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:

Previous prototypes can be seen here:

Sunday, July 3, 2022

ODACA Helper Doll 2022

I've been working on my Anne of Green Gables doll, but have put her on hold while I make a doll for ODACA Day. I won't be attending this year, but will send the doll on for the raffle held at the ODACA Luncheon. 

This is a new design I've been working on, with the intention of making a formal pattern. This doll is one of four prototypes. 

I've named her Elora:


Progress photos:

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Life Book 2020 September Lessons

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

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Annie Oakley

I'm finally done with my Annie Oakley doll, though I may still keep an eye open for small charms, beads, etc., that may represent some of her medals. She has a brass tube inserted into her torso, so is easily removable from her stand. I'm pretty happy with her. 

She is the first of three prototypes.
You can see more in my previous post, or here:

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Prototype Modifications

 I've made further adjustments to the original three prototypes:

Liliana (Day of the Dead) 
Pippa (Sailor Girl)
Ruby (Izannah Walker style)

The next three prototypes have been exercises in fabric variation and stretch direction.

These two are made from cotton woven fabric with the stretch direction (cross-grain) horizontal on the doll on the left, and vertical on the doll on the right:

I also made one from a knit fabric (craft velour, I think) using a vertical stretch direction. The doll on the left will be Annie Oakley. The middle doll will be Anne of Green Gables. I haven't decided who the doll on the right will be. These dolls are a little smaller than the original three prototypes.

I've made some progress on Annie Oakley. She's now situated on her stand. I made a leather strap for her rifle. Next I tackle her hat. That's going to be a challenge!

Click HERE to see the completed Annie Oakley.

Now I've moved on to Anne of Green Gables:

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Beautiful Easter Day

 Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter.