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Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Wish I was a better photographer as this looks a bit scary but several years ago Carol Warhurst came and stayed - and got us all going on book wraps inspired by Angie Hughes.
Found mine the other day and decided it was time to stitch down the strips - did a lot of machine sewing and despite my photography it really does look wonderful - and feels magic.  The joy of fabric!!!!  Hopefully it will get made into a completed wrap - soon(ish)

Christmas is nearly upon us - Kaye gave us a sneak preview of her Chrissy pressies that she has lovingly made for everyone.  Such fun - so enjoy the season.  Thanks for your support everyone!  Talk soon.  

ThE ColoURiNG StUDio

Everyone would have their latest issues of the recently released magazines - Art Doll 1/4ly etc.  Hope you are enjoying the inspiring articles and pictures!
Loving my copies of The Coloring Studio - and have been sent some great results from those subscribing.  $24.00 at present - depends on the dollar of course!  New issue next month.  Next order will come late Dec. so watch those mail boxes!

From the publisher of Somerset Studio, comes a brand-new specialty publication that puts an artistic spin on today’s hottest trend. The Coloring Studio is not your kid’s coloring book. With an imaginative collection of edgy illustrations in the Somerset-esque style you've come to love, The Coloring Studio won't restrict you to a single theme by offering a wide variety of designs just awaiting your own personal palette. This coloring book for adults also includes bonus content and ideas that you won’t find in similar publications, like what to do with your pages when you're finished.

Featuring: 112 thick, high-quality pages • 60 unmatched illustrations from top artists.

The following tribute is to Val Power - so if you knew Val and would love to add something that would be welcomed.

ReMebERing Val Power

So many of the wonderful friends we've made through the Doll World have sadly passed away.  We never forget them and one of the wonderful doll makers I remember with fondness is a Western Australian doll maker - Val Power.  Every time I walk past her wonderful interpretation of Sally Lampi's 'Tilly the Tattered Angel' hanging in the shop I remember the amazing dolls she made - and the long phone conversations over many years. 
Val firstly got in touch in 1995 after the first 'Things I Like' ad in 'Dolls, Bears and Collectibles'.  I couldn't hazard a guess at the amount of patterns Val purchased over the years - she had a wonderful collection and was an avid doll maker with a style of her own.  She had no trouble selling her dolls and the way she interpreted that patterns made each one an individual.
If there was a book on doll making Val had a copy - if you wanted to know a doll making technique Val could tell you. 

We communicated regularly for many years and did eventually meet up through the Western Dollmakers club in Perth.  Val's health gradually deteriorated and she went into a home where she finally went to her own little doll world in the sky.  Val's dolls will live on and be cherished for ever!

Have many, many pictures of Val's dolls - will share some here for your inspiration!!!
These dolls won Viewer's Choice in a 1999 doll show in Mandurah - Reggae Artist and Wife.

26" Lucinda - 1996

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Probably can't see the detail but gives you and idea of Val's versatility as a dollmaker.