This past weekend found 16 of us getting away for a fun-filled workshop up in the mountain village of Julian near San Diego. Doll Camp is sponsored by the local doll club – IOLCC. A perfect name for a unique group of doll makers. IOLCC stands for the Imitation of Life Construction Company, a Cloth Doll Society. Karen Wooton came up with the name 20 years ago. But, that is a story for another time.
We met at the Julian Meadow View Lodge, formerly known as Angels Landing. In the center of the lodge is a conference room where the workshop was held. Most of the participants stayed in the lodge rooms on either side of the conference room. As you can see the room is quite large and very well lit. We started the classes on Friday night, shown here.
All of the furry bits you see in the foreground are some of the Tibetan skins I brought. I also provided Fairfield Polyfil for those who needed stuffing. It is my preferred stuffing as it is slickery and easy to needle sculpt. For those who came long distances I brought 3 of my Bernina's. I had just purchased a Bernina 380, which is a wonderful machine for classes. It is one of Bernina's more affordable machines and a machine that isn't as heavy as some of their others.
Saturday morning we colored the doll faces with Shiva Paintstiks then fixed them with Prismacolor's Workable Fixative. This is similar to Krylon's Workable Fixative, but made by Prismacolor. We didn't have the luxury of 3 days to allow the paintstiks to "cure", so fixing them allowed us to detail the faces later in the day. Patty Smith is shown here spraying her dolls head. You can see the beautiful area we were staying. Julian is wonderful. It is 4,000 feet up in our mountains, so not too high.
Lynn Tesch, from Georgia had flown in for Doll Camp. She really got into fixing her dolls head. So much so that she nearly fell down the mountain as her dolls head went rolling down hill. She was able to save the head as several of us came to her rescue and held on to her as she reached for the head. We'll never let Lynn forget that episode.
One of the more popular events at any doll gathering is "show & tell". Saturday night was the show & tell night and it was so exciting seeing what everyone brought.
Mary "Dolly" Francis came from Arizona and brought her "Arizona Camel". This is her doll clubs mascot and he goes everywhere Dolly goes. You can click on the photo to go to a larger image to see the details on this wonderful creature. We all thoroughly enjoyed Dolly's wonderful sense of humor.
Caroline Weber made two of the cutest veggies from one of Sally Lampi's patterns. Caroline and her daughter, Jennifer, drove down from San Francisco. Both are extremely talented women and it was fun having them at Doll Camp.
Lois Boncer, of Carlsbad, California, brought her 7-headed dragon, along with her adorable ballet class for children. Lois is a past president of IOLCC and has a company called Aardvark to Zebras. She's been featured in Soft Dolls & Animals and other publications. Another very talented woman.
Deborah Ditson of Santee, California shared some of her amazing beadwork. She, and her friend Martine met me at the San Diego Quilt Show and are first time doll makers. They say. Both made wonderful dolls during the weekend.
And, you can see by this photo how talented Deborah is. Her beadwork is stunning. I wish I had more photo's of some of her other pieces.
If you ever get a chance to attend a "doll" camp or any other retreat I highly recommend it. It is a fabulous way of getting away from the phone, tv, computer, children, grandchildren, you name it. We had great food, beautiful scenery and developed friendships that will last a long, long time.