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Knitting and Stitching Show October 2017

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Knitting and Stitching Show October 2017

My last year exhibiting at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October 2017.  After 22 years of exhibiting at this show and venue I have decided that this will be my last year.  I have had a long relationship with Creative Exhibitions and exhibited at a number of their shows since 1995.  However I now find this venue very hard work and the show at 5 days is just too long.  I have decided to take a year away from exhibiting anywhere and concentrate on new designs and workshops.  These type of retail shows are incredibly expensive...

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Safari Girl - new doll made December 2017

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Safari Girl - new doll made December 2017

Safari Girl - new doll made December 2017

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Glastonbury Girl - new doll Sept 2017.

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Glastonbury Girl - new doll Sept 2017.

Glastonbury Girl is an 18' doll made with a full armature on a stand.  She is all cloth as all my dolls and is made as a separate body and then costumed.  She has Indian style silk trousers - these are a habitai silk which I have tray dyed.  Her tunic is a floral print with bell sleeves and a braid trim.  Note the lovely waistcoat which I have crocheted into granny squares from a fine cotton thread. The mixed beads around her neck were my actual hippie beads worn in 1970's. The fringed shoulder bag is suede and her...

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Workshops for 2018

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Workshops for 2018

I am just adding the workshops for 2018.  These are all weekend courses and will include making a button joint doll, A choice of making a sitting doll, a stump doll or a jointed doll.  This year I am introducing a three day workshop in May for 5/6 people only to make a doll with a full armature on a stand.  These are all individually entered on the shop menu under 'cloth doll making workshops'.

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Lady of Avalon stump doll pattern

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Lady of Avalon stump doll pattern

My latest pattern is a cloth stump doll - a really good type of doll to make if you want to focus on costume and of course she stands independently very well.  Lady of Avalon is named thus as I now live most of the time in the Vale of Avalon, in Somerset.  There is a paper pattern available for this doll under Jan Horrox patterns.  This is a fairly easy to make project and great fun to costume.  I based my costume on a medieval type dress - very popular in Glastonbury.  For hair I have used  bleached Tibetan...

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