls

Yesterday I taught another doll making workshop in my home studio with a wonderful group of women.  We made three Russian style nesting dolls from vintage textiles and hand sculpted face plates.  My philosophy for teaching my classes is to teach techniques and provide lots of materials and options and let the students make their own unique creations.  The most rewarding part for me is to see how each student interprets the lesson.  The biggest challenge is we never can have enough time but the diversity in the end product is wonderful!

Maggi's Christmas trio

Pat and her dolls

Meghan and her dolls

Karen and her dolls

Maggi and her dolls

Lunch was provided we had Chinese Chicken Salad and Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake to keep us going.

Lots of fun.  Next workshop will be in the Fall.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Snowy Day Sewing

It's spring but we have had snow all day. It's been a good day to get some slipcover sewing done.  I made an ottoman cover to go with this chair I made last year.  They will both be heading up to Prince Edward Island soon!