Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Doll Class

I've been pretty quiet lately.  It's because I went off to a doll class for a few days.  Not too far - just Topeka - but I did not have access to a computer.  That was pretty painful!!!

But, we learned to make a doll named "Flap."  Now, if you only see pictures of In Progress, it's hard to see why his name is Flap.  He was designed by Nancy Gawron and this is what she told us.  Flap is an ornithologist and over the years he has "bonded" with his birds so that at this point he is almost more bird than man.  He has decided that he wants to experience the joys of flight and be closer to his little friends.  (See Flap and other workshops by Nancy here.)

There were ten of us in class and at the end of the second day, we were far enough along to take some pictures.  Here is what we refer to as the chorus line.  I won't show you the view from the back - this is a family blog, after all!  Suffice to say it generated a lot of laughter.P7190023

But then we got busy making our guys clothing.  There were lots of interesting techniques to learn and we really worked hard.  No one had a finished doll when we went home, but we all have a good start.  Here is a sort of collage of Flaps with their shorts on at least!


We sure had a lot of fun in this class.  Nancy was a great teacher and we had a nice place to spread out.  And each of these guys developed his own individual character!  The club members were all having a good time and we enjoyed each other's company and help.  In some ways I was sorry when the class ended, but I was also pretty tired (as in, exhausted!) and I'm sure I could not have taken one more day!

I have not taken a lot of time to work on my own Flap since I got home.  But I worked a bit on his face and I expect to get going on clothing pretty quick here.  Next post.  In the meantime, here is my Flap with shorts and socks.  Woohoo!  The little picture frame at his feet was a door prize.  We decided that the pictures are of Grandpa Flap and all the guys in the class are brothers and cousins.  There is a family resemblance!


Hope we will see some finished Flaps at the August club meeting.  What a guy!


Orice said...

Flap looks really fun to make. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Susan Brubaker Knapp said...

Love your grandpas! Before reading your text, I just looked at the photos and was sure that these were old guys posed on the edge of a dock or swimming pool. They look like they are ready to take a plunge. When they are all done, it would be fun to position them all at the edge of a pool and shoot a photo of them from the water! They are darling. Such personality. Susan

Clothmatters said...

Your 'Flap' doll looks spectacular! I took the class from Nancy a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing pictures.