Sunday, May 31, 2009

Creative Workshops

What a wonderful workshop by renowned Dollmaker, Barbara Willis, this weekend at Anne's Glory Box here in Newcastle! Barbara's new book, Cloth Doll Artistry, is full of beautiful and inspiring photos of her exquisite work To see all the samples in real life - up close and personal - was very special. We learnt so much about the finer points of choosing colours, costuming, stuffing doll body parts, tracing patterns and sewing them, as well as a different method for needle sculpting a head. The doll we were attempting is a doll from the new book - Danielle, dressed in dupioni silk, velvet and silk organza. We all had a great time matching fabrics, trims and embellishments. What really made the workshop so special is Barbara's obvious joy in making beautiful dolls, and her positive encouragement of every individual's efforts.

I really loved the flat dolls, which I must admit I hadn't shown much interest in before. I bought the pattern and kit for the MerMaiden , a two sided doll - really two flat dolls back to back... I am looking forward to making this one, too, when I come back from Papua New Guinea.
Below is the information of my next workshop at LamboArt Studio...
Creative Workshops
June 2009

Felted Accessories
Make hand felted beads and a brooch
Additional project - felted wool and silk scarf or belt
Techniques: Wet felt& needle felt basics

Saturday 27 June 2009 10am – 3pm At LamboArt Studio, 53 Government Road Thornton NSW $50 includes
- all tuition and notes
- wool and needle for beads /brooch
- morning tea
Please bring own lunch
Optional Kit a vailable for scarf/belt $20
Bookings now taken
Minimum 5, maximum 8 participants

Enquiries and Bookings for workshops please contact me before 7 June
or after 7 June
LamboArt Studio

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