D o l l M a k i n g W o r k s h o p
Mahone Bay, NS, Canada
~ November 2nd - 4th, 2018 ~
"No child but must remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies."
~Robert Louis Stevenson
When: Nov 2nd - 4th, 2018 | Friday 2 - 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 10 - 6PM
Where: The Bay Hive, Mahone Bay, NS, Canada.
The workshop will be held in the beautiful teaching space at The Bay Hive, located right in the centre of Mahone Bay. Easily accessible from Lunenburg & Bridgewater. Please Contact me if you would like additional travel or accommodation information.
What: We will be crafting a 5-6" Faerie with wire amrature, embroidered features, hand dyed mohair locks for hair, and hand sewn clothing. The focus will be on both the technical and artistic aspects of creating a doll. We’ll talk about how to bring out your doll's own unique personality, and how to create a sense of movement or life.
For Who: This workshop is for those who have prior hand-sewing experience. It requires comfort with very tiny hand-stitches, it is finicky work.
REGISTRATION: $430 CDN
• All tools and materials.
• Lunch on Saturday & Sunday.
• Evening meal on Saturday.
• Tea & snacks.
• An in-depth PDF tutorial covering everything I will be teaching in class.
During this intensive two and a half day workshop you will make a 5-6" natural fibre art doll with wire armature, using cotton interlocks (specifically for this kind of doll making), wool roving, mohair locks, and vintage fabrics. On Sunday afternoon I will be teaching the basics of needle felting as you decorate a plain wool toadstool with colour, moss, and flowers, for your fairy to sit on.
This is a small workshop, with only 8 spaces available, so I will have ample time to work with everyone one on one.
The first day will be introductions, making your doll's wire armature, needle felting the head, and familiarizing yourself with the stitches you'll be using.
The second day you will be sewing your doll, learning techniques for shaping & embroidering a face, making feet and hands, and attaching wool locks for hair.
The third day you will be hand sewing clothing from antique fabrics and wool felt & creating tattered faerie wings. We will spend the end of the afternoon creating felted moss & flowers to decorate the base of your toadstool.
Cancellation Policy: The workshop is non-refundable unless your place can be filled by someone else.
**Please be aware that you may not use this exact doll pattern to sell from. Doll making is a wonderful art form and this workshop is all about building skills and learning techniques that are versatile and can be applied in all sorts of ways to your own doll making.
Please email me with any further questions!