Greetings to our *oldies* but GOODIES Page!

30 years of teaching miniature dollmaking has made for a virtual *student* library of techniques, tutorials, videos and downloads.  Enjoy the 200+ gratis tutorials, and don't hesitate to share this link with your friends.  Our goal is simply to provide inspiration for your dollmaking muse -- no matter what your level of experience!

Please know that some of the links may now be defunct (and old classes/kits are not for sale). These are all OLD versions of my work <G> ... but I find valuable hints and tips all the time by going back and reading.

(don't forget to.... ) Scroll down to bottom of page for picture tutorials on various tips.

2015 Tutorial CD minidollLIST Wigging Club
YouTube Videos Online Classes MDL Archive Tutorials
Archive FF issues Magazine articles Master Tutorial List
the BOX tutorial (Rosslyn) Newsletter sign up Twitter DameDANA
Painting Tips Want to be a teacher? Make Body Hair
Modern Boots Fimo Body Basic Body Construction
Julienne Directions Lynthea Directions Jewelry
Foam for Padding Old Santa Tutorial Newbie Hangout
Teddy and Me Cushions with gravity Eye painting
Madam Mischief & Pattern Basic Wigging from CD Old Travel Article

Questions & Answers ....
1. HELP? I don't know where to start.
A. Take a deep breath, and we can do this together! The first thing you need is a doll body. You can either sculpt one yourself. Buy a Christmas ornament doll and remove her clothes OR you can email me about buying full doll kits/patterns.

B. While you are waiting for that doll kit, time to find the doll creating supplies.  Here is EXACTLY what we use .... (**NOTE** we treat our dolls as pieces of stationary art - they do NOT have removeable clothing).

glues-Aileens Original Tacky Glue
-Curved Glue Syringe (and bit of Styrofoam to hold it upright)
-Gel Superglue (we use Zap a Gap)
-Small and large sharp scissors
-Needle, pins and various threads
-Tweezers (long, thin and curved)
-Needlenose pliers (to pull sleeves and other items outright)
-Papertowel (both for cleanup and to cut pattern pieces for testing)
-Pipecleaners for armature (small and large size)
-Medical wrap (found in Pharmacy section) for doll body padding
-100% cotton balls for giving shape (i.e. tummy, or butt or hips) to your doll
-Various laces, materials for making your doll (natural fibers/close woven work best)
-Viscose for wigging
(the supplies needed for wigging can be found here)

2.  On a Budget and still want to make dolls?
A. Go to your local thrift shop, garage sale or estate sale. There you can find sewing and craft supplies at a fraction of the cost. Also laces, trims and cotton/silk clothing you can cut up to use.
B. Download the tutorials in the archive section (free).
C. Buy the 2015 Tutorial CD.. Your 14 dollmaking tutorials/patterns will cost under $2
each.  Not only is this a great bargin, but it helps support our dollmaking tutorial efforts here.

3. I want it NOW!
A. Subscribe to our YOUTUBE videos (free)
B. Download the instant WIGGING CD ($15) with literally days and days of instruction

C.. *LIKE* us on Facebook for a chance to win a free instant tutorial/pattern page link or class

4.  I want to SHARE my experience
A. Join our MDL ( 1500+ members and postings daily. Free forum for you to email questions and receive answers from a knowledgable member base. All are welcome!

5.  How do I find out about MORE wigging
A. Simply click to the website for many free tutorials

Misc Photo/Hints

Take your favorite fine metallic trim, super glue around dolls neck and go over top with glitter nail polish for incredibly fine - and artsy mesh collar necklace. Try it in variation for armor too!


Did you know if you want to take an ordinary feather, and add PEARL EX to it - it turns into a peacock feather?