Archive for April, 2015

Summer happenings

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

John and I just returned from an amazing 5 day trip to the Navajo Nation.  Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the mountains, scenery all breathtaking.  But, the Navajo women we came to service – no words can express our feelings. NavajoCanyon10NavajoApr25Craft5


Canyon de Chelly, Arizona






At Broken Arrow Bible Camp, working with the Navajo women having fun making things to beautify their homes.





We are back home and I now need to prepare for two fun projects.  First, an online class on Dollstreet.  I’ve not done an online class in years, but know this is important.  So many can’t get to venues where we teach, so this is the next best thing.  This class starts in June.

Maridrial is a free standing, wired all cloth doll.  She’s 18-inches tall and full of fun techniques.  This class is great fun and one I know you’ll enjoy.  Here’s the link to sign up:









And, my next “in person” workshop will be at Piecemaker’s Country Store in Costa Mesa, CA August 7 & 8, 2015.  I’ll be teaching one of my favorite dolls – Helen.   She’s on the cover of my Creative Cloth Doll Couture book, but also included in the combined book Creative Cloth Doll Collection.   To get more details contact Piecemaker’s at:,  or 714-641-3112.



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:

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.

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





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:


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.

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:

My DVD’s are available at

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