Questions I often get asked ...

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 "Spike".

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 are available.

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...

 

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