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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Hello doll lovers! This blog was created to tell you about dolls I have made and classes I teach on doll making at Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids). My goal in teaching is to pass on the love of making heirloom quality dolls. Most of the dolls I make (and hold classes for) are designed by Gail Wilson - visit her website at . Page down my blog for some fun doll links including antique doll sites and hard to find doll supplies.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Creative Paperclay and wood

What am I up to?   This week I have been playing with creative paperclay on Gail Wilson's MYO dolls, working on Dixie Redmond's Izannah Walker Doll AND Gail Wilson's wooden Hitty.

They are all so much fun, I wish you could come over and play too.  I guess you'll just have to settle for looking at the links online.

Dixie Redmond's Izannah Walker class in an online class.  There are so many talented doll makers in this group as well as those who are new to dollmaking. The dolls that are coming from this class look like the real antique dolls.  Dixie sure came out with a nice pattern.
See details here:  (It's not too late to get into this class either, loads of us are just starting or are dreaming about starting).
I am almost ready to gesso on three Izannahs; just a few more limbs to stuff.

oh dear, I put the head on the wrong end on two

so many arms and legs!

Gail Wilson's online Hitty class details are here:
(page down to online classes info).  I have the body parts painted with one coat of skin color. This week I hope to finish the painting and move on to the carving part. Carving is a new skill to learn for me.  I have done several of Gail's Joel Ellis dolls, but most of that wood working was done with a dremel tool and a stationary belt sander. Oh and some elbow grease sanding too. The wooden Hitty will be my first venture into what I would call real carving.
MYO doll

Gail's MYO doll (Make your own doll parts) info about the molds, flumo, etc are here:
and   (page way down)

visit  for some more pictures of the inspiration, molds, and dolls from the MYO dolls series.

Paper clay added for hair

 The MYO dolls are available with the parts already molded, or you can purchase the molds and flumo and mold your own parts. This was an interesting and fun new thing for me in the doll making arena. I sure enjoyed making my own parts.  Flumo is one of those products that is very enjoyable to use. This doll is a basic doll with not much detail. You get to do the designing of the hair (paint, paperclay, wig, etc) and clothing. The body is a simple cloth one that is attached to the limbs by sewing thru sew holes. See the doll with the black molded hair, she has sew holes in her chest area.

I feel like one of Santa's elves in the Doll Division, working diligently towards Christmas eve.....will I get them all finished by then? 
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you give some of these dolls a whirl, they are loads of fun - Julie


  1. Thanks Julsie, you have inspired me to be more creative. I have several dolls cut out but hadn't decided how I wanted to paint the faces.
    Many Blessings.

  2. Trisha, thanks for stopping by. At the bottom of the blog are some links to some awesome doll museums, tutorials, and antique doll online spots. Lots of inspirational phtotos there. Have fun!


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