Hally Levesque invites you to join her in this romantically artful workshop, Bonnets and Beaus: A Regency Doll Project. If you love dolls, if you love everything Jane Austen, if you even have a crush on the dashing Mr. Darcy, you will find inspirations of these memorable characters delicately woven into this workshop.
You will learn how to create a 19 inch (48 cm) clay and cloth character doll complete with period-appropriate clothing, hair and accessories. Not only will you learn valuable skills in doll making but you will also be offered interesting tidbits of information about Jane Austen’s works and the Regency period in general.
Designed with the novice doll maker in mind, you will learn:
-How to sculpt a doll head and breastplate in Creative Paperclay© for mounting onto a muslin body
-How to sculpt the lower limbs with special attention paid to attaining symmetry and proportion
What then follows are detailed demonstrations on:
-Face painting and blushing
-How to assemble a button-jointed doll body
-The application and styling of a Regency period hairstyle
When it comes to costuming, you will be guided through the various stages of dressing your doll from the inside out.
– How to make a pair of open/split drawers (pantalettes)
-A high waisted petticoat and a Regency day dress and bonnet.
This in depth workshop has been developed with the purpose of giving anyone, regardless of skill level, the necessary tools to make and dress a historically costumed doll from beginning to end. The doll making portion easily stands on its own as a launching point for creating other types of dolls. The design of the doll body allows it to be displayed standing, sitting on a shelf, or propped on a pillow much like the boudoir dolls of days gone by.
Machine sewing is required for this project as well as basic and decorative hand stitches that are explained in detail.
Please be sure to check your e-mail purchase receipt for file attachments containing your materials and supply list, and any handouts provided with this workshop DVD.
Hally Levesque has spent the majority of her life in Canada where she has lived in various parts of the country. However, her home for the past 40+ years has been the prairie province of Saskatchewan. Hally’s love affair with dolls began at a young age, but it was not until adulthood that the idea occurred to her that, rather than buying them, she could actually learn how to make them.
Although much of her doll making has been self-taught, Hally began by making reproduction bisque dolls (often referred to as porcelain dolls which is not technically correct). Although she enjoyed the classes it was not long before she felt the need o express herself in a more creative way. She found what she was looking for when she discovered a book on cloth doll making which inspired her to make original one of-a-kind soft-sculpted cloth dolls in historical dress. During this period, Hally continued to expand her knowledge base by experimenting with other doll forms. After several years, she decided that she wanted to bring a sense of playfulness to her doll making and thus began her venture into making articulated paper dolls and little hand-painted button-jointed primitive cloth dolls in the folk art style. She refers to these dolls as “prims” and endeavours to give them a sweetness and charm that hearkens back to bygone days and an appreciation for the simple things in life.
When it comes to playing with dolls, Hally has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Her most recent focus has been in the making of mixed-media dolls in both traditional and primitive styles. Hally’s dolls have appeared in the U.S. publications “Art Doll Quarterly” and “Prims” and may also be viewed on Etsy and Facebook under “Creative Doll Works”. Her work has been acquired by doll collectors around the world. Hally’s Artful Gathering Retreat workshops include, Bonnets and Beaus: A Regency Doll Project, Romantic Rosabella, and Wee Winter Whimsies.