Archive for January 20th, 2009

Dazzling Daze Spring 2009

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

The December Dazzling Daze was so successful that several asked for a Spring version.  So, here it is.

Kath Danswan, from England, will be one of the teachers, along with Cyndi Mahlstadt and myself.  Kath is known for her use of silk fibers to create whimsical bowls, wings, purses, etc.  At our retreat she'll teach one of her amazing bowls:  KathsSilkBowls2

As you can see, these are truly works of art. 

Besides the silk caps, she uses other fibers, along with angelina.


Cyndi will be teaching her "Darcy" doll.  This is a truly wonderful doll using wire, an Altoid tin, and other fun fibers and "stuff".

You can see this doll in my current book "Creative Cloth Explorations". 

At the retreat you'll learn how to make the doll and make it uniquely yours.

Cyndi, along with Kath, are excellent teachers.  You'll go away knowing a lot more than you knew coming to this event.

Elysia is my doll.  She's fun to make and I'll be teaching how to color the face and body using Shiva paint sticks.   Plus, working with organza to create beautiful wings.

The costs of the retreat start at $885.00, which includes housing for 5 nights, 3 meals a day and 4 days of classes.

Space is limited as we'll be staying at Angels Landing in Julian.  The facility is in the mountains and is more intimate, meaning it is small.  We can sleep only 20 people.  Which means only 20 can come to this retreat.

Contact me if you are interested:

A day with doll designers

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Today was another amazing day in the life of a doll designer/lover.  Cyndi Mahlstadt and I had been invited by Sue Lieberman to come to a luncheon in honor of the doll designer, and Adele Sciortino.  Several doll designers were there and we ate, drank, shared, laughed, ate some more, shared more and had a truly fantastic "girlfriends" time.DollDesigners3

This photo is Cyndi and Sue talking about one of Cyndi's dolls.

Sue asked each of us to bring a few of our dolls to share.  Something we'd been working on recently.  Cyndi is known for her wrapped wire dolls, and the doll Sue is holding is one of those.


Adele is shown here holding one of Cyndi's fun dolls.  This is a June bug with a basket holding her "baby".  I'll have Cyndi send me a good photo of this doll.  It is fabulous.

Of course, many of you know Adele Sciortino and her fabulous costumed dolls.  If you don't know about her, check out my links area and look at her website.  She also has an amazing newsletter that is full of techniques, ideas and her wonderful costume art.
Do check out some of the food we were eating.  Yes.  We doll makers love to eat.
As I mentioned, we were to bring dolls to share.  The dolls that everyone brought were some of the best out there.  Kathy had some of her new felted animals.  Joan makes the most wonderful realistic dolls.  Hers are the ones in period clothing and the woman playing the violin.

I brought Mikaela (pattern doll), and my new Elysia teaching doll.  She's the fairy in aqua's and blond hair.

Here's a closer look at Joan's dolls.  I love the expression on the face of the violin player.  She's really into her music.

But, the man is wondering how much longer he has to put up with her playing.  Hmmm.  Guess he doesn't like music.

The rabbit you see was made by another of the women at the luncheon.  She had taken a class with Leslie Molen.  I wish I had taken a better photo.  Lois did a fabulous job making the rabbit.

So, there you have it.  A few pictures from a fantastic day.  I highly recommend getting together with your "girlfriends" and sharing your dolls, or whatever you've been working on.

Keep creating!