Dollmaker's Journey CUSTOMER CONNECTION
July 2003 Issue Twenty-three
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Dear dollmaker friends,
Join us for our Sizzling Summer Sale. Through July 31,
2003, any order of $25 or more of merchandise will receive
a 20% discount off the total price. We will calculate
the discount when we receive the order. Take advantage
of this once a year special to stock up on all those
projects and patterns you dream of making for the holidays.
You might even want to purchase some books as gifts
for your dollmaking friends. Fill your shopping cart
and enjoy this once-a-year savings event.
Mary Ann and Bonnie
The Hoffman Challenge: http://www.HoffmanChallenge.com
You buy the assigned fabric: #4381 Black Cherry, and
use it on a doll. The rules are posted on their web
site. Deadline is August 8, 2003.
Second Annual Patriotic Challenge: http://sandspurpatch.com/whatsnew.htm
Pictures due September 2, 2003
A primitive, folk art, and vintage challenge
Sherry Goshon, one of our designers, has issued a new
challenge entitled "Art Nouveau, 1890-1914 to Art
Deco 1920 -1930's. Pictures need to be sent to Sherry
by July 1, 2004. More details will appear in an upcoming
Beaded Art Doll Competition: Create an original beaded
doll representing the five seasons. You may view Official
Rules on-line at http://www.landofodds.com/store/alldolledup.htm
Or, you may obtain a copy of the Official Rules by sending
a self-addressed, stamped envelope to All Dolled Up:
Beaded Art Doll Competition, Land of Odds, 522 East
Nashville, TN 37204. Deadline is August 15, 2004.
UPCOMING EVENTS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS
September 7-10, 2003 - C3 - The Classic Cloth Conference
Courtyard by Marriott and Grappone Conference Center,
For catalog contact email@example.com OR call 603-226-4501
OR access C3 catalog at: http://www.aadadoll.org
(Adobe Acrobat format)
October 2-5, 2003 - Camp Doll U
For brochure send $3 to: Two Friends LLC, 2423 SE 322nd
St, Kent, WA 98042 OR visit the web site: http://www.dollu.com
October 29-November 2, 2003 - Houston Quilt Festival
Jewel of the Gypsy Challenge on display there
January 22-25, 2004 - Southern Doll Conference
For more information visit: http://www.kringlecreek.com/southern%20doll%20conference.htm
March 17-21, 2004 - Kansas City Doll Fair ~ the Art
of the Doll ~
Kansas City, Kansas
For more information: http://www.kcdollfair.com
To save yourself time and energy, get all the details
on upcoming doll related events at CLOTH DOLL CONNECTION:
SPECIAL GIFTS FOR YOU
DEV VALLENCOURT has created a Missus C. (http://www.dollmakersjourney.com/friends.html)
to join her Right Jolly Old Elf. While he plays golf
in Florida this January she can visit the beach in her
new swimsuit. You can print this FREE pattern at: http://auntiedev.com/missusbeach.html
Just click on the arrows at the bottom right to see
the pattern and directions.
Check out the polyfil website. Two lovely new projects
have been added, including a free pattern by one of
our designers, Jane Coughlin. See them at:
One of our designers, Kerry Seymour, has free instructions
on her website for creating Tyvek Beads. Check it out
Click the Tyvek Bead button.
A SHOE TIP FROM ONE OF OUR DESIGNERS
Shoes? A good material to use for dainty doll shoes
is Swim Lycra. It has great stretch making it fit smoothly
over toes. And there is a heavier black that looks like
leather. I use soles of leather and heels of Paper Clay.
Also lycra makes great Gloves. Just use the hand pattern
and it will stretch over it. Hemming isn't needed as
it won't ravel. This is a good time of year to find
Lycra in stores. HUGS, Claire-Ellen
See Claire-Ellen's imaginative patterns at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/claire.html
SEWING ON SILK
By Gloria "Mimi" Winer
I sew silk all the time. I have even used heavier silks
and "parachute" silk for "doll skins".
Use a NEW number 8 or 9 universal needle. Schmetz are
the best. Use a polyester thread. I use either Swiss
Metrosene (sometimes called Mettler) or Gutterman. Be
sure it is 100% poly, which is stronger than cotton.
Silk thread is so strong it often puckers or tears some
fine silk fabric.
Of course, if you are lucky enough to have a Pfaff
machine you should engage the dual feed feature. I can
sew satin to fur and nothing moves. This is the reason
I originally bought my first Pfaff. I was sewing an
entire wedding party about nine years ago and all the
bridesmaids' dresses were silk and lined with silk.
If you are not a happy Pfaff owner, use a dual feed
or even feed foot to sew silk. It will keep the fabric
layers from shifting.
If you have none of the above I recommend that you
hand baste before using the sewing machine. This will
also keep the layers from shifting. Oh yes, when cutting
out the silk pattern pieces be sure to use lots of silk
pins or IBC pins available from Clotilde. Quilters Resources
has duplicated the IBC pins and they are the same, different
colors on the glass heads but just as long, fine and
sharp and are as good as silk pins and longer. They
use the brand name "Nifty Notions" and they
are cheaper than the IBC pins. They should be available
at your local quilt shop. Lots of pins before cutting
out the pieces will keep the layers from shifting.
I also use pinking shears when cutting out silk. All
seams that are not to be lined should be either pinked
or enclosed in a "French seam". Any sewing
book will show examples of French seaming.
If you have no sewing manuals, a French seam is made
by stitching a narrow seam on the right side of the
garment then pressing it closed then again with the
seam open. Press it on the other side then close it
and press again. This is important so the seam will
be even. Then it must be trimmed to about 1/8".
Then press again with the trimmed seam on the right
side of the garment, then stitch again close to the
edge, press yet again and you have a perfect French
seam. It should be enclosed on the inside of the garment.
All that pressing is important, especially when working
with silk. To press while sewing is not the same as
ironing. Use lots of steam and don't move the iron around
on the silk, just barely touch it let the steam do the
work, I often just hold the iron an inch or so above
the silk and allow the steam to penetrate the fabric
thoroughly. I use the Rowena Pro iron.
Someday I want the Euro Pro System...But it is too
rich for my budget.
Gloria J. "Mimi" Winer
See her patterns at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/mimi.html
From the Forest Hollow Studio of the amazing MARY KOCHEVAR
we have four truly unique interpretations of the Four
Elements - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Each figure
begins as a pancake doll that is then sculpted, painted
and embellished with incredible results. Buy one or
two or a discounted set of all 4. These projects are
sure to get your creative juices flowing! Also check
out her amazing one-piece doll called "The Oracle."
You'll also have a ball mixing and matching the body
parts and then embellishing the unique "Celestial
Sisters." Stop by and take a peek at http://dollmakersjourney.com/kochevar.html
Just in from "Down-Under". SUZETTE RUGOLO'S
exquisite Queen of the Fairies "Titania, the perfect
companion for her Fairy King "Oberon". We
know you're going to love the creative challenge of
making these magnificent dolls. http://dollmakersjourney.com/rugolo.html
Are you are constantly searching for the perfect accessory
for your dolls? BARBARA SPENCER'S newest pattern "Toys
For Small Dolls" gives you a wonderful array of
little dolls, dogs and other characters to whip up with
ease for a perfect finishing touch.
Designer VALARIE GARBER has moved with her husband
to Namibia (South West Africa) where her life is a constant
adventure. "Georgie the Giraffe" is the first
in her "Out of Africa" series. You'll love
stenciling the fabric to make this wonderful creature.
Stop by and read Val's updated bio http://dollmakersjourney.com/designers.html
Troll Queen UTE VASINA has released her newest troll
girl "Rae". The pattern includes directions
for the boots and pail. We loved Ute's terrific article
about making realistic feet in the most recent Doll
Our dear friend ELLYN VOSS, who is renowned for her
"Pretty Dolls", must give up her beloved doll
making due to medical reasons. To reduce the size of
her incredible stash she has put together fabulous boxes
of assorted treasures that we are calling "Stash
Packs." Each box contains an exciting array of
hair, trims, embellishment materials, fabrics and other
treasures. If you love Goodie Bags these Stash Packs
will surely tickle your creative fancy but you have
to hurry - we only have 3 left! http://dollmakersjourney.com/supplies.html
JUDY SKEEL is treating us to a very particular Renaissance
lady named Penelope" who is beautifully adorned
with laces and trims. We even have "Penelope's
Lace Kits" to go with her that are to-die-for!
"American Annie" is a very sweet patriotic
lass dressed in Battenberg lace. We know you are going
to love these newest offerings from this talented designer.
We're pleased to announce that the rascally teapot
doll "Chef Louigi" now has a magnificent mate
- "Mamma Louigi" from the whimsical Auntie
Moonie - ELLEN HAYTAS. Every kitchen should have such
a fine lady. http://dollmakersjourney.com/friends.html
At long last we are delighted to bring you the very
popular 'Wrist Wresters©" from that dynamic
doll design duo - DOUG AND BARB KEELING. So quick and
easy to make you'll want to make them all - "Lester,"
"Soothing Sally," and "Molly Mermaid."
And, if you've never tried the Keeling face stamps look
and see how versatile one stamp can be!
It's never too soon to start thinking about holiday
projects. DEV VALLENCOURT'S very popular "Right
Jolly Old Elf" now has a lovely mate - "Missus
C." Check out her "Birkey" sandals and
unusual bra/boob design. With their poseable heads and
versatile body construction they make the perfect holiday
Also, Dev is offering a FREE bathing suit pattern so
Missus C. can go to the beach. You can print it out
Just click on the arrows at the bottom right to see
the pattern and directions.
Yippee! PATTI CULEA'S extraordinary book "Creative
Cloth Doll Making" is now back in stock! Patti
expertly presents new approaches for using fibers, beads,
dyes and other exciting techniques. You will see how
other renowned doll makers have interpreted 3 simple
patterns provided in the book. Crisp text, detailed
illustrations and color photos will take you step-by-step
through the creative process. This book is an absolute
MUST HAVE for every dollmaker's reference library. http://dollmakersjourney.com/willis.html
We're also delighted to have BARBARA WILLIS' lovely
new wall doll "Emily" which has an optional
face stamp to go with it. http://dollmakersjourney.com/books.html
We have two fun new projects from PAMELA HASTINGS.
"Big Fleece" uses polar fleece and colorful
scraps to make wonderfully soft dolls with tons of personality.
You'll have a ball piecing together your scraps to make
"Petite Angel Doll and Bag". Stop by and take
a peek at these imaginative patterns! http://dollmakersjourney.com/hastings.html
KATHY HAYS is offering a new E-Workshop at Crafty College
/ Doll Net Campus. The workshop is: "Embellishments....
Ordinary to extraordinary" Everyone who has enrolled
says it is a wonderful class (Mary Ann is loving it!),
and when you take it you can enter the "Summer
Techniques Challenge" to win lots of prizes. Check
it out at: http://craftycollege.com/academics/dollclasses.html
DEV VALENCOURT has been trying a new concept in sales:
shareware patterns. Basically, the patterns are free
for download unless the dollmaker decides to make the
someone else or for sale. It's strictly an honor system--
if someone feels they SHOULD pay for the pattern, then
they do. So far, Dev says it's been a success. Check
it out at: http://auntiedev.com/patternshare.html
We're happy to report that Australian designer PRISCILLA
MC DONALD is once again able to produce her patterns.
You may remember that her home burnt to the ground several
months ago. We are now fully stocked with all of her
wonderful designs. http://dollmakersjourney.com/mcdonald.html
It is with saddened hearts that we heard one of our
designers, GLADI ALFORD, passed away. She helped organize
the Enchanted Freedom Conference, and died just before
Fabric - Bundy's Quilting Company at http://www.bundysquiltingco.com
sells 100% cotton quality fabrics at reasonable prices.
Included are some lovely small prints suitable for dolls.
Clays - Liane and Tony Kohn have sold their business
"Handcraft Designs" to Polymer Clay Express.
They will now carry all polymer clays, including Fimo
and Cernit, as well as tools, videos and supplies needed
to complete your projects. Check them out at: http://www.polymerclayexpress.com
Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laces and Trims - A great source of trims & lace
- especially Venice lace
MINIATURE FORTUNE TELLING TAROT CARDS
To create your own mini tarot deck of cards, go to:
Pick the deck you like, click on it, and print off the
whole page that comes up. Use clear contact paper or
a laminating sheet over the page and cut out your entire
mini-deck. (The contact paper can be on the back of
the page to give it stiffness, or the front to protect
the colors). You could also print the deck on card stock
or photo paper for a sturdier deck. The resultant deck
of cards would be suitable for a 16" - 20"
gypsy. (To determine scale, I used the proportional
scale wheel. A human deck of tarot cards is 3-1/2"
high, and the website version is 1" high.) For
complete directions on how to determine accessory scale,
go to: http://dollmakersjourney.com/supplies.html
Scroll down to the proportional scale wheel, and read
the paragraph on sizing doll accessories.
NEWS FROM THE HOME FRONT
Bonnie is FINALLY home after a month of driving all
around the country. She kept saying "There's no
place like home
there's no place like home"
as she drove to Amarillo, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; Palmdale,
California; Orem, Utah; Rexburg, Idaho; back to Martinsburg,
West Virginia for one night; and up to Hershey, Pennsylvania
where she and Mary Ann gave a slide show lecture on
"Heavenly Hats for Discriminating Dolls".
As soon as that was finished she and her husband drove
to Marlborough, Massachusetts to help her daughter who
just had a baby girl on June 25th. She finally arrived
home July 7th, and is glad to be back in her new home.
Maybe now she can find time to unpack those 500 boxes
that are still sitting outside her new craft room. If
the newsletter seems extra long this month, it is because
a lot has happened in the last two months since she
last wrote one. Hopefully now things are back on track,
and you'll be hearing from her each month.
Mary Ann had a delightful visit from her mother Marion
who accompanied her to Pennsylvania for the presentation
to the Central Pennsylvania Doll Collectors group. It
was all the more special to have her along. A week later
son Mike in Las Vegas came home for a visit with his
lovely girlfriend Muoi (Moo-ee) who might just be "the
one!" She's a very lovely young woman indeed. Now
that things have finally settled down ( well sorta)
MAK is finally back to creating up a storm in her studio.
She's working on a healing doll for her sister Barbara
who is battling brain cancer. So far she has had 2 tumors
removed and now they have just found something else.
Please remember her in your prayers. She's also working
on a doll for an exhibit challenging herself to try
some construction techniques she hasn't tried before.
It's always a thrill to be on a creative journey!
OTHER SITES TO SEE
Victorian patterns using stamps/Chinese carry out boxes
Leslie Christine Gelber is a fabric manipulation artist.
Check out her exhibit at "Beyond the Surface"
for lots of inspiration. http://www.beyondthesurface.com/leslie/default.asp
Beaded Costumes - These gorgeous dresses suitable for
fashion dolls are crocheted with lots of beads. I have
seen them in person, and they are amazing. The highest
booklet is #96, so be sure and see them all. http://www.paradisedolls.com
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