Dollmaker's Journey CUSTOMER CONNECTION
November 2002 Issue Seventeen
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Dear dollmaker friends,
As the holidays draw near, our thoughts turn to family
and friends. In this newsletter you will find gift
ideas for children and grandchildren, along with fun
ideas for using apples, tomato cages and some tips to
organize your workspace. We love collecting information
to share with you and really appreciate hearing any
ideas you wish to share with us as we're all on this
grand dollmaker's journey together.
Mary Ann and Bonnie
WE'RE STUCK ON YOU SPECIAL!
We've got the best customers in the world and we're
stuck on you! At long last we have our favorite GRRRIP
GLUE in stock. From now through December 15th we are
including a FREE BOTTLE of GRRRIP with every order of
$40 (before shipping) or more - a $5.00 value! You will
not see it on your order form, but we'll be sure to
DOLL CHARITY PROJECT
G Street Doll Club will be sending dolls to Afghanistan
in the middle of December. They will be hand delivered
and distributed to children in need. Here are some
guidelines. First, because of the culture of Afghanistan,
the dolls cannot be "explicit" in any way
-- no breasts, no sexy legs, no "painted ladies",
etc., etc. Additionally, the dolls should not be extraordinarily
large as space needs to be considered. They are also
looking for stuffed animals, balls, or other toys which
would be appropriate for boys since they don't play
with dolls. Secondly, they must be durable!! If you
decide to make a brand new doll for this project, then
I would suggest that you double stitch your seams.
After all, these dolls are going to endure much wear-and-tear.
If you have a doll already made that you want to contribute,
please just give it a "once over" to be certain
that it will last. You might want to make some adjustments,
or add some stitching... This is a great chance to
round up some of those stray body parts or faces that
didn't quite work and put them to good use. Email Carolyn
Moore at CSM1103@aol.com
for more information.
BEGINNING DOLLMAKER CHALLENGE
The Fantastique Boutique
has a glittering threads beginning dollmaker's challenge.
Dolls need to be finished and photographed by February
2003. Complete directions for this challenge can be
found at their website at: http://members.tripod.com/glitteringthreads/TFB/id2.htm
A customer queried me and
asked which beginning patterns would be suitable for
this challenge. I thought other dollmakers might be
interested to know which patterns we selected. If you
have a beginning dollmaker on your holiday list, it
might be fun to create a gift basket complete with pattern
and basic doll supplies including fabric, stuffing,
thread, hair, etc. Here is my reply:
The following patterns which we carry at Dollmaker's
Journey are suitable for the beginning dollmaker challenge.
Go to our website at http://dollmakersjourney.com/ Under
designers click on any name on this list where you wish
to see a color picture of their pattern.
DOLL PATTERNS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNING DOLLMAKERS
Sandra Corson-Walker - The
Doug and Barb Keeling - Sparkle, The Body Shop, Breeze
Nancy Gibbs - primitive folk art dolls Mariah and Emily
Judi Ward - Isabella Helen, Candlestick Clarice, Serena
Valarie Garber - Leap and the Net Will Appear, Molly
Mary Ann Kaahanui - Illuminata, Mignon, Giggles, Mattie
and May, La Coquette Bobette , My Hero
Judy Skeel - Wally Mama's, Embellished Angel
Shari Lutz - Little Miss Columbia,
Elizabeth Jayne Amerika
Anne Hesse - Knobbies
Kathleen Chrisman - Celeste
Jesse Chandler - Geometric Jester
Heather Gailey - Celebration Pin Doll, The Winsome
Warrior, Star Gazer, Tip Toe Petunia, Twisted Sister
Sandra Blake - Sisi
Sylvia Schorr - Queen of Fairies, Little Cheryl, Lady
Windmier Pincushion, Clair, Clown Pincushion, The Jester,
Lisa Hertzi - Any pattern
Karen Shifton - Twinkle Toes
Paula Stokes - Dorothy, Wicked Witch, Thin Tin Man,
Not So Cowardly Lion, Tennessee
ScareCrow , Glenda GoodWitch
Anna Hammond - Scarf Mermaid, Junk Yard Dog, Hanging
Mary Thomas - Tribal Dancer, Maasai Dancer
Gabe Cyr - Wordsmith, Gemini
Bobbi Chukran - Any pattern
Lynne Butcher - Mammogram Slam, Polly, Kid Stuff, Fairy
Bread, Clowning Around, Fairy Chain
Jane Coughlan - Sitting Pretty, Lizzie Goes Shopping,
Dazzling Dolls, Christmas Tree Toppers
Sherry Goshon - Holly Candy Bag, Little Old Stocking
and Ornament, Penelope, Nathan, Jeri's Angel, Goldie,
Natalie, Just My Santa, Mitzi, Baby Butterfly, Mother
and Daughter Quilting, Jacque the Winter Pixie, Liz
Sandy Miller - Toots, Whimsey , Myrddin , Dainty, Buttercup,
Leta Benedict - Any pattern
Marilyn Nicholson - Constance, Nadiva - Noble Angel,
French Court Lady
Andrea Perkins - Fabric Fanatic Doll Pin, Snow Babies
Barb Spencer - Hitty
Patti-Anne Stanley - The Tinys , Sassy Sarah
JoAnn Law - Kimono Handkerchief Doll
Donna Schramek - Chelsea
of the Chesapeake Bay
Orinda Spence - Tiny Tude ,
Jody Kieffer - German and French Pindolls
Dollmaker's Journey - Hattie
Bonnie B. Lewis - Ethnic Pindolls
Julie Booth - Flora and Fauna, Jazzy
We are so excited to be bringing you the stimulating designs
of PAMELA HASTINGS. Each of her intriguing patterns becomes
a canvas on which to display your creative embellishment
skills - so many possibilities! Check out her fabulous
array of patterns including her newest release - the extraordinary
"Hot Flash!" http://www.dollmakersjourney.com/hastings.html
To see a picture of Pamela and read her biography go
We've been waiting a long time to bring you DEV VALLENCOURT'S
"Right Jolly Old Elf" a superbly designed
freestanding Santa with a unique poseable bald head.
You're going to love this charming fellow! Here's what
customer Mary Rogers had to say about this delightful
pattern - I made up Dev Vallencourt's"A Right Jolly
Old Elf" last night. What a perfect pattern!
Great directions and perfectly drafted patterns.
Pass the word that there's still plenty of time to make
this guy up before the real Santa comes for a visit.
Sincerely yours, Mary Rogershttp://dollmakersjourney.com/friends.html
From JEVNE EILTS we have a beautiful new face mold
called "Ariana" and a selection of two different
fairy bodies to go with it. You're sure to enjoy this
lovely cloth over clay project. http://dollmakersjourney.com/eilts.html
From MARY KOCHEVAR'S Forest Hollow Studio we have 3
patterns with personality plus.
"Bob Boomer" is a charmer with a middle aged
spread, "Vintage Veronica" is a 15-1/2"
cloth fashion doll designed to wear vintage doll clothes
patterns, and last, but certainly not least is "Millie
- Goddess of the Millennium" who you'll have to
see to believe. Stop by and see them all at http://dollmakersjourney.com/kochevar.html
NANCY GIBBS of Jericho Mountain Folkart has finally
released her first two patterns for her lovely, gently
aged folkart dolls "Emily Jane" and "Mariah."
We know you'll enjoy them as much as we do. http://dollmakersjourney.com/gibbs.html
UPCOMING EVENTS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -University of Alabama's Museum
of Natural History will display international dolls
dating back to the 1880s, Nov. 5 - Dec. 20, in Smith
Hall, Sixth Avenue on The University of Alabama campus.
For more information, phone 205/348-7550 or visit the
web site, http://amnh.ua.edu/
- Kansas City Doll Fair ~ the Art of the Doll, will
be held March 28-30, 2003. For more information go to: http://www.kcdollfair.com/
Hampshire - WOW (Week of Workshops)
will be held June
C3 '03 (Classic Cloth Conference) will be September 7-10, 2003. For more
information contact, AADAF, 73 N Spring St, Concord,
603-226-4501 e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org >
- Baja Doll Fiesta - May 9 - 12, 2003 For more information
contact Carole Grant - Bajacarole2001@yahoo.com or Donna
Nordquist - Baja_DJ@hotmail.com
To save yourself time and energy, get all the details
on the upcoming doll related events above and many more
by visiting Karen Samuelson's CLOTH DOLL CONNECTION
website at: http://clothdollconnection.com/
SPECIAL GIFTS FOR YOU
Our newest designer, PAMELA HASTINGS, is treating you
to a FREE pattern called "Quirky Guy". Print
it out at: http://www.dollmakersjourney.com/quirky.html
Bonnie is creating a little pioneer doll for her 4-year-old
granddaughter to remind her of her heritage. You can
find Emily's FREE pattern along with a touching story
One of the most popular series of books for the elementary
school age child has a super hero called Captain Underpants.
Bonnie adapted "Baby Bobble", a pattern by
Meo Feroy , and is making a Captain Underpants doll
for each of her six grandsons for Christmas. They will
receive a different book in the series along with the
doll. Bonnie put her grandson's spare pair of underpants
on the Xerox machine so she could figure out how to
change it to fit a doll. He was a little upset, and
told his Mom Grandma stole his underpants. (I did give
them back later.) Directions for underwear, a cape,
and how to change the pattern can be found at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/newsletter/captunderpants.html
Be warned. He is a little risqué because he is just
wearing underwear, but children love him. Look if you
For anyone wondering how to make a large Santa or Angel
for Christmas using a tomato cage for a base, check
This was a Carol Duvall show on HGTV several years
ago with Dian Thomas. Episode CDS-541 tells you step
by step with lots of pictures how to create a doll using
a tomato cage.
Carolyn Moore offers the following suggestions based
on her experience:
1. It helps to wrap the wires with strips of batting,
and then add a "tent" of batting (or felt)
around the structure before dressing the angel (or whatever
else you're making). Otherwise the wires can be felt
through the costume, and it doesn't have a really finished
effect. Wrap spots where the wire cage meets at various
"joints" with masking tape before using the
2. Use the top of the cage to form the angel's neck.
I wrapped it with felt to give me something to sew the
head onto. Also, I just made a cloth head, and covered
it with a little Paperclay . I wanted to keep the quality
of cloth, but also make the angel a little bit porcelain-like.
3. Instead of using wire for arms, try making very
small arms just out of cloth to just peek out from under
the angel's jacket.
OTHER TIPS from FOCD:
1. Frankie in Florida
created a ghost for Halloween. She put a 6" Styrofoam
ball on top, dip a sheet in fabric stiffener and drape
over the cage, shaping the sheet the way she wanted
while still wet. Use a black permanent marker to create
2. Create a wire sculpture angel by using coat hangers
for wings and halo. Then wrap the wire form with lights,
one color for the dress and white or gold lights for
the head and wings, for a beautiful outdoor display.
3. You could cover the wire cage with Christmas lights
and fill it with greenery for a different looking porch
TAPING A TV SHOW IN AN ORGANIZED STUDIO
by Jane Darin
Editor's Note: Jane Darin recently appeared on the
Carol Duvall Show on HGTV. It is Episode #1314 - Soft
Sculpture Dolls. Many people commented on her organized
studio and wall of fabric. Jane has agreed to share
some of her organizational ideas, along with her experience
of what it was like to be on TV. Here are some of her
Thanks to everyone who wrote to me about the Carol
Duvall show. Since I have gotten many emails asking
me the same questions about the segment I was on, I
thought I'd answer them here.
First, I'll begin with the butterflies. They are gone,
of course. I couldn't believe how good and smooth and
relaxed they made everything look between the cuts to
the dolls, the voice-overs and the footage of me working.
I was thrilled with the results. They covered all the
points I thought were important in my process: views
from all the way around a piece, responding to color,
and the communication set up between the artist and
the viewer. We have found out how to put the taping
on a CD and will do that.
Some have asked about my experience doing the segment.
This is how the process went.
They first came to film one day last March for 6 hours.
They had a sound man, a camera man and a director, Eric
Wallace, who promised they'd make me look good. They
filmed the segments of me working first in my "clean"
studio. (It usually looks this way. I'm sorry, guys,
but I'm a neat nick.)
Then they filmed the pieces of work I had gathered
for them in the garage where Joe has his photo studio
set up. Then they filmed an "interview" in
the living room where Eric asked me questions and I
answered. They told me to begin my answer with a sentence
that contained the question.
After they left, I was exhausted. They called a few
weeks later to say that they had shown it to the network
and everyone was so happy with the results they wanted
more footage. (Of course I immediately thought it really
meant I had been terrible, they needed the footage to
replace...well, you get the idea. It's all part of the
nervousness I was feeling.) So, Eric came back alone
to do "pick up" footage. He was here about
three additional hours. Imagine 9 hours of filming for
a 6 minute segment!
The piece, "Under the Magnolias," wasn't
finished when they first came, but I had finished it
by the time Eric came back and he was able to photograph
it completed. I never met Carol Duvall. Our whole interaction
was done in the editing room.
Several people asked about how I buy, store and use
my materials. I usually buy fat quarters, sometimes
1/2 yards. Since discovering I'm allergic to formaldehyde,
I wash them before I put them on the shelves. The bookcases
where they are stored are just regular, inexpensive,
typical . They not only look inviting to me, but are
easily accessible. As you could probably tell from the
show, I have the fabrics sorted by color. That way I
can easily select a grouping of colors to begin a new
piece, which I do by bringing the stack to my table
and going through it. I figured, "Hey, these are
my paints. Why should they be hidden away in boxes?
Just so no one will know how much I have?"
The bookcase are two different styles, one is just
a 6 footer and two are double wide with a support down
the vertical center. They have one support shelf that
doesn't move near the middle. They are plain white -
I think it's a Masonite surface. Washable. The shelves
are about 12-15 inches apart. I think we bought an extra
shelf for each bookcase. Originally they contained books
before I began my stash. BS is Before Stash. Small scrapes
are in the stacks or I send them to a quilt project
I do for charity. I usually buy in fat quarters or at
the most a half yard since I do one of a kind, I try
not to repeat fabrics. I buy for the color and scale
of the prints. When I start a project I move the colors
I want to use stack by stack to my worktable and comb
through them to match what looks good together. Thus
scrapes are found as I lift each piece.
I do mix types of fabrics. Otherwise I'm looking in
too many places for what I have. I do keep the leather
separate and in its own box where I go for shoes and
leather needs. I also do this with tapestry and heavy
upholstery material. Then I store in bags together by
color in separate drawers ribbons, buttons, beads, mohair's
and yarns for hair. Laces I store by size in baggies.
The felting needles I used on the show for the hair were
from Dollmaker's Journey. (http://dollmakersjourney.com/supplies.html)
On Carol Duvall they don't let you tell names or sources.
Many people asked me about the paints I use. They are
the DUVA powders. You may have heard me say this before.
I'm thrilled with them and have used them on cloth,
polymer clay and porcelain. They come as a powder and
can be mixed with different liquids to form different
textures of paint. I use a watercolor solvent, a Sumi
ink solvent and mineral oil to get different results.
It can be used on all types of material from paper to
metal. The beauty of the powders is that when they dry
on my palette, they return to powder and can be reused.
Also, before they are heat set (I use a heat gun to
set them.) they are completely erasable. I use an kneaded
eraser. (I only erase after they are dry.) Once the
powder is heat set, it's permanent. Some one asked if
they could be used on wearable clothing and the answer
is YES. You can also add more layers of color over a
dried layer to create more depth. It doesn't change
the "hand" of the fabric.
I was so thrilled with the paints when I first discovered
them that I started to sell them. First, to help the
small company that manufactures them and second, so
I would be assured they'd be around when I needed more.
(Since then I've discovered one set of bottles of powder
lasts a VERY long time.) You can find a lot more information
about them on my web site at http://www.janedarin.com/ArtProducts/ArtProducts.htm
And, if you're interested in getting some, you can order
from me at my email address or by phone listed below.
Jane Darin Jane Darin's Studio http://www.janedarin.com email@example.com
Editor's Note: If any of you want to contact the Carol
Duvall Show and let them know that you liked the segment
#1314 "Soft Sculpture Dolls” and would really
like to see more about art dolls on TV, contact: Brandy
Leigh Scott, Associate Producer, "The Carol Duvall
Show", 5200 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 500, North
Hollywood, CA 91601.
Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org . Her
phone number is (818) 755-4820 and her fax is (818)
755-4820. You feedback will ensure more quality programming
in the future.
Dollmaker's Journey is heading off in some exciting new
directions. We are thrilled to add 4 fabulous beaded projects
from the amazing MARCIA ACKER-MISSALL. If you want to
develop your beading skills, these detailed patterns with
thorough written directions, diagrams, tips, resource
list and color photo are just what you've been waiting
for. Each pattern is like a personal class from Marcia!
Why not treat yourself to one of these wonderful projects.
Also you can click on a link to see all of Marcia's favorite
beading sites. http://www.dollmakersjourney.com/marcia.html
SHERRY GOSHON has been busy again. "Holly - Not
Just a Christmas Angel" is a 16" wall doll
that doubles as a holiday candy holder. As an added
bonus, you can now IRON ON Sherry's exquisite faces
to your own dolls! Her selection of 3 different faces
are sized to fit a number of her popular patterns including
"Holly." At long last Sherry has released
her Santa Press Mold for her spectacular "Victorian
Santa." As an added bonus for this wonderful holiday
project the body pattern includes patterns for a tiny
teddy and cloth doll. Also check out Sherry's "Breezy”.
This exquisite 9" full-figured beauty with separate
fingers comes with 3 iron-on faces. See everything
Just when you think the amazing CLAIRE-ELLEN can't possibly
top herself she releases another extraordinary pattern.
Start looking for a special spot in your home to seat
her enchanting "Celtic Faerie." http://dollmakersjourney.com/claire.html
Wait until you see what the talented PATTI LAVALLEY
has done with silks, wired metallic ribbons and Tyvek!
Her incredible "Earth Angel" even comes with
a face transfer. You're going to love it! http://dollmakersjourney.com/lavalley.html
The amazing KAREN SHIFTON has released three extraordinary
new patterns - "Pawsha " an exotic Bengal
Tiger, her very dashing "Puss 'n Boots" and
a fabulous "Sky Dancer." Treat yourself to
a wonderful doll making experience with any one of these
incredible patterns! http://www.dollmakersjourney.com/shifton.html
Miniature enthusiasts are just going to love BARBARA
GRAFF'S "Fine Equinery in Miniature" - her
exquisite 12th scale perfectly shaped horse with so
many possibilities - including a silk ribbon embroidered
carousel horse. Also new from Barb this week - "Mermaids
in Miniature" - her darling poseable sea creatures.
I loved the idea of using optic fibers for hair. What
an intriguing idea!! But I could not get the web site
to work. The last journal was full, full of goooood
stuff!! I got stuck for tooo long looking at everything.
Enjoyed every minute. The Nolan dolls are fabulous.
OOPS! Several people mentioned that the link to Liberty
Distribution didn't work. The correct URL is: http://liberty-distribution.bigstep.com/ with
a - instead of a . Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Hugs, Bonnie B. Lewis
Bonnie - responding to your request of our opinions....I
ADORE your newsletter. I read it and re-read it. I send
quips from it to asst. friends. I order things from
it. In the issue I just read I was especially "taken"
by the Nolan life sized dolls! I have a pair of them
(made by my sister 12 yrs. ago when I married) They
look exactly like the two of us...but about 6 yrs. after
marrying, I gained a TON of weight, so she sneaked
the doll of me away and redid it so it's now obese like
I am !!!!! boo hoo . They relax on the front porch in
chairs all summer...I sometimes change their clothes,
I clothe the husband in Santa's suit for Christmas.
*(when we first put them out, we sometimes came home
and found them in compromising positions on the lawn
!!! crazy farmers here !
I know doing the newsletter is time consuming...but
I adore it and thank you for doing this.
I also agree with your comments about We Folk...didn't
we all have fun. I wish it were annually.....and I enjoyed
meeting you guys ooooops ...one other thing you wrote
this issue that was particularly good info was about
using the Pyrex dish etc. when baking Fimo ....(prior
to this I just threw warnings to the wind and decided
if we all die of Fimo poison...oh well..............
Best regards from the mountains of NY where we have
snow today. Vikki Murray
LOVE your newsletter -- it's always fun to see the
newest edition in my mailbox!
I have a question - would it be possible to use some
of your information in your newsletters to include in
some of my newsletters? I do not have trouble finding
things to put in ours, and trying to get members to
contribute is like pulling teeth. I'm sure you understand
what I'm saying! You always have great sites to visit,
and I know my doll club members would be thrilled to
read and see some of what you offer. There are a few
members who do not have computers and I'd hate to see
them miss out on some of your fantastic news, and the
great web sites you find. Where do you find them? Do
you have a source or method for finding them? They are
truly fantastic! Please let me know.
Miss Sadie said, "hi!, and she misses you!";
but she is happy with her new-found friends here in
BTW, I took Miss Sadie on her first outing (doll club
meeting) this past Monday and everyone was thrilled
to meet her! She had a ball with all the other dollmakers
and seeing so many new (doll) friends. They got along
famously! Hugs and smiles, Bunnie Pickett
Dear Bunnie - I am so glad Miss Sadie feels at home.
(ed . note - Bunnie won Miss Sadie, our prototype doll,
at We Folk of Cloth.) Feel free to use things from our
newsletter for your club. Just be sure and credit Dollmaker's
Journey for the source. I get web sites from several
lists I am on, as well as surfing the net to find out
Hugs, Bonnie B. Lewis (EnchantedR@aol.com)
JUST FOR FUN (Apples aren't just for the kitchen)
Apple head dolls have been a folk craft since the early
American period. Here are two sites on how to make
Here are some other ideas to get you started. It is
a great project to do with children.
1. Peel a very firm apple. Insert a wire loop through
the top of the apple with two ends coming out the bottom.
This can be the beginning of a wire armature. You can
also hang the apple by the loop to dry.
2. Soak the apple in lemon juice for about 15 minutes.
This prevents it from turning brown too quickly. (NOTE:
the heads will naturally turn black in 8 to 10 years.)
3. Carve an exaggerated face with slits for eyes and
a mouth. As the apple dries the face becomes smaller
4. Put each apple face back into the lemon juice to
soak for about 15 minutes longer.
5. Hang the apple in a cool dry place. You can also
use a food dehydrator to speed up the process. As the
apple dries you can gently mold the features so they
dry the way you want. Shaping the head at the rubbery
stage really helps bring out the character of the doll.
Be careful not to break the surface of the "skin”.
6. Inserting teeth and eyes - after the apple has
dried for several days it will feel soft and rubbery.
You can cut tiny slits in the mouth and insert pearl
seeds beads for teeth. As the apple continues to dry,
it will firmly hold the beads in place. You can also
insert eyes into the eye slits. You can use pearls,
black headed pins (cut the pin short), black-eyed peas,
rice, unpopped corn kernels, and larger seed beads (size
7. Hang the apple up to finish drying. This can take
up to three weeks, depending on the humidity in your
area. You can add color to the cheeks and lips with
water colors when it is just about dry. The finished
head will be a golden brown color and very hard. Seal
the apple with matt polyurethane or varnish to preserve
it a little longer. If the head does turn black, you
can always seal it again and paint it with acrylics.
8. Dried corn silk makes great natural looking hair.
You can also use whole cloves, inserting them in the
head before drying like you would a pomander ball.
I have seen dolls with Fiberfil, fleece, mohair, yarn,
embroidery floss, etc. for hair. Just use your imagination.
9. Linda Kertzman suggested coring the apples before
carving. After they are dried if you quickly dip the
apple into a pot of boiling water, like only for a second,
it seems to make them much more realistic and resilient.
I would do this before adding lip and cheek color in
Well, there you have it. Check out the websites at
the beginning of this for clothing and armature ideas.
But most of all, have fun!
GLORIA "MIMI"WINER - "In a few days I
am off to New Hampshire for the AADA Fall Festival Annual
Board Meeting then rush home to finish the 35 things still
on the to-do list before checking into hospital for the
other knee replacement surgery on Nov 6th. I expect to
be back "on the road" again by March and will
teach the draping a sculpted figure (no sculpting experience
necessary) at WOW in May. I just taught this class at
We Folk and it was very well received. The evaluations
of my class set me up on clouds for the entire week! I
had great students, that makes a big difference. Happy
You can see Gloria's patterns at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/mimi.html
JUDI WARD - She put a Holiday Baby Project on her picture
Lets Make a Baby and Baby Hand Lesson are available
Check out some of Judi's other patterns at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/ward.html
NOREEN CRONE-FINDLAY- She just created her first website.
If you click on the 'self published books' button, you'll
be able to see some of her new dollies, a dragon, Pegasus,
and unicorn among others :-) which are woven on a potholder
You can see more of her patterns at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/noreen.html
NEW MAGAZINES- Art Doll Quarterly will be available
May 1, 2003.
Sharilyn Miller, editor of Somerset Studio® and Belle
Armoire®, will take the helm of this full-color, 144-page
publication dedicated to the art doll. While the focus
of the magazine will be on cloth dolls, dolls of mixed
and new media will be included. http://www.artdollquarterly.com/
Dolls United is a new interactive CD-ROM magazine:
VIDEO - Great news for fans of Lisa Lichtenfels and
her work: The "AMA", Soft Sculpture Body Construction
Techniques of Lisa Lichtenfels is ready to ship.
This two-tape video with almost five and one-half hours
of instruction shows all aspects of building a body
in soft sculpture. It includes basic anatomy, the shapes
and placement of bones and muscles. It gives directions
for creating a wire skeleton that you can pose and balance;
and there are directions for building muscles in batting
and for layering nylon as realistic skin. $67 in the
US, $68 (US) in Canada, $86 (US) Overseas (add $16 for
PAL format), Send check or money-order to
PO Box 90537
Springfield, MA 01139-0537 USA
BOOK - "Angel Crafts Book" has 47 projects
including several cloth dolls. It is available at most
book stores and would make a great Christmas gift. Copyright
2002, ISBN number 1-56496-852-9
TOOLS - Barb Keeling told us about some neat tool kits.
Everything on the website is $14.99 or less. Check
out the Crafter's Tool Set - Item #14044, It has stapler,
hammer, glue gun, screw driver various sizes, scissors,
cutter, measurer, etc. all neatly tucked into a great
carry case. They also have a "Ladies tool set"
- item #14049 - all tools with pink handles and a pink
carry case. Bonnie ordered lots of things here for
MOHAIR - Sand Castle Toys is a toy, doll and mohair
shop. Many doll artists use their wefted, unwefted,
custom-dyed mohair. This is a site recommended by Judi
Ward. Check it out at: http://www.sandcastletoys.com/
DISCOUNT CRAFT SUPPLIES - The following companies allow
you to purchase craft supplies, including doll items,
for wholesale prices without ordering huge amounts.
Some prices are adjusted depending on the amount you
Factory Direct: http://factorydirectcrafts.com/
CraftSavers.com : http://www.craftsavers.com/
Sunshine Discount Crafts: http://sunshinecrafts.com/
Create for Less: http://www.createforless.com/flyers/flyerHome.asp
DOLSKIN - This is the fabric needed to make Captain
Underpants. Windsor Comfort will also work. Here are
some places that carry it:
CR's Crafts - http://www.crscraft.com/ (You can order
a sample fabric card by clicking on doll body fabric
and then sample card. They will send you a sample of
all the colors and fabrics they carry for doll bodies.)
Keelings Krafts - http://keelingskrafts.com/
Sisters and Daughters - http://www.sistersanddaughters.com/
Meo Feroy , who designed Baby Bobble, sells Dolskin
for $9.00 a yard on her shop on Ebay . You can see
it at: http://www.stores.ebay.com/meomagicdollsandsupplies
N-Stitches - http://www.n-stitches.com/DollParts/Fabric.html
James Thompson and Co., Inc., a firm in New
York City, sells it by the bolt
DOLL EYES - Masterpiece Eye Company has soft "glass”
flexible doll eyes perfect for Porcelain, Sculpey ,
and inset eyes in cloth dolls. Right now for new customers
if you purchase one set of eyes you will receive a second
pair of your choice free. Check them out at http://www.softglasseyes.com/
HELPFUL HINT for those who fly (it even works at home).
"I took some doll heads to stuff on board. Of
course you can NOT take a stuffing tool on the plane,
BUT what I did take was a new not sharpened pencil.
It made the best stuffing tool. I used the eraser end
to push the stuffing into the head. IT IS WONDERFUL.
The eraser "holds onto the stuffing" and was
super to use as a stuffer. In fact think I shall now
keep a pencil as part of my stuffing tools. In fact
am going to look for a "fatter" pencil that
would be even stronger. I didn't end up breaking the
pencil I was using, but I can see that could happen.
I stuff really really hard. But I was able to do so
even with just the pencil.” Barb Keeling http://www.clothdollsupplies.com/
Check out some of Barb's delightful patterns at: http://dollmakersjourney.com/keeling.html
NEWS FROM THE HOME FRONT
Bonnie flew to Utah
in November to help her mother, who is 84 this year.
In fact, this newsletter was written on her Mom's computer.
Her mom loved the Emily doll with all the proper Pioneer
clothes, but had grave reservations about the Captain
Underpants doll. She said he needed some clothes, because
a cape wasn't enough. Bonnie also entered Sylvia Schorr's
Miss Galaxy 2003 contest. When she showed her Mom pictures
of her entry, her mother said Astaria from Andromeda
needed more clothes too and wanted her to cover up the
belly button, which was a beautiful star jewel. I guess
you can't please everyone all the time.
Mary Ann's sister Barbara has recovered rapidly from
her recent brain surgery and is already happily back
to work teaching. It was another Stage 3 cancerous
tumor, but they think they got it all this time. Mary
Ann has been trying to accomplish the 1001 things necessary
for putting her house on the market this week and she
has already found a new place to buy. She expects the
next couple of weeks to be wildly hectic, but her first
priority will always be to get the orders out as quickly
as possible. One thing's for sure, there is never ever
a dull moment at Dollmaker's Journey!
OTHER SITES TO SEE
Ken Maxwell designed a great program for his wife
where you can create doll faces using lots of different
eyes, noses, mouths, etc. He has offered to share it for
free at: http://users.phonet.com/bmaxwell/kr.htm
If you have any problems, you can email him at: email@example.com
Home and Garden Television (http://www.hgtv.com/) has a lot of doll related shows and
projects you might enjoy at the following link:
The doll in Tuck Everlasting, designed by Gail Wilson,
is available in a kit form at: http://www.gailwilsondesigns.com/catalog/special_edition.html
"A room of your own" - 200 women were given
a 14 x 14 box to embellish and design their dream room.
It is fun to see what they created. http://www.emich.edu/aroomofyourown/
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