Q. What type of fabric do you use for your dolls and is the face
fabric different? A. I use regular 100% cotton quilting fabric like Kona for the entire doll. I
prewash it on the delicate cycle, with fabric softener. Dry it with a fabric
softener sheet and iron it before use. I like the fabric to behave during the
construction process and glide under the presser foot nicely.
Q. Do you sell patterns for your dolls? A. I don't sell my patterns yet, but I always refer those that ask to one of
my original inspirations in the field of doll making,
Patti Culea. She's done such a great job
laying out the methods and documenting the construction of a cloth doll. Her
DVD's are readily available and ship quickly.
Q. What stitch length and thread do you use to sew the dolls body? A. I use 1.5 for machine sewing the body of my dolls. The thread used is
regular polyester covered cotton.
Q. What thread do you use for the hand-stitched portions of your dolls, which
stitch do you use? A. I use only strong thread, polyester covered cotton (never nylon) that
cannot easily be broken by hand when pulled. For closing my seams that show, I
use a ladder stitch, but I pull to make the wavy lines and then I hide the knot
by pulling it through a hole made by a very thick upholstery needle I call
Q. What type of jointing do you use for your dolls arms and legs? A. I use teddy bear jointing. There are many YouTube videos showing the
techniques used for this type of jointing and a variety of hardware options that
Q. Do you use paint for your faces and how do you make it permanent? A. I use only dry media to make my faces. I prefer Prismacolor pencils
and gel pens. I seal it in with a fixative spray like the kind that is used for
charcoal or paints.
Q. What tools would you find it impossible to live without as a doll
maker? A. Small turning tubes for the fingers, Hemostats large and small for a
lot of purposes, disappearing ink pens in purple, and magnifying glasses!
Q. Where do you get your shoes? A. I'm making more and more of my shoes because I just can't find the
styles I really want in the colors or sizes I need. It's not easy, but if you
plan to stick to doll making, it's a skill you'll need to gain at some point.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration for your dolls? A. Old Hollywood calls me; also I love vintage Anita smoker dolls and bed
dolls in general. I try to create new versions of the ones I love. I don't
promote smoking, but I find them historically interesting and valuable
contributions to the ever thinning pool of smoker and vintage dolls available.
Q. Do you make custom dolls? A. I do make custom dolls based on your concept and ideas. Some examples
I've made recently are Marie Antoinette, Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, and Black
Madonna and child. Learn more...
I lovingly hand-make each OOAK all-cloth art doll;
each one special in its own way and so much fun to pose. I
hope you'll find something here to put a smile on your face.