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Kyeema, a young Australian Aboriginal girl

Designed by Marilyn Halcomb

Known on Doll Street as the Queen of Needle Sculpting, Marilyn Halcomb is back teaching for us!? Kyeema?s face is extensively needle modeled, with separate teeth and top lip, the body is sculpted and the class includes a session on learning how to paint a piece of plain fabric using simple stamps, dots and brushwork, to make her skirt/wrap and headband.
In Aboriginal culture, in the bush, women can show their breasts but must cover other bits and pieces, including thighs.
Kyeema?s name means ?of the Dawn?. She is made from two-way stretch spandex-type fabric and the class would include learning how to ?fill? a doll, shaping as you go, rather than ?stuffing?. She stands about 18 inches tall and has a full wire armature.

  • Lesson One - making the head - it will be a long lesson and the hardest one to do, so if we start off with the head, that?s it out of the way.? Also, I?ve found that sometimes my dolls tend to change gender on me, so if I do the head first, I can then adjust the body to suit. ?
  • ?Lesson Two - tracing out and sewing up the rest of the doll, making and inserting armature, then filling the body and limbs and stitching and attaching ears. ???????????
  • Lesson Three - needle modelling the body and limbs and putting the doll together. ????????
  • Lesson Four - making finger and toe nails, putting on hair and painting the fabric to make her outfit. For those that can crochet, there is a pattern for a dilly bag - Australian Aborigines are traditionally a hunter-gatherer society with the men doing the hunting and the women finding gathered foods and materials,? hence they carry a bag with them.? This bag can also be used to carry young babies. This bag could also be made from fabric is crocheting is a problem.
  • Class starts August 30, 2013, and will run for six weeks.