Contemporary Cloth Doll Making – “Winter” – A Magical Creature

Tutor: Ray Slater

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Two Days
(or more)

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The art of cloth doll making is a creative area to work in. Join textile artist, costume designer and cloth doll maker, Ray Slater, and learn some of the many techniques she uses to create mini human forms or creatures. Doll making is a format that has endless possibilities…

During this 2 day workshop you will be working on “Winter” – an ethereal winter creature posed in a sitting position and surveying the wonders of a winter wonderland. ” Winter” has a delicate and detailed drawn face and individual articulated fingers. She wears a simple but effective costume and a pair of beautiful beaded shoes complete this magical creature.

This workshop will be suitable both for beginners and those with previous experience who wish to develop their doll making techniques.

Please note there is NO materials charge for this workshop as there has been on previous Ray Slater workshops. By popular demand, participants wished to source all their own materials and colour combinations in order to suit their tastes. So, please click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you…

What to expect

Days at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.

Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.

We aim for your time with us to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Please bring the following with you:

Sewing machine in good working order
Body : 1/2 m 100% cotton patchwork fabric + matching thread
Head/ hands : 1/4 m 100% patchwork cotton in a flesh colour + matching thread
For the dress : 1/4 m fine fabric - fine silk or georgette or similar
250 grams polyester toy stuffing . : Dunelm or Hobbycraft (we have some if you run short)
Basic sewing equipment + paper scissors
Chopstick or similar stuffing tool
John James long darning needle size 7
Size 10 beads + beading needle
Black waterproof / fade proof pen , fine
Soft colouring pencils
4 x 6mm chenille stems

If you have any doll-making equipment please bring it, otherwise there will be finger turning tools, pencils, forceps to borrow

Ray will bring hair to buy £3 and chenille stems £1.50

Ray suggests you can get supplies from: Jan Horrox Cloth Doll Supplies

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