Doll Street has something for everyone! There is so much going on for today’s doll maker – whether you create with cloth, clay, or mixed media. Won’t you join us?
I’m happy to say that Patti Lavalley is teaching here at Doll Street now. Her first class for us is Jessee Jingles, which used to run over at Cloth Doll Connection. Jessee is going to be one of our permanent classes so I hope you find time to take her soon. This is a great doll, 18″ tall and invisibly jointed. Her shapely body is made with a four piece pattern. If you’ve only made pancake style bodies then this is a great way to see how shape can be achieved. Plus Jessee is simply pretty! See for yourself!
Judy Skeel's classes
To celebrate Doll Street’s 15th anniversary, Judy Skeel is offering a one time $15 discount on one of the following classes:
a mixed media class
It’s a good deal! All you have to do is decide which class to take (which could be a very hard thing to do) and then use the code DS15yearanniv when you checkout. Enjoy!!!
Domino & CD Altered Art class
Judi Wellnitz’s Domino class is back by popular demand. Judi says:
I’ll show you the basics of decorating the dominos and how to turn them into necklaces and magnets. I’ll also show you how to create small domino books that are perfect for little love notes or other inspirational messages.
I will also teach you how to take those old CDs and make something beautiful out of them. You’ll turn them into super lightweight pins that won’t pull on your clothes, a magnet, or even just a flat piece you can use in other art works (maybe for a journal or altered book) .
... and the winners are
We had some fabulous entries in the Re-Imagine History challenge. Be sure to go see them – just click here. Congratulations to everyone who entered – the dolls were fantastic and everyone is winning at least one prize. Many thanks to our fabulous sponsors, Fairfield, Eucalan, and Studio Galli.
- Fairfield’s Best Overall Doll made by a Beginner – The Future Queen by Sharon Matthews
- Most Imaginative Concept – Moses by Linda Whitley
- Best Use of Historical Costume Elements by a Doll Street Member – Princess Lydia Stuart by Deborah Robinson
- Best Overall Doll – Origami by Edwina Sutherland
Honorable Mention to Abigail by Heather Muth
Colleen Babcock, our challenge hostess, said that there wasn’t any doll that didn’t win any points at all.
The most adorable frog raised fairy ever!
This little fairy’s parents were tragically killed in a mid-air collision over a pond, leaving their toddler fairy all alone in the world. A family of frogs adopted her and raised her as their own. In order to keep the little fairy hidden in the pond, they put a water lily on her head which is how she came to be known as Lily. The frogs also gave her little frog flippers to help her keep up in the water. But they couldn’t come up with a substitute for their long sticky tongues, so Water Lily has some trouble catching flies. She’s just missed another meal and is pouting while watching yet another tasty morsel escape.
There are five lessons that go into every little detail you need to make this adorable little fairy. You know you want a Water Lily of your own! This class is starting June 15, 2012 so be sure to sign up soon.
Great for beginners!
Starting the 29th of June, this brand new class from Edwina Sutherland is perfect for beginners. You will learn how to create a simple armature figure, how to make a moveable head, how to needle sculpt and paint the head, how to work with clay over cloth to create imaginative shoes and creative options for hair and costume treatments. These techniques are a great addition to your repertoire. It’s only $35 too, so pretty reasonable.
There’s lots of classes that are ongoing at Doll Street. It seems that most of them are permanent offerings now, which is really nice; if you see a class you like but don’t have the money immediately you can always take it when you do!
a downloadable pattern from Patti Lavalley
Patti has been converting her paper patterns into PDF format and this is the latest one which is available for instant download. Ambrosia is a 15” invisibly jointed fairy sitting with articulated hands. Face painting, silk wing making, wigging, and more! She sure is a pretty one!
New 3D Mixed Media class with Michelle Munzone
Join artist, Michelle Munzone for a 3D Canvas based, Mixed Media Art piece. Who doesn’t love Jack and the Beanstalk!
Step by step instructions, along with 100s of colour photos, will allow you to feel confidence and enthusiastic as you create your own version of Jack & the Beanstalk.
In this 5 lesson workshop, you will be inspired in your own creative process by following the steps that Michelle provides and at the same time adding your own personality to the project with your choice of colours, fabric, materials and embellishments.
This project covers painting, wire construction, sculpting with paperclay, sewing, scrapbooking and doll making. Michelle will answer all questions you have during the workshop and long after the class is over and you can work at your own pace.
- Lesson 1: CONSTRUCTION of BEANSTALK and BASE-
- Lesson 2: PREPARING CANVAS- Painting & attaching to base
- Lesson 3: MAKING JACK and HIS COSTUME
- Lesson 4: MAKING HEN and GOLDEN EGGS
- Lesson 5: MAKING HARP and FINAL TOUCHES
Our first ever doll making challenge open to EVERYONE
I’m excited to announce a challenge that is open to everyone, not just Dreamers! If you’re a doll maker you are eligible to play! Lots of fabulous prizes from wonderful sponsors. Here’s the details:
A Doll Street Challenge – sponsored by Fairfield, Studio Galli and Eucalan
Hosted By Colleen Babcock
Re-Imagine History Challenge
For this challenge, use your imagination to reinvent a historical era to come up with a whole new alternative to the past or even the future.
For example, Steampunk is a particularly popular re-imagining of Victorian England or the Wild West with an industrial feel, incorporating gears and gadgets into the aesthetic. Or for another example, the TV show Firefly and subsequent movie, Serenity supposed that an over-populated Earth gave way to a pioneering colonization of space creating a look that is part American Wild West mixed with Chinese influence (explained by a population surge in China on Earth). Another television show, Stargate SG1 imagined that the ancient Egyptians were actually an alien race, giving the costume designers license to put an other-worldly spin on ancient fashions.
The idea behind the challenge is to incorporate into a doll, elements of historical costuming with something else, something unpredictable, to come up with a whole new style. What would the characters in your “old world made new” be wearing and why?
The Prizes – each prize is valued at over $100 (USD)
- Fairfield’s Best Overall Doll made by a Beginner – 10lb box of Fairfield’s Poly-fil® fibrefill or an assortment of different fibrefills* + a one year membership to Doll Street + your choice of Colleen Babcock pattern + Eucalan Custom Gift Pack. *Please note: Fairfield reserves the right to substitute the prize for alternative products if the winner is resident in a country outside of the continental US or Canada, due to the prohibitive cost of shipping.
- Most Imaginative Concept (This prize is to be judged on concept only, not the execution of the doll, so imagination counts here, not experience) – Patti Culea’s Cloth Doll Making DVD (donated by Studio Galli) + a one year membership to Doll Street + your choice of Colleen Babcock pattern + Eucalan Custom Gift Pack
- Best Use of Historical Costume Elements by a Doll Street Member (open to members only, this prize again to be judged on recognizable historical fashion elements, not necessarily on skill level) - Patti Culea’s Cloth Doll Making DVD (donated by Studio Galli) + one year membership to Doll Street + your choice of Colleen Babcock pattern + Eucalan Custom Gift Pack
- Best Overall Doll – Patti Culea’s Cloth Doll Making DVD (donated by Studio Galli) + one year membership to Doll Street + your choice of Colleen Babcock pattern + Eucalan Custom Gift Pack
- The doll entered into the challenge must have been created especially for the challenge.
- Steampunk dolls or dolls based on the other examples mentioned will not be accepted. The idea is to come up with something new.
- The challenge is open to everyone, but only a Doll Street member will qualify for the Best Use of Historical Costume Elements by a Doll Street Member prize.
- Only a beginner can win the Fairfield’s Best Overall Doll Made by a Beginner. Everyone is different, so please use your best judgement to decide if you fit into the beginner category. However, as a general guideline, a beginner may have made in the region of 8 full size dolls or fewer.
- No entrant can win in more than one category.
- Dolls of all sizes and mediums are welcome.
- The doll can be an original design or from a pattern, however, if you have used another designer’s pattern please make sure to give them credit on the entry form.
- Entries are to be submitted via an online entry form on or before June 15th, 2012. Three images of the doll must be uploaded to the form and may include a front, side, back view or a close-up of the face or other feature and should demonstrate what is special about your entry. Please make sure the images are clear and easy to see (if your photos are not clear, it will affect judging).
Download and save the rules from here!
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Andrew Galli, of Studio Galli is a Pianist, Composer and Producer of Arts and Crafts DVDs. Beginning in 2005 with several films related to silk painting and Shibori Japanese textile arts, Andrew has released several titles related to guitar lutherie, encaustic arts, fabric painting, wire bead jewellery, machine embroidery and cloth doll making. Visit www.gallifilms.com to find out more.
Fairfield Processing Corporation puts pride into every roll of batting, every pillow form and every bag of fibrefill they make. Each product is developed to inspire your creativity and help you express yourself. Visit www.fairfieldworld.com to find the full range of Fairfield products and to search through their free projects and patterns.
Colleen Babcock is a craft and cloth doll designer, offering patterns, online classes, and in-person classes across North America and the UK. Visit www.themagicbean.typepad.com to see Colleen’s full range of patterns and to get your hands on free projects.