Time Flies when having fun!!

Oh my goodness has it been 2 months already!! Time does fly when one is having fun
I have been like most others tied down with holiday preps, the odd bit of travel and the like. We just spend a lovely week in Kalbarri with the family and it was wonderful...
the boys caught enough fish to feed all and some to share will have to share pics as soon as they are downloaded to the computer.

meanwhile I have been lucky enought to aquire 3 new e-patterns from Colleen Babcock
we have Treasures of the Deep a sultry sea siren, Gather Ye Rosebuds a lovely doll with a clock built into her dress and last but by no means least we have Give us a Kiss... a hanging Yuletide doll great to make as a gift or for yourself... easily personalized you can make one for all your friends...
be sure to check them out on the website they are all ready for downloading now...

Happy Birthday!!

It's our birthday next week but you get all the pressies... use the code PREZZIES15 to get 15% off on any purchase from the website... sale ends Thursday 20th October (WAStandTime) get in quick so you dont miss out. Offer cannot be applied to orders already in system and cannot be applied if you forget to use the code. Offer does not count toward kits, gift certificates or shipping

ok time to reveal why I have been silent

Hi everyone its been a while to say the least... 
remember I told you I was busy sewing? well I was making a couture wedding gown for my niece and it was all very hush hush as you can imagine.... 
I am extremely proud of the outcome... Sadly I couldnt get photos of her wearing it because my camera decided to pack it in the night before the big day~ YIKES...

anyhooI did take progress photos and can now share them as her day has come and gone...

Lace detail on front of gown

side view

back view

detail of the hand beaded lace over 100 hours of work
close up of the sleeve detail...

finished at last!!! WOOOHOOO!...
now maybe things can get back to normal?? 

busy, busy, busy...!

things have been a bit quiet here lately... a few even asked if everything was ok ...  
My answer is yes everything is just glorious but extremely busy for me right now... I am in the process of sewing for a couple of weddings (most of which I finished this week) which gives me 2 weeks to tie up loose ends before making my way to sunny California for a months visit with my family in June... then when I come home and it will be head down and bum up again getting ready for yet another wedding...so I guess you could say I am sewing for 2 life sized dolls LOL
    Thank you to everyone who expressed concern, your thoughts are appreciated... once all is said and done it will be back to normal (if there is such a thing??)

I will try to post pics of my journey...

Stephanie Novatski has done it again...

Stephanie Novatski has done it again with another wonderful new design.
"The Ladies of the French Court and their Ghostie companions"
The 2 Antoinetes

The Ghostie Companions

This e-Pattern is selling for AU$18.50 and is now available for instant download

These gorgeous stump dolls are a wonderful rendition of the The Two Antoinettes - Jeanne and Marie
This e- pattern is for a 19" Stump Doll dressed in Period Costume based on famous portraits of Marie Antionette and Jeanne Marie Madame Le Pompadour. There are two body and costume versions of the doll and also Ghostie variations of each.

The basic doll pattern consists of 25 pages with 57 color pictures, a 4 page Face Sculpting/coloring Addendum, 7 pages of Pattern Pieces and a separate 9 page tutorial to change the Ladies into Ghostie variations.  The tutorial includes 17 color photos explaining fabric shading and aging techniques and  special face drawing, sculpting and coloring.

Stephanie takes you on a journey of discovery with little bit of history and excellent instructions for creating all versions of this beautiful doll.  Stephanie has included very clear instructions for all face detailing from sculpting to painting for both the ladies and the ghosties alike.
Embellishing ideas abound in this pattern as Stephanie teaches her way of costuming these delightful ladies. Learn an exciting new way of adding hair and adding all the finishing touches.
Stephanie's attention to detail is second to none.

  This pattern is suited to all stages of doll maker and is available for instant download by following the link



Save 12% off your next order simply by using code SAVEME12
this is only valid for next few days and will expire at midnight on the 1st April. The code must be used as you see it or it wont work.
Happy shopping...
Conditions apply;
It can be applied to most everything on the site except online classes, gift certificates and shipping costs.. Once you click complete order I cannot apply the discount if you forget to use the code and it cannot be applied to orders already in the system.

Giveaway winner!

Thank you to all who entered sadly we could only have one winner and
the lucky recipient for February's giveaway is Mary Ann Tate from Canada

Congratulations Mary Ann
Your prize pack is in the mail... 

You can see Mary Ann's wonderful blog here...

Thank you once again for playing
if you didnt win this time check back later for another chance

Time for another Giveaway!

Its time for another giveaway... I love these, hope you do too...

I know I promised one a while back so I am making this one worth the wait.
 I have for you a Fabric Addictions costuming pack. There is enough fabric, trims and beads included to costume one large doll (12" or so) or several smaller ones along with some Tibetan Lambswool and a set of hand made wings... Prize pack is valued at over $60... all you have to do is provide the pattern

What you need to do to enter...

1) Leave a comment. Only active bloggers can enter

2) Make sure your comment leads back to you with a link, so I can visit your blog, too.

3) Please make I am able to contact you if you win (if it´s not already in your profile).

4) The winner will be drawn on 28th Feb and announced on this blog on March 3rd, 2011.

5) The winner will get an email and must get back to me within 3 days or I will choose another blogger for the prize.
By all means please let your friends know...

paper pattern run out SALE

All the paper patterns from Delys Brady, Rhonda McGinnity, Suzette Glastonbury Rugolo and Linda Misa on sale for only $12 each right now... there is limited stock available so first in best dressed, once these are gone at this price thats it you miss out.

These are all listed on the site at this great rate so you only have to put the patterns of your choice into your cart and checkout in the normal way. All marked down from $19 thats a huge saving off the RRP.

doll making books

A new book has just arrived... Patti Culea's "Creative Cloth Doll Collection"

The publishers have taken all of Patti's first 4 books and compiled them into
one fabulous volume. There are over 260 pages full of inspiration and instruction along with 37 pages full of templates and pattern pieces (A total of 304 pages). With all the wonderful instructions and templates you can interchange these patterns and ideas to create your own unique doll in no time at all

We are offering this book at the introductory price of $45.95 (RRP$52.00)

Check it out

Face Painting with Colour Pencils

I have just started a new discussion on painting doll faces with prismacolor pencils.
 come check it out and see what you think...
Join in and let us know what works for you and what doesnt... 
hope to see you there...

Online Class updates with Colleen Babcock

 "Bea in her Bonnet" by 
Colleen Babcock

A fabulous class for anyone wanting to add to their repertoire of doll making skills. A gorgeous beginners doll or what ever stage you are at.  

You will learn all the steps needed to complete this lovely doll. 

Class Starts on 4th Feb 2011. Everyone who pays for the class will be given one entry into the draw to win $20 off the class cost of $60 (To be drawn on 18th Feb) The winner will have the choice of: 
1. a refund to their original payment method (cc or PP)
2.Can be taken as credit for stock purchased from the website (shipping costs apply)

This promises to be a great class with Colleen. Please Dont miss your chance as sign ups close soon.

Follow the link to sign up for this class "Bea in her Bonnet."

New Book has arrived

I was in town today taking care of family stuff like shopping etc... and as I was leaving went to check the mail like I always do... well imagine my surprise when the postal worker handed me a box full of the most gorgeous books... I placed my order for these ages ago and didnt expect them for another month at least...

WOW!!! this book is beautiful!

Introduction to making Cloth Dolls
Jan Horrox 

back cover pics

Fun and imaginative, this guide to cloth doll-making demonstrates how to create exquisite and stylish dolls that make wonderful gifts or collectibles. 

A great way to use up scraps of material, the dolls portrayed in these projects are made using a wide variety of colorful fabrics, trims, ribbons, and buttons.
Complete with useful diagrams; this 196 page book contains colour photographs, diagrams and clear, step-by-step instructions for making hands, feet, and faces; and templates for all other body parts.
This creative resource provides the means and the inspiration to make gorgeous dolls that are full of character.

Projects range in difficulty and are suitable for everyone, including beginners, more experienced needle crafters, textile artists, and fashion designers.
  A great addiction to any doll makers library

Sherry Goshon has come to play woohooo

I am sew excited! I have 3 new e-Books from a designer we all know and love...
Sherry Goshen.

first up, everything you ever wanted to learn on how to do Fabulous Faces using watercolour pencils? Well, do we have the book for you!
Sherry has put together a wonderful book that covers every aspect of colouring a face. From adult to child, and she even includes a few ethnic colourings as well.
This book has many colour step by step pictures to help the reader along, it is the next best thing to having the teacher right there with you.

what you can expect to find in this book:-

Division of Faces…
Adult Caucasian Face…
Child Face…
Asian Face…
African American Face…
Hispanic Face with more details for coloring…
Color chart...

Water Colour faces by Sherry 

The second book "7 Virtues" is full of gorgeous costuming techniques following a style I love... Illusion costuming..
There are 7 projects and these come with all the basic templates you need to complete each doll. A very informative booklet for any devoted doll maker.

7Virtues by Sherry Goshen
Finally we have Sherry's newest addiction to her collection
"Sew you want to know how to make a cloth doll"
This awesome book takes the doll maker on a journey of discovery.
Sherry takes the time to share what she has found over the years that works for her and any little secrets that help make the learning process just a bit easier. This book has two body patterns…One that is very beginner and one that is a bit more complicated for the intermediate… This book covers everything you need to know including pictures to help you along.
Here is a glimpse into the content of Sherry's book:

*Fabrics for bodies
*Dying your own body fabric
*Turning tools
*Stuffing tools
*To joint or not to joint
*Simple needle sculpting
*Basics on the face
*Simple dressing of the doll
*Making doll body 1 (pancake doll with separate head)
*Face on your doll
*Dressing your doll
*Hair on your doll
*Making doll body 2 (with mitt hands/separate fingers)

Dollmaking by Sherry Goshen
Just an example of the 2 doll patterns available in this book

All of these books are selling for AU$21.00
but for this week only I am offering them to my FB and Blog Addicts 
for 11% off the RRP 
Please use the code SGSPECIAL11 (please use code as you see it or it wont work) This discount only applies to Sherry's e-Books and will not work on anything else.
The code is valid for one week only and will expire midnight 25th January 2011.

More great stuff from Michelle Harrold

For those of you who have been waiting so patiently
I have uploaded 5 more of Michelle Harrold's designs.
Michelle is a wonderful designer and she pays close attention to detail in both the costuming and embellishing side but also the instructions which are easily understood.

these are all available for download now from the website... 
and are now selling for only $11.00 each 

Desiree Dragonfly Fairy

Fafelina Butterfly Fairy

Monyka Mulberry Fairy

Mystral the Mermaid

Valerie Forest Fairy

Eastern States Flooding...

It is heartrending to see and hear what the eastern states (Queenlsand, New South Wales, Victoria and even parts of South Australia) and Canarvon (West Australia) even down to Railton, Tasmania
 are going through with all the flooding... 

even though we are not directly affected I have had customers email me with their concern for us and am very touched and grateful for the kind thoughts...  

If you wish to donate PLEASE follow this link..

These people do a tremendous job and need all the help they can get.

Thank you once again for your concern.

Something for you

for one week only expiring on 12th January enjoy 11% off your next order at www.fabricaddictions.com (conditions apply: this discount is NOT applicable to online classes, gift certificates, fabricaddictions kits nor can it be applied to shipping or orders already active in the system) in order to receive the discount you must use the code HAPPY2011 exactly as you see it or it wont work.  happy shopping...

Online Classes

A Fabulous start to the New Year and A new class to start February 4th. Wooohooo

Bea in her Bonnet by Colleen Babcock

Bea in Her Bonnet
Bea is entirely made of cloth and measures 14” long from her bonnet to her pointed fairy toes when she is posed in her jar.  With the help of over 130 photographs illustrating the making of your own honey fairy, you will learn how to make every detail of Bea in her Bonnet.  Special emphasis is paid to drawing, sculpting, and colouring the face.  Plus, learn some fun techniques using a heat gun to make a Tyvek or Fibretex hat and felt wings.  Not much good at woodworking?  No problem.  We’ll teach you a simple, quick and easy way to make a wooden honey dipper with no tools at all!  It’s like magic – fairy style!

This is a fantastic design that will suit all stages of doll maker from beginner to advanced.
Colleen is a very talented teacher with a fabulous sense of humour. Sign ups will be closing soon so get in now so you dont miss out.
Click on this link to learn more

having time to play

I know I promised a while ago a picture of a doll I was finishing well.... Drum roll please...... here is the doll I was working on "Basic Woman" designed by Pam Grose .. I had some yummy sequined lace in my stash from which I cut the motifs and layered them over the dolls nakie body (poor girl has been nakie for quite a while as I thought about ways to dress her) and finally it came to me...  
Basic Woman Pattern by Pam Grose

Do your dolls talk to you? I know mine talk to me telling me they want this or that or noooo would be caught dead in that.... LOL I mean really who is in control here??

Any way I am finished and am quite happy she is now dressed in her pink finery... I think a pair of lovely wings are called for though and will have a play soon to create them..
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