Modern Handmade Dolls & Quilts | Chateau Dumas with Jess Brown

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Modern Handmade Dolls & Quilts | Chateau Dumas with Jess Brown

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Taught by: Jess Brown

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Day 1 : Arrival
Saturday, September 1

Students are welcomed to the Chateau with aperitifs, a general introduction and an orientation for the week. This day will be spent settling in, meeting the group, acquainting with the beautiful Chateau and enjoying a two-course dinner. 

Day 2 : Local Market Field Trip & Workshop Overview
Sunday, September 2

Morning:
A delicious breakfast will be served before a visit to the craft and farmer’s market in medieval St Antonin-Noble-Val, plus any local pop-up flea market that is happening that day. Students are invited to search for any treasures to incorporate into their doll and quilt projects.

Afternoon:
Jess will give a detailed workshop introduction and overview, sharing her unique style of sewing, technique and the creative process around which she has built her brand. She'll provide descriptions of what students will be creating over the course of the week, including possible options for students to make their own rhythm to the workshop. Allowing for free expression, happy accidents, and deconstructed styles will be at the heart of this special creative experience. An informal discussion and Q&A will follow.

Evening:
Aperitifs along with a three-course dinner at the Chateau will be served. 

Day 3 : Rag Doll
Monday, September 3

Morning:
Following breakfast, the first workshop session will begin, along with coffee/tea throughout the morning. This day is about creating a personalized Rag Doll. Students will stuff, use hand work and embroidery, and complete the hair application for the doll form. Accessories will be chosen to work on in the afternoon, or late morning if the doll structures are complete. 

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau, followed by the afternoon workshop session with coffee/tea. Each student will go home with a completed rag doll, dressed and wearing the chosen accessories depending on how many they have time to make. Each student will also take home a signed copy of The Making of A Rag Doll book.

Evening:
Aperitifs along with a three-course dinner at the Chateau will be served. Give yourself a little extra self-care with a massage from Valérie at an additional cost. 

Day 4 : Woad Dyeing & Rag Doll Finishing/Quilt Beginning
Tuesday, September 4

Morning:
Enjoy another yummy breakfast, followed by a Woad dyeing morning with local expert Denise Lambert with coffee/tea.

Afternoon:
A delicious lunch will be at the Chateau. The afternoon invites more woad dyeing or continuing with the doll project or beginning the throw-size quilt. Jess will give a brief discussion about her unique style of quilting and students will choose their materials, cut and create strips for the quilt top. Fabienne will visit the Chateau with her vintage linens, that will be available for purchase to add to the quilts, or create an extra accessory for the dolls, or simply to add to your own fabric collection.

Evening:
Aperitifs along with a three-course dinner at the Chateau will be served. Give yourself a little extra self-care with a massage from Valérie at an additional cost. 

Day 5 : Quilting
Wednesday, September 5

Morning:
Following breakfast, the group will visit the medieval town of Cahors to visit the market, shops, the old town and bridge.

Afternoon:
A wonderful picnic-style lunch will be served at the Chateau. This afternoon workshop session with coffee/tea will be focused on placing and assembling the quilt top using raw linen, assorted scraps, Woad dyed bits and/or strips of vintage linens from Fabienne or students' market finds.

Evening:
Tonight's dinner will be a BBQ dinner in the woods.

Day 6 : Quilting
Thursday, September 6

Morning:
Breakfast at the Chateau will be followed by the morning workshop session with am coffee/tea. Students will work on finishing the quilt top and sewing quilt backing on. This approach to quilting can be time intensive for some, and we will work efficiently with each student toward the goal of sending each person home with a completed throw size linen quilt.

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau and the afternoon workshop session will continue focusing on finishing the quilt. Coffee/tea will be available all afternoon. 

Evening:
Aperitifs will be served and massages from Valerie will be available at an additional cost. Students are on their own for dinner at a local restaurant at their own cost. Recommendations will be provided. 

Day 7 : Field Trip & Farewell
Friday, September 7

Morning:
After breakfast at the Chateau, the group will pay a visit to the monthly fleamarket in Toulouse.

Afternoon:
Enjoy a local lunch in Toulouse and explore the local boutiques. Students will have late afternoon to pack.

Evening:
Celebrate a wonderful week with champagne and a fabulous, farewell three-course dinner at the Chateau.

Day 8 : Departure
Saturday, September 8

Morning
After the last breakfast, guests will depart as per their travel schedule.
 

Skill Level

Basic sewing experience is recommended.  


Materials Provided

Rag Doll Project:
. pre-sewn (un-stuffed) flat rag doll .
. stuffing .
. bamboo thread (for faces and hair) .
. felt (doll heart-shaped mouth) .
. assorted fabrics for doll clothing and accessories .
. reclaimed sweaters in assorted colors & neutrals (doll hair) .

Throw Size Quilt Project:
. raw linen yardage (approx 4 yards per student) .
. cotton batting .
. assorted liberty, vintage and fancy scraps collected by Jess in our studio .


Optional Materials to Bring

. personal favorite scrap or vintage fabrics to incorporate into quilt and/or doll accessories .
. a well-worn favorite cashmere sweater in a personal favorite color for doll hair .


About Jess and Jess Brown Design

Jess has always been inspired by beautiful textiles. She began making dolls for her children 16 years ago using cashmere sweaters and antique remnants. She carefully developed a line of signature handmade ragdolls based on her original doll design. Each doll is cut to order in her Northern California studio and always made using the finest materials. Jess also collaborates with several designers, creating limited edition dolls for each season. Although originally created for children, the dolls have a simple sophistication that has moved them into the women and lifestyle markets as well.

As a natural progression, Jess launched Jess Brown Pieces in 2012. A collection of carefully edited timeless pieces inspired by vintage flea market finds that Jess has collected throughout the years and worn threadbare.

Each piece has been redesigned with a modern aesthetic while keeping the integrity of the original design. Jess carefully hand picks natural fiber fabrics, such as khadis from India, cottons from Japan, and classics from Liberty of London to create timeless staples that are intended to build a wardrobe, with new pieces and fabrics introduced each season to compliment. The jess brown women’s collection includes select pieces for home — hand quilted pillow shams and linen throw size quilts with the same level of detail and timeless sophistication.

The ragdolls and women’s collection are available in select shops worldwide. Jess lives in Petaluma, California with her children Stella and Tiger and her husband Erio.


Contact

jess brown design
located in Northern California / Sonoma County
www.jessbrowndesign.com
@jessbrown
info@jessbrowndesign.com