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The Screaming Mimis Workshop – New Free Video Tutorial

The Screaming Mimis Workshop is a free Yahoo Group established by Sandra Bejster especially for folks making my dolls. I am a member and I try to visit and answer questions whenever I am needed.

From the opening message that created the group:

“The Screaming Mimis Workshop is a group dedicated to the dolls made by Gloria “Mimi” Winer’s patterns.

“In this group, we will be able to post questions regarding workshop “homework” and dolls we are making from non-workshop related patterns. My hope is that we can use this group to post pictures of our progress, areas we are having trouble with and finished products.”

The group members are currently working on the High Priestess, Drawing Down the Moon which is still being tested in classes around the country, and the free Mimi Pattern, An Elf Named Stretch which you can download from Mimidolls.com. The Screaming Mimis Workshop will soon be adding Mimi’s Modular Mermaid and other Mimi patterns.

The group has a file area where revised pattern sheets and instructions are posted, a photo gallery where each dollmaker can display her dolls (and if she wishes, ask for critiques), and a general discussion group where the members help each other solve problems, receive encouragement, and learn to be better dollmakers.

There are two ways to join. If you already have a free Yahoo account, You can sign in to
Yahoo and go to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheScreamingMimisWorkshop/ and join from there, or you can send Sandra an e-mail at sbejster@yahoo.com
and she will send you a personal invite.

New Free Video Tutorial

Using Your Sewing Machine for Dollmaking. This brand new demo is Chapter 13 of Lesson 1 Introduction from Mimi’s Modular Mermaid. It takes six minutes, discusses presser feet, cover plates, stitch size, needle visibility for precision sewing, and all of the other things you need to know to use your sewing machine more effectively for dollmaking. We hope you enjoy it!

To see the previous videos, click here.

Don’t forget to subscribe by email by using the button over in the right column.

For more information, click Mimi’s Modular Mermaid!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - Posted by | Instructions, Mimi's Mermaid | , ,

5 Comments »

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  4. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of
    plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a
    lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any ways to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.

    Comment by Karolin | Thursday, May 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Karolin,

      With a husband who’s a writer, I know about copyright and plagiarism. If you look at our first book, Adam & Eva, you will find 100 or so pages of picture-by-picture and even stitch-by-stitch instructions. The point being, using the technology of the day, it was too expensive to make a copy unless you were going to make 500 copies – you could by it cheaper from us, and if you put 500 copies on the market the copyright cops would be right on you because the dollmaking community is small enough that everybody knows somebody.

      In the digital age, we let anybody who will credit us use some of our materials. We allow direct copying because most of our stuff has branding built-in. We are more interested in finding new dollmakers who may become customers than we are in “protecting” ourselves out of business.

      I always credit my teachers, and so do most of my students. You can’t copyright a technique. You can only copyright a specific expression of that technique. That means that means that the people who learn the technique from me tell others about me. And they become customers.

      The problem now is digital files. There is no good technical solution. Digital Rights Management (DRM) doesn’t work and annoys everybody. So, if you want to make a copy for a special person, of for a friend who can’t afford an original copy, do it! If it’s for somebody who wouldn’t have become a customer, maybe they will; and you haven’t taken a sale away from me so I haven’t lost anything, only lost an opportunity that I couldn’t possibly have known about.

      On the other hand, if someone should make 100 copies, and try to sell them without my permission, some dollmaker will tell me, and I, and my friends who are dollmakers, will be very annoyed with that person.

      Comment by Mimi | Thursday, May 2, 2013 | Reply


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