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A beautiful 18-inch all cloth, ball jointed doll with dazzling embellishments. In the 4-day workshop the doll is made teaching simple sewing and filling with stuffing techniques. Full instructions are given on drawing, sculpting and coloring the face; finger turning and creating expressive hands; creating beautiful silk flowers for her to place in her Cornucopia; beaded flowers, and fun embellishments for her hat, dress and shoes.
I am excited to bring this class to you through the Art Connection Summit!
Day 1 - The layout and nitty gritty of body building – Laying out the pattern pieces onto the fabric is important. We’ll share a couple ways, and my favorite technique. Turning those pesky fingers will be covered, along with easy ways to fill a body with stuffing. The hands will be wired and sculpted, along with some of the body parts. Creating cute feet will also be covered.
Day 3 - The face and fashion - We’ll draw, sculpt and color the face; make her undies, slip, skirt. Fabric collage will be explained and shown then cutting out various pieces for the bodice, wrists, fascinator/hat and cornucopia. It is fun looking at your finished collage piece and finding the areas that will make a beautiful bodice and other parts of her clothing. Shoes will also be made.
Day 4 - The embellishing – Dyeing seam binding, which is optional but so much fun; Beaded flowers and silk ribbon flowers will be made. Creating the cornucopia from craft foam and collaged fabric. You’ll need your oven for this, but no worries, no bad fumes come from this as the foam isn’t in the oven long enough. Hand embroidery techniques. At the end, attaching hair. This is always done last due to all the embellishments on this girl.
Patti was born in Illinois and spent some of her early years on a farm. She comes to the world of cloth dolls from fine arts. Artistic skills developed in that discipline have been the foundation for her doll designs and the classes she teaches.
The year 1991 was a turning point in Patti’s artistic career when she began creating the human figure in cloth. Blessed with a vibrant imagination and using her observations of nature, people, and other doll makers, she developed her distinctive style. In demand as a teacher and lecturer, Patti travels the world spreading the joy of her love of cloth doll making.
Patti’s work has been featured on television, including a segment on HGTV’s Carol Duvall Show. Her artistry has been shown in magazines such as Dolls, Bears & Collectibles in Australia, Stitch, Be Creative by Workbox, and Dolls magazines in the UK. Soft Dolls & Animals, Art Doll Quarterly, Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts in the US