July Dazzling Daze

Four very brave doll makers arrived in San Diego July 14 for another of my rare, true "in-house" workshops.  They came from 3 different areas – Lana from the Los Angeles area, Donna & Sydney from Illinois and Celeste from Puerto Rico.DazDaze710Finished

Because I have 5 Bernina sewing machines I can have up to 5 people in a workshop.  This makes it so much easier for those flying in from other areas.  They didn't have to bring a machine.

DazDazeJulyPainting Everyone came with body parts sewn, but not put together.  I showed them how I do a simple wire armature then fill up the body parts around the wires.  Pipe cleaners are used to wire the fingers then the doll is ready to have her face done.  This takes up the first day.

The second and third days are the embellishing days.  Various fabrics are painted and dyed.  Again, everything is provided so no one has to bring bottles of paint and dye that might leak on an airplane. We used Jacquard's Dye Na Flow, Lumiere and Pearl EX for the corset, shoes and silk cocoons.  We used Colorhue Silk Dyes for the silk that creates the skirt and also for silk ribbons to add as embellishments.

The legs of the doll were colored with CraftyNotions new glittery sprays.  They are the most beautiful sprays with all kinds of sparkle in them.  Easy to use, too.
DazDazeJulySewing  After the dyeing and painting it was on to free motion sewing edging on the corset and shoes, creating wings and over skirt with organza, and attaching the hair.  Simple beadwork was also done.

We used Tibetan goat hair and I showed how to score then tear the skins so one doesn't lose the hair. 
DazDazeJulySydney I prefer using fur that is on the skin as it doesn't felt.  Many of my older dolls need new hair as the mohair has gotten felted due to traveling and touching.  I encourage people touching my dolls and with the hair being replaced with Tibetan, or other furs on the skin, their hair will hold up nicely.

Sydney, Donna's 13-year old daughter, was using my older Bernina 1230.  I love that machine, but it doesn't like free motion work all that much.  I had her go up to my new sewing room and use my Bernina 200e, which loves free motion work.

Those attending my workshop got to see the old room, still full of stuff, and the new room getting filled up.  I had hoped that by providing all the supplies I'd get rid of more stuff.  Afraid Golendrial doesn't use a lot of fabric and they barely made a dent in my stash.

DazDaz710WAPFlamingoes Since Donna, Sydney & Celeste had not been to our Wild Animal Park, part of the famous San Diego Zoo, we spent Friday evening at the park.  It was the hottest day of the week, but we managed to see most of what is left of the park.  They have torn out the tram so you don't get to see the largest part of the park anymore.  Really disappointing.  We did get to see my favorites – the meerkats and gorillas.  The park is still very beautiful to walk around, but if you want to see animals, go to the zoo.

Saturday evening John and I hosted a small barbeque as a farewell to the group.  It was a fun 3 days for me.  The dolls that were almost finished are spectacular.  They have promised to send me pictures when they get their dolls finished.  Donna and Sydney had theirs almost finished when I picked them up at the hotel Sunday morning to take them to the airport.  As soon as I receive the photo's I'll post them here.

This was my last in-house workshop here in San Diego.  I will be teaching one more time in the San Diego area.  Nov. 12-14 our doll club is having Doll Camp in Julian and Rosemary Hernandez and I are the teachers.  Next year I'll be teaching on the cruise, in Florida, Australia, Ohio, Oregon, Arizona, England and possibly Russia.  Life is good!

6 Responses to “July Dazzling Daze”

  1. shashi says:

    Wow what fun those ladies would have had and you do have such a busy schedule. Just wanted to know if you and Barbara will be having a stand in the Knitting and Stitching show in London? I hope to pop in to say hello. Sadly again this year I am unable take a class from you. You are teaching too far away for me to come. Perhaps next time you will be back in Missenden again.

  2. JoAnne says:

    I would love to attend one of your classes. Florida is close, but not close enough to where I am. One can only dream. When I retire, maybe…just maybe I will be fortunate enough to attend one, even if I am just an observer. I love watching masters at work.

  3. Donna Cooper says:

    Just attended Patti’s in-house workshop, it was worth every penny, and then some. To learn from one of the masters in the field is the best thing a doll maker can do. Even if it is just a hobby to you, the skills you attain from a worshop with Patti, will make you the best doll-maker that you can be.
    Words cannot describe Patti, you just have to meet her !
    So if you ever have thought of attending one of her workshops, my advice would be…GO!
    You will love it, and you will love Patti!
    If money and time only allow you to take one doll-making class in your whole life…take one with Patti, you will not be dissapointed !
    We had the BEST time!
    Thanks Patti!
    Love, Donna and Sydney
    p.s. Paige loved the lemons!

  4. Looks like it was a fun time! So sad to hear that the tram is no longer around at the Wild Animal Park. I have fond memories of driving from LA to San Diego with my family and that was one of the things that we’d go see.
    I think that the only way you’re going to make a huge dent in your stash is to package up goodie bags and sell or at your next classes. 🙂

  5. Margaret Marshall says:

    Where in Australia will you be teaching? Sounds like an awesome awesome opportunity and with it being next year I am SURE I can convince my husband too!!!

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