Thursday, December 8, 2016


Hi All,
I just took an on-line class with Sharon Mitchell (blog here) called "Marie Antoinette Bust". Sharon lives in New Zealand, so I was really excited that she was offering this on-line class (from A for Artistic www,aforartistic.com), as I could never go to her in person.

Sharon is a very talented cloth doll maker, and a master at needle-sculpting,-- so check her out!

This class was three weeks long, but it took me 5 weeks to finish (mostly, because I didn't have the right hair, so I had to order it. Plus, well, Christmas.....)

 Here she is:

And, here are some WIPs:
We started with the head. I've never done this type of needle-sculpting for the eyes before!

Then, we started on the torso. Sharon designed a very bust-y bust! (Sorry, no photo without the costume). We used a wooden dowel that was set into the candlestick with 2-part Apoxie, that went right up into the torso and neck, and on into the head.

After we did the coloring of the face, we attached the head to the torso.

Next, we started on the hair. Sharon gave us a pattern for the base of the hairstyle, that we stitched to the head. Then, I needle-felted a layer of white wool roving to the muslin hair pad.

Here I've needle-felted on the weft of pink wool roving. Sharon had us add a little top-knot, so I put it on the back of her hair. Now, she's all wrapped in cling wrap, so I can spray the hell out of my pink hair. (lots and lots of hairspray!)

After that, I added the hair decor, jewelry, and false eyelashes.

I hope you've enjoyed the photos! Have fun,


Maria Roxborough said...

Wow Arley she is fabulous. I too love Sharon's character dolls, such fun!

Sharon Mitchell said...

How marvellous it is to see such a transformation and I am so delighted (and inspired) to see all you have done with this bust doll! You are a wonderful Cloth doll Artist Arley and I am proud that you joined my class!
Sharon Mitchell

Arley said...

Thanks so much, ladies. Isn't it great that doll artist from all over can come together on the Internet and share their works with each other?

Mary Ann said...

Amazing. You are truly a wonderful artist.

Arley said...

Aw, thanks Mary Ann!