How to Make An Izannah Walker Doll



Study and photo original dolls. Measure. Make 17 revisions on the head design. Make 10 leg patterns. Revise the arm 10 times. Make 7 body covering patterns. Finalize. Sweat. OR.....



I've been studying Izannah Walker dolls for over 4 years and have worked very hard to make a pattern used by class members in the slideshow above.  I've invited class members to leave comments below about their experience in the class.

Dixie

21 comments:

  1. Always above and beyond wonderful, Dixie is a great teacher!

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  2. I highly recommend this class. The pattern is very accurate and along with Dixie's oodles of information, you will have a great doll and wonderful time making it.

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  3. I had no sculpting experience but only the will to make an Izannah Walker style doll. I have made 8 so far and truly enjoyed the process. This is one of the best online classes you could ever take. Patterns, tutorials, videos, sharing of information....everything was excellent. Shirley, dollartistcrafter

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  4. I had a truly wonderful experience taking your class, Dixie! I myself, see a difference in my dolls, since attending!!! This makes me so happy!!!!!!!!!!
    It has been a JOY!!!!!
    Thank You so very Much!!!!
    Jackie

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  5. This is a wonderful online workshop - loads of historical pictures and resources for doll makers. I heartily recommend you sign up for the fall workshop. Hope to see you there!

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  6. Great class with lots of immediate responses to questions. Perfect pattern for this Izannah Walker style doll! Thanks Dixie.

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  7. Just look at all those beautiful dolls, a testament to the skill of the teacher and the dedication of the students to make a doll inspired by the great Izannah Walker. This was a great online workshop, and we learned a lot from each other as well. Thanks, Dixie!

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  8. I have taken several online classes, and this class has for me...been the best learning experience of all.

    It's like having a one on one with Dixie, she is there for you all the time! I am so pleased with the experience.

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  9. This class is beyond words. It was loaded with tons of info about IW dolls. Several artist shared so much helpful dollmaking info. It really has been the "best" online class I have ever taken. Excellent! Dixie is a wonderful teacher and artist!

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  10. I have never enjoyed making anything as much as working on Dixie's Izannah Walker-style doll. I have always wanted to learn to sculpt and this is such a fabulous way to learn. Working with the Paper Clay is totally new to me and I had been intimidated worrying about doing it badly.

    I feel so fortunate to find a teacher like Dixie holding my hand through the process, it truly is the next best thing to being there in person. I'm loving my dolls and plan on making many more with the new skills I've learned.

    If you get a chance to take one of Dixie's Workshops, don't hesitate, I know you will love it as much as I do.
    hugs,
    Diana

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  11. This class has been wonderful.
    When is the next ???

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  12. This is a great Class of working at your own pace, with detailed instructions to work with. If you have any questions you are only a few keystrokes away. I am not a professional doll maker and this was the class for me. It was a pleasure to work with Dixie.

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  13. Dixie's class is the first doll making class that I have ever taken. It is fantastic! All patterns and instructions are crystal clear. If students have any questions, Dixie is quick to answer them on-line almost immediately. The photos and video tutorials are extremely helpful. Also, this class is an incredible value. I feel like I got WAY more than I paid for!

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  14. Dear Dixie

    I'm learning a lot every day with this class!
    I love your doll, your kindness and the solution that you gives us for the many questions that we are doing. The forum is a grat site of information that invites to see it several times.
    So, when you have another class: I'm sure, I would like do it!!! because you are a great teacher!!
    (I'm sorry my English still isn't good...)
    Maria del Valle in Alicante in Spain

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  15. Well, now I'm blushing. Because this was my first pattern and class that I've taught, I wanted to be sure you all got a good class. I'm so glad you feel you did. I appreciate the comments because they may be helpful in someone else signing up for the fall workshop.

    Dixie

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  16. This was my first class too!!! My favorite was the discussions. I so enjoyed reading what everyone was up too and the questions and answering of them. I learned just from that.
    The patterns and the instructions are very clear and I think some wonderful dolls came out of this class.
    Thank you so much Dixie!!!!
    Julie

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  17. Dixie has done a TREMENDOUS presentation w/ this Workshop!The tutorials are easy to follow and answers are readily available from the Forum or Dixie.This is my first online class-I'm from CANADA-so was hesitant abt. doing it. However,as a first timer dollmaker I can't put into a paragraph How much I've learned.I highly recommend this Workshop!!!Thx ever so much Dixie.My success is your success.
    Wendy

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  18. Hi, Dixie
    I do have viable reasons for not finishing my three I.Z. dolls...yet. Mostly my health, but well begun is half the reward of seeing these dolls in the making. I haven't given up yet and I do know paper clay sculpting techniques. I need to get my health back before I can proceed. The spirit is willing but the physical flesh is weak and fatigued from a few set-backs along life's way. But I am pressing on to get well. It is a bummer though, when you want so much to push forward and God has me waiting for something else.
    I noticed most of these comments were from the spring of 2010, but I wanted to add my own for those of you who are still trying to complete their dolls too. Don't give up! It will all come together. It took J.R.R. Tolkien over thirty years to complete 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy and he had to set it aside when he fought for his country. But he learned many things along the way that he added to his books. So, there is always a reason for everything even if we can't see over the next hill.
    Thank you Dixie for your wonderful inspiration and perseverance in creating this Workshop. Please don't give up on us slow people out here...we are still with you, hanging in there.
    hugs,
    Teresa in California

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    1. Teresa - I loved your reminder that some things take time - re the Tolkien reference. :-)

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  19. I bought the E-book for the Izannah Walker class, and though I wish I could have been there in person, the book is wonderful. It's written so well that you just follow each step and you can't go wrong. Lots of pictures, too! Thanks, Dixie!

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan! I tried to put it together so that the pictures explain the process.

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