Monday, June 18, 2018

Pretty Little Things

I thought I would share with you some of the things you will find in my studio.  The first thing you will see is my featherweight sewing machine.  It was made in Great Britain during the 1950s.  It only can sew one type of stitch, the straight stitch, but it sews this stitch better than any other machine I have ever owned.  It is perfect for all of my doll making machine sewing.
 
My Favorite Sewing Machine
 I picked it up in an antique show quite a few years ago and ever since then every time I look at it a smile just comes to my face.  I don’t know who owned it before me but I like to think that a lot of happy things were created with this machine before it came home with me to my studio.
 
Sewing Companion by Marla L. Niederer
The second thing you will see in my studio is my Sewing Companion which I designed and created.  She is needle sculpted cloth and hand painted with watercolors.  She wears a pincushion hat and a scissor keeper on the front of her skirt. 
 
Sewing Companion by Marla L. Niederer
Of course I had to create a beaded fob for the scissor she wears!
 
Sewing Companion by Marla L. Niederer
I just posted a new video of a project I have recently completed on my Facebook page: OrsinisAngels
if you wish to stop by for a look.

Until next time……….
Warm hugs,
Marla

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I’m Back!

Do you ever get the feeling that your days keep flying by faster while it takes you longer to complete what you set out to do each day?   I just realized how long it has been since I sat down to chat with you and it has been way too long!
I’ve been keeping busy working on classes that I will be teaching, getting ready for the Quinlan show (which was so much fun), and experimenting with my needle sculpting techniques trying to take them to the next level.
One of the things I love the most about teaching classes is getting to see what my students create after taking my class.  I taught The Goddess at AFICC in the spring of 2017.
The Goddess by Marla L. Niederer

Christy Chumley shared with me some pictures of the second doll she made after taking the class.  Her doll came out absolutely gorgeous! So I thought I would share a few pictures that she sent me.  Don’t you just love her doll?
 
Doll created by Christy Chumley from Goddess class taught by Marla Niederer

Doll created by Christy Chumley from Goddess class taught by Marla Niederer

Doll created by Christy Chumley from Goddess class taught by Marla Niederer


Until next time…….
Warm hugs,
Marla

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ocean Goddess

If you have been wondering where I have been, I have been wrapped up in my undersea fantasy creating Ocean Goddess.  I cannot begin to tell you how many hours were spent in her creation.  I thought you might enjoy this video of her.

I will be bringing Ocean Goddess to the Quinlan Philadelphia show where I will be giving a presentation on headdresses for art dolls.
Keeper of the Earth by Marla L. Niederer

 
Hope you can join me there.

You can find out more about the Quinlan Art doll and Teddy bear conference here

I also just updated my workshops and events page if you wish to take a peek here
Until next time............
warm hugs,
Marla

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Just Wanted to Share….

Just wanted to share some pictures of what Christy Chumley made after taking my class The Goddess at Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay last spring.  This is the picture of my Goddess
 
Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
and these are the pictures of Christy’s absolutely lovely Goddess.  I just love the colors she used!
 
Christy Chumley's Goddess from class taught by Marla L. Niederer
Christy Chumley's Goddess from class taught by Marla L. Niederer
Christy Chumley's Goddess from class taught by Marla L. Niederer
If you would like to learn how to needle sculpt I just opened my Etsy shop OrsinisAngels and have a couple of instant downloadable classes available on it.  You can see it here:

Until next time…….
Keep Calm and Needle Sculpt on
warm hugs,
Marla

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Article in Art Doll Quarterly

Keeper of the Earth by Marla L.Niederer
I just received my preview copy of the Winter 2018 Art Doll Quarterly and am so excited to see my article on Keeper of the Earth in it!  Here is a sneak peek of the article. 



I also wanted to share what has been on my workbench this week.  One can never have too many beads can one?


Can you guess what I will be using the beads for?

Until next time…….
warm hugs,
Marla

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wouldn’t you want to make your own Little Lamb Lissette?

Little Lamb Lissette by Marla L. Niederer
I was wondering if you would like to make your own Little Lamb Lissette?  I created her after admiring a vintage little lamb created for the French market.  I decided to create a little lamb of my own inspired by the one I saw. She would make a lovely companion for one of your dolls or bears. After I had sewn her head and body I decided to needle felt wool fleece on her.  I will be teaching a one day class on how to make her in two different locations. 
Little Lamb Lissette by Marla L. Niederer
I will teach her at the Quinlan Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Conference in Philadelphia April 2018.  If you are interested in joining me there for the class just drop me an E-mail orsinisangelsclass@gmail.com
I will also be teaching this one day class in Clayton NY at the Thousand Islands Arts Center this summer.  The date is still to be determined.  To find out more information about the class in Clayton contact Marcia at 315-686-4123 or send her an E-mail Marcia@TIArtsCenter.org

I just updated my 2018 workshop page.  If you wish to see more classes I will be teaching in 2018 just click on this link
Until next time……
warm hugs,
Marla