Spirit Doll

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Susan Lester

Saturday, September 11

Full Day

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Class description

Design a 10 to 12-inch doll using wood burning, painting, and dying. Learn how to draw your design and transfer patterns. Color with dyes and/or acrylic paints, then add the finishing touch of feathers, fur, leather, beads, and/or other embellishments to create your very own unique doll. The only limit is your own imagination. There are NO rules! Create a doll with ATTITUDE!!

This class is for all levels of gourders.

I will supply a gourd and base, ink dyes, acrylics, paint brushes, assorted feathers, leather, and beads to choose from to decorate your doll, glue, tutorial, latex gloves, and some design ideas. Maybe a few surprises too.

What you are required to bring

Note: If you don't have a dremel or woodburning tool, I will have extra tools available that students can share.

Dremel tool with assorted bits

Wood burning tool

Hair dryer or heat tool

Dust mask


Any special beads or embellishment you would want on your doll

Class Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before September 1, 2019 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $10 per cancelled class to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom @ 817-917-7873 or email [email protected]

If a class does not meet the minimum number of students by the class cancellation cut-off date, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your full registration fee will be refunded.

About the instructor

I started my love of working with gourds after retirement. I joined the Great Basin Basketmakers in 2010 which eventually led me to gourd art. Joining the Great Basin Gourd Patch in 2017 really took my love gourds to another level. I think of gourds as one of nature's greatest gifts to artists. My time experimenting with different mediums on the blank canvass of a raw gourd is something that brings me lots of joy.

Teaching techniques I have learned, over the years, to others brings me happiness and fulfillment. I have been teaching basket weaving classes for several years to our basket group. Currently, I teach classes at Copper Cat Studios in Sparks, NV. where I have focused mainly on teaching pine needle weaving. Most recently I taught weaving pine needles on a gourd bowl, a combination of both my passions.

Questions about this class?

Email Susan at: [email protected]

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