Wednesday, 4 April 2012

New Dates for Dollmaking Classes: Amsterdam, Ulm, Berlin and e-course

Dear readers,

 I have the pleasure to announce quite a few doll making classes for the coming months. 

Weekend classes
  • Amsterdam/ Netherlands 21/22 of April (in English, nearly booked up, only two spots available). The photo theme for our dolls will be cupcakes, printed on fabric, crocheted ones or whatever you come up with ;-)
  • Berlin/ Germany 16/17 of June (in German). Because it is the perfect time of the year for such fruits, the photo theme for the dolls made in this class will be strawberries, as appliqués, fabric prints or wee sewn forest strawberries - you decide!
  • Ulm (Aufheim)/ Germany 14/15 of July (in German, only a few spots left). Our theme will be butterflies, on hairclips, embroidered on dolly dresses - it is up to you ;-)
We will meet both days from 09:30 a.m. to 06:30 p.m. Each class costs 190€/person plus 20€ for material (pre-sewn body parts, wool batting, dollmaking needles, mohair yarn, sewing thread, embroidery floss etc., you only have to bring scissors, pins and a measuring tape). As always, my weekend classes are open only for people who do not intend to sell dolls or use dolls for any other commercial purposes.
(My plastered fingers, doing some touch-up for one of my students)

As a student, you should have some experience in sewing, especially by hand - that is what you´ll need most. Since all body parts are pre-sewn, you won´t need a sewing machine (I´ll bring mine for the head covers). You will each make a 45cm cloth doll, based on my patterns and techniques.

Even though a mohair wig might not be finished at the end of the class or a neckline not fully sewn but pinned*, each of you will go home with a doll and lots of new skills, knowledge and inspiration.

*that is what I promise. Last time I got up at 05a.m. just to help a student who had to leave earlier due to a case of illness in her family. Take me at my word ;-)
Me, with tousled hair and tired eyes after a long and intense weekend. Even if improvised (here we had to use the last day light, a bench outside and vintage wallpaper as a background), your finished doll will get photographed after the class with a pretty dress on and rouge on her cheeks).
Especially the Amsterdam and Berlin class are very close to my heart - in Amsterdam we are going to meet at my dear friend´s Ineke/ Poppenatelier, close to Concertgebouw and in Berlin at the Ernst Busch School for Dramatic Arts/ faculty of puppetry (next to Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin Lichtenberg), where I have studied. 

You can imagine how inspiring it will be to work both at Ineke´s and at the theatre school, I am so much looking forward to it!
Lots of embroidery floss for cute little faces...

For those of you who can´t make it to Germany or the Netherlands in Spring - there will be another 
 e-class, a four week´s course in dollmaking. 

We start the 12th of May and will meet virtually until the 11th of June (plus two additional weeks in which you can still visit the class website, make notes and ask questions). Each of you will receive a material kit, including everything you need for a happy doll making class, even with chocolate and tea and a scenting lavender sachet.

The e-class costs 250€ and includes access to the class website, individual feedbacks, material set + shipping. More info can be found here. 

If you are interested in one of the classes, please email me at classes@frokenskicklig com, subject "weekend class" or subject "e-class summer" (depending on what you choose of course).

 I am very much looking forward to meeting new students and quite a few people who come for the second or third time to join my classes. Whether it will be an e-course or a weekend class, you will have lots of fun, I promise!



P.S. Photos in this post by courtesy of Ramona Weyde Ferch. Please do not use without written consent. Ramona has been at my class for the second time, you can read a review on her blog Jademond (in German)