Jane Davies Artist Dolls Blog

Spring 2016

Posted on 10/02/16, filed under Fresh News | No Comments
Dear all
We had a lovely time meeting so many of our friends at the Kensington Dollshouse Festival before Christmas so - despite recently saying I would probably be attending fewer shows - I have two shows lined up for this spring; I hope to be attending the Kensington Dollshouse Festival again on May 13-14th this year and I am also preparing to be in Chicago this April 16-17th for the Chicago International Show.
I am working hard to bring you all lots of new dolls for the two shows, concentrating on my new wooden doll range.
In the meantime, I have the following dolls available for sale now (pictured below). Hansel and Gretel plus the right hand sister of my little group of three sisters as pictured here. Click on the links to go to the relevant website page and do get in touch if you would like further details on any of them.
Best wishes
Jane

Igma - June 2014

Posted on 15/01/14, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

I am delighted to have been invited to teach again at the Igma Guild School in Castine, Maine.  The schedule of classes looks fascinating.  The organisers tell me that my own class is currently fully booked but do let them know if you would like to be on the waiting list in the event of cancellations.

La Belle Epoque in Fashion

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History plays such a large part in costume design.  The events of the day shaped the style of dress considered appropriate.  The changes in Europe in the late 19th Century were huge. The growth of industry produced increasing wealth for many and by the end of the century, this showed in the splendid new buildings, the elegant fashions and the extravagant lifestyle of the rich.  “La Belle Epoque” was indeed a most apt title for an all too brief period.

This graceful day dress would have been worn at outdoor events or summer tea parties.  It would have been expensive, probably impractical, but undoubtedly beautiful.  Silk chiffon can be tricky to control but the students will be shown how to tame and sew this bewitching fabric.  The round lace yoke will be built up from pieces of lace, invisibly sewn together.  Students will also be shown the easiest way to make the many tassels.  These play an important part in weighting the skirt to give the elegant outline required. The dress is the main project and it should be finished in the time allowed.  The hat (not shown) and parasol make attractive accessories and are not as difficult as they look.  However, class tuition with drawings and full written instructions will enable any unfinished work to be completed at home.

All students will receive a mannequin on which to fit the dress and there will also be an option for class participants to buy a painted and wigged porcelain doll with joints on which the dress will fit.

‘Miniature Dressmaking’ book now available

Posted on 20/11/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

bookcoverwebMy new book “Miniature Dressmaking” describes in detail how to make miniature garments, mostly removable, for dolls house women.

Included are full instructions for the pattern-making, fitting and construction of the clothes. In addition the reader is lead through possible choices of styles, fabrics and schemes designed to enhance the appearance and personality of the doll.

This book is intended primarily for those who dress dolls for their miniature collections and doll-makers working in 1/12th scale; however the design principles and techniques used are just as relevant to larger dolls.

The patterns in this book are for slim ladies of five and a half inches or less but can be enlarged or reduced on a computer (photocopier) if necessary.

If you would like a copy of this book,which costs £25 plus postage and packing, contact Jane .