You can take a Private, 6-Day Dollmaking Workshop with Mimi!

Mimi’s Modular Mermaid is here! Suitable for ALL Skill Levels!

6 DVDs — 20 Lessons — 163 Chapters
— 12 Hours 58 Minutes of Classroom Video!

No Travel Required!

Your own copy is less than 1/6 the cost of a 3-day seminar! Much less when you include travel and hotel expenses!

Learn at your own pace. Ask questions and share your work with me through “The Screaming Mimis Workshop” on Yahoo
Groups, established by Sandra Bejster especially for folks making my dolls.

Below are the new introduction video and the new Wefting Fibers Demonstration taken from Lesson 19.

Complete 6-Day Dollmaking Workshop on DVD Suitable for all skill levels

Mermaid Case Outside

Mermaid Case Outside

Mermaid Case Inside

Mermaid Case Inside

  • 6-disc DVD set with 12 hours 58 minutes of over-the-shoulder classroom video.
  • 20 Lessons with 163 easy-to-navigate chapters covering every aspect of mermaid construction.
  • Electronic pattern sheet on the first DVD. Printed pattern sheet on lightweight paper optional.
  • 1″ thick 6-disc DVD plastic case for storage.

Filled with the complete contents of Mimi’s 6-day dollmaking workshop.

Suitable for all levels. If you can do basic machine sewing to make the seams on the torso and tail, you will learn everything else you need from watching the step-by-step video.

What You Will Learn:

  • Precision machine sewing.
  • Stuffing smoothly and firmly using the right tools.
  • How to make your seams beautiful so that they are part of the design.
  • How to make your own finger-turning tools and easily turn tiny fingers.
  • How to make hands that can grasp objects.
  • How to make webbed hands without having to turn fingers.
  • How to make and needle model a lovely female torso.
  • How to make 3 types of poseable hands and arms.
  • How to make 4 different poseable tails.
  • How to make 3 different types of flukes.
  • How to create many different poses using modular arms, tails, and flukes.
  • How to needle model a female face.
  • How to use dyes and watercolor effects to paint mermaids.
  • How to bead a stuffed figure.
  • How to weft mohair and other fibers for wigging a doll.


  • Disc 1
    • 01 Introduction (45 min)
    • 02 Sewing Torso Skin (41 min)
    • 03 Stuffing Torso (26 min)
  • Disc 2
    • 04 Needle-Model Torso (56 min)
    • 05 Webbed Arms (46 min)
    • 06 Poseable Hands (29 min)
  • Disc 3
    • 07 Poseable Arms (42 min)
    • 08 Sewing Head Skin (32 min)
    • 09 Needle-Model Nose (37 min)
    • 10 Needle-Model Eyes (30 Min)
  • Disc 4
    • 11 Needle Model Mouth & Close (54 min)
    • 12 Ears (20 min)
    • 13 Tails (41 min)
    • 14 Flukes (36 min)
  • Disc 5
    • 15 Wall Doll Variation (53 min)
    • 16 Overhead Flukes Variation (55 min)
    • 17 Other Variations (4 min)
  • Disc 6
    • 18 Coloring (34 min)
    • 19 Hair (46 min)
    • 20 Embellishing (51 min)

To order your copy at 20% discount ($47.96) until 7/31/2011, please visit Mimidolls.Com.



New Free Project Sheet – Mimi’s Dancin’ Pin Doll (5″)

We have a new FREE pin doll project to introduce you to our new interface. Just go to Mimidolls.Com, click on the “Free Stuff” button on the right, go down to the “Other Free Stuff” selection, and then select the Mimi’s Dancin’ Pindoll (5″) Project Sheet to download the sheet. It should print on any home printer with no problems.

Mimi's Dancin' Pin Doll (5")

Mimi's Dancin' Pin Doll (5")

You might also want to take a look at the “Video Tutorials” button.

Lots more stuff coming soon.

Mimi’s Christmas Sale Continues – Mimi’s Mermaid – Elf Named Stretch

We got the sale up late, and Jim’s not able to do as much so It’s going to have to stay up until he has time and energy to redo the website again because the blog needs to get done first.

The second part of the An Elf Named Stretch was published in the March 2011 issue of Soft Dolls & Animals magazine. I submitted both how to needle model his chest and how to make his clothes. They chose only to run the clothes, so I’m waiting to hear back from them if they are going to do the needle modelling section, or if I can post it on the web site. We’ll put the clothing patterns up on the web site as soon as we can so you can download them for printing on one side of the paper.

We are currently working on two DVDs. The first is Mimi’s Modular Mermaid that I started when Cassi was 7 has developed quite a bit now that she is thirteen.  The mermaid is posable (but each pose is separate, not movable) with both articulated arms with wired hands that can hold things, and display arms and hands that have extra fin surface for decoration. She can sit, lie on her stomach with her arms up or down and her tail over her head. There are four different tails and two sets of flukes so you can get lots of variations. Here’s some pictures:

There are also wall mounted variations with gigantic tail flukes and arm and pectoral fins.

Arms Overhead

Red Mermaid

Sitting Blue Mermaid

David's Blue Mermaid

Orange Mermaid

The second DVD will be Mimi’s Handbook of Dollmaking Techniques . It will include videos or animations of everything on the website, and dozens of new techniques collected from everywhere.

Incidentally, if you sign up for an email subscription using the button on the bottom right of the screen, we’ll tell you by email every time something new is posted.


Mimi’s Christmas Sale has Started!

We’re a day late as usual in getting out Christmas Sale started. Right now you can order any of my ten electronic patterns by return email for 25% off. Instead of downloading like we have been doing, it seems much easier to just send you the instruction book file and the patterns file as email attachments. (Be sure your email address is correct in PayPal.) That way no passwords or tedious downloading, and maybe it will be a little bit quicker. To see more about the patterns available, click on the pictures. A NEW TAB will open and you will have to switch to the new tab to see the description. Close the new tab using the red “X” to come back to this page.

Mimi's Annie Agnes

Mimi's Blossom

Mimi's Father Christmas

Mimi's Happy Birthday Honey

Mimi's Jazz

The Queen's Jester

Mimi's Child (Non Interactive - 25% off)

Mimi's Child Interactive Computer Pattern - 50% off

Mimi's Mr & Mrs

Mimi's Victoria Rose

Mimi's Bertie

Mimi's Bertie

We’re also offering the Mimi’s Child Interactive Computer pattern at 50% off because we have discovered that most dollmakers do not have their computers in the same room with their sewing machines which makes using it difficult. So if you’re a pattern collector, this may be your last chance to get this one.

We will be posting some new items each week (we hope) so check back. We might even get the Mermaid done.

Happy Dolling,


Mimi’s Elf Named Stretch Takes Cover of Soft Dolls and Animals

Mimi’s Elf Named Stretch is featured on the cover of the current issue (dated January, 2011) of Soft Dolls and Animals. Inside is a free pattern for Stretch and an amazing ten pages of simplified instructions on how to make him. (His needle modeled chest and clothing are in a later issue – we have just sent them in.) If you’ve ever wanted a FREE Mimi pattern, this is it! If you’ve ever wanted a simple Mimi pattern, this is it!

Mimi's Elf Named Stretch Takes Cover of SD&A!

We’ve also promised our SD&A readers some video demos to help make Stretch. The first video is Mimi’s Ladder Stitching Demo. This brand new demo takes exactly five minutes and shows you how to pin, mark, and ladder stitch everything you need to make a doll.

We hope you enjoy it!

One more thing for our SD&A readers (and everyone else) — we have a copy of the free pattern for download. The copy in SD&A had to be printed on two sides of the paper to save space. Ours is printed on just one side and can be printed directly on card stock if you want to. You can download it from Unfortunately, if you want the instructions, you’ll just have to get the magazine — we won’t be publishing them until the magazine (and the additional articles) have finished their run.

Dollmaking Workshop on DVD — Mimi’s Needle Model a Pretty Face

Saturday, August 7,  Cassi and I attended Day with Dolls in a really nice church in Bronxville, New York. It was less than a two-hour drive from home early on Saturday morning.  I was demonstrating how I needle model a face, and I just happened to have my new DVD with me.

Here’s what Mary Ann Kaahanui of had to say about it:

“It was such a treat to see one of the world’s best dollmaking teachers Gloria “Mimi” Winer at Day with Dolls in New York.  During the day she slipped [me] a DVD and said: ‘Let me know what you think about this…’  Well, our dear dollmaking friends, get ready – Mimi and her husband Jim have taken the material that Mimi teaches in a 2 day Needle Sculpting Class and produced a PHENOMENAL FIVE HOUR LONG 2 DISC DVD called “Needle Model a Pretty Face” that is going to knock your socks off!  We pride ourselves on the variety of needle sculpting products we carry but for all of you who really want to learn by following along with a DVD the wait is over.  You will feel like Mimi is sitting right next to you and the wealth of doll making knowledge she shares with you is absolutely priceless.  The DVD is arranged so that you can easily navigate around the 31 detailed chapters that cover every aspect of the head construction.  You can watch it on your TV or your computer whichever is more convenient.  We are waiting anxiously for the first shipment to arrive and will let you know when it does so keep an eye on the site.  Your reference library will be screaming for this DVD!!!”

Needle Model a Pretty Face

You can get a copy of the DVD from either or from BUTit’s on sale at from now until the end of August for 20% off. Get it before the end of August from and save up to $8.

DVD 2 Disc Set

Includes 2 copies of pattern Sheet

Here’s some more information:

Mimi’s Needle Model a Pretty Face
Complete 2-Day Dollmaking Workshop on DVD

2 copies of the pattern sheet printed on heavy card stock.

2-disc DVD set with 4 hours 48 minutes of over-the-shoulder video.

Standard 2-disc DVD plastic case for storage.

Suitable for all levels. If you can do basic machine sewing to make the seams on the skull and the darts on the face overlay, you will learn everything else you need from watching the step-by-step video.


  • Disc 1
    • Introduction
    • 01 Make Templates
    • 02 Layout & Stitch Skull
    • 03 Trim & Snip Seams
    • 04 Turn Skull
    • 05 Stuff Skull
    • 06 Needle Model Nostrils
    • 07 Needle Model Nose Flairs
    • 08 Needle Model Nose Bridge
    • 09 Set Nose into Skull
    • 10 Add Stuffing
    • 11 Finding Right Side of Knit
    • 12 Layout & Stitch Overlay
    • 13 Pinning Overlay to Skull
    • 14 Sculpting Nose
    • 15 Sculpting Eyeballs
    • 16 Sculpting Brow Bones
    • 17 Sculpting Lower Eye Socket
    • 18 Making Adjustments
  • Disc 2
    • 19 Locate Closed Mouth
    • 20 Closed Mouth Upper Lip
    • 21 Closed Mouth Lower Lip
    • 22 Closed Mouth Fix Smile
    • 23 Cheekbones, Brow, & Chin
    • 24 Closing Head
    • 25 Ears
    • 26 Coloring the Face
    • 27 Sketch Open Mouth
    • 28 Open Mouth Upper Lip
    • 29 Open Mouth Lower Lip
    • 30 Open Mouth Teeth & Smile
    • 31 Open Mouth Cheeks & Chin
    • Sources

This pattern can be reduced or enlarged for use on any cloth character doll.

You are licensed to sell dolls made from this pattern.


Simple Mimi Oxymoron (Free Pattern)

Easy Elf Jerkin Pattern

Easy Elf Jerkin Pattern

I spent three days designing and making a fancy vest for a seven-inch Elf.  I need my head examined! Yesterday I decided to spend some time looking through several of my costuming books and found a renaissance jerkin that would do nicely.  Elvin folk don’t mind mixing styles and even centuries.  I draped the little guy’s upper torso to make the pattern and, as I was “truing it up,” I realized that as long as I was using a non-woven fabric (ultra-suede) I didn’t have to think about grain lines. This means that I can make this up as a one-piece pattern! A “simple” Mimi pattern. Now that’s an oxymoron!

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