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September 18, 2017

BROWN SHUGAH JUNCTION new "mommy and me" patterns are almost here!!!

I have  intentionally  designed these patterns to be ultra simple and super easy to make by every sewing level.  They are  especially designed to encourage Adult/Child special creative times together!!...

August 7, 2017

Cloth Doll patterns are made up of several small pieces that are sewn together in a specific and strategic order.  It can be easy to lose pattern pieces and your way.  This is why I use a Portable Design Board to layout and keep track of pieces when making my doll...

June 8, 2017

A BSJ BLACK CLOTH (RAG) DOLL MAKING HISTORY MOMENT:

When Black people were enslaved in America, we were denied many of the simple pleasures of life.  However through skill, ingenuity and creativity, Black mothers found ways to provide dolls for their daughters.   Mother...

May 1, 2017

The Simple Talents and tools Needed to Make Black Rag Dolls!

I love, love, love making cloth rag dolls, especially black …and bi-racial and multi-ethnic dolls.     I also love, love, love sharing my dollmaking passion with others.  Have you have ever wanted to make a do...

April 21, 2017

IMAGINATION!!!..NO BATTERIES OR CHARGERS REQUIRED!!!!  

Many of you may be too young to remember... but there was once a time when playtime was simple and magical.   With only our imaginations, we could be anything! Go anywhere! Create any adventure that would soar us b...

April 17, 2017

BROWN SHUGAH JUNCTION …THE SWEETEST PLACE IN SPACE AND TIME!!

I was blessed to have a wonderful childhood, a hard working mom, a doting grandmama and a community/neighborhood where I felt protected and part of a village.   Back then, there were no computers or video ga...

April 16, 2017

Black Cloth Dollmaking: My Journey from“Primitive” to “Pammagination”

It seems like only yesterday I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl; since I set out to buy her first doll.  After all, the first doll is a girl’s first best friend.   

Twenty-eight year...

April 13, 2017

  

 Contemporary Approach to a Time-Honored Art. My Black Rag Dollmaking Heritage

For centuries, African mothers have crafted beautiful dolls and other playthings for their children. In the early 17th century, many African women became enslaved and brought to Americ...

April 12, 2017

“Miss Priss”

MY GRANDMAMA’S BEST FRIEND

Many, many years ago, when I was a little girl, my grandmama kept two beautiful dolls on her bed. Dolls that  I was allowed to admire only from afar.

One doll was white. She had curly blond ringlets that tumbles from under a f...

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