Tassels and Tiaras


Artist: Hally Levesque
Producer: A to Zinnia Productions
Runtime: 8 Hours

Product Description

In this detailed workshop Hally Levesque will take you back to a bygone era when legendary women such as Mata Hari, Lillian Gish, and Theda Bara mesmerized the world with their dazzling displays of exotic charm and alluring mystique. In those days, they were called, “Vamp, Unchaste, Exhibitionist, Risque, and Bohemian.” Celebrated in this workshop, you will find the essence of these fascinating women as you break away from the traditionally demure Victorian style of Tassel Doll Making while exploring the lives of these entertaining woman by creating them in your own way.

Step by step, doll artist Hally Levesque guides you through every detail of creating three distinctly unique tassel dolls, each one a work of art encompassing techniques that you can add to your growing skill set as a doll making enthusiast and artisan! These half dolls are fun to create and there are many exciting ways to embellish their tassel skirts and glorious crowns.

In this workshop you will learn how to create your very own collection of Tassel Dolls using traditional and modern approaches to doll making. Create your own styles or follow along with Hally!

A Highlight of Techniques Included:

Sculpting and painting half dolls
Incorporating armatures
Transferring patterns onto fabric
Using natural and synthetic fibers for hair
Repurposing jewelry
Basic beading
Basic sewing and topstitching

hallyHally 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.



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