Claudette: A Cage Doll Marla L. Niederer, Cloth Doll Artist
The words “Romance is the Music of Life,” were remembered from a dream that inspired the creation of Claudette. Claudette is a mixed media, needle-sculpted cloth, ball jointed, cage art doll, with a cloth facial overlay. During this workshop a multitude of cloth doll making techniques in addition to mixed media techniques will be presented. You will learn how to needle-sculpt a cloth head and how to attach a cloth overlay onto the head to create a softer look. A unique system of creating ball joints for the arms and wrists will be presented in this class.
Poinsettia Bust/Ornament with Marla Niederer
In this intermediate level workshop you will learn how to needle-sculpt a head. You will learn how to place facial features correctly every time! You will also learn how to use watercolor pencils, prismacolor pencils, and markers to apply the coloring to the face. Additional skills presented are how to needle felt hair on and how to embellish your ornament with beads. What a fun way to develop more skills and create an heirloom ornament for the holidays!
Fire Goddess with Marla L. Niederer
Bridgette with Marla L. Niederer, Cloth Doll Artist
From the top of her elaborate hairdo to the tips of her high-heeled mule shoes Bridgette is a 19” tall needle-sculpted ball jointed doll with a facial overlay. Bridgette was inspired by the beautiful wooden tuck comb dolls of the 1800’s. She dons a Jane Austin inspired soft lavender colored cotton batiste empire waist gown with hand embroidered satin floss and glass bead flowers. During this workshop a multitude of cloth doll-making techniques will be presented. You will receive instruction on needle sculpting a head, hands, and feet. You will learn how to attach a cloth overlay onto the head to cover the seam seen on many needle-sculpted dolls and to create a softer look. A unique system of creating ball joints for the ankles, knees, hips, elbows, and wrists will be presented in this class. You will also learn how to create a swivel head. Instruction on how to utilize watercolors to create a base flesh tone and how to utilize watercolor pencils to add to facial coloring will be included in this workshop.
Mistique (Cloth Doll Jointed Doll) with Marla Niederer
Mistique is a 17” needle-sculpted ball jointed cloth doll inspired by the beautiful 1920’s boudoir dolls. This work- shop will present a multitude of cloth doll making techniques. You will receive instruction on needle-sculpting a cloth doll head, hands, and feet. The workshop will present techniques on creating hidden ball joints, using watercolors for cloth doll facial coloring, needle-felting an elaborate hairstyle, how to create an elaborate costume, and how to create beautiful doll shoes. All of these techniques will be presented while you are in the process of creating a beautiful heirloom doll!
Flower Fairies with Marla L. Niederer
In this workshop a variety of cloth doll making and beading techniques will presented. You will learn how to needle-sculpt a cloth head utilizing a template that insures the perfect placement of facial features every time. Techniques to create graceful hands will also be included in the class. You will learn how to create a swivel head. Instruction on how to utilize watercolors to create a base flesh tone and how to utilize watercolor pencils to add facial coloring will also be included in the class. Costuming a Faerie with fabric flowers and leaves will also be presented.