I just thought I would share what inspired me to create Mistique, a cloth needle-sculpted ball jointed boudoir doll. My greatest inspirations for Mistique were the beautiful Lenci boudoir dolls. I have loved them forever. The Strong Musuem of Play in Rochester NY has a very extensive doll collection and also has a wonderful online collection. These are some pictures of the Lenci dolls I fell in love with in their online collection.
You can click on the link to see more of their online collections here
When I started out making my own dolls I imitated the child like Lenci dolls and covered bought face masks with felt. As I progressed in my doll making I became influenced by Antoinette Cely and started creating my own clay masks that I used cloth overlays on after reading her book on Cloth Dollmaking. You can see a tutorial on Youtube that Antoinette Cely shared on facial coloration by clicking on this link
After creating dolls with cloth covered face masks I became intrigued with Needle-sculpting. I had always taught myself all of my doll making by reading books and just figuring it out but learning how to needle sculpt took quite a large dead head pile before I liked the results. Until I met Peggy Wilson at a doll maker’s retreat where she took pity on me during my needle sculpting attempts, sat me down, gave me one of her doll heads, and had me needle sculpt a head with her. My dead head pile grew but I caught on and have been needle sculpting my doll heads ever since.
I needle sculpted Mistique’s swivel head and incorporated ball joints at her elbows and knees. I then took inspiration from Marie Antoinette for her costume. She was soooooo much fun to create. I am currently teaching a class on how to make her on A for Artistic.
It’s not too late to sign up. If you would like more information about the class just click on the following link.
Happy dollmaking J