When & Where

Suitable For

  • 18 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Deborah Brown
  • Course Code STE068A

What you will learn

Visit the folk toy and doll collection at the delightful Pollocks toy Museum with Curator and Morley Textiles Tutor Debby Brown, for a hands-on inspirational study of cloth dolls from around the world. Then create your own unique small doll back in the Morley studios, from a choice of specially adapted basic pattern shapes.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discover a variety of ways to create forms from flat fabric
  • Learn how to adapt ideas from your photos and drawings made at the museum to create shapes, hair and features
  • Stitching and stuffing techniques
  • Clothes making for dolls


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Some close observation and handling will be available at the museum, with discussion of characteristics and constructions. Making processes in the studio are fully supported, with personal choices of simple or more complex shapes; hand or machine stitching techniques. Create a traditional rag doll, or develop your own contemporary cloth doll.

    Entry requirements

    Basic hand or machine sewing experience is needed.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Please note that the museum has narrow staircases and no disabled access. Covid precautions are in place. The Textiles studio at Morley is on the second floor with a lift to the first. If you have mobility issues, please contact the VDA department in advance of your course starting.

    What you need

    A notebook or sketchbook and pencil and/or camera. A basic sewing kit, plus any favourite fabric scraps and trimmings. You will also need a bag of standard polyester toy and cushion filling. Suitable cloth choices will be discussed on the first day.