Classic Cloth Dolls

A Doll Makers Blog

Friday, July 1, 2016

Mia again

I really need to make this blog more active.
I am back to doll making after a long absence. I am working with a 13 year old girl on her 4H project. Fun. Using Cindi Ciampi's pattern from the soft dolls and animals magazine summer 1999. I had to make up a doll so I would know how to teach Justine.

We have 10 days and about 23 hours in this project so far. She has done really well. I have the faces partially on mine, she will do hers on Sat the 2nd. I'll share the finished pictures when she is done. judy j

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Alabama doll wanna be.Tutorial

I started with one of my MJ. bodies. the mask is made from rigid wrap placed over an old metal head. As you can see there are 2 pieces to the head. I put 3 layers of rigid wrap.Drying in between layers. I glued the mask pieces front and back onto the cloth body/head. I then built up the side of the head where there was no mask. There was quite a bit of sanding to do.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


I have done a bit more on this doll.She has clothes! I feel she needs a little more shading and thicker eyebrows.

I picked up this fabric years ago not knowing what I would make with it. Just knew I liked it. It is perfect for this doll. Hard to see the detail but it has pieced fabric pieces with a fabric ruffle and dyed lace, between the pieces. It is vintage looking. Have a good week j

Sunday, February 1, 2015


It has been a very long time since I posted here.I have been doing a lot of quilt making and making American Girl doll clothes.
I did put faces on some dolls I made a while ago.The patterns are not mine and right now I can't think who they belong to.The smaller of the 2 is a boy. They now are waiting for clothes. I hope to be more active,this year, on this blog. I need to get back to painting the dolls I love to make. No matter how hard I try there is only one person that could paint an Columbian doll. Emma herself. I will only be able to, ever,paint a Judith Ann wanna be Columbian doll. I just keep trying.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

How I oil painted this cloth doll

I use vintage feed sacks to make the dolls. They are sewn and stuffed. I use paper clay to hide the center seam in the face.Ears sewn and glued on.Paper clay added to hide seams. Gessoed then the first flesh color is applied. I prefer to let that first coat dry. Using colored pencil to outline face.Using burnt sienna to paint outline. Adding color to all areas.A little paint goes a long way.I had a very good painter tell me to remember light to dark and dark to light. It is how I do my painting. A little dot of paint placed say by the nose. can be moved with a shade brush to give the shading you want to achieve. Soften the outlines by moving the paint with your shade brush. Hope this helps give ideas where to start when painting a cloth doll.I am no expert but I have found what works for me.j


 To get the flesh color I mix titanium white and burnt sienna. I mix to get 3 shades of the flesh color. Darker, medium dark and light. Mix the dark then add more white to get the other shades.