I tried adding to my post on Lady Jennifer, but WordPress doesn’t make it easy to move text past photo’s.Â Today, May 8, I took a Bible Study Journaling class and learned to use a product that blends colored pencils.Â It is called Gamsol.Â It is an odorless mineral spirit and works beautifully.
I’ve been working on a new doll that I’ll be teaching later this year.Â Her working name is Lady Jennifer.Â Even though some of her “parts” don’t seem in the “lady” theme I think I’ll stick with the name.Â The photo of the skirt shows a different doll body.Â I didn’t have Lady Jennifer’s body done when I took a break to make the skirt.Â Soon I’ll have the whole body done and I’ll show her here.
John and I just returned from an amazing 5 day trip to the Navajo Nation.Â Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the mountains, scenery all breathtaking.Â But, the Navajo women we came to service – no words can express our feelings.
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
At Broken Arrow Bible Camp, working with the Navajo women having fun making things to beautify their homes.
We are back home and I now need to prepare for two fun projects.Â First, an online class on Dollstreet.Â I’ve not done an online class in years, but know this is important.Â So many can’t get to venues where we teach, so this is the next best thing.Â This class starts in June.
Maridrial is a free standing, wired all cloth doll.Â She’s 18-inches tall and full of fun techniques.Â This class is great fun and one I know you’ll enjoy.Â Here’s the link to sign up:Â http://store.dollstreetdreamers.com/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Store_id=235&page_id=23&Item_ID=1784
And, my next “in person” workshop will be at Piecemaker’s Country Store in Costa Mesa, CA August 7 & 8, 2015.Â I’ll be teaching one of my favorite dolls – Helen.Â Â She’s on the cover of my Creative Cloth Doll Couture book, but also included in the combined book Creative Cloth Doll Collection.Â Â To get more details contact Piecemaker’s at:Â firstname.lastname@example.org,Â or 714-641-3112.
Due to lack of interest I’ve cancelled the July 3-day workshop.Â It was short notice and I know it takes a bit of planning.
I will be teaching Helen at Piecemaker’s Country Store in Costa Mesa, CA the beginning part of August.Â You can contact them for the details:Â email@example.com
Helen is from my book “Creative Cloth Doll Couture”, and is also in the large book “Creative Cloth Doll Collection”.
Presently I’m working on a new doll and will be teaching her in January.Â That will be a 4-day workshop.Â More details soon.
And, in September I’ll be teaching Peony at Fobbles in Cumbria, England.Â One of my favorite places.Â The shop is wonderful, as is the owner.Â http://www.fobbles.co.uk
The dates are Sept. 24-26.Â Beautiful weather that time of year up in the Lake District.
Let’s see if I can do a better job of updating this blog.Â The previous post cut off Elizabeth’s head, and there was a huge space between paragraphs.Â Also, I miscalculated the cost of the 3-day workshop.
First, let’s see if I can insert her photo.Â Okay.Â Here’s the updated skirt.Â I noticed all the photo’s that WordPress has put in my album have heads cut off.Â So, I shall try inserting from my original file.Â Here goes:
It’s always a learning curve for me when it comes to anything technical.Â Except for my beloved Bernina sewing machines.Â Those I can figure out.
The dates again are July 16-18, 2015.Â A deposit to hold your space of $250 is due April 16.Â The total cost is $575.00.Â This includes all supplies, use of Bernina sewing machines and lunch each day.Â If you are interested email me at:Â firstname.lastname@example.org
My next in-depth master class will be July 16-18, 2015.Â This is a 3-day workshop in which we’ll focus on faces, hands, clothing, embellishments.Â This is also limited to 4 people in the class which guarantees personal instruction from me.
What will we be working on?Â Elizabeth from my book – Creative Cloth Doll Couture – but an updated version.
Elizabeth has several wonderful techniques – heat transfer dyes, applieque, found objects, simple beadwork, just to name a few.Â She also wears a fabulous pair of boots.Â If you are interested in this workshop, email me and I’ll send you the details.
The cost of the workshop, per person, which includes all supplies, instructions and lunch each day is $850.00.Â This is limited to just 4 in the class.
I neglected to mention Piecemaker’s Country Store as another place that carries my patterns.Â You can go to their website and see what is available:
My DVD’s are available at http://www.dollmakersjourney.com
My rubber stamps are really only sold by me.Â They make great bookmarks.Â If you are interested in any, email me and I’ll let you know how you can purchase them.Â Ready Stamps, a division of the Cerebral Palsey Foundation makes the stamps for me, so you are helping special people stay independent when you purchase the stamps.
Many of you know that the retail end of my business is being retired.Â You’ll still be able to purchase my patterns from several companies.Â I’ll be listing them in the newsletter I’ll be sending out early next week.
The final days for the retail website are now until April 1.Â At midnight March 31 it will disappear.
Why am I doing this?Â Several reasons.Â I want more time for designing new dolls;Â I want more time to do short term missions like the two I’ll be going on in late April and early May.
April 22-26 we’ll be going to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico to do a retreat for 120 Navajo women.Â Really exciting.Â Then May 3-6 we’ll be going on a work trip to Hume Lake to help get the camp ready for the summer programs.
Also, I need to work on the design for my next master class which will be in July.Â That has to be done within the next week so I can get the information out.
In the meantime, keep making cloth dolls.Â And, do come back here often as I’ll have time to update my blog.Â About time, eh?
Many of you know how I love seeing photos of what you have done using my patterns and books.Â Recently Gerry Smeltzer from Eureka, California sent a photo of her version of Tania from my book Creative Cloth Doll Faces.
I love what she did with the doll.Â And, check out the fabulous quilt behind her doll, whom she named Marie.Â Thank you Gerry, for sending this photo.Â I love your doll.
Those of you who receive my eNewsletter and read my home page know I’ve had a special offer until Dec. 14. When you purchase one of my DVD’s you can choose any pattern you want at no charge. If you purchase both DVD’s you can choose 3 patterns at no charge. This does not include tools or rubber stamps.
Now that I’m almost fully recovered from my surgery, and I’ll be home for several months I plan on spending more time on my poor blog. I also think Facebook occupied a bit too much of my time and even though I do like Facebook, I like my blog more.