Above is Julie, who teaches the doll class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. I got so enamored with the French Fashion dolls that Barb made (see previous post) that I had to ask about this doll that Julie is holding.
Julie said that she will have a class in August on how to make this Columbia Doll.
This doll has an interesting history. The original antique version of the Miss Columbia doll traveled around the world by herself from 1900 to 1902 raising funds for children’s charities. The doll traveled with a trunk and as she went around the world people put trinkets in her truck. You can read more about Miss Columbia here.
Above is the Black New York doll that Julie’s students will be making this month. The class starts this week, so if you are interested in the New York Doll, give the shop a call. Check out Julie’s blog here for more details. My first thought when thinking about making a doll was the expense involved in purchasing new tools. Not to worry about that! Julie says that she loans class participants a tool box for the class, so they don't need any special tools.
The above cloth Hitty Doll is designed by Gail Wilson. For more info about the original Hitty go here. Watch for an upcoming class on how to make this darling doll.
Julie also has an open Doll Bee on Thursdays. “Anyone is welcome to come and sit and play dolls with us,” Julie says. “I often have an extra doll pattern or two left over if anyone is looking to purchase one. I'm also willing to help with any Gail Wilson doll that I can if they are stuck with something or need help.”
The Doll Bee meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is only $5 for the entire month. You can bring a UFO to work on or something from your doll class that needs to be completed. During the upcoming Bee's Julie is planning a series of very small table top dolls - Santa, an angel, and a snowman. All very cute and go together pretty quick. Julie will also demonstrate how to carve an apple head doll on the second Thursday in September and then every Thursday in October. Anyone who wants to do a head can do one or more. Julie will also teach the other steps in the apple doll process. There is a sign up sheet at the shop as July needs to know how many people will attend.
As if that isn't enough to think about, how about making an oversized beach tote. Check out Maiden Jane for the tutorial.