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August 2003 Issue Twenty-four

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Dollmaker's Journey CUSTOMER CONNECTION
August 2003 Issue Twenty-four

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Copyright 2003 by Dollmaker's Journey

Dollmaker's Journey Customer Connection newsletter is a free e-mail newsletter. Tell your friends, family and fellow dollmakers about us, and feel free to forward this newsletter to those who might be interested. You can visit our companion website at:
http://www.dollmakersjourney.com/

**Notice!**
You can read all the past issues online. Go to:
http://dollmakersjourney.com/newsletter/archives.html
The archives include an easy to follow index to all the past issues.

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Dear dollmaker friends,

We are pleased to announce that we have purchased the rights to publish Meo Feroy's popular pattern line. Meo wishes to concentrate on designing and we are now printing all of her patterns. Funky Fred, Floppy Floozy and all the rest of her classic patterns will be available both wholesale and retail through Dollmaker's Journey. http://dollmakersjourney.com/stuffedmagic.html

We're thrilled and delighted to be adding the extraordinary designs of Canadian doll artist BECKY HOLLOWAY. Because her pattern line is so extensive, we will start with a selection of our favorites and add more each time we reorder. If you have any special requests, please let us know (makaahanui@cox.net) and we'll do our best to accommodate you. We expect to have the first group of patterns on our site next week.

Once again we have an array of delightful new patterns, projects and interesting sites to share with you that we hope you'll enjoy.

Mary Ann and Bonnie

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NEW DESIGNERS OF THE MONTH FEATURE!!!

Because our July Sizzling Summer Sale was so successful, we thought we should always have something on sale. We've decided to feature two different designers each month. From September 1-30 all patterns by LYNNE BUTCHER AND SANDY CORSON will be 20% off. Check our next newsletter to find out who the featured October designers will be.

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CHARITY PROJECT

Renee Kropat, a community art program manager in Westerville, Ohio, is putting together a special exhibit of dolls for the holidays. The program is called Dolls Revisited. She encourages anyone to take an old doll, dress her/him up and then, after the exhibit in November 2003, the dolls will be donated to needy children in the community.
More information is located on this web site.
http://www.gallery202online.com/linkpages/communityevents.html

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CHALLENGES

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 newsletter.

Beaded Art Doll Competition: Create an original beaded doll representing the five seasons. You may view Official Rules online 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 Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. Deadline is August 15, 2004.

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NEW DESIGNERS

We're welcoming two talented Australian designer to our Dollmaker's Journey family. First meet LINDA MISA, who brings us 4 fabulous patterns - "Lady Pod & Sweetpea," "Merraeah and Baby," "Golden Angel" and "Shelley." Three of them come with an extra CD filled with color photos. We also have a wonderful FREE project from Linda - "Ruby the Christmas Pin Doll" that is a terrific introduction to Linda's unique design style. Stop by and check it all out! http://dollmakersjourney.com/ruby.html

Next, also from Australia, check out JUDITH PRIOR. Her delightful patterns include leprechauns, glamorous dinosaurs, gypsies, genies, mermaids, movie stars, musicians, and a unique Australian Frilled Lizard. See them all at http://dollmakersjourney.com/prior.html

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UPCOMING EVENTS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS

September 7-10, 2003 - C3 - Classic Cloth Conference
Courtyard by Marriott and Grappone Conference Center, Concord, New Hampshire
For catalog contact joyce@aadadoll.org OR call 603-226-4501
OR access C3 catalog at: www.aadadoll.org (Adobe Acrobat format)

October 2-5, 2003 - Camp Doll U
Seattle, Washington
For brochure send $3 to: Two Friends LLC, 2423 SE 322nd Street, Seattle, WA 98042
OR visit the web site: http://www.dollu.com

October 29-November 2, 2003 - Houston Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas
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: http://clothdollconnection.com/

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SPECIAL GIFTS FOR YOU

FREE project from LINDA MISA, our newest Australian designer - "Ruby the Christmas Pin Doll" - has a terrific introduction to Linda's unique design style. Stop by and check it all out! http://dollmakersjourney.com/ruby.html

Our collection of FREE PATTERNS continues to grow with the addition of "Pompey the Clown." from our newest designer JUDITH PRIOR. This delightful 10" doll makes a perfect gift for any child. http://dollmakersjourney.com/clown.html

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NEEDS HELP

Carol Marston makes hat shapers (to create felted hats for people), and has been asked to size them down for dolls. She has almost completed a new doll line which includes bonnets, derby, bowler, top hats, opera hats, farmer's hats, baseball hats, witch hat, fedoras of different types and a few ladies hats not yet named. She needs to know what size doll heads are most popular, so she can create hat shapers to fit them. Should she create forms for commercial dolls - American Girl, Barbie, Gene, etc., or do you have a favorite head size for cloth dolls? This would not commit anyone to any sort of obligatory purchase...she just doesn't know that much about sizing hats to fit dolls. If any of you can help, please contact Carol at: cmarston@journey.com
You can see her website at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/clown.html

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NEW PATTERNS

We have a delightful array of patterns from our favorite designers.
ALLISON MARANO'S newest elf "Phidias" is quite a charmer.
http://dollmakersjourney.com/marano.html

You'll learn to make eyeballs from scratch and incorporate a porcelain doll
skeleton into the body of SUZETTE RUGOLO'S free-standing "Howie the Gnome."
http://dollmakersjourney.com/rugolo.html

We're adding two more imaginative characters from MARY TRESSLER - the
lovely art deco "Agatha" and the exotic, heavily beaded "Dragon Dance."
http://dollmakersjourney.com/tressler.html

SHERRY GOSHON treats us to her peaceful little beings she calls "Wee Waddles." The kit for this irresistible, easily made doll comes with a resin head and 2 arms. One look at them and you'll know why she considers them Serenity's children. http://dollmakersjourney.com/goshon.html

JANE COUGHLAN'S newest creation - "Pippi" - is a charming 4-1/2" play doll who lives in an incredible quilted house that folds up. Two very exciting projects for the special little people in your life. http://dollmakersjourney.com/coughlan.html

BRENDA COULTER's "Xanadoo" is an amazing female witch doctor - the absolute
ultimate in "Girl Power!" You've got to take a peek at this lively new character. http://dollmakersjourney.com/coulter.html

Speaking of CDs - ANNE HESSE's popular "Knobbies" pattern now comes in a CD format that's loaded with color photos at a reduced price
http://dollmakersjourney.com/hesse.html
LORRIE UHEREK's "Buxom Becca" is also presented on a CD. http://dollmakersjourney.com/friends.html#uherek

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CUSTOMER CREATIONS

One of our Korean customers, Jeong Moon-young sent us pictures of some of her latest dolls. Thought you might be interested in seeing what is happening in Korea.
http://adoll.net/abc/kor_wedding.jpg
http://adoll.net/abc/chan_rosy.jpg
http://adoll.net/abc/hami.jpg
http://adoll.net/abc/sera.jpg

You ought to see what another customer, Adele Sciortino, did to Anne Hesse's Poet Doll pattern (http://dollmakersjourney.com/hesse.html) Check out Dominetto at:
www.artdollingetc.com

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SUPPLY NEWS

STUFFING TOOL - We're leading off our list of new items with a fantastic new stuffing tool from Down Under called the "Speedy Stuffer." The ergonomically designed wooden handle takes the pressure off the hand while helping you move a continuous stream of stuffing into your body pieces. Great for arthritis suffers! An absolute MUST HAVE for every doll maker's toolbox. http://dollmakersjourney.com/supplies.html

LACE KITS - JUDY SKEEL has created fabulous lace kits for her new Renaissance doll Penelope. If you want a collection of laces and trims that are to die for, check out http://dollmakersjourney.com/skeel.html

BOOK - Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough, and Modeling Experiences, by Mary Ann F. Kohl, ISBN 0-935607-02-1 contains an incredible collection of recipes for making a wide variety of moldable "stuff" including play dough, nutty putty, elastic Jell-O, wax, goop, and so much more. Lots of fun for kids and adults who love to experiment. Available from http://Amazon.Com

BOOK - For those who are interested in Victorian children's fashions check out
Antique Children's Fashions 1880-1900 from Hobby House Press ($17.95)
http://www.hobbyhousepress.com

MINIATURE FABRIC PRINTS - Check out http://www.minidolls.com/special_fabrics.shtml

EMBELLISHMENT GRAB BAGS - This supplier of embellishments even has a doll section with wonderful grab-bags: http://www.flightsoffancyboutique.com/

ACRYLIC DISPLAY CASES - Company will create custom acrylic display cases and holders for dolls. Email David Zaborny for special requests at: aqcrylicnuthead@aol.com
Check out their website at: http://www.acrylic-display.com/

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DESIGNER TIP

Sandra Corson-Walker, featured designer for September, puts pompoms into her doll's noses to help them keep the proper shape. She doesn't use glue. Instead she stuffs the head and then uses her hemostats to slide the pompom in place. Sometimes she also puts one in the chin or several in the cheek area, depending on the look she is after. You can see her dolls at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/corson.html

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NEWS FROM THE HOME FRONT

Bonnie FINALLY has a sewing room you can walk in. She finished it just in time to teach 12 teenage girls from her church how to make hand puppets for a charity project for Bethany House. The girls have also created a wooden puppet theater. It was quite a challenge to create puppet patterns simple enough for the girls to make and yet sturdy enough for small children. The girls came up with quite a list - princess, prince, fairy godmother, farmer, dragon, Pegasus, elephant, horse, pigs, chicks, owls, cow, frog, cat, dog, etc. etc. and Bonnie had to figure out how to make them. She used a combination of fur, felt, and fabric, and child-safe eyes. It was fun to tell the girls "You want a green frog? Go look in the green fabric box. You want a yellow chick? Check out the colored fur box." The results were amazing. Hopefully the puppets will be finished in one or two more sessions.

For the first time in many months Mary Ann designed and made a doll for an exhibit - The New England Fiber Arts Festival. Each time she designs something new, she likes to present herself with a special creative challenge. The day after receiving the invitation to submit a doll, she found a picture in the newspaper of a dancer leaping exuberantly into the air. Her challenge became conveying that physical movement. Next month we'll have some photos and you can see if she succeeded. Now she's beading up a storm on a special healing doll for her sister Barb, so happy to be back in the creative mode again.

Mary Ann and Bonnie

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OTHER SITES TO SEE

Patterns from the 70's for crocheted hats, purses, dresses and ponchos!!
http://web.archive.org/web/20010215223334/www.cei.net/~vchisam/groovy/hats.html

Colored pencil challenge site great tutorials:
http://cpchallenge.com/index.html

Interesting historical costume site
http://www.marquise.de/

Create a light tent for perfect close-up photographs
http://www.texaswoodartists.com/tips/photo_mart.html

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We'd love to hear your thoughts about our Customer Connection newsletter.

Contact the editor Bonnie B. Lewis at enchantedR@aol.com with any comments, suggestions, address changes, etc.

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Thanks! (By the way, you might want to print this out and put it into a binder to keep for reference….)

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