I started making dolls in the summer of 2006. I was given some sewing machines, and was on the Internet looking for sewing instructions and came across pictures of one of Patti Culea's dolls, and decided I wanted to learn how to do that. I purchased all of Patti’s books and DVDs, and took the online workshop, “Making Faces” in order to improve my doll making.
Now I am happy to say I am selling dolls full time.
I have made hundreds of dolls since then, mostly Mermaids and Fairies. My dolls have found homes in Japan, Australia, Germany, Ireland, China and all across the United States. I love making faeries and mermaids, you will see a lot of them on my website.
Merlisse is made from the doll pattern in Patti's book, ‘Cloth Doll Couture’.
She is reduced a tiny bit and I drafted a tail for her to be a mermaid. Merlisse is another cloth doll I made for the Making Faces workshop, this time with colored pencils.
I produce a lot of my own doll body and clothing fabrics based upon the dyeing and stamping techniques Patti teaches in the videos. I especially like doing direct dyeing using Dye-na-flo paints.
Caprezia is the doll I made for the watercolor part of the Making Faces workshop. I have paid very close attention to Patti’s teachings regarding how to make faces.
Caprezia is made from Patti's pattern, Lorelei of the Sea Elves. I used Faber Castell watercolor crayons, Derwent watercolor pencils, and Twinkling H2O's for her face.
All of my dolls feature a lot of beading and embroidery and embellishing. No two dolls are ever alike!
Right now I am doing dolls from my own pattern design which I call “Rag-a-boos”, which are a kind of an art version of a rag doll. I am working on a collection of dolls based upon the characters from the Lewis Carroll’s book ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
You can find the Rag-a-boo dolls I have completed and other dolls I have made which are available for purchase in my Etsy shop. And your feed back is always welcome!