2022 NIADA Virtual Dollmaking School Event

As a registrant SPECIAL EVENT course, you are invited to attend classroom Zoom meetings at the following times (EST):

  • Meet and Greet:

    Thursday, September 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

  • Farewell Show and Tell:

    (bring your class work to share)

    Sunday, September 25, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

  • JoEllen Trilling Event Course Details:

    Offering early access to Course Content materials

    Special price $75.00 Early Enrollment the first week until August 21 August 15, 2022 Course Supply List will be accessible to students.
    September 1, 2022 Preview Lesson One

    LIVE Zoom Classroom Schedule (EST):

    Friday, September 16, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Tuesday, September 20, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Watch the preview video

Course Information

Description: This course is designed to offer various cloth techniques using wire armatures for creating flexible hands, paws, claws and hooves.
Media Category: Mixed Media
Course Type: Interactive (refer to the FAQ page for full descriptions of each course type)

Release date: September 15, 2022. All course content will be accessible to students.
Released content: August 15 - Supply list, September 1 - Preview lesson one
Special price: Enroll Early for $25.00 off until August 21
LIVE Interaction: "Meet and Greet", "Show & Tell", Zoom Classroom

Course Format: Technique
Course Begins: September 1, 2022 - Ongoing
Course Duration: 3 weeks or more

What will Students learn? By taking this course students will be able to refine their existing techniques and add choices of how to add new ways to incorporate cloth and wire into their work.
Instructor/Students interaction: Answer questions via emails, “Live” Instruction (eg: Facebook Live, Zoom), Private Facebook Group/Community Room
Class Size: No Limit
Skill Level: inspired beginner age 16 and up
Required skill(s): Students will need to have basic sewing skills and be able to cut and bend not too heavy wire.

Supplies and tools: PDF link JETrilling-PawsClaws-tools you will use.pdf
Downloads: Videos, PDF

Course Curriculum

    1. welcome 1

    2. WELCOME

    3. B) tools you will use

    4. 1 page hand :tools:wiring

    5. 2 page hpch hand: :wire :armature

    6. 3 page hpch hand :wire:armature

    7. both human and wolf panty hose covering over batting

    8. HANDS covering batting with panty hose

    1. 1 finger bump

    2. 3 finger bumps

    3. palm up 4 fingers

    4. thumb pinning

    5. stitched batting 5 fingers

    1. lesson1: wolf paw wire:

    2. lesson 2. shaping paw with batting

    3. 3.panty hose over batting

    4. 4.sewing up a finger/claw

    1. 2 stitched finger bumps

About this course

  • $75.00
  • 18 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content


Jo-Ellen Trilling

Fabric - Mixed Media

Jo-Ellen Trilling created her own toys. Playing as a child, she sewed cloth scraps together, using bits of wire, glue, and paint to make an idea come alive. Her doll making technique is essentially the same. “A finished figure can be built in a series of illustrated steps,“ she says. Jo-Ellen has taught techniques in doll clubs across North America and Australia. Images of her figures have been published as illustrations and as editorial artwork in books and magazines. Jo-Ellen's artwork is in the permanent collections of museums around the world.

VISIT: Jo-Ellen Trilling Portfolio