Suma Flower Beetle

Master Workshop

Leslie O'Leary

Starts July 19, 2021

Join Now - $67

Class Description


If you have been following me you know that I am enthralled with winged creatures…taking flight.

As many of you may know, my art is not only about the beautiful techniques but also of the symbolism:

The Beetle - Beetles are symbols of strength, but not just on a physical level. Part of the reason they can build such amazing colonies and structures in bug-land is due to their ability to organize within a community. When it comes to building bug utopia, it takes a village. A hefty lesson beetles offers is acquiring the ability to work with others for a common goal.

In this workshop, I will not only be discussing various techniques but also my philosophy and symbolism to add another “layer” to your experience with me. I will help you to create a needlesculpted three-dimensional face. We will inset your hand painted eyes. Her face, neck, and torso will be beautifully painted using various paints.

To compliment her painted body, we will piece together beautiful fabrics of your choice! This is a wonderful time to use those favorite fabrics that we all have been saving for that precious project!

We are fortunate to have our own Private Facebook Page where we can share our progress and ask questions. As a bonus, I will include Special Presentations related to Suma and art!

This Workshop is best suited for intermediate-advanced-master dollmakers.

I am excited to bring this art piece to you!

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan


Lesson One: Getting Prepared, Inspiration & Supplies in Detail

Lesson Two: Inspiration

Piecing, Sewing & Stuffing the Body

Lesson Three:  Costume & Wings

Lesson Four: Inspiration, Needle sculpting , Eye Details &  Adding Head

Lesson Five: Painting Body & Face

Lesson Six: Final Details


You have heard art imitates life. I have found this to be truly so.

I personally went through a very profound transition to land on solid ground where I found another path leading me onwards. I have discovered this IS life….this is growth.

This has also been expressed in my art. Now that I look back at my art over the last 3-4 years,  it is very clear where I was in each of my transitional stages. I feel that I have broken free of my binds and cocoon and now am soaring on a continuous flight of discovery! Stay tuned for much new work coming from me! Transcending.

Introducing the release of my  ebooks Story Hats© Book 1 & 2, which you can now purchase through this link: Story Hats


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