Archive for May 18th, 2010

Creative Days

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

This past week has been full of creative fun.
CreativeClothDollClassCloseUp  I've been doing more with the Shiva Paintstiks in preparation for a couple classes I'll be teaching next year.  The doll shown here is from a pattern in my book "Creative Cloth Doll Couture".  I decided to try my hand at giving her body more color and really love the results.  Her face and body coloring are done with the paint sticks.

You'll see that with the paint sticks you get a softer look.  More painterly.  Next year I'll be focusing more on using these wonderful oil sticks to give dolls, and other projects, a more realistic look.

Earlier last week I drove up the coast to Arroyo Grande.  Beautiful drive.  The Central Coast Art Doll Group had invited me to come do a workshop with them.  Many in the group I had not seen in a long time, others were new and one was a lady who has taken all the doll classes at Piecemaker's.

CentralCoastArtDollGroup                                                                              We worked from my books creating dolls unique to each individual.  Each person chose the doll shape they wanted and we focused on faces, dyeing, creating a printed fabric with heat transfer dyes, using the embellishing machine to create another piece of fabric, and a few other techniques.

It was a wonderful time my hosts were truly terrific.  They had a guest house that I had all to myself and in which the class was held.  Very convenient for me.

After I was with the doll group I took a class with Gloria McKinnon at Piecemaker's on Sunday.  Gloria is one of my Australian friends and I have learned all kinds of wonderful silk ribbon embroidery from her.

AsianBlock3Original Last year Gloria introduced her newest block-of-the month crazy patch quilt.  It is the most glorious quilt ever.  It is titled "Asian Riches" and that it is.  Rich colors, stunning fabrics and exquisite images of Asian women printed on silk.

In the class Gloria taught us the silk ribbon mums seen in the lower right corner, the beaded flowers on the far left panel, some stem stitching, and the flowers you see at the very top. 

What was amazing was Gloria had broken her left arm 3 weeks before flying here from Australia.  She had to be in terrible pain, but you would never know it.  She's dedicated to educating us and I can't say enough about her as a teacher.  She's the best.