RVA MakerFest! and New Patterns

b0809170906 Dan Springs Collection has been accepted to participate in the RVA MakerFest which will be held at the Science Museum on October 7th, 10am-5pm. Attendance is free. Come out and see 80+ vendors – “Because things don’t make themselves!”

We’ll be making rice bags with the young at heart, talking about making dolls and doll patterns, and selling dolls, fabric creatures, and doll patterns.  We’ll have two new patterns with us, Superguy/Working Guy, and the Fox & the Little Prince.  Come on out – hope to see you there!

Crafters’ Downsizing Yard Sale!

Coming this Saturday to Richmond, Virginia! Crafter’s Downsizing Yard Sale
July 15, 2017; 8:00 am to 3:00 pm; Southside Baptist Church, 6000 Ironbridge Parkway, Richmond VA 23237

Sale will be held in the fellowship hall
Items for sale will be fabric, sewing supplies, quilting supplies, yarn, scrapbooking supplies, sewing machines and lots of other items.

Dan Springs will have lots of goodies, as well as two new patterns: Boy Flip Doll and Alice and the White Rabbit! Come on out!

New Pattern and Upcoming Events

Yes, Dan Springs Collection is still making dolls and patterns for you! Announcing our newest pattern for an 8″ Boy Flip Doll! As you may remember, we also have available patterns for the 5″ Small Doll, 8″ Girl Flip Doll, and 8″ Red Riding Hood Flip Doll. The patterns and dolls will be available, along with various craft supplies and sewing machines, at the upcoming Crafter’s Downsizing Yard Sale on July 15th from 8 am til 3 pm at the Southside Baptist Church, 6000 Ironbridge Parkway here in Richmond, Virginia. Come on out! There’ll also be a couple dozen other crafters with fabric, sewing supplies, quilting supplies, yarn, scrapbooking supplies and lots of other items. Hope to see you there!

For other scheduled events this year, see our calendar tab!

New Doll Patterns!

bflip and rrh patternsAnnouncing new doll patterns! Now available – Flip Doll and Red Riding Hood/Grandma/Wolf Doll. These are suitable for intermediate to advanced sew-ers. A list of materials is included on each pattern. The competed dolls are 8 1/2″ tall and have been enjoyed by children of all ages. These join the four patterns already available: Small Doll, Tin with Wee Doll, Quilt from a Photo, and Water Color Kit.  If you’re interested in owning any of these patterns, contact me thru email address included on the contact tab for this blog.

Still to come: Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Alice and the White Rabbit; Superman and Clark Kent; and The Little Prince and the Fox!

 

 

Change in Direction

Those of you in the Richmond, Virginia area may have noticed that Dan Springs Collection was not at the South of the James Market last summer. The decision was made in January of last year due to family health considerations and a desire to move in some other direction. Which direction was that?! I spent more time on watercolor painting, both in the studio and plein air, but I’m vaguely missing my dolls.

In an effort to stay in touch with them, I’m working on formalizing the patterns. Tucked away in the studio closet are envelopes of all sizes, one for each doll, with rather ragged pattern pieces and scawled notes. Published patterns are available for the Small Doll and the Wee Doll in a Tin. On the work table now are the flip dolls/story dolls: girl flip doll, boy flip doll, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Alice and the White Rabbit, Superman/Clark Kent, and the Little Prince and the Fox! Any interest? May need to shoot some technique videos…Stay tuned!

Dan Springs Art Camp!

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Next week we’ll have our third art retreat/camp in the Smoky Mountains. I’m so excited! We did retreats in 2009 – inspiration: Andy Goldsworthy and 2010 – inspiration: Maria Sibylla Merian. This time we’re celebrating World Watercolor Month with a focus on – you guessed it! – watercolor!  If all goes well we plan to participate in the Cashiers Plein Air Festival Quick Paint on Friday, July 15th. Visits to the John Campbell Folk School and Biltmore Mansion are also on the schedule.  Good company, great fresh food, mountain views, clear spring water – I can’t wait!

Story Dolls at Gallery in September!


At the Gallery at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, September 21 – 25, 2016, in addition to my photographs and watercolors, I will be exhibiting my story dolls! These include five dolls shown above – Alice and the White Rabbit, Superman/Clark Kent, Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Little Prince and the Fxo. This is the 51st edition of this wonderful show.  Everything is very high quality and available for purchase. Admission is free! Hope you can make it! Put it on your calendar!