2011 Hoffman Challenge Dolls - Row 3
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Doll by Dallas Sills

Dallas has been making dolls for a year.
Fern is an original design and is Dallas' first Hoffman Challenge entry.

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"It's the Economy's Fault!"
Doll by Stephanie Novatski


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Doll by Cindy Alldredge

Arianna is an adaptation of the three patterns in Jan Horrox's book "An Introduction to Cloth Doll Making." The wings are Angelina fibers ironed between layers of Angelina film, sewn around the edges.

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"Sunlight and Chrysanthemums"
Doll by Victoria DiPietro

 This doll is a tribute to Victoria's great aunts who lived in San Francisco. The style is sort of East meets West in 1919, when her great aunts were young women. While visiting them, Victoria dressed up in her aunts' kimonos and put garden flowers in her hair. The challenge fabric is reminiscent of that memory.   

This is Victoria's first Hoffman Challenge doll, standing 17 1/4 inches tall. She is all cloth, except her head which is paperclay.

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Victoria says the kimono was the biggest challenge. The floral motifs were cut from the challenge fabric, sandwiched between lace and ivory tulle with hand stitching around each.

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"Eliza, the Flower Girl"
Doll by Gayle Griffith

 Original design, 20 inches tall


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Doll by Mithua Bose

 Mithua says she was inspired to make "Edelweiss" by the mountains
of the beautiful Northwest, where she lives. Edelweiss is a white flower which grows in Alping climates and is symbolic of beauty and purity.
It is also memorialized in a famous song:

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me.

Blossom of snow, may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.


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Copyright Deanna Hogan, Blue Heron Crafts