I spent two days at a doll making workshop. Susan Walker of Prim and Proper Folksheld a wonderful two-day workshop. It took place at Woodlawn Beach State Park in a pretty Adirondacks style building. The park was fairly easy to get to - just a few minutes south of downtown Buffalo.
Anyhoo... a group of twenty dollmakers spent the weekend making some very charming dolls. A couple of techniques were presented. Susan's dolls require that you paint the entire doll with acrylic craft paint diluted two parts water and one part paint. The face is then painted in using a wet-on-wet technique which makes for a pretty blush and effective shading. After leaving this to dry overnight, details such as the eyes and boots are completed. I really wanted to have a Colonial Miss vibe so that guided me in my choice of fabrics. Here are some pictures:
The best part of the workshop, by far, was spending time with like-minded friends Linda and Dianne and stitching and chatting and having a few laughs. I could kick myself because I didn't take pictures of other people's dolls. Evey-one was very successful and went home with charming little companions. There were four little girls in the class, each one sweeter than the next. Although this particular dall pattern required a lot of work, they each, working with their moms, ended up with very cute dolls.
Susan had another great technique, this one for the hair. She taught us how to use a handy-dandy felting needle to root the hair. I was the lucky recipient of some beautiful mohair locks from Linda (the owner of Raveloe, a wonderful local fiber shop).
I have a few finishing details in mind I plan to add some accessories which might emphasize the colonial theme. Here's a close up shot of the dolly I have named Miss May.
Last Friday was fun, too. I spent the day in Toronto with Friend Donna. The Textile Museum of Toronto had their annual Not-Just-Another-Yardage-Sale. That is a fundraiser for the museum. Friends of the museum purge the things they don't want and fill a tent with books, fabrics and needlework materials at rock-bottom prices. We then proceeded to the St. Lawrence Market where we proceeded to enjoy the most massive eggplant parmigiana sandwiches known to mankind. We also bought the obligatory butter tart to bring home. Our food purchases also included a large box of assorted pastries. As we left, I snagged a sour European rye bread which makes toast that's better than birthday cake.
As I wax poetic about foodstuffs, I am happy to note that tonight's dinner was completely influenced by Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julia wants us to cook our trimmed green beans by dropping them into a pan of boiling water and cooking them for eight to ten minutes. After a copious amount of unsalted butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, you have green beans fit for royalty. I also made a lovely pan sauce for some steaks. I think I'll be a French chef in no time! Seriously though, the book makes you consider taking an extra step or two to turn pedestrian ingredients into really delicious food.
Tomorrow I will post something really swell in the food department. Stay tuned.