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Attention Doll Makers

I am putting together a “Student Gallery”.

If you have taken one of my classes or if you have made a doll from my book

or one of my patterns I would love to hear from you! If you haven’t finished

your project or you’ve just been thinking about doing something, then perhaps

this may inspire you to get busy. Please contact me and show me what you’ve done.

I’m excited to see your dolls!

Shoelace Yarn for Rag Dolls

In my book Make Cloth Dolls chapter 5 is the pattern for rag doll Emily Ann.

Many of you have inquired about the rag doll Patty Ann (photo on page 91)

and rag doll Charley Ann (photo on page 95)

asking about the material that was used to create their hair.

Their hair is made from Shoelace Yarn from YLI.

It is about 1/2″ wide and looks just like shoelaces. It comes in solid colors, wave pattern,

hound’s tooth pattern, and tri-color pattern. Some rag dolls have hair made with cotton

fabric that is ripped into strips and sewed to the head. The Shoelace yarn gives the doll

that same look and is a great alternative to the usual red yarn that is often used.

You can see the shoelace yarn at

Solid colors shown – red, burgundy, and dark red. Visit to view more color choices.

Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine

I have received emails from some of you that live outside the United States asking where to find the Soft Dolls Magazine. You can go to for subscription information.

A Garden Gnome Pattern

The May 2011 issue of

Soft Dolls Magazine

features my pattern for a

Garden Gnome on the cover.

He is 15 1/2″ tall with a round, plump body.

You can adjust the position of his arms to

accommodate any prop you would like him to hold.

Complete instructions and pattern templates

are included in the magazine.

Check it out!

New Class Scheduled

If you have been waiting to sign up for a class, now is the time. A new class is scheduled at Fiddlesticks Quilts in Boulder City, Nevada. Fiddlesticks has expanded to add a beautiful new larger classroom. I will be teaching a two session class that will take place on Saturday March 5th from 2:30 to 5:30 and the second session on the following Saturday, March 12th from 11:00 to 3:00. You can call Fiddlesticks to sign up at 702-293-2979.

What Sparks Your Creativity?

Do all creative minds think alike? What sparks your creativity? I’m often asked where I get my ideas from. Sometimes a piece of fabric will inspire an entire project. Many times ideas seem to come from very odd places. The inspiration for a new design often comes from something that is not related to doll making at all. I saw this vine growing on a wall. It stopped me in my tracks and I found myself staring at it. The colors are soft and the vine seems to be gently embracing the wall. As I stood there I found my mind starting to wander off in different directions. I began to see a new project in my head and as I worked out the details, the idea started to come together. As I went through the rest of my day, I was constructing the project in my head. I decide what materials to use and keep changing them until it feels right. Designing in my head often keeps me up at night. Sometimes it’s hard for me to shut off my brain so I can sleep. Once I have a detailed plan I can see the project very clearly in my mind and then I will begin to make the new pattern. I’m sorry I can’t show you the project that was inspired by this vine on the wall- not just yet- but I will. Sometimes this process happens very quickly. A new idea could  be worked out in a few days. One idea rolled around in my head for two years before it came out. There were many times I tried to let it go but it wouldn’t leave. When the idea finally came to fruition I was more than pleased with the result, and yes, it was worth the wait. That project will appear in my next book.

So tell me, what sparks your creativity?

What inspires you?   I’d love to hear from you.

Creative Living with Sheryl Borden

I was invited to appear on Creative Living with host Sheryl Borden. Creative Living is one of public televisions most popular and longest running “how-to” shows. It is nationally syndicated and in its 34th season with PBS. Wow! There was no way I could turn down the invitation. I was a bit nervous when the taping began, but Sheryl was so relaxed I was soon relaxed also. Sheryl was so warm and welcoming, as was the entire crew at the studio.

We taped five segments for the new season of Creative Living. I demonstrated techniques from my book. In the photo (above left) I talked about sculpting the face. In the photo (above right) we went through the process of choosing fabrics for your doll.

It was a wonderful experience. The photo (above right) is how I looked after we were done taping! I was invited back when my next book is released. Of course I’m writing another book. I have more that I’d love to share with you. I can’t give you all the details now but I will tease you with updates as I’m working. For now I hope you enjoy my new book “Make Cloth Dolls“.

My sister, Gia, came with me to help. She is so organized that she was able to keep me in line. Gia helped me prepare for taping and acted as my assistant on the set. I have no idea what I would have done had she not been there! Thank you sister!

I will let you know when you can see the show as soon as I get the schedule.

Meeting The Locals

While filming Creative Living in New Mexico I couldn’t help but notice how friendly everyone was. My sister and I were having lunch outside enjoying the beautiful day when one of the locals stopped by to say hello. I could tell by his “lack of fear” that he had been working this stretch of sidewalk for quite some time. He sat on the arm of the chair right next to me. He looked up and tilted his head as if to say “can I have a bite of your sandwich?”. I told him that if I could take his photo I would share my lunch. So he posed for a photo, took his handout, and was on his way!

What a sweet little guy!

Road Trip!

I had so much stuff to bring to the taping of Creative Living that I decided to drive. I enjoy long car trips especially to places I’ve never been. We live in such a beautiful country and there is so much to see. If you fly, you miss all the landscapes along the way. This was my first trip to New Mexico and it was lovely. My sister and I had so much much fun driving, talking, eating, shopping, and soaking up the scenery.

My sister and I are both so busy that we don’t get to just hang out together like we did when we were younger. Exploring the towns along the way home was so enjoyable. We walked the streets and went into all the little shops.

We were walking past the Sister Blandina Convent in Albuquerque and we came upon a man sitting out front. He was painting the building which is attached to the historic San Felipe de Neri Church. The convent was built on the west side of the church in 1881. The convent was occupied by the Sisters of Charity until the late 1970’s. We didn’t want to intrude on his work so we just watched quietly as he painted.


It can be difficult to find a fabric especially if it is an older design. If you want to make the “Mallory” doll that appears on the cover of my book, try cupcakes! RJR Fabrics has a line by Dan Morris called “What’s Cookin”. The colors are pink, brown, and teal. One of the fabrics in the line is covered in cupcakes. Another one of the fabrics in that line has cherry pies. There is also a complimentary fabric with cherries and another with checks. Liz was at the retreat and found the fabric at Fiddlesticks. So Liz, if you are listening, we’d all love to see your doll when you are done! Send me a photo to share!