Thursday, September 11, 2014

September Doll Workshop, Saturday, September 20th

September Doll Workshop, Saturday, September 20th
Those of you who live in the Sacramento area have been asking about my September doll workshop, here are the information and the link to The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center. If you have questions you can email me at: or call the Elk Grove Fine Art Center at 916-685-5992 or connect:
This is a great class for first time doll makers. Just bring your sewing machine, two fat quarters or a half yard of your favorite print fabric, some matching tulle and ribbon, and thread. I'll bring everything else. for more information and a complete materials list just go to the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center link.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Art Doll 101: Tribal Energy- Masks

The next Inner Diva, Alter Ego Doll Workshop (IDAE) will be "Tribal Energy, Masks". The class will again be at Capsity on Thursday, May 15th from 5:30 to 9:30. Capsity is located at:

2572  21st Street
Sacramento  CA  95818
Just off Broadway and east of the Tower Restaurant.

The class is $46.00 and $40.00 for SQC members.

This is one of my favorite dolls to make. It allows you to step away from traditional doll making and use non traditional cloth doll techniques and materials. The faces are done in mask style using broad strokes and bright colors and the costumes use beads, feathers, African prints and rustic textiles like burlap, batiks, mud cloth and kente cloth. The inspiration for these dolls came from another African American doll artist. She was a guest on an interior design show. She had created these beautiful African dolls that she made with African passport masks.


  The dolls were simple with wonderful textures and details. I made my own versions of her dolls by painting mask designs in place of the faces on my doll heads.

Masks are a part of so many cultures, celebrations and ceremonies. They are part of African, Japanese, Aboriginal, Mexican, Brazilian and other Latin and Asian cultures. I've collected photos of a lot of these masks. Ideas and inspiration for masks can be found on my Pinterest page: "Tribal Energy, Masks"

This class is limited to eight students, 18 years and older but other classes will be added as needed.

Materials List, What You Need to Bring To Class: 
  2. Your own sewing machine
  3. 1/2 yard of batik or African print fabric
  4. Optional: you can also use a 1/2 yard of burlap
  5. Optional: Beads, cowrie shells, raffia to decorate the doll
  6. Thread
  7. Basic sewing supplies (needles, pins, scissors, ect.)

I Will Provide:
  1. The blank doll body form ready to dress and decorate
  2.  Paint and brushes to paint the mask on your doll
  3. Pattern for the doll and the clothes: dashiki or abba

Monday, March 10, 2014

Art Doll 101--Flying Dancers, Wall Dolls

My first doll class this year will be an easy art doll workshop. The class will be a quick three hours and we will create a basic doll with lots of possibilities for decorating it to make it your own OOAK (One Of A Kind) design. Being a doll maker means that if you can imagine it you can create it. My doll making journey has made me challenge myself to make things that are out of my experience.
This new inspiration comes  from images I found on the Internet of Cirque du Soleil's beautiful acrobatic sky dancers. I got a chance to see one of their shows many, many years ago and I was so fascinated by the way the dancers flew above the stage on long strips of silk. As soft and graceful as this performance appears, you know that these women are strong and in perfect physical condition. 

This is a great beginning project for first time doll makers. The sky dancers are a decorative wall doll that can be hung from a chandelier, mobile, headboard or the wall. 

This Class Teaches:
  1. Basic cloth doll construction
  2. Cutting out a basic three piece pattern
  3. Assembling and stitching the pieces
  4. Stuffing the doll
  5. Painting and shading a flat doll face to make it look 3 dimensional
  6. Designing and making a yarn wig
  7. Painting, embellishing and decorating the doll
Materials List, What You Need to Bring To Class: 
  2. Your own sewing machine
  3. 1/2 yard of bright colored print fabric for the dolls body
  4. I/2 yard of bright colored tulle fabric (not netting, if you're not sure what the difference is, ask the fabric store clerk). Color should match or contrast with your print fabric.
  5. 4 to 5 yards each of 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch ribbon in two different colors to match or contrast with your print
  6. Yarn for hair in natural colors or wild and crazy colors and textures
  7. Thread
  8. Basic sewing supplies (needles, pins, scissors, ect.)
  9. "Pretty Stuff", your choice, to decorate your doll: glitter, sequins, beads, flowers, buttons, feathers, old jewelry, anything that inspires you
I Will Provide:
  1. Fiber fill stuffing
  2. Ink and paint supplies
  3. Pattern for the doll (doll pattern is also available for purchase)
  4. Some yarn for hair will be available
The first Inner Diva, Alter Ego Doll Workshop (IDAE) of the season will be 5:30pm to 8:30pm, April 17th at:

2572  21st Street
Sacramento  CA  95818
Just off Broadway and east of the Tower Restaurant..
This first class is limited to eight students, 18 years and older but other classes will be added as needed. The class fee is $46.00 for non SQC members and $40.00 for SQC members. You can register with PayPal on this site or call 916-410-9082 to register with a credit card by phone. You can register the day of the workshop only if class space is available.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Mermaids Party

Our mermaid doll workshop is coming up soon. It will be Wednesday, June 26th at The Fabric Garden, 2922 Fulton, Sacramento, California. The samples will be available to view at Fabric Garden sometime late tomorrow afternoon or Thursday morning but I will share some of the photos here. You will also be able to pick up a supply list and for students who have already signed up, I will email a list to you tomorrow. See you soon. anyone still interested in taking the mermaid doll workshop can sign up by calling the Fabric Garden at 916-483-2955.

This is Josette, my sleepy little mermaid.

 This is Nadia with fiery red hair and a mischievous smile.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Debbra Murphy's Finished Doll

I just wanted to share photos of Debbra Murphy's finished doll. She designed and created her doll's outfit and I love that little 'smirking' smile.



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Juneteenth in Davis California

If you are in the Davis area on June 22nd next weekend, visit the Juneteenth celebration at the Veterans' Memorial Center, see the details below. The event will be indoors this year out of the heat. I will be one of the vendors and will have my dolls and textile art available for sale. 

The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch of the Yolo County Library will co-host the celebration of Juneteenth in partnership with the Friends of the Davis Public Library, the City of Davis, Culture Co-op and others. The event will be held on Saturday, June 22, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, located next door to the library at 14th and B Streets in Davis. This year’s event will feature a hat fashion show. Additional activities will also be held at the library, located at 314 East 14th Street.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Art Doll Class At Fabric Garden, Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday was our second art doll workshop at Fabric Garden Quilt Shop, 2922 Fulton Ave. in Sacramento. We had a lot of fun and class members created some beautiful and unique dolls.

The class was attended by Lynn Kice, Gretchen Kohls, Marlee Ritchie and Patricia Jasperson.
It is amazing how each person can take the same information and it becomes unique to their own personal creative spirit. These ladies truly found their inner divas.


                    The features of the face are drawn in first with air soluble ink.

Drawing faces on the dolls takes lots of focus....

The purple air soluble ink will disappear in a few days.
The ladies brought beautiful beads and unusual yarns to make their creations.

This is Pat Jasperson's Sophie Marie.