Saturday, November 10, 2018

Some of the Perks of teaching live doll making classes

I just love teaching doll making classes, both in person, and online!  I come across some of the nicest and most interesting people that way.  I also get to travel and do a bit of sightseeing when I go to different places to teach.
 
Indianapolis canal
During the class I taught in Indianapolis this fall I was hosted by the most lovely couple, Julie & Ron Gausvik.
Not only did they welcome me into their beautiful home while I was there to teach they also took me on a tour of the local sights during my stay.
 
Julie & Ron with some of their beautiful dolls
These are some more of the lovely dolls that grace Julie & Ron’s home.
 
Dolls in Julie & Ron's home
They even took me to the Indianapolis Canal where I was able to do some plein air painting!  This is the painting I did there and the unfinished one is what I am working on from it in my studio.
 
Watercolors by Marla L. Niederer

They also took me to see the Indianapolis String Quartet which was absolutely wonderful.  Of course I had to do some sketching of the String Quartet on my program.  This is a sketch of them that I completed when I got home.
String Quartet by Marla L. Niederer

Until next time……
warm hugs,
Marla
 
Moulin Rouge Dancers by Marla L. Niederer
If you are interested in taking a live doll making class from me I am scheduled to teach my Moulin Rouge Dolls workshop at Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay in Columbus Ohio April 25th – 28, 2019
 
La Fae Verte by Marla L. Niederer wearing dragonfly wings for class in Philadelphia
I am also scheduled to teach a class on how to make dragonfly wings for dolls and bears at the Philadelphia Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Convention May 2nd -4th
Flower Faeries by Marla L. Niederer

And if you don't want to wait until spring, I just put my Flower Faeries E-class Step by step photo tutorial in my shop.  They were inspired by fall colors.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OrsinisAngels

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Indy Doll Club Workshop

Sleeping Mermaids by Marla L. Niederer

I had so much fun teaching my Sleeping Mermaid Class in Indianapolis this fall!  They are such a talented group of doll artists.  These are the dolls they brought to share for show and tell the night before class.
 
Andrea and the show and tell dolls
It was such an honor to have them in my class.
 I thought you might enjoy some of the pictures I took during class.
 
Kathryn and Julie

Julie W. & Cindy

Virginia, Sue, Julie, Kathryn, & Cindy

Barbara & Coleen

Denise & Liz
 During the time we spent together I found out that Andrea is the Queen of turning tiny fingers!
Andrea the Queen of Turning Tiny Fingers
 I also found out the Denise and Joan create their own absolutely beautiful books.

Denise and some of her handcrafted books

Joan and one of her handcrafted books

Liz Miles sent me a photo of her completed Sleeping Mermaid.  Didn't she come out just Lovely!  I always love to see how the dolls come out from the classes I teach.
Mermaid created by Liz Miles from Sleeping Mermaid Class by Marla L. Niederer

Until next time……
warm hugs,
Marla
 
Moulin Rouge Dancers by Marla L. Niederer
If you are interested in taking a live doll making class from me I am scheduled to teach my Moulin Rouge Dolls workshop at Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay in Columbus Ohio April 25th – 28, 2019
 
La Fae Verte by Marla L. Niederer
I am also scheduled to teach a class on how to make dragonfly wings for dolls and bears at the Philadelphia Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Convention May 2nd -4th  2019

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pre-Halloween Mischief

Bridgette and Mistique by Marla L. Niederer with their Absinthe tea set by Rhissanna Collins

Bridgette and Mistique have been getting themselves into some pre-Halloween mischief with the Absinthe tea set made by Rhissanna Collins that I bought from her quite some time ago.  Isn’t the tea set just lovely?


I hope you enjoy a delightful Halloween!
 
Bridgette by Marla L. Niederer
P.S.  I just added Bridgette as an E-class on my Etsy shop if you would like to make one of your own.  You can find the link right here

Until next time………..

warm hugs,
Marla

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Getting Ready to teach the Sleeping Mermaid Workshop in Indianapolis!

Sleeping Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
I have been quietly working away getting ready to teach the Sleeping Mermaid workshop in Indianapolis to the Indy Dollmakers.
 
Sleeping Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
While getting ready I had a little bit of fun embellishing the second Sleeping Mermaid that I made for the costuming tutorial included in the class. 
 
Sleeping Mermaids by Marla L. Niederer
I hope you enjoy the pictures!


Until next time…….
warm hugs,
Marla

Friday, July 20, 2018

Fire Goddess

Fire Goddess by Marla L. Niederer


I am so excited to be teaching Fire Goddess on AforArtistic!






Fire Goddess is a six week online cloth art doll class. 



To find out more about the class and to sign up for it click on the following link to AforArtistic.com

Until next time…….


Keep Calm and Needle Sculpt On

Warm hugs,
Marla


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