Monday, February 28, 2011

New Doll and Day #4 of Doll Class

New Doll

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We made gourd dolls in the most recent doll-making class.  The kids learned about gathering fabric by making a little cape for their dolls.  The rock is a baby.  The shell is the baby's cradle.

A very fancy gourd doll.

More gourds and babies and shell cradles.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Day #3 of Doll Class

Sweet little hands, hard at work, making corn husk dolls.

They look like they're going to a ball.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Husks and Shards

I spent the day dyeing corn husks for the doll class.  Aren't they pretty?  I can't wait to show the little girls!

My mom and daughter and I went to a doll show last weekend.   I bought a bunch of broken doll heads.  I was thinking of making little doll ornaments for a Christmas tree.  If I start now, I'll have a bunch by the end of the year.  I want to fix the Helen doll.  Her pieces were glued together with some old, weird glue.  It was definitely an old fix.  I need to figure out how to get the remaining glue off of the pieces.  Then I need to find out what kind of glue to use to piece her back together.  She came on a cloth body that looks original.  I'm looking forward to giving her new life.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


We did a self portrait challenge doll in the Maida Doll Group.  It was a blast.  Here I am!  She doesn't look exactly like me, but she has my spirit.  I had never sculpted teeth in a doll, but since I remember a very happy childhood, I needed teeth for Lainie's smile.    Mom used to sew most of my clothes.   I remember lots of ricrac.  She always added matching pants or shorts or culottes because I was upside down a lot of the time, flipping on monkey bars and doing cartwheels.  This doll was made with Dixie's IW workshop pattern.  Love that pattern!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day #2 of Doll Class - Upcycling Nesting Dolls

On Day #2, the little doll makers used Sharpie markers to decorate wooden nesting dolls that I had painted white and sprayed with gold glitter.  It was a great upcycling project.  So simple!  When they were finished, I had prepared some little accordion folded paper dolls for them to cut and make chains of hand-holding dolls.  The girls were entranced.  None of them had ever made dolly chains before.  I remember doing this SO much as a child! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


He's made with Dixie's IW pattern.


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