A Three-Day Class
Stud Muffin is a beautiful, well-muscled male figure. He is posed standing with one foot slightly behind the other. He wears no shirt but carries it hanging from his thumb over his shoulder. He wears a pair of cut off jeans, socks and work boots.
Note: If this proposal is for a multi-class symposium teacher is willing to do a demo for draping a stuffed figure to create patterns for clothing and/or wigs at an event of mini classes and demonstrations at no additional charge.
Pattern, sewing instructions, fabric, and dream-seamer tool will be sent to students 4 to 6 weeks prior to class. Entire doll skin and head must be stitched prior to class.
This class is all about learning new techniques, not completing a doll. Complete instructions to be handed out in class will help students to complete the figure at home. Some advanced students and those who work after class may finish the piece.
Starting with the pre-stitched torso, students will learn to stuff firmly
and smoothly. They will learn how to needle-model and stitch masculine
abs and pects. Other techniques learned in this class include; stuffing
a muslin “skull” with an overlay of cotton-spandex onto which
they will learn to model and stitch dimensional eyes, a masculine nose,
jaw, chin and mouth, Students will construct a wire armature that is designed
to support the freestanding figure. Students will learn how to create
a hand armature for strong, masculine hands and insert them into the “gloves”
and attach them to the forearms. Students will also learn to balance the
figure as if to catch him in mid step.
Day One: Students will learn my technique of stuffing the torso firmly and smoothly. Torso will be closed and needle modeled to form the musculature of a studly male construction worker. Leg armatures will be made. Legs will be trimmed, treated, turned, and stuffed.
Day Two: Will be entirely devoted the head and face. We will stuff the sewn skull and needle-model the masculine nose and affix the cotton-spandex overlay. The overlay will be stitched to the nose and eye-sockets, dimensional eyes, jaw and an open mouth will be modeled and stitched. Cheeks and facial tissue will be added. Overlay will be finished and closed. Ears will be turned, stuffed, needle modeled and affixed to the head.
Students are encouraged to pre-stitch two or more heads. A more advanced student will be able to work a second or even third head while teacher is working with less experienced students.
Day Three: The head will be pinned and stitched to the torso. Hand armatures will be constructed of wire then woven and wrapped with floral tape and inserted into sewn, turned “gloves”. Arms will be armatured, stuffed, assembled and attached to the torso. Legs will be pinned in place, the figure balanced to stand correctly and stitched to torso. Time permitting costuming and wigging as well as coloring face and hands and painting boots will be discussed and demonstrated. Unless the entire class is very advanced this is not likely to happen; although teacher will try to discuss the subject and demo as much as possible while students are working.
This is an intense class due to the amount of technique to learn but we do have a lot of fun as well.
Please note that This year I have added $5 to the kit costs to cover the increased cost of shipping each kit priority mail and for shipping and flying with supplies. This is my first increase in 20 years.
NOTE: Kits are optional. If student feels no need for a kit I will not supply one. If classroom is in a shop the shop may wish to stock supplies for retailing to students. I will be pleased to share suppliers with shop buyer. If kits are not wanted there will be a $15 fee to cover cost of pattern and instruction book and for shipping classroom supplies to venue. Fee is payable in class.
Classroom Supplies: Supplied by Mimi
It would be helpful if a blackboard or whiteboard with markers or chalk would be provided in the classroom. If not available an easel and a large drawing pad would be appreciated.
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