Dollmakers Journey CUSTOMER CONNECTION
February 2002 Issue Eight
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Dear dollmaker friends,
The world of cloth doll making gets more exciting
day with wonderful events to challenge us, talented
designers publishing patterns, (and talented old designers
publishing new patterns!) and a myriad of ways for
connect with and support one another in our creative
efforts. We hope the information in this newsletter
one more way for you to keep your finger on the pulse
doll making energy. Enjoy!
Mary Ann and Bonnie
ALL-STAR DOLL OLYMPIC COMPETITOR
Check http://dollmakersjourney.com/olympics.html for winners.
Dollmaker's Journey is always excited to bring you
patterns of a new designer. We'd like to introduce
to the very talented VALARIE GARBER of Longwood, Florida.
Valarie's "Tango" is a dancing duo with
so much flair. The
graceful "Molly Mermaid" is a beautiful
wall hanging and
"Madame Flutterfly" has painted silk wings
to die for. We
think Val has a long, successful career ahead of her
pattern designer! http://dollmakersjourney.com/garber.html
UPCOMING EVENTS YOU WONT WANT TO MISS
To save yourself time and energy, get all the details
upcoming doll related events such as the Kansas City
Extravaganza in April, Quilt Market (they need doll
centerpieces for American Cancer Society free
link at Karens site), We Folk of Cloth in October,
Gypsy of the Night Sky 2002 Treasures of the Gypsy
Challenge and many other events by regularly visiting
Karen Samuelson's CLOTH DOLL CONNECTION
website. For the most comprehensive news on designers,
events, challenges and activities be sure to check
PUT A FACE ANYPLACE!!
Were joining Doug and Barb Keelings crusade
to PUT A
FACE ANYPLACE! In their fantastic book Focus
Faces Doug and Barb make it easier than ever
wonderful, imaginative faces for your dolls. With
faces to trace or copy, and separate facial features
mixnmatch, their step-by-step instructions
will guide you
to a new confidence in face making.
In addition, we now have a selection of the Keelings
Focus on Faces Rubber Stamp Kits that
will enable you
to put fabulous faces on dolls, pins, quilt squares,
accessories the skys the limit!
To top it all off, were excited to bring you
4 of Doug and
Barbs popular doll patterns: the dashing senior
Twissel Man, the delightfully pixilated
Sparkle the charming fairy grandmother
and the sweet
fairy Breeze. http://dollmakersjourney.com/keeling.html
A SPECIAL GIFT FOR YOU
To date we have had 8 newsletters, filled with lots
of fun ideas
and projects. Now we have back issues available on
have also created an index that will be updated with
Customer Connection, so you can readily find articles,
tips, and supplies. The number in ( ) indicates which
index can be found at
this will make it easier to find and access information
in our past
CRYSTAL LACQUER TIP
If you want to try crystal lacquer (sold at
the starter set
has a 2 ounces bottle with a special applicator tip
(the pin is taped to the instruction sheet). The refill
kit is 4
ounces, and has a tip lid and cap. Actually, we have
used the applicator tip. We just unscrew the lid (if
sticking, try holding it under hot water for a few
dip in a tiny paintbrush, and paint the lacquer on
lips, and nails. We find we have better control this
and the applicator tip does become clogged with repeated
usage. If you have problems with lids sticking, try
the lid and rim to remove excess liquid, and coat
screwed area with petroleum jelly (Vaseline), or put
of plastic wrap on the bottle before screwing the
Philippine dollmaker Winnie Rose Reyes recently shared
the effect Susanna Oroyan's books had on her personal
making journey. From her study she put together the
following outline of dollmaking techniques.
Up until 2 years ago I only knew how to make one kind
doll (the one with a nose). Then I found Susanna Oroyan's
ANATOMY OF A DOLL and it blew my mind! It's a
treasure trove of information about the different
one can use to make a doll. You might want to get
book and her other books (Designing the Doll, Finishing
the Figure) if youre seeking to expand your
horizons. (All three books are available at
FLAT DOLLS/ PANCAKE DOLLS
This doll is made in an outline form, much like a
gingerbread cookie cutter. The fabric is cut out in
shape of a doll with seam allowances added, sewn and
stuffed. This is a one-piece doll, much like GRETCHEN
The basic rag doll structure is much like the outline
except parts (arms, legs & torso w/head) have
separated into three pieces to make foldable joints
Raggedy Ann & Andy).
This is a variation of the rag doll form. The face
can be made into three parts: 2 side views of the
make a nose) and the back. Julie McCullough
makes these as well as 2
piece head (2 profiles sewn together). Leg seams formerly
on the side of the doll can be on the front and back
leg, and separate soles, gussets and darts can also
to achieve more dimensionality.
PUZZLE or COMPOSITE FORM:
This is a non-moveable doll made of different parts,
like different parts of a puzzle. A more elaborate
this is the draping method of Lenore Davis. Patterns
made by draping cloth on a clay sculptured doll. This
also in the book. Antonette Cely, Susanna Oroyan,
Robertson, epb (elinor peace bailey) and a lot of
makers employ this technique in one form or another.
MOVEMENT (moveable joints):
Articulated joints can be achieved using different
techniques. Buttons, visible or hidden, can join arms
legs to the torso. Akira Blount
Julie McCullough and Jane
Darin make button jointed dolls. The ball joint technique
another option. Shelley Thornton makes such dolls
as a lot of porcelain and wood doll makers like Maggie
Iacomo. This is also discussed in Anatomy of a Doll.
Wire Armature is another technique. A stick-figure-like
wire figure is embedded in the doll to make it sturdier
achieve bendable joints.
To achieve a sculptural look or realism to the doll's
you can use needle sculpture like Lisa Lichtenfels
Robertson, Jurate (http://juratedolls.netfirms.com/)
Antonette Cely (http://www.cely.com/doll/main.html).
This is achieved by using a stretchable fabric on
head so the stuffing can be moved around into places
the nose, cheeks, etc. (Susanna's book discusses this
Pressed cloth head. This is cloth glued over a directly
sculptured or molded head. Paper clay or floral foam
some of the more popular mediums for the base of such
heads. Sherry Goshon
and molds for such heads. Anatomy of a Doll also
discusses this technique in one of its chapter.
Masks are simpler versions of this. A mask is made
polymer clay, paper clay, porcelain or plaster of
is then glued to a flat head in place of the face.
Lima, Peggy Flynn, and Andra Dunn use this technique.
I really enjoyed learning about all these techniques
creating a doll. It has opened a whole new world of
dollmaking for me.
Winnie Rose Reyes email@example.com
After careful consideration, designer Shari Lutz
decided to allow her popular patterns to remain on
the market. Dollmaker's Journey is delighted
to add three more wonderful patterns to her line of
reproduction and primitive style dolls. With "Safrina"
and "Harietta Whiskeritch" you'll have a
how to construct heads with Styrofoam and paperclay.
A trapunto process is used to make the face of "Aunt
Cathedra and her Crow." Treat yourself to the
pleasure of making this unique style of doll.
MARILYN HALCOMB has outdone herself with her
delightful new pattern - "Jack the Jovial Jester
Marotte Girl Tuesday". This colorful character
awesome needle sculpted hands.
Inspired by the famous Tina Turner song, SANDY
CORSON'S award winning "Private Dancer"
graceful, long-legged beauty. This versatile pattern
also includes a stunning gown.
We are frequently asked if we sell the tool for setting
tiny grommets we sell. The reason we dont is
tool is easily found in any hardware store for a few
and you may already have one. Its called either
or a prick punch. It looks like a metal
pencil and is
normally used to set nails. Although we always send
instruction sheet with the grommets, we now have detailed
instructions with photos and sketches on the site
PROPORTIONS FOR TODDLER DOLLS
Bonnie was asked how to make children's hands in
for a doll. She measured her 3-year-old granddaughter
here is what she found. Jade is 38" tall. Normally
adult if you put the heel of your palm against your
your hand comes to the center or top of your forehead.
However, on her granddaughter from the bottom of her
chin to the top of her forehead where the hairline
measured 5" (her whole head from chin to top
was 7" high),
but her hand from the bottom of the palm to the tip
middle finger measured only 4" and came only
eyebrows, and her foot was 5-1/2" from heel to
kept saying, "Grandma, but I'm not a doll"
as she was
measured. With most baby dolls (especially porcelain)
hands are MUCH smaller than the head, not realistic
So depending on whether you want your toddler doll
realistic or not, at least now you have some measurements
to play with. Of course, our proportional scale wheel
we sell will help you translate these measurements
size. Directions on how to use it are on our website
Weve just added 17 new pictures to our Dollmakers
Journey Showcase. Stop by and take a look at the fabulous
dolls our customers are making from the patterns on
site. Dont be shy wed love to see
and share what youre
making, too. Details for photo submission will be
bottom of the page.
NEWS FROM THE HOME FRONT
Fortunately for Bonnie, after an eventful December,
returned to normal in January. She spent the month
to find the floor in her sewing room (she still hasnt
succeeded), turning a bedroom into an office for her
husband because her 28-year-old daughter decided to
to Boston, leaving a room free (hooray no more
the master bedroom!), and flying to Utah to help her
mother. She went one week before the Olympics started
and sat next to one of the hockey players from Latvia.
Their whole team was on the plane, and the baggage
area was filled with competitors from all over the
Everyone was arriving a week early to become
acclimatized to the high altitude and time zone change.
Security was extra tight, with trunk checks when you
to park your car; hand scans for chemical weapon residues,
etc. While there she picked up some gold, silver and
bronze Olympic medals (fake, of course) which we will
for awards in our All-Star Olympic Doll Challenge.
you want a real (fake) Olympic medal from the site
winter games, be sure to enter.
Mary Ann stays extremely busy with the day-to-day
Dollmakers Journey business activities. The
inventory is kept at her house and the orders are
there. Its hard to believe tax time is just
around the corner!
She and Bonnie will be packing up a large selection
patterns and supplies to take up to Cheryl Leones
wonderful annual Dollmakers Tea Party on Saturday
March 9th in New Jersey. (For details contact Cheryl
at firstname.lastname@example.org) Mary Anns parents live
minutes away from Cheryl so she gets a bonus visit
them as well.
OTHER SITES TO SEE
Here are some fun websites you might want to bookmark:
Regina Edmonds Push Molds for Polymer Clay
Molds included will make dolls, wings, jewelry, eyes,
If you have always wanted to try Sculpey or Paperclay
didnt know how to begin, this site has wonderful
L S Jewelry store has acrylic stands that adjust
from 7" to
12". Their website is:
Potomac Display has all sorts of acrylic display
flying dolls check out their acrylic ornament hangers
their online catalog. I was very impressed by their
variety and it gave me lots of ideas for displaying
unusual settings. Their website is:
You can get pre-sewn muslin dolls already stuffed
pindolls or teaching in several places:
Home Sew sells 5" dolls in Natural and White
each or 12/$11.95
CR's Crafts sells them in flesh, dark brown and natural
Click on dolls, then cloth dolls, then muslin dolls
They are cheaper if you buy a lot, and the catalog
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