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Monday, June 23, 2014

Betts Vidal Frog Prince Workshop

For those of us who joined Phoebes after Betts taught her Frog Prince doll workshop sometime around 2005 or 2006, it has always been our dream that one day she would agree to teach her class again. Our dreams came true when we attended her workshop on April 26 and 27 at Always Quilting at 4230 Olympic Street in San Mateo. Above is a photo of one of Betts' original dolls, which inspired us as we worked. We were not limited to making a prince, and Betts had frogs in a variety of costumes displayed to give us an idea of the possibilities.
The quilt shop was a fabulous venue in which to hold a class. The workroom was so spacious with big tables—and next door was the salesroom, filled with a wondrous assortment of gorgeous fabrics, trims, and every kind of tool and pattern imaginable. Class members went home with new treasures in hand. It is certainly a place you should visit if you have not yet done so.
Betts taught us so much... so many sewing and doll-making tips and tricks. Everyone agreed it was an outstanding workshop. Thank you, Betts, for making our dreams come true! Here are some of the Frog Princes, as well as frogs from different times and places—some finished, some in progress, and some yet to be revealed in future posts.

Stephanie was first to finish her frog—a dashing prince. He is so regal in his elegant flowing cloak. Betts gave each of us a piece of dried seaweed she collected from her favorite secret beach, which we could use as a royal staff.

Donna also created a Frog Prince, who happened to be a member of the Royal Order of the Garter. He was embellished with a vintage pin and some dried materials that had once belonged to her late mother.


 Elizabeth is still putting the finishing touches on her dapper frog. Her charming interpretation includes spats and a very stylish top coat and vest. Can't wait to see him completed!

Zanaib also chose to take a slightly different direction. Above is her very creative tribal prince who is highly esteemed and deserving of respect.

Suzanne used a wonderful batik print for her Frog Prince's body and lush green velvet for his tunic. She is working on finishing his costume and we are looking forward to seeing more of him.

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