Cloth Doll Mermaids

Cloth Doll Mermaids by Patti Medaris Culea features all of her signature techniques as well as many new ideas to create fabulous cloth doll mermaids — and wonderful starfish perches and pin cushions. A great project for expanding your creativity as a doll maker.
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Host Name(s): Patti Medaris Culea
Level: All Levels
Programme: On Demand
Duration: 2.5 hours

In the first part of Cloth Doll Mermaids, Patti reviews the included pattern and notes. She begins with an Introduction to the workshop and reviews all of the things you will need. Patti recommends using batik cotton fabrics in the workshop and provides a lot of information on special sewing tips and tricks to get your mermaid “see-worthy”. Patti demonstrates how to sew the doll body, make the hands and arms, and how to draw, color and accent the doll’s face. Extra attention is given to the cloth doll mermaid body which must be weighted down so the mermaid can sit (she has no legs at sea!). Additional instruction is offered on stamping and stenciling the mermaid torso and tail to add fishlike scales in lustrous colors. Patti demonstrates how to embellish the mermaid’s body, how to stamp and embroider tattoos on her arms and sea vines on her body, and how to add beaded accents. Patti excels in moving through each step with wonderful video close-ups and lots of support (including added tips and information in the enclosed eBook).

Once we have sewn the basic parts of our cloth doll mermaid and stamped and painted our tail and fin fabrics, it’s time to pull the cloth doll mermaid together. We add beading and embroidery stitching to our mermaid arms and body and working with dyed organza we make our wrist cuffs, tail flukes and headpiece. Part of pulling the mermaid together is creating a starfish perch which is complimented by dyed felted fabrics and beading. Lastly as a bonus project, Patti includes a pattern for a starfish pincushion which is not only a lovely accent but a useful tool in your doll making studio.

Series Key Learnings:

  • Laying out the Doll Pattern
  • Choosing Fabrics & Materials
  • Shaping, Sewing and Stuffing the Mermaid Body
  • Sewing, Stuffing and Painting the Mermaid’s Face
  • Stamping and Stenciling tail fabrics
  • Embellishing the Mermaid Body with Embroidery and Beadwork
  • Selecting and adding the hair
  • Making the Mermaid’s Headpiece
  • Working with Organza and Beads to make Wrist Cuffs
  • Making the Mermaid’s Organza Tailfins
  • Bringing it All Together
  • Sewing, Stuffing & Beading the Starfish Perch
  • Making the Starfish Felted Pincushion
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Sessions Overview
Session 1: Getting Started
Session 1: Getting Started

As you embark on your cloth mermaid journey, Patti will introduce you to the process, explain the things that you will need and enable you to get set up by laying out the pattern.

Session 2: The Mermaid Body
Session 2: The Mermaid Body

Now you’re all ready to get started you will begin sewing the mermaid’s body and start stuffing and giving weight to the body.

Session 3: Sewing the Hands and Arms
Session 3: Sewing the Hands and Arms

Continue to develop your mermaid’s form by sewing the hands in this session. Patti will show you how to sew the hands, sculpt them and sew the arms too!

Session 4: Stencilling, Drawing & Stitching
Session 4: Stencilling, Drawing & Stitching

You’ve now mastered the basics and its time to stencil, draw and stitch the iconic Mermaid tail. You’ll stencil the lower body, perfect the face through drawing, sculpting and colour as well as learn to stamp & bead her arms. To finish off this session Patti will inspire you to start your embroidery work for the tail too.

Session 5: Pulling her All Together
Session 5: Pulling her All Together

In Session 5 you will complete the Mermaid herself, by colouring her lacy body trims, using organza for her tail flukes and wrist cuffs, tackle her hair and completing the doll.

Session 6: Oceane’s Starfish Perch & Pin Cushion
Session 6: Oceane’s Starfish Perch & Pin Cushion

As an added bonus to your mermaid, Patti will guide you to create a Starfish for her to perch upon. She’ll take you through the step-by-step of sewing, wiring and stuffing the perch, beading the starfish perch and adding a pin cushion before concluding our cloth doll mermaid series.

Materials & Preparation

A comprehensive, in-depth Masterclass Pack is provided upon purchase to this course. Course members will also receive access to a full materials list and cloth doll pattern.

Please note these materials are not included with purchase of this class, the following materials will need to be bought separately.
Meet the Master: Patti Medaris Culea

Patti Medaris Culea is a master art cloth doll creator. With more than 12 books in print and 5 video projects with Galli Creative, she has inspired thousands of doll creators from Australia to the Czech Republic. Patti continues to teach and produce videos for Galli Creative. Her doll patterns continue to delight and inspire cloth doll makers of all skill levels.

Find out more about Patti Medaris Culea:

Facebook: Patti Medaris Culea Designs 
Pinterest: @pattimedarisculeaclasses

Galli Creative

Galli Creative produces educational workshops focused on textile, stitch, surface design and encaustic arts. Their teaching format is self-guided featuring some of the leading art instructors in the world. Most instructors are published with DVDs and books in print, and many have achieved the highest recognition in their field.

In addition to producing educational workshops, Galli Creative produces archival educational video for leading museums. Their documentary film work has taken them from Southeast Asia to Latin America to Europe with an emphasis on fashion, creativity, sustainability and restorative methods.



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