• £110.00

CLOTH DOLL WORKSHOP  April 13/14th 2019

Sat.10am – 5pm , 5pm – 7pm extra work time which is optional as I know some people may need to travel or not want to stay so late. Acomodation list available.

Sunday 9.30am – 4pm.

To be held at:

St. Edmunds Community Hall, Chinnock Road, Windmill Hill, Glastonbury BA6 8EW

 We shall be making a cloth doll from a pattern supplied by me at the workshop.  This pattern will include a four part Sculpted head with drawn features.  It has a fairly simple body which is shaped, three alternatives of arms with five finger hands, or other variations, and three alternative styles of leg.  You can choose to make a jointed doll, a seated doll or a standing doll with a simple wire armature and shoes so that it will stand alone.  These are all 18" dolls.

You can make fairies, elves, angels, mermaids, witches, fairytale characters or something more personal to you. Maybe a friend or family member portrait.

 If you are a beginner it will be best to stick to a simple construction doll and focus on the head, face and hands – these are the things most people find tricky to begin with.  A stump doll is a new pattern I have added this year and is excellent if you want to focus on the costume on a doll which will stand independently.

 We shall include wings, as these are always very popular.  

 If you can bring a picture or have a good idea of what style of doll you want to make, this will help you decide on your fabrics and trims.  This year I’m encouraging everyone to arrive with ideas about what they want their doll to look like.  If you want to make a first doll and keep it simple she can still look stunning when you leave.  I don’t normally do complicated joints in a 2 day workshop because there just isn’t time but I’m hoping to show you some samples so that when you are working on your own you have some idea of what they entail.

 If you have any queries on what you want to do – please do email me and we can discuss it.

 I supply a kit to each person which includes:

 Flesh coloured Pimatex cotton fabric – enough for one doll.

Chenille sticks ( for wiring fingers)

Bag of filling/stuffing ( enough for one doll)

2 x long darning needles for sculpting the face.

Armature wire if required.

A ring file folder of step by step instructions and photos of the various techniques we shall be doing.

 I also bring for use during the workshop, plenty of the following:

 Forceps and chop sticks for stuffing.

Long Doll Needles

Fine pens for drawing in all colours on the face.

Pencil crayons for colouring the faces.

Fine mechanical pencils

Vanishing fineline pens air drying

Quilting and extra strong threads.

Finger Turning tools.

 I also bring some oddments of fabrics, trims, buttons and beads that are free leftovers – this will be fairly random.

 I shall bring organza, tulle and floral wire in various colours. Also web fabric – very good for wings.

 You will need to bring:

A sewing machine in good order

It is very helpful to have an open quilting or embroidery foot or a clear foot.  If you imagine machining with a small stitch around small fingers – you need to be able to see exactly what you are doing.  These can be bought on Amazon quite cheaply except for a Bernina.

Natural polyester thread for machining.

Sharp embroidery scissors and good sewing scissors.

Paper scissors for cutting out the pattern.

Coloured or patterned cotton fabric for the dressing of the doll.  Best to use a good strong cotton fabric – quilting cotton fabric is ideal – for the doll body pieces as the fabric has to take quite a lot of stress when stuffed.  Some synthetics can be difficult to work with but silks can be good for costume skirts etc.

Don’t use anything that frays badly.  Small amounts of fabric are fine – bring things from your stash. Fat quarters are ample and will contribute to a few dolls.

 If you want to use button joints then bring 4 buttons to match your fabric. 14mm – 16mm work well.

 Trims of all kinds may be useful – ribbons, laces, beads etc.

 Hair – you can use more or less anything – but fancy chunky yarns are great, dyed fleece locks and dyed wool tops to use as a base.  I sell Tibetan lamb but this is quite expensive and not necessary unless you really want this effect.  Dyed fleece can be found online and also and fibre and quilting fairs.

 If you have your own doll making tools, pens or pencils then bring them.  If you do not already have them I would advise not to buy until afterwards, especially pens as people often buy the wrong kind which do bleed on fabric.

 I do bring a selection of all the basics to sell at the workshop.

Any watercolour pencils will work if you have them but I do have plenty for all to use.

 Walton Village Hall is now very familiar to me and it provides ample space with a large table each, a good kitchen  and good easy parking and access.

 I shall provide a basic buffet lunch with salad, cake, coffee, teas and biscuits throughout the day.  We have use of the kitchen with fridge etc. More details later.

 Our Schedule will be:

 Saturday April 13th: 2019

 We shall start by going over the basics of template sewing which is the method used for cloth doll making.

 Our main task will be to make a four part head, stuff this and sculpt the features.

Drawing the features onto the face and colouring these in.

 We will also make and finish the body on the first day and start on the limbs.

 Sunday April 14th 2019

 On the second day we will make the hands first – then go onto arms and legs.  We shall assemble the whole doll together with hair, costume and wings if wanted.

 This is a lot to do in 2 days but I always hope to get everyone to a stage where they can easily finish off at home.


 My Refund/Cancellation Policy:

Before March 10th- £20.00 of the amount paid is non-refundable but I will refund the balance of £90.00.  After March 10th 2019 -  unless I can find another person to fill the place, the total will be non-refundable.  If I find a replacement £20.00 will be retained to cover admin costs.

If you have any queries please email me on janhorroxx@gmail.com