From Miniature Bride To "The Other Woman" In Less Than An
When doll artisan Viola Williams, owner of "Dolls In Miniature"
magazine, creates a miniature bride, she makes sure her doll
has company. You see, Viola has developed a system whereby,
using a few minor adjustments, the same pattern for dressing
a miniature bride can be used to dress and entirely different
doll... another woman!
And now in "Let's Make A Bride With Viola Williams," Volume
9 of The Master Miniaturists Video Instructional Series, she
reveals her system to you. You'll follow along as Viola outlines
all the steps necessary to completing your miniature bride.
It's all here, from assembling the doll from a kit, prepping
the pattern, dressing and wigging the doll, and finally draping
her dress and adding the finishing touches.
The video also includes a pattern, so you can design your
doll's dress without even knowing how to sew. And if you feel
unsure whether or not the pattern will fit your doll, Viola
suggests cutting the pattern from paper towel first, rest
it against the doll, and make the necessary adjustments. Then
you'll see how she uses that same pattern to dress another
doll, perhaps a bridesmaid or maid of honor.
"Let's Make A Bride With Viola Williams," also provides guidelines
for determining your doll's ideal height. "Dolls, like people,
come in all shapes and sizes," says Viola. "And while variety
is O.K., your doll should be no more than 5 ½" ."
Once the doll is assembled and glued Viola suggests putting
her to rest overnight so that the glue will dry completely.
"Let her go to bed," she says. Let her sleep overnight, and
you can work on her again tomorrow."
Draping is the final step in the process. Here you'll observe
as Viola pins back the folds on the dress, and then uses hairspray
to hold them in place. "I use hairspray because it doesn't
stain the fabric," she says. "But be careful not to spray
the doll's hands or face, because it will make them shiny."
Viola's greatest wish for this video can be summed up in
one sentence... "I hope that you'll enjoy this so much, that
you'll join the rest of us in becoming addicted miniature
doll collectors and artisans." Her instructions and encouragement
make it easy to do so. By the time you're finished, all your
miniature bride will need is a groom to accompany her down