primitive pals newsletter
primitive pals #012
© Copyright 1997 Maria Pahls
Published to the internet
by arrangement with Homespun Peddler.

Fence Post
the fence post
(editor's letter)

dear friends:

you may ask yourself what makes the seedpod newsletter different than a "digest email list?" well to answer that, it's been edited...i do my very best to put items of interest in categories so that you can find them at a later time. also we will have interviews with well known folk artists and pattern designers in future issues for you to read. that is a bit about what makes this newsletter so special, the second part is the club members and their wonderful contributions of tips, sources and stories. all in all a great package that i hope you enjoy reading as much as i enjoy bringing it to you!

primitively yours,

maria pahls
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miscellaneous letters sent in by readers

lynne did a make over (or is that make "under"?)of a stuffed rabbit:

"My latest project: I love redoing dolls that others have grown tired of. I bought a darling 24" white plush bunny at a local kids consignment shop for $3.79 She was wearing a white apron and bloomers and a peach floral dress. I took them all off and tea dyed them, then redressed her. I tied some green & white checked fabric around her head like a headband, then repeated the fabric at the wrists of the dress. I made some little 2" carrots out of that antique orange colored felt. I used small pieces of green and natural raffia for the carrot tops. I put the carrots in a little basket and tied them to her hand. She looks so cute. I'm really pleased with my $3.79 doll! "

donna sent in some info on some new fabrics she purchased:

"Regarding the discussions of fabrics, I just received some Osnaburg fabric. I remember reading that someone mentioned it here. It does have a sort of burlap look to it. It seems like it would be nice to work with (might be apt to fray)."

primitive ponderings
questions asked by readers, then replied upon in later issues.

what uses do you have for polymers? (issue #10)

maria:snowman noses,both the type pushed into a small slit in the fabric with a bit of hot glue on the pushed in side and have put small holes in them to sew on the nose like a button. also have used it for making tiny birds eggs, little bugs etc. i thought of making little friends for primitive dolls to hold,like a teddy missing an eye,or a pumpkin for a halloween doll.

NEW question from dian:

"I was cleaning out an old shed the other day, and I find that I am the owner of about six feet of rusted stove pipe. I've never worked with rusted metals in my country/primitive projects, and I'd be interested in knowing what the other list members are doing with it. Do I just scrub off the loose rust and paint flowers/hearts on it? Bend it into bell shapes? Make cutouts? What else?"
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tips & techniques
highlights of tips sent in by readers
(future issues)

using sand sent in by rosalee:
"I bought some cloth dolls at a thrift shop the other say (I couldn't believe my eyes and they were $7.00 each very cheap) Their feet and hands were filled with sand which filled the area beautifully no puckering, and gave them a nice weight. For those tiny areas where stuffing is a pain, its not a bad alternative."
burlap sack
mail order resources section

sunny knoll folk art & crafts
po box 326
windham,nh 03087 usa
(603) 883-5339
brochure $2.

the cloth doll & supply co
14070 oakview dr
prather, ca 93651 usa
(209) 299-6021
brochure $3

reets' rags to stitches
po box 127
blocksburg, ca 95514
(707) 926-5497
brochure $2

  book reviews
books of interest

The How-To Book of International Dolls
by Loretta Holz
ISBN 0-517-53054-6
paperback, the history of dolls and various ethnic dolls, plus background information on primitive doll making methods.
spider web
web sites of members & other sites of interest

poetry and verses to use for samplers etc.

the world is so full of a number of things i'm sure we shall all be as happy as kings. stevenson

"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm" Publilius Syrus

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