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Monday, September 19, 2016

Christine Shively Workshop in Petaluma

Above is "La Demoiselle," the doll Christine Shively taught at her workshop at the Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA on August 20-21. 

Christine (right) is shown demonstrating one of the fabulous techniques she taught us during those two days. She is such a wonderful teacher... so helpful, full of ideas to share with us, as well as most kind with her encouragement and generous with her supplies.

Phoebes Mary, Linda and Geri are shown with Christine and two other students, intensely working on their dolls (Donna was behind the camera). Christine showed us cleaver, fast ways to draw and color lovely faces, create beautiful paper shoes, attach hair quickly, create an "add-on" bosom, and cut out beautiful flowers from felt to sew on a fascinator for La Demoiselle to wear. Below is Mary's finished doll.

Great color pallet, costume—wonderful hair and flowers!

Linda had a family emergency and had to leave after the first workshop day. However, she now has her doll finished and it turned out beautiful!

She not only wears her flower fascinator, but is carrying a flower in her hands.

Marjorie has completed two dolls—each with darling faces, beautiful flowers, and this one with a felted puppy. Adorable! 

Donna finished this doll from the workshop, and used a combination of felt and ribbon rosettes (which she had previously made and found in her stash).

She loved the experience so much, she also made another doll, this time with the felt flowers, And, she continues to work on completing several more.

Below are several samples of the felt fascinators Christine brought to the workshop to inspire us.

And, here are a few of the Christine's numerous dolls she brought with her to the workshop. Each one is an example of her cleaver ideas and the beautiful possibilities of her patterns. Go to

Everyone absolutely LOVED the class. Thank you, Christine, for two heavenly days of doll-making!!!

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