Archive for March, 2010

Fun project

Friday, March 26th, 2010

My Stargaze Tome Yahoo group are working on a challenge/exchange.  We're creating a needle book and are split up into groups of 4 and 5 in which we will make insert pages to keep various needles in.  Hard to explain actually.PattisNeedlecaseOpen   This is my cover with the front cover and the back cover's inside.  I wanted a description of the various needles and got the idea from Gloria McKinnon, of Anne's Glory Box. 

The insert pages will be made from wool felt, which keeps the needles from rusting.  Somewhere along the top, side or bottom of each page we are going to have an applique banner with the needle's name so we'll know that on that page are that particular needles. 

This will be a fun project and something we'll treasure and use.  Mine is still a work in process as the girls need some bead work and a few embellishments.

PattisPurseBest The other project I'm working on is writing the instructions for the purses I carry around.  Many people have wanted the pattern.  I explain how easy they are, but still get the request so that is in the process and is almost finished.

Some of my purses have images created with my rubber stamps.  My rubber stamps represent various dolls that are patterns or one-of-a-kinds.  The stamps are made by Ready Stamps, a division of the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.  So, every penny I give them for making my stamps goes to helping special people feel more independent.

And, because I love beading, beaded flowers help make the purses extra special.  All of the bead work is relatively simple.

Elysia1a Lastly, I was able to fix Elysia on my website.  She's now ready to be shared.  Her pattern includes 70 step photo's and illustrations which help make her easy to make.  Go check her out:

Newest Pattern

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

After teaching Elysia for almost 2 years she's ready for her debut to a wider audience.Elysia1a   She's 14-inches of pure fun.

Lace, trims, Fantasy Film, organza and cottons make up her outfit, wings and wishing bag. 

Inside her wishing bag are wishes and quotes that you can share with friends and family.  Or, have them write wishes and quotes for you to place in her bag.

The pattern has step photo's along with detailed illustrations in putting her together.  She has a new body form, too.  She's truly a fun doll to create.

She's on my website under Patterns, but I had a hard time getting the photo to transfer.  The photo is under Classes.  As soon as I can get my computer friend to help me we'll get her photo in the proper place.

As you know, I love sharing photo's of dolls made from my patterns and books.  Here are two dolls made by Donna Cooper who hasn't been making dolls long.  These two dolls are spectacular.  Donna sent me a CD with more photo's and I will share more as time goes on.


DonnaCooperDoll2a Donna does beautiful faces.

I also love her use of fabrics and trims.

Do send me photo's.  I love seeing what you have done with my designs.

Sitka, Alaska

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

What can one say about Sitka, Alaska?!  This was my second time there and as before, I fell madly in love with the people.  You have to be pretty special to live on an island inhabited by only about 8,000 people.   BaldEagleinSitkaThere are probably more wild life than humans.  The photo to the right was taken inside Tam's house and is pretty typical of what the locals see on a daily basis.  Actually, not typical.  There should be dozens more Bald Eagles sitting in the trees observing the pickings below.  I had seen dozens more earlier in the day, but my camera was at the place we held the workshop.

For those of you not sure of where Sitka is, it is an island south west of Juneau.  It is breathtakingly beautiful.  Snow covered mountains that drop into the ocean, rugged shore lines, dormant volcanoes, bears, eagles and unique and friendly people.  Oh, and excellent fishing.

PattisShearing1 I was in Sitka to conduct a workshop with the Rainy Day Doll Makers.  One evening one of the members, Vicki, took me to the Elks Club for dinner.  There was a fund raiser for the St. Baldricks Foundation.  A foundation that raises money for children's cancer research.  I got caught up in the feeling of the night, and Vicki put down money, as did I, and I had my head shaved.  Not too long ago one of my cousin's grandson's was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a bone cancer that attacks children.  Timmy was only 4 years old when he was diagnosed.  No child should have to go through what he went through.  So, you can see why I felt passionate about having my head shaved for the cause.

PattisShearing2 It was quite a shock to have my head completely shaved, but I wanted to get back to my natural color.  This is one sure way of doing that.  Plus, it helped raise funds for a worthy cause.

PattiShearing3 RainyDaySnowWhile in Sitka it started to snow.  Sitka hadn't had a lot of snow this winter, so it was good that it did start to snow.  Me?  I loved it.  We don't get much weather in San Diego and I do love weather.  You can see Teresa and Michelle working hard on the dolls we were making.

RainyDaySueEmbellishing I brought my Babylock embellishing machine and everyone loved using it.  We created our own fabrics with the machine.  Sue is creating the fabrics that she will use for Li Mei's corset and pouch.  We used silk waste, roving, rods, Angelina Fibers and other fibers to create the fabric for the doll.

RainyDayMichelleWearable The weekend before I arrived, Sitka had a wearable art show.  Several in the Rainy Day Doll Makers guild had garments in the show.  To the right is Michelle with her garment.  The tunic is made with pop tops (close up follows).  The skirt is made with colored Saran Wrap.  It is a stunning outfit. Truly beautiful and so unique.

RainyDayMichelleVestCloseUp This is the close-up of the tunic.  Can you imagine the hours it took Michelle to put this together? 

RainyDayJulienneWearable  Julienne also had a garment in the show.  She used several t-shirts that depicted Sitka on them.  The photo to the right is the front of the garment.  You can see the t-shirts along the bottom.

If you click on the photo it will take you to a larger image so you can see the construction a bit better.

RainyDayJulienneWearableBack The photo below is of the back of the garment.  You can see more of the t-shirts here.  A really fun garment, and one you could wear.

A couple other members of the guild had garments in the show, but they didn't bring them to show me.  I'll have to have them send me pictures as I know all of us would enjoy seeing what they have done.   As I said earlier, Sitka is full of wonderful people.  All of them are wonderfully creative.

RainyDayDollMakersGroup1 While in Sitka I was able to have a very unique meal – Halibut Cheeks.  Yes.  The cheeks of a halibut fish.  I also had fresh salmon and amazing shrimp and oysters. 

But, the best part of Sitka is its people.  There are only about 14 miles that are inhabitable.  This means that friendships are vital.  Even though I'm not living there the people I have met and gotten to know have made me feel like a local. 

This is the Rainy Day Doll Makers who took my class.  They are all very special and wonderful doll makers.

RainyDayDollMakersGroup2I'll never be able to thank them enough for one of the best times I've had as a teacher.

God Bless all of you!


Monday, March 8th, 2010

Tomorrow I fly up to Sitka, Alaska to be with a fun group of doll makers.  We'll be making my Asian doll – LiMei.  Then next month I'll be at Annie Hesse's Magic Mischief and Mayhem where we'll create Xuiying.  Yes.  Another Asian doll.XuiyingAlmostFinished

Her "lantern" is made from wire covered with fabric and Kreinik threads and silk cocoons dangle from the end.  I know everyone will love creating her.

In May I'll be in the central coast of California with another terrific group of doll makers.  We'll be working from my books creating a unique doll by combining several body parts.

Marley1 To see larger pictures of the two dolls click on them.  The doll to the left combines body parts from Creative Cloth Doll Making and Creative Cloth Doll Faces.

June 3-6 I'll be at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium teaching 3 different classes.  I love going to quilt symposiums and am always excited when they want a doll maker. 

Again, I've got that Asian bug and will be teaching my Japanese Ladies in Waiting page, which can also become a quilt block.JrnyTome4Japanese 

I love working with paints on fabric.  I'll be showing how to use Lumiere paints and Pearl EX powders to create shadows and highlights. 

The 2nd class I'll be teaching is my Facing Faces.  I've added Shiva/Markal Paintstiks to the mediums used in creating faces on dolls, and/or quilt blocks, wearables, etc.

TwoVals2 In the class we use colored pencils, water color pencils along with the paint sticks.

If you don't know what the paint sticks are they look like a fat crayon.  They are similar to oil paints, but with no mess.  I love them and they are brilliant on fabric. 

The 3rd class I'll be teaching at the symposium is from my new book "Creative Cloth Explorations".  I love this project.  Actually, I love them all, but this one is truly fun and includes heaps of techniques.CreativeCloth_cover-1a 

For more information and to sign up for my workshops in North Carolina go to:

Hope to see you there.