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Monster Rag Dolls with Junker Jane
1-Day Workshop on Saturday, July 21, 2012
in Studio CRESCENDOh
207 N. Broadway, Suite L, Santa Ana, CA 92701

"In this fun and easy class you will learn how to sew and age your own monster rag dolls using a mix of new and recycled fabrics and buttons. I encourage using second hand and vintage pieces along with new because old bits add a unique charm.

These quirky dolls are made from free from cutting and assembly and it is in this way of sewing that each doll becomes one-of-a-kind, with a distinct personality! I will guide you through the fun step-by-step process of creating your own monster doll. From fabric combination, stuffing, "hairstyling" and aging.

The only rule is that there are no rules! It is in the contrasts of fabrics and textures that make these monster dolls come to life! And as there are no patterns used, every doll will be one-of-kind with personalities ranging from sugar to spice!"

Catherine Zacchino, AKA, Junker Jane


  • Arrive & Settle: 8:45 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:00-12:00 :: Class time with Catherine who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:00 PM :: Class time with Catherine who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Show & Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:00-5:00 PM


  • Sewing machine
  • Needles: Hand sewing needles and embroidery needles, extra sewing machine needle
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing thread: black is required, but add your fave colors as well to complement your fabrics
  • Fabric for doll bodies. I have found that cotton fabrics work best for staining. Bring a mix of colors and patterns. Stripes and polka dots always add a punch!
  • Doll face fabric: any unbleached linen or linen blend fabric is ideal
  • Assorted laces and ribbons
  • Assorted buttons, mixed match is better!
  • Stuffed animal safety eyes and noses if you wish
  • Embroidery floss: I recommend black, pink and pale blue for usual doll face details, but also bring a variety of colors you love or that match your fabrics. These will be used for sewing details on the dolls and for the hair
  • Polyfil: A 12-ounce bag will be more than plenty
  • Stuffing tool: A knitting needle works well. I will sometimes use long paintbrushes or pencils.

    Tip: Have fun picking out your fabrics and trims. This includes colors and textures. There are no set "matching" rules. Just bring what you love and you will see that by pairing unexpected combinations and textures, your works will pop!


  • Stain to dye the dolls


  • Catherine will have a limited number of original art items on hand for those interested in purchasing her art.
  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

Catherine Zacchino, AKA Junker Jane, is a self-taught artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her art consists of one-of-a-kind soft sculpture art dolls and paintings. her main influences come from her childhood—images from make-believe stories and books. Says Catherine: "Nothing compares to childhood experiences, and it is from this that I pull most of my ideas. As a child, I was always fascinated by anything other worldly and supernatural, along with charming stories, such as Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. These influences have stood with me into my adult years, and I think this contradiction shows itself in my work, as my dolls seem to hold one foot in innocence and another in the shadows." Learn more at

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