March 28th, 2015
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.
Cloth Doll Inspirations DVD
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?
March 6th, 2014
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.
December 12th, 2013
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.
August 12th, 2012
In finishing Laurelin, the doll I’ll be teaching on the February 2013 doll making cruise I made a head piece. It was okay, but not exactly what I wanted.
I really wanted a beaded head piece and worked on a couple. I had purchased the wrong size Swarovski pearls a year ago. Decided I needed to use them in the design. Here’s how she looks with her new “crown”.
Laurelin’s new headpiece
Here’s the older version:
Laurelin’s original headpiece
August 2nd, 2012
Here are the patterns that I have retired. When they are sold out I will remove their photo from this post.
Tassel Lass with rubber stamp
Stargaze Origami with rubber stamp
Perky Peggy sitting on a Posy
Dancing Chubettes – wearable dolls
Banbury Cross Beth
More images in next post. Filled this one up.
March 21st, 2012
Doll for 2013 cruise
My goal is to keep up with my blog.Â I decided to share a doll in the making.Â This is the doll I’ll be teaching on the cruise in February 2013.Â Every other year we have an all cloth doll making cruise.Â They have been great fun and close friendships have developed.
I’ve posted a photo of Annie’s doll, and wanted to show my doll, although she isn’t finished.Â She needs hair and her crown.Â She’s an elf princess without a name.Â She’ll have her name soon.
The doll body will be made by each person going on the cruise before we depart.Â During the cruise we’ll do her face, create her clothing and the beaded joints.Â Simple beaded flowers will be made, along with silk ribbon flowers.Â Some embroidery will be done, too.Â The kit supplied by me will include the beautiful fabric that her dress is made from, along with a bead kit and several other goodies.
If you are interested in the cruise go to www.clothdollcruises.com for more details and also contact Barbara Roby at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 5th, 2011
Many of you know how I love Prague in the Czech Republic. I've been invited twice to go teach there and will be going again at the end of March.
Bohdana Klatilova and the Czech Doll Club along with Bernina are sponsoring the first Doll Exhibit & Competition with classes in Prague April 1-3, 2011. Marlaine Verhelst and I will be the tutors. I'm so excited to see Marlaine. I met her ages ago and have admired her work.
Bohdana has been a true friend and encourager for both Marlaine and I and I know this is going to be a spectacular event.
For more details contact: email@example.com
To see what the doll club there does, go to their website:
This is one very talented group.
January 5th, 2011
Yesterday the advance copy of my kind of new book arrived. My publisher decided to create a compilation of my 4 doll making books. It was hard deciding what chapters to include and which ones to not include. I wasn't sure how it would look, or if I'd like it.
After receiving the book, I have to admit it is more than I thought it would be. It is truly beautiful.
The book is like a complete textbook on doll making as it takes the reader from a beginning type doll to a more advanced doll. We've taken the best of each of the books and put them in one volume.
The book is 304 pages, so quite large for this type of book. It covers several ways of creating faces, bodies, hands, feet, clothing, accessories, and beading.
It is very exciting and I'll be eager to hear what people think of it once it is released.
The release date is in March. Keep watching by publishers website for the release date.
Also, don't forget to check out my publishers blog. Lots of fun stuff there.
December 23rd, 2010
December has been a fun month for me. I've been able to spend time with all of my grandchildren. This week it is with our newest grandson – Theo. He, and his parents, flew in from Belgium at the beginning of the week. Even after the long flights, and not sleeping during most of it, he was in rare form when they arrived.
Theo is 11 mos. old and full of fun. I should have titled this post "The many faces of Theo".
He changes all the time. And, he loves to show off his two lower teeth. He's working on his uppers at the moment. We may have pictures of those before they return to Brussels.
John had not met Theo as he's not been to Belgium since Theo was born. I've been twice, so have been able to watch a bit of his growth during his first year. The first year is probably the one of the most changes. Both physical and mental. Theo is quite vocal, so will keep up with his cousins once we get all of them together.
Before they arrived John and I purchased a toddler bed and fixed up a bedroom for him. I made a quilt for the new bed. Heidi (our daughter) loves giraffe's. I was able to find a wonderful giraffe print.
If you click on the photo a larger one will pop up. We also found a little giraffe that has various sounds to help babies sleep.
This is a wonderful time of year to spend it with family.
December 17th, 2010
Some of you may have received my eNewsletter in which I announced selling some of my samples. I'm clearing out space for new samples. January will find me developing new dolls for classes and patterns. And, Jan. 19 my website, as it is now, will be going away. I'll no longer be selling retail, but you'll be able to buy my patterns from several online & in person stores.
Marley is one of the dolls I'm selling. She's a combination of several patterns from two of my books – Creative Cloth Doll Making and Creative Cloth Doll Faces.
The other samples I'm selling are:
Patti's Fanciful Fan – 5 dolls on fan blades with interchangeable clothing. Fun project and definitely a conversation piece.
Stargaze Arca. This is a box that can hold a journal or treasures. It is made from all fibers with many techniques. It was made to hold my Stargaze Stitchery Tome. Since I'm teaching the Arca on my Stargaze Stitchery Yahoo group I will be making another one.
If you are interested in any of these items, go to my website and read more about the items then email me. I'll tell you how to purchase them.
Hoping everyone is ready for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!