Join us on this fun challenge and aim for one of the fabulous prizes offered by our sponsors. The challenge is open to everyone, even if you are not a Doll Street member.
The challenge is to create a mermaid (or merman) using one of the patterns available on Doll Street or a One of A Kind doll and submit photos for the web site. Size and medium is up to you! If you think that you are a beginner and stand no chance of winning, then think again. Check out the prizes and categories which have been created with ALL abilities in mind.
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Dawn will once again share the magic of polymer clay and teach you how to shape a face while creating this fun character.
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“An article in Soft Dolls & Animals featured a doll by epb with silk ribbon embroidery, and since I was teaching silk embroidery for Michaels Craft Stores at the time I decided to try making a similar doll. There was no pattern, so it took several attempts before I had the doll I wanted. So I made my first “art” doll by designing the doll, and I haven’t stopped since. My work has been featured in Dolls United, Quilting Arts, Doll Crafter & Costuming, and Soft Dolls & Animals, where I was honored to be asked to be on their Editorial Advisory Board this year. I still indulge in other crafts, but designing and making dolls is my number one love, along with sharing with other doll makers.”
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Ankara, Queen of the Sky fairies begins November 26, 2012
This Workshop is divided into 5 Lessons for the INTERMEDIATE doll maker, but beginners with some sewing experience can make Ankara as well, as I will provide clear instructions and directions, all supported by many drawings and clear, full colour photos along the way. I will answer all questions you have during the workshop and long after the class is over. YOU CAN WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE
Go to the Creative College or click the image to go to the registration page.
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?
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!
Eucalan is a no-rinse delicate wash that is non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate free, with a lanolin enriched formula that is great for crafting as well as offering an eco-friendly alternative to dry cleaning. Visit www.eucalan.com to find out more about this outstanding product and to request your free sample.
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.