In 2018 there will be three intensive doll making workshops.  If the dates don’t work, I am happy to find dates that work for private one-on-one coaching. All other workshops are offered as private classes.

Doll Making Intensive –
3 Day Workshop

Dates:
April 13, 14, 15 
2018
June 15, 16, 17 2018
October 26, 27, 28, 2018

6dolls-students-20176 Spots available per workshop
3 Full days — Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 6pm

Spend 3 intense days learning making a wonderful 38cm/15″ Waldorf inspired doll.

The doll you will make is more involved than a traditional Waldorf doll. You will learn to shape the head with needle felting (no sculpted features). This creates a doll that has a pleasing head shape.

Using a doll body pre-sewn by Monika, you will create a unique doll. Dress patterns will be part of your hand-out, so that you might sew lovely outfits for your dolls at home. You can choose the hair, skin tone, eye and lip colour. We will discuss how to sew bodies and machine stitch settings. (Optional: book a private 2 hour lesson for Friday of the workshop weekend evening from 7 – 9 pm to the workshop and sew your own body for $50 (incl. HST).

Skills required: basic hand-sewing knowledge – if your skills are a bit rusty, please practice threading a small needle, sewing running stitch, mattress/ladder stitch). Optional: basic crochet, knitting. You will receive a number of links to instructions to familiarize yourself with basic sewing skills.

Cost: $290 (+HST)/person + $50 material fee (+HST)
(max 6 students) (24 hours instruction time)
(Includes all materials for doll: pre-sewn body and head cover skin, pattern for doll body, wool stuffing, dress patterns, thread matching skin colours, choice of wool yarn for doll hair (shoulder length)

Note: I also offer private workshops that can be arranged at your convenience and incorporating my schedule – they are generally held in the evenings, but day times and some weekends are also available.

Students-with-dollsThe cost is the same as the group workshop – and includes 4 sessions at 3 hours each (12 hours total) – spread over 4 weeks, with the student doing doll homework during the week on their own. See below for cost of extra sessions, if needed.

Please bring your own sewing scissors, measuring tape, pins, a note-pad and pen.

Please note, this workshop is geared for adults.

Doll Making – Pocket Dolls –

1 Day Workshop

Private Workshop

Girl-groupLearn to make an all-natural cloth pocket dolly.

A waldorf-inspired pocket doll is made from swiss doll skin fabric, beautiful sheep wool and yarn hair. A minimally embroidered face hints at the emotions a child is able to share with the doll. In the workshop you will make a 13cm/5″ Waldorf doll. Using a body pre-sewn by Monika and available in a variety of skin tones, you will also choose the hair, eye and lip colour. We will also hand-sew a simple outfit from 100% wool felt.

Girl-dollSkills required: basic hand-sewing knowledge – if your skills are a bit rusty, please practice threading a small needle, sewing running stitch, mattress/ladder stitch). Optional: basic crochet, knitting

(Material fee includes all materials for doll: doll skin fabric, pattern for doll body, wool stuffing, thread matching skin colours, choice of doll hair, long or mohair (locks are available at separate cost).

Please bring:  a measuring tape, fabric scissors, pins, a note-pad and pen.

Please note, this workshop is geared for adults.

Cost: $215 (+HST) + Material fee $25/student (+ HST)

Doll Making – Special Class – Make a Waldorf Doll head
1 Day Workshop

Private Workshop

doll-makingThe most important part of your doll is it’s head, it is what will give it life and character — yet that is often what new makers struggle with the most.

In this full day workshop, you will learn to make a traditional head for a waldorf inspired dolls. We will also discuss minimal sculpting of the features with needle felting and covering the head with doll skin. We will discuss proportions, anatomy of the head, building out features and building character and style for your dolls.

Skills required: basic hand-sewing knowledge – if your skills are a bit rusty, please practice threading a small needle, sewing running stitch, mattress/ladder stitch). 

(Material fee includes all materials for a 38cm doll head: wool roving, wool batt, stockinette, bind-off thread, doll skin fabric to cover the head, thread matching skin colours, 3 felting needles, 6 x 9″ felting foam (yours to keep).

Please bring:  a measuring tape, fabric scissors, pins, a note-pad and pen.

Please note, this workshop is geared for adults.

Cost: $215 (+HST) + Material fee $25/student (+HST)

Doll Making – Private Class

You might not need to take a full class to make a doll, however, perhaps you would like to learn specific aspects of Natural Fiber Art Doll making, such as sewing a weft, crocheting a weft into a doll wig, sculpting features, stuffing your doll with the rolling method, drafting your own doll body pattern, developing your own style of doll, preparing locks for wefting, etc.

With years of cloth doll making experience, I am here to guide you along the path. Just contact me with information of what you would like to learn and I will be happy to set up a customized learning plan for you.

Private coaching/teaching fees apply.