“Getting stumped” can be a lot of fun in this workshop by Hally Levesque. You will learn step-by-step how to create an heirloom quality doll that will be a pleasure to display in your home or to give as a gift for that special someone.
All you will need is basic sewing skills (a sewing machine is required) and the desire to try your hand at sculpting and painting. You are likely to be surprised at how easy and fun it is to make one of these dolls. Instruction will also be provided in the making of roses and other flowers from silk and satin ribbons and how to arrange them into a pleasing floral adornment for your doll.
This workshop involves the sewing of the stump doll body from fabric which is then weighted so that the doll is free standing. You will then learn how to sculpt a head and neck for insertion into the body with the sculpting of the shoulders, bodice and arms to follow. From there, you will move on to sanding, painting and applying the hair (Hally will share with you a quick and easy way to dye silk roving using your microwave oven!). The ribbon portion of the workshop involves creating the floral design using an appliqué technique. Other embellishments will include sculpting and decorating the hat, creating a bouquet of ribbon flowers and applying other finishing touches.
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.