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How do you make those hands?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

This is the number two question I get.  Number one is how do I do my dolls faces.  That is my most popular workshop, and it is now available at Galli Publishing – www.gallipublishing.com

So, how do I do my dolls hands?  First, I trace my own hand on a piece of white printer paper.  I clean it up, getting rid of all the arthritic bumps and lumps.  I then reduce it several times and when I need a hand for a doll I find the proper size and use that.  HandTracedHandsReduced

Really easy.  I also collect hands from friends and family.  Hmmm.  Better restate that.  I trace their hands and then I have different hands for my dolls.  Very easy to do.

The key, though, is to make sure the fingers are spread apart.  If they are too close together then you’ll have a terrible time cutting in between the fingers once they are sewn.  You can see how I spread my fingers apart, so even when the hand is reduced to a smaller size I can still get my two stitches in between each finger.

That is how easy it is.  Have fun collecting hands!

July workshop

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Due to lack of interest I’ve cancelled the July 3-day workshop.  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.  You can contact them for the details:  classes@piecemakers.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.  That will be a 4-day workshop.  More details soon.

And, in September I’ll be teaching Peony at Fobbles in Cumbria, England.  One of my favorite places.  The shop is wonderful, as is the owner.  http://www.fobbles.co.uk

The dates are Sept. 24-26.  Beautiful weather that time of year up in the Lake District.

Peony

Peony

Helen

Helen

July workshop

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Let’s see if I can do a better job of updating this blog.  The previous post cut off Elizabeth’s head, and there was a huge space between paragraphs.  Also, I miscalculated the cost of the 3-day workshop.

First, let’s see if I can insert her photo.DazzlingDaze2013Skirt  Okay.  Here’s the updated skirt.  I noticed all the photo’s that WordPress has put in my album have heads cut off.  So, I shall try inserting from my original file.  Here goes:

Elizabethe2Yes!  It worked.

It’s always a learning curve for me when it comes to anything technical.  Except for my beloved Bernina sewing machines.  Those I can figure out.

The dates again are July 16-18, 2015.  A deposit to hold your space of $250 is due April 16.  The total cost is $575.00.  This includes all supplies, use of Bernina sewing machines and lunch each day.  If you are interested email me at:  pculea@gmail.com

 

Master Class

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

My next in-depth master class will be July 16-18, 2015.  This is a 3-day workshop in which we’ll focus on faces, hands, clothing, embellishments.  This is also limited to 4 people in the class which guarantees personal instruction from me.

What will we be working on?  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.  She also wears a fabulous pair of boots.  If you are interested in this workshop, email me and I’ll send you the details.

pculea@gmail.com

The cost of the workshop, per person, which includes all supplies, instructions and lunch each day is $850.00.  This is limited to just 4 in the class.

 

 

 

Doll patterns available

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

I neglected to mention Piecemaker’s Country Store as another place that carries my patterns.  You can go to their website and see what is available:

http://www.piecemakers.com

My DVD’s are available at http://www.dollmakersjourney.com

My rubber stamps are really only sold by me.  They make great bookmarks.  If you are interested in any, email me and I’ll let you know how you can purchase them.  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.

Bookmarks made from my rubber stamps

Bookmarks made from my rubber stamps

Cloth Doll Inspirations DVD

Cloth Doll Inspirations DVD

Changes at PMC Designs

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Many of you know that the retail end of my business is being retired.  You’ll still be able to purchase my patterns from several companies.  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.  At midnight March 31 it will disappear.

Why am I doing this?  Several reasons.  I want more time for designing new dolls;  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.  Really exciting.  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

Cloth Doll Inspirations DVD

Also, I need to work on the design for my next master class which will be in July.  That has to be done within the next week so I can get the information out.

In the meantime, keep making cloth dolls.  And, do come back here often as I’ll have time to update my blog.  About time, eh?

Doll makers checking in

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Many of you know how I love seeing photos of what you have done using my patterns and books.  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.  And, check out the fabulous quilt behind her doll, whom she named Marie.  Thank you Gerry, for sending this photo.  I love your doll.

Marie

Marie

Sample sale

Friday, 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. 

Marley2

PattiFancifulFairyFanFront 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.


 

TomeArca2a

 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!

 

 

 

 

Doll Camp

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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.

DollCampWorking1Best 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.

DollCampWorking2 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.  

DollCampPattyFixingFace 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.

DollCampLynnLookingforHead 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.

DollCampMaryDollyFrancisCamel 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.

DollCampCarolineSLVeggies 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.

DollCampLoisDragon 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.

DollCampDeborahBeadedbracelet 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.

 

The Knitting & Stitching Show

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Thursday, Oct. 7, before I took Eurostar to Brussels I attended my favorite fiber art show – the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexander Palace. AliPali   This isn't really a palace, but more of an event center.  It is perfect for this show.

Oct7MrsSmithK&S The whole area really catches the excitement of the show.  A Mrs. Smith made the seat cushion, pillows, leg cuffs and cover for the bus stop in front of Ali Pali (what the locals call the palace).  This was a beautiful greeting to those arriving and departing.
                                                                                                                                             MaudieAtK&SShowAs soon as I arrived my friend Maudie found me.  It was fun going into the show with her.  In the entrance is always a challenge.  This year it was fabric bags made from scraps leftover from projects.

This is actually a unique idea that one woman started here in the UK.  Bags are made and passed out to people who are shopping so that plastic and paper bags aren't needed.  These are given free to whomever wants one.  I love that idea.  Who wouldn't love to have a hand-made shopping bag.  There were hundreds of bags at the show and all beautifully made. 

Wouldn't it be wonderful to start this all over the world? 

About 8 years ago several of us got together and decided to have a stand at the show.  I did the show for 3 years with Betts Vidal, Barbara Willis and Michele Meinhold.  The 4th year I worked with Rainbow Silk, then after decided to just come and enjoy the show.  Barbara took over the event and added Gloria McKinnon, who is our friend from Australia. 

Oct7BettsGloria                                                                                Oct7ColleenBettsBarbara It was fun seeing Colleen Babcock at the show, too.  Here she's with Betts and Barbara. 

Not sure you can see the amazing Asian Dreams crazy patch quilt on the wall next to Colleen.  I bought all the blocks from Gloria last year and have started putting them together.  Gloria also comes to Piecemaker's Country Store in Costa Mesa, California to teach.  It is there that we all take her classes to learn all the wonderful silk ribbon work that Gloria does.

Oct7HatsatK&S

The exhibits at the show, as I said earlier, are all breath-taking.  Below are some miniature hats that simply blew me away.  All are made of fibers, even the strawberries on the hat towards the front.

Yes, that is a shark attacking the straw hat.  He's made of fibers, too. 

Jan Beaney, Jean Littlejohn, Maggie Grey, Val Holmes, Richard Box and so many others were there with new work.  I didn't have time to see everything as I only had 3 hours.  I then took the tube to Kings Cross then to St. Pancras, collected my luggage and took Eurostar to Brussels and then another train to Rixensart to see our youngest daughter and her family.

More on that next time.