Katie's Dolls

Katie's Dolls

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy.....

I am busy as a bee working on new items for the Indy Cloth Dollmakers Show and Sale.   As usual, I will have an assortment of wearable art garments, dolls, and accessories for sale.  All items are one of a kind.  I "up-cycle" vintage fur in many of my pieces.   I thought I would post a few pictures that might pique your curiosity.   Some of the pictures are partial photos of completed garments and others are just the materials that will be used in garments that are in process.  More to come.....
Rich golden plaid fur and tapestry

It's a flock of Butterflies!!

Rust/Brown Tweed with Applique and fur

Gray and Black Plaid with Gray Mink
Appliqued Persian Lamb
Lush Burgundy Leather and Mohair Curly Fur
Gorgeous Fall Tapestry

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

15th Annual Show and Sale

Its that time of year again.   I'm busy creating new items for the Indy Cloth Dollmakers 15th Annual Show and Sale.   Soon I'll be posting some pictures of some of my new creations. 

For now, here's the info about the show and sale.  Two other organizations will also be having their holiday sales on the same day.   Make plans to come to Irvington and enjoy shopping at our show and eating at the local restaurants. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 AFICC ( Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay)

Sorry it has taken so long to post to my blog.  We sold our home and moved to a smaller place in January so some things just didn't get done as soon as I would have liked.   However, things are returning to some state of normalcy so I should be able to post more now.  

The first activity after our move was to get a doll ready for the 2017 AFICC Convention which was held at the end of April in Columbus, Ohio.  The challenge this year was based on the poem "Monday's Child".   We were to choose a day of the week and make a doll that represented that day.   I chose "Thursday's Child Has Far to Go".    As a child and teen, I rode my bicycle everywhere and since I have many memories surrounding that activity, I chose to put my doll on a bicycle.   I found a bicycle that was painted all gold and repainted it to look less like a home d├ęcor piece and more like a real bicycle.   I chose bright happy colors because I wanted the doll to reflect my happy memories.   Of course, I never had flowers in my basket or gift boxes on the back but it sure makes me happy to look at it. 

She is an original cloth doll with a needle sculpted face that has been hand painted.  This is the first time I have tried to needle sculpt and paint an open mouth smile on a doll, but I'm happy with the result.  I made the hat from 1/4 inch narrow straw braid and then added flowers for interest.  

I was honored to win 2nd place from the judges in the Original Category and People's Choice over all.  I named her "Joy's Journey".    I hope you all enjoy her too. 


Monday, November 14, 2016


It's time again for the Indy Cloth Dollmakers Annual Show and Sale.  I've been very busy getting unique items ready which I plan to post as soon as I can get time to take pictures.  In the meantime, mark your calendars and make plans for a fun day in Irvington.   There are lots of other shops and dining experiences so it makes a great "Girls Day Out" .   Come join the fun.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fun with Fur

Lately I've been experimenting with up-cycling vintage furs.   I hate to see the furs go to waste.   A lot of them have damage or wear that don't make them usable in their original style but there is still some good fur to be used.   In the past I've made neck warmers but this year I tried something different.   I wanted to applique fabric on the fur to make it more fun and casual. 

For my first project I chose a fur 3/4 swing jacket.   I don't know what the fur is but it is really soft and curly....very unique.   I found some fabrics that I liked and then I sketched a design so that I would have some idea where to place the fabrics.   To begin the project, I took out the lining and then the sleeves.   I saved the lining so that I could make a pattern from it.  
The pockets were completely shot, so I remade them.  Next came the fun part, how to get my idea from paper to fur.    My first step was to make the blue shape that wandered from the front over the shoulder and onto the back.  Once this shape was cut I added bias binding to the edge and then sewed it onto the coat.   Then I place the flowers and circles on the the coat and sewed them on.  I used raw edge applique technique for this project.   After the designs were sewn on, I added the lining and finished the edges with a striped bias binding.   

I had enough in the sleeves to make a cool purse.  


Saturday, February 20, 2016

2015 November Show and Sale Challenge Doll

Leather and Lace:  Rhapsody on the Runway

The 2015 Indy Cloth Dollmakers challenge was to include leather and lace in the design of the doll.  Back in the late 80's, I made a coat and dress for a dear friend that included leather and lace.   Recently she gave it back to me because it no longer fit. (After almost 30 yrs. things shift and we're just different!)   I got a little nostalgic and decided to recreate that outfit on a doll.  I used the same fabric for the coat and skirt for the doll as I used in the life size version.   I had to use different lace and trims to keep the scale appropriate to the doll.   
I called her Rhapsody on the Runway because she is posed like she is modeling the outfit in a fashion show. The skirt on the doll is real suede and the coat is silk that has purple, black and metallic threads.   The bodice of the dress and the yoke of the coat is purple taffeta that has been covered with lace and then embroidered with beads and sequins.   Tiny gold trim outlines the yoke, lining, and bodice waistline.  I made the slip-on sandals to complete her outfit. She even has black seamed nylons.  If you look closely you will see that Rhapsody has dyed part of her hair purple to match her outfit.  She is an original cloth doll that has a needle sculpted face that I painted with acrylic paints.  

Rhapsody has provided me with lots of memories of times gone by and I hope you enjoy her too. 

Inspiration Swing Coat
Inspiration from the 80's

Rhapsody on the Runway

Dress under the coat

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

13th Annual Show and Sale

Mark your calendars so you won't forget to come to the 13 Annual Show and Sale hosted by the Indy Cloth Dollmakers.   This year it will be held on Saturday Nov. 21st  from 10 am to 5 pm.    We have outgrown our space so we have moved the show to the Irvington United Methodist Church which is across the street close to Starbucks.  The address for the church is 30 N. Audubon Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46219 

Our doll challenge this year is "Leather and Lace".   That theme should inspire some interesting dolls!   Vote for your favorite at the show.  

Don't forget we have all kinds of items for sale.  Our member artists are busy using their artistic skills to make one-of-a-kind items for the show and sale.  We will have jewelry, scarves, purses, wearable art, and other unique gifts for sale.  

To learn more about our club go to www.indyclothdollmakers.blogspot.com