About this course
Have you ever dreamed of making your own, one of a kind, special doll? Then keep reading, because I created the perfect workshop, just for you.
Besides from painting, doll making has always been a lifelong passion of mine. When I was little I used to cut the models from my grandmother’s JC Penney Catalog and pretended they came to life as something I could touch and hold, not just look at. Making a doll fulfilled that desire, creating something out of nothing brings joy to my heart like nothing else. It's a very different feeling from painting, because my idea gets to be something much more tangible and real than just an image you look and fall in love with. You can touch it, play with it and love it. I love that feeling, and I want to share how I feel with you.
Beginning on January 20th, 2014. Join me in this four week workshop as I guide you through the process I go trough when creating a doll. From tracing the pattern into the fabric to the final embellishing touches. I'll show you how I use an alchemy of mixed media techniques when I sew, paint, dress up and embellish my creations, and by the end of the workshop you will be able to create your own beautiful one-of-a-kind doll.
I will give you the basics and with that, the power to transform the doll into anything you want it to be. To each doll, its own story.
The basics (You’ll use this for doll making and can be used many times)
- Sewing machine
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors
- Cotton rags (you can use an old t-shirt instead)
- Stabilo colored marker pencil
- Pencil with eraser on top
- Thread in beige and black and other colors that coordinate with your fabrics
- White acrylic gesso
- A set of acrylic brushes
- Fine sanding block or sand paper
- Hemostats in sizes (12,10,8,6 inches set. If you can only get one get the 8 inches one)
- Odorless paint thinner
- Red and deep brown soft (chalk) pastels
- Oil paint in burnt umber
- Acrylic fixative spray (or hairspray)
- Acrylic paints in raw sienna, red, black, and any other colors you may want to use
- Dray Fritz Check
- Embroidery thread in black
You’ll also need these materials per doll you make:
- Your choice of fabric for the dress (approximately 1/4 yard)
- Embellishments (fibers, buttons, beads, charms, ribbons, etc)
- Polyester fiberfill (I like the brand Poly-fil)
- Muslin (about 1/4 year makes a doll, but I recommend getting at least a yard so you can practice and make more dolls)
- 2 small buttons for arms and 2 smaller ones for shoes plus more for embellishments
- 2 beads (size 8mm for legs and 6mm for arms) per doll
- Mohair or yarn for hair
- Lace (3-4 yards)
- Tulle (about 1/8 yard tall)
- Pinking shears
- A piece of beeswax
- StazOn ink pads in black and rubber stamps
- Turning tool kit
- Stuffing fork
How will the workshop work?
The whole workshop will be available since the beginning and you’ll have a whole year to go and watch it as many times as you’d like. You can choose to watch the whole thing and then start working or maybe you prefer to work as you watch so you don’t forget any detail. I’ll be available for questions and guidance for the first 4 weeks of the class, that is plenty of time for you to finish your fist doll. We’ll have a Facebook group where you can upload your work in progress, ask for advice and share your finished dolls.
Can I download the videos?
Absolutely! The lessons will be there for you to download and re-watch as many times as you'd like and you can watch them in your computer, Ipad or iPhone.
How do I sign up?
Just click on the upper right green button that says "Register Now" in this page. It will take you to the check out screen where you will create your user name and password on Ruzuku, my host site for the course. Once registered you will be able to access the classroom with the list of supplies with links and other info that will be available for you before the course begins.
What if I don't have time to finish the class in four weeks?
No worries, you can still join us and work at your own pace because the course will be available for you to take it at your own pace. Videos are downloadable so you can save them for later viewing.
Do I need to know how to sew to take this class?
No, you don't! The sewing we’re going to be doing is very basic and you can do it even if it’s the first time you use a sewing machine. I would recommend that if it’s your first time you practice a bit in a piece of scrap fabric before doing the actual doll. And a lot of the sewing we will be doing will be for joining the limbs and that it’s hand sewn.
Can I share the workshop or the videos with someone else?
Please don't. I'm putting my heart and a lot of work here and I really appreciate if you keep it to yourself and encourage others to sign up too.
Can I get a refund if I decide not to take it?
Sorry but not refunds once you sign up for the class.
Can I watch the videos on my Ipad or Iphone?
Yes! As long as you're connected to the internet you can watch the HD videos on your mobile device without having to donwload them on your device or computer first.
Will I be able to download the class content?
Yes, the videos will remain online and there will be lots of downloadable material for you to keep.
Do I need a high speed internet to take the course?
If you're able to watch HD videos on your computer then you're ready to go.
Do I have to post my work for everyone to see or join the facebook group?
You don't have to, but it will be more fun if you do! Nothing like feedback from our peers to make our work better!
Can I share the work made here in my blog or facebook page?
Of course! I encourage you to do so.
Can I sell the work I create from the workshop?
Any other questions?
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will happily answer them.
See You There!