2 Day Cloth Doll Workshop in Tottenham Hale Village, London N17. November 9/10th 2019.
In 2019, I am holding the London Christmas Doll workshop at:
the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale village, N17 9FU. This is a new community centre which is very well equipped, ground floor with parking. It has excellent transport links being about 5 minutes walk from Tottenham Hale Station, busses, overground and tubes. It also has a community cafe open till 3 each day. We also have use of a kitchen. Hours are a little different as the rooms are not available on Sunday morning so we shall be doing: Saturday 9.30am for 10am - 7pm ( of course leave earlier if you like) Sunday 2pm - 6pm. This gives a total of 13 hours including breaks.
Parking at the venue: there is good parking very near the centre but has to be paid for. This is 10.00 for a day ( Saturday) and 4.00 for 4 hours ( Sunday) I have kept this in mind when working out the charges and I feel its pretty reasonable for London. I'm afraid there isn't a free parking alternative. We shall not be able to leave work in the room overnight on Saturday.
This is a new pattern I have designed for a Christmas Doll. It is a 14/15" doll and so a bit smaller than than the dolls in my book so in fact there is less stuffing to do in the making which saves time. The doll comes either as a standing doll with a wire in the legs and body. It has a four part head which is sculpted and with drawn features, The wings are made from Angelina film and a fine wire. Hands are mitt hands which are wired and a bit longer so that the can hold easy things like a holly sprig, a bauble, a 'Merry Christmas' message - etc etc.
I supply a kit to each person which includes:
An A4 folder of step by step notes with pictures of the various techniques
A pattern to be used for your doll.
A ready made four part head ready for you to sculpt and draw the features. This is just for this workshop to save time.
Fleece curls in blonde or brown for hair.
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.
Wires for a standing doll,
wire and Angelina film for wings.
A wooden stand for your doll - I shall need to charge for these but they should be under 5.00 each.
I also bring for your Tools, Pens and Pencils 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.
You will need to bring patterned or coloured fabrics and trims that you want to use for your doll. I can supply quantities after booking.
2 10mm Buttons for jointing.
If you have any queries on what you want to do – please do email me and we can discuss it.
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.
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.
Lace, tulle. net and trims - its nice to have a selection.
I shall have some Wenslydale locks for hair - plus tulles - for sale.
Or you can bring your own alternative.
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 shall provide tea, coffee and biscuits for us which can be made in the communal kitchen. You should bring a packed lunch for Saturday..
My Refund/Cancellation Policy:
Before Sept 28th 2019 - £20.00 of the amount paid is non-refundable but I will refund the balance of £100.00. After February 23rd - 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.