Archive for January 29, 2005

Creative Cloth Doll Faces

January 29, 2005

Yay – you can finally pre-order Patti Culea’s new book, Creative Cloth Doll Faces. I can’t wait for this book to come out! I ‘know’, via Internet, a lot of the folks who created dolls for this book and I really want to see what they made for it. I kinda want to see what they did with my doll too .. yes, I got to make one for this book and I’m totally psyched about it. It was such a thrill and honor to be asked to make one. Sure hope the publishers liked it well enough to put it in the book! One of the girls in my doll club got to make one for it too and her doll is just awesome. I know that Patti covered painting, beading, sculpting, watercolor, collage, and a few more techniques. When I visited her in August (she let me stay at her house when I took a Pam Grose class) she showed me the samples she had made for the water soluble oil pastels. Way cool! The cover is neat – click on the picture and it will take you to Amazon where you can pre-order the book! I love the fact that you can pre-order, I have one on pre-order for art quilts. That way you can be sure to be one of the first to get the book!

Creative Cloth Doll Faces

Finger Turning Tips

January 27, 2005

AARGH – turning hands – the bane of doll making! We’ve been talking about how to turn fingers on one of my lists. It’s definitely something that takes practice when you’re learning on your own. Thought I’d post the instructions that I put inside my turning tool kits. It can be pretty frustrating the first few times you turn them but with practice it’ll get lots easier! Here ya go …


Fabric ATC Tutorial

January 22, 2005

So you want to give making Fabric Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) a try? It’s easy and it’s a lot of fun. But be careful – they can be really addicting. This tutorial will show you how to make a collage style ATC using raw-edge applique methods.


Does green go with purple?

January 21, 2005

I bought this new color theory book that is absolutely awesome! One of the quilters in my color and design class brought this book in one day to show me and it just blew me away. I just had to have it! I have another crafter’s color book but there’s no comparison to this one. This book is called Color Works: The Crafter’s Guide to Color by Deb Menz. Besides explaining color theory in great detail, each section has about a dozen examples done in different crafts. For instance, if she was talking about complimentary colors she would pick two and show the same colors in quilting, beading, hand weaving, handmade papers, knitting, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, .. it’s amazing. She uses the same little design each time so you can really see how a design changes with each color change.
You know how sometimes the ‘search inside this book’ on Amazon is pretty worthless? This one isn’t .. click on the picture below and you can see what I mean about the little designs. When you click through, right under the picture of the book is the ‘look inside this book’ – click that. Think it’s the third page in.

Color Works


All shapes and sizes

January 17, 2005

My little sewing group had a blast today shaping the faces of our trolls to be. We are working on Ute Vasina’s Norman pattern which is a little troll dude that sits on a wagon. We all used different fabrics and were amazed at how differently they are turning out. Now – these look a bit strange because there’s no coloring or hair yet – not even ears but it’s fun to see how although we all used the same pattern none of them are remotely alike!



Clogging pens

January 13, 2005

The question of how to keep your gel pens and Pigma or Zig pens from clogging up when you are coloring over other media is one that comes up quite often on the doll lists. I used to have this problem too – now plain old impatience is my biggest problem. The trick to keeping your pens from clogging is to seal each layer before you go on to the next one.


Cloth Doll Patterns

January 12, 2005

I received an email today asking for help with a certain cloth doll pattern. The instructions were so badly written that it was nearly impossible to understand what you were supposed to do. That’s one of my pet peeves, patterns that are hard to figure out, or have steps missing. What’s funny though is that some popular designers can write doll patterns this way and people still buy them. They complain about it to their friends but still patronize the designer. I’m guilty of this myself! Another thing that drives me nuts are patterns (either cloth doll or quilts) that don’t fit on the paper so the designer tells you to add 1/4 inch (or whatever) to each side. I invariably forget and then I’ve wasted material.


Balanced Out

January 10, 2005

Drill bits and stuffing don’t mix! I got the courage to try to add the brass rod to the ‘Last of the Faeries” doll yesterday so she wouldn’t tip over again. It was an interesting process.


Art of the Dollmaker

January 8, 2005

A couple of weeks ago my sewing group came over to work on our latest project. Unfortunately one of the gals couldn’t make it so we decided not to go ahead without her. We couldn’t come up with a simple project to do in a short amount of time so we decided to watch the Art of the Dollmaker documentary film instead. If you haven’t seen this you should. It is an extremely heartfelt look at why we make these little creatures.

The Art of the Dollmaker


Cloth, Paper, Scissors

January 6, 2005

I received my second issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors yesterday. It’s such a treat to read. I always skim the whole issue for the eye candy then get down to some serious reading. The only problem I see with the magazine is that it should come with a disclaimer saying they are not responsible for loss of sleep! I read it at night and then I lay in bed and can’t sleep because of the ideas spinning in my head. This issue has so much to offer a doll maker. There are at least two great articles on creating fabulous textiles. One is by Dale Rollerson, who I believe owns