Soul Sisters

Katie Kendrick


We’ll be creating unique ‘soul sister’ dolls (at least two) that are a reflection of your soul qualities – those things you wish to cultivate, remember, and celebrate in yourself. Perhaps they hold precious memories or your innermost yearnings; or contain an omen to heed, a hint of what lies ahead. I think of them as a muse or a prayer; the simple act of doll-making has an innocence and honesty that is very humbling and gratifying.

We’ll do some writing at the beginning to explore some of these qualities—gathering ideas to help us fully express our spirit. We’ll then use paper clay to shape our figures, allowing them to surprise and delight us with their essence. We’ll be painting faces and then adorning their bodies with bits of fabric, trims and other ephemera that will bring their true character to life. I hope you’ll join me as we create and welcome these lovely characters into our extended family!


Supply List

  • Sketchbook/journal or paper for sketching
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Acrylic paints in white, red, blue, yellow for flesh tones
  • One 16 oz. package Creative Paper Clay
  • One package dry florist foam
  • Serrated knife for cutting foam (steak knife works great)
  • One roll masking tape
  • One small bottle of PVA (Elmer’s Ultra is good)
  • 3-4 small paintbrushes for painting the face (one 1/4″ or 1/2″)
  • Two 1/2″ dowels, 8-9″ long
  • Gallon ziploc bag with felted wool sweater scraps (we can swap with each other for variety)
  • Small bag of fabrics, trims, etc.
  • Small baggie of “adornments”, e.g. buttons, pins, etc. for decorating your dolls
  • Chopstick
  • Two round wooden disks (6″-7″ circumference) for the base where the doll stands (cork is also good, but not metal).  Check out  thrift stores, hardware store or Michaels
  • Large-eyed embroidery needle
  • Palette
  • Water container (large yogurt container works)
  • Small container (small yogurt container is good)

I will supply everything else you will need to complete your dolls, and Cindy will also have Provisions packets made up with this class in mind.