Thursday, December 11, 2008

work shop doll and pattern finished tada!

This is Annie 01..she is 10 inches,
Prim Folkart style, This is the pattern I have created for
my work shop, I thought small would be better for first time doll makers, Being they would be able to start and finish their little dolls in one class.I have kept it small and simple..using aged muslin, artists pencils for facial features, and cotton thread for her hair.I will already have the bodies sewn and ready for them to stuff. I was wondering does any one know where I can buy hemostats or suggest another stuffing tool?? I only own one pair of hemostats and guard them with my life. But was thinking what tools the girls could use for stuffing their dolls..
showing you her bloomers and striped legs. I took lots of step by step pictures for the E-pattern
Also have printed it out for each student, and have it on CD also:)
This will be my smallest dolls for the show also.I have ready to stuff, 5 dolls ranging from 18 inches to 28inches. and 4 more dolls ready to sew.Styles are Vintage YesterYear, Primitive, FolkArt, Whimsical..My goal is to be able to (introducing) show them different styles not all the same...whew the ole sewing machine is going full blast and I think JoAnns know me by my first name now! What fun!! I am so totally open to any suggestions, dislikes, any thing you have to say please! things always look better through some else's eyes!


PriviesAndPrims said...

I think she's adorable!
Flat end wooden dowels work great for stuffing, and pencils for the small spots. :)


PriviesAndPrims said...

Tell me about the show that you're doing a workshop at???


Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Oh Thanks for the suggestions Doreen I REALLY appreciate any help
I live in Oldsmar Florida
They have a pretty active Arts Center.. they really do a very wide spectrum of the arts.Covering any where from Oil painting, water colors to crocheting, quilting,knitting, rug hooking,purse making,miniatures, to name just a few things..They always are on the look out for new Arts , Crafts ect..I had gone into JoAnns fabric store with one of my dolls .A lady working there is friends with the gal (Chris) who runs our Art Center..Next thing I knew I had a phone call from Chris
asking me if I would come to the Oldsmar Art center Jan 8th and display my dolls.Introducing our our type of dolls,and will be able to sell dolls, patterns, classes also.THEN Chris went on to ask if I would give a work shop to people who sign up and pay for the work shop teaching them a simple type of doll.Feb 18th...Their hoping it will be a on going class..I told Chris also I wanted to start a doll club which she was excited about to.Chris is writting a article about me and my dolls and the doll work shop It will go in our newsletter and surrounding communities newsletters
I'm just numb with excitement!I do feel the pressure though for Jan 8th and Christmas whew! Thats it in a nut shell

Aunt Pitty Pat's said...

Sherrie I use chop sticks to stuff fiberfil into my little things that need to be stuffed. They work great because they have points on one end and flat on the other. Also I found some large tweezers in the fishing section. I think the guys use them for their fly fishing lures.
Oh yes ..... I meant to tell you I love love our little girl she is very cute :)
Oh you need to go by Apron Valley Road and see her latest post regarding fleece. I made a suggestion that I thought it would look great on one of your little dollies :)

NadineC said...

Hi Sherrie - I did send you an e-mail about the fleece suggestion Marcel had, but you are probably up to your eyeballs in doll-making. Anyways, I thought her idea was a great one, so take a one-minute break and visit my blog to check it out. Your new dollie is sooooo cute! I just love her!

Primgrl1 said...

Hi Sherrie! If I don't have my stuffing fork handy, I do have a half a dozen wooden dowel as mentioned by Doreen does work perfectly. I got my hemostat from the fishing department at Wal-mart. I was told that it's used for fly fishing as well...who would have thought!


Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Oh you guys are just the very best!! Thank You Ms M and Nadine and primgrl1..I really appreciate you help allot!and using fleece as hair is pure genius!

You guys just made my day on your encouragement on my little dolly..
It feels good though starting to sew bigger size..There is just as much work in a little one as a bigger one..sending you all allot love N (((((Hugs)))))

rgcarr said...

Hey Sherrie, they have hemastats at the flea markets a lot of times for a couple of dollars. there is one in Pinellas Park called the Mustang and there is one at the Hillsborough drive-in on Sat and Sun that usually has at least one booth that has them. I haven't been to either since this summer but must of the Central fla flea markets have booths that sell nail clippers, files, scissors and hemostats too. that is where i have gotten all of mine, love the doll, Robin

Anonymous said...

She looks a lot like a Bermuda Angels doll.

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Anonymous Thanks so much I am honored..But no one can make dolls like Bermuda Angels dolls..She creates one of kinds and adds her own touch to them.I to love Bermuda Angels dolls..