Creative group has attitude that's all dolled-up
IF YOU can sew a straight line and have an imagination you could create your own sculptured doll.
"All you need is a basic sewing machine - it doesn't need to be fancy," Sculptured Cloth Doll Group member Robyn said.
There are 14 active members up to 80+ years old coming from all over the Wide Bay.
The creators of the unique-looking dolls are also winners at the Bundaberg Doll and Teddy Bear Show.
"I usually take up dolls to the annual show," Robyn said.
"Basically every member received a blue ribbon meaning they all received 90 or more points.
"The comment was 'every year the dolls are improving'."
The group received six rosettes.
Robyn also entered some of her dolls into the Brisbane Ekka this year.
The Cat and the Fiddle won best exhibit open doll and Fleur won first place in the fantasy category at the Ekka.
"This is the first time I have entered the Ekka."
The crafter moved to Maryborough in 2003 and became a member.
"I gradually ended up as the main tutor and hold workshops," she said.
"It's an unwritten laws that you don't teach someone else's pattern unless you have been given permission.
"We are a self help group - helping each other.
"I have done all sorts of craft and started creating dolls when I was in Gladstone a few years before moving here.
"I met with founding member Ann Batsan at the Bundaberg Show and she said if I ever came this way to look her up.
"So here I am, designing and teaching my own patterns and making a few dolls to sell."