Enigma: the Development of a New Doll Design

published10 months ago
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Hello Reader,

I suspended sending out newsletters over the past few weeks because I've been working like crazy - at my day job (6 months, 26 days remain until retirement!), as well as prepping for an in-person doll class I'll be teaching in March.

Students requested a traditional sculpted face as well as an alternate trapunto-style face. Two prototypes later, I modified a head design that would be the base for the trapunto face.

I also wanted to design a doll that would work with the different fabrics doll makers use and prefer - and still have clothing that fits the various sizes and shapes resulting from different fabrics, stretch direction and stuffing techniques. Fingers crossed!

I've also enjoyed the challenge of creating class content (construction of the cloth doll and costuming) in a way that omits the need to take sewing machines to class. Because of this approach, the character of the doll has been unfolding as the design progressed. Her working name is "Enigma" for this reason.

I had to sew a couple more doll bodies while photographing steps and writing instructions. As a visual learner, I appreciate photos and good illustrations that accompany written instructions. I'm overrun with bodies at the moment. Most of them are naked. They will all go with me to the class, regardless of their state of undress.

I'm using the template I follow when creating a new pattern/instructions. I'm comfortable with Microsoft Word, but it's nice not to have to hassle with page breaks, margins, etc. After the March class, it should be relatively easy to finalize and publish the new pattern, without having to reinvent the wheel.

Taking a break from all this busy-ness, my husband and I took a long weekend off and traveled a couple hours down the coast. We stayed at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda (dog friendly). It was energizing. Of course, it didn't stop me from thinking about all the things left to do upon our return.


Deanna Hogan

Deanna Hogan, Blue Heron Dolls

Doll Artist and Teacher: Preserving the art of making dolls and Artist Member of the Original Doll Artist Council of America (ODACA).

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