Ethnic-Inspired Dolls

Jul 13, 2024 1:00PM—Jul 27, 2024 4:00PM


SEFAA Center 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Chamblee, GA 30341


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Raid your stash for special fabric scraps, trims, and bits of jewelry, and join us to create a unique, ethnic-inspired doll. You’ll start with a base doll form and then add unique stitched and embellished garments. Will your doll be Sami, Nepalese, Maasai, or Eastern European-inspired, or a unique blend of many traditional styles? Will your doll represent your past or future travels, your heritage, or the style of dress associated with your favorite cuisine? Wherever you start, your doll will evolve as you stitch, with special embellishments adding meaning. When you finish, your doll will be as unique as you are!

Originally a ceramics major, Hellenne Vermillion fell in love with silk painting over ten years ago and she’s been creating various silk works for shows and art sales ever since. She is also an experienced, giving, and patient instructor who teaches a wide variety of textile techniques. View Hellenne’s artwork at

$120 – $145

Additional Supply Fee: None, $10 for the doll forms and other supplies is included in the cost of the class.

Scholarship Available: No

Level: Open to all skill levels.

Minimum Number of Students: 6 by June 30, 2024
Maximum Number of Students: 15

Required Supplies:

  • Sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch to sew up the doll’s body. (We have a few sewing machines available to use, so please email to reserve one if you don’t have a machine.)
  • Scissors.
  • Needles and threads for hand sewing.
  • Stuffing if you have any. (Hellenee uses cut-up yarn scraps to stuff her dolls.)
  • Small scraps of fabrics that have meaning to you.
  • After the first class, please bring any embellishing threads, beads, doodads, trims, etc. that you’d like to use.

Class Schedule: Class will be in-person at the SEFAA Center from 1 to 4 pm on the following days:

  • Saturday, July 13, 2024
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024
  • Saturday, July 27, 2024

COVID-19 Policy: SEFAA is following the CDC COVID-19 Community Level guidelines for DeKalb County, Georgia. Masks are only required in the SEFAA Center at High Covid-19 Community Levels.