Friday, September 30, 2022

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

My First Newsletter

I spent some time today building my first newsletter issue from one of the templates at ConvertKit. It didn't turn out like what I had in mind, but got the job done. I'm sure I'll learn as I go.

For this first newsletter, I wanted to offer a discount to one of my favorite patterns: "Under the Harvest Noon." Hopefully it will entice folks to join my email list. 

Today, or at least until I have to hop on a virtual safety committee meeting for work, I will be working on a video tutorial on the ladder stitch.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Marketing and Making Dolls

As the countdown to retirement begins, I look forward to spending my time sharing the tricks of the trade, freebies, offering virtual and in-person dollmaking classes. 

I've invested in an online course to learn what I need to do to make these things happen. I'll be using an email service provider (ConvertKit) to build my email subscriber list, and I've just sent my first freebie to enable people to join my list. 

Please drop by my opt in and receive a free PDF on the how-tos and advantages of using freezer paper while sewing dolls. 

This tutorial available here on my blog, but I thought it might be a good test to if this list-thing actually works. 

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Trapunto face

I'm excited to be teaching a doll class in the Spring. In addition to a regular face, the students have requested a trapunto-style face. So I'm modifying my new body design to accommodate this new face. Here's my first draft. I inadvertently had the stretch direction of this cotton fabric positioned horizontally, so had to do the same with the face. I'm interested to see how it turns out with the correct vertical stretch direction, or with a knit fabric like craft velour.

Here are five dolls of varying fabrics and stretch direction. The center three have trapunto faces. After sewing and stuffing the round-faced cotton doll (left of the center doll), I modified the trapunto face shape to be more egg-like. The darkest doll in the center is made from Windsor Ponte. I haven't used this fabric before, and there were pros and cons. this fabric is quite thick and a little difficult to paint, but I like how she turned out. the greatest stretch direction of the fabric is horizontal. The one to the right of the center doll is made from doll velour, which is much thinner. Stretch direction is vertical. The dolls on the far right and left have regular sculpted faces. 

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Life Book 2021 October Lessons

This one my granddaughter did, age 12:

Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE
or Life Book 2019 HERE
or Life Book 2020 HERE
or Life Book 2021 HERE

Saturday, July 16, 2022


 It's been awhile since I've added a tutorial, so I thought I'd post some photos of my cloth-over-clay technique:

Super Sculpey:

Pressmold dusted with cornstarch first for easier clay removal (or can spritz the mold with water)

Removed from mold

Face refined

Tacky glue

Apply knit fabric, pouncing into face with stiff, dry paintbrush

Don't stretch fabric, start at the center of the face and work outward

Use tool or fingernail to press cloth into face details to further define

Wrap fabric around to back, trim when glue has dried

Paint with gesso, buff with piece of brown paper grocery bag

Paint with skin tone acrylic paint

Stitch to head

Monday, July 4, 2022

Anne of Green Gables

 Now that my Helper Doll for ODACA Day is done, I'm getting back to Anne of Green Gables. She is one of the four prototype dolls I've been working on.

Progress Photos:

Anne's slate

Carbetbag (both sides)

Almost ready for her final photoshoot

Official photo shoot:

Previous prototypes can be seen here: