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.