classes with lulumoon

 I am thrilled to be able to offer classes in my new studio in Milwaukie, Oregon (right next door to Portland)!

How to sign up:  Please call Lulu at 503-683-2129.  Leave your name, phone number, and the name of the class you wish to attend.  I will call you back with verification and payment details.  Thank you! 


Day of the Dead Catrina

Day of the Dead Catrina Doll

A 1 or 2 day workshop

Day 1: September 23rd, 2017; 9 am – 5:30 p.m.  Price: $75

Day 2 (Optional): September 24th, 2017; 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Price: $45

Where: My studio in Milwaukie, OR

The Days of the Dead, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and throughout various parts of Latin America, is one of my favorite holidays.  It is a celebration of the life of those loved ones we have lost.  In Mexico it is celebrated with great big colorful joy.  The “Elegant Skeleton” Catrina character, created by printmaker José Guadalupe Posada in the early 1900’s, has become a popular symbol synonymous with the Days of the Dead.  In the Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende, girls and women adorn themselves with the sinuous lines and gorgeous flowers associated with La Catrina, then form a long procession that leads them across the city toward the town center, where music and merriment brings the population together in honor of their loved ones.

My version of the Catrina pays homage to all those who beautifully paint their faces as they dress up for Days of the Dead.  On Day 1 we will sculpt, paint, and hopefully dress the Catrina doll.  On the optional Day 2 I will show you how to decorate a shadow box as an elegant presentation of your doll.  Either way, your end product will be a lovely Catrina, ready to display on your wall.

Included in the price of this class:

  • Doll body, sewn and prepared for the sculpting phase
  • Paper clay
  • Acrylic paints
  • Gesso
  • Glue
  • Sewing threads
  • Pattern for skirt
  • Hardware for your shadow box (if you sign up for Day 2)
  • Use of tools and brushes

Students will need to bring:

        For Day 1

  • Fabric for your Catrina’s dress, about 15 x 10 inches (think festive, Mexican prints)
  • Bits of white lace for sleeves, 1 – 1 ½ inches wide. 6 inches long should be enough.
  • Lace trim for skirt, 1 ½ - 2 inches wide (your choice of color); about 16 inches long.
  • A sewing machine.  (Please contact me if you don't have one, you may be able to borrow one of mine.)
  • Charms or beads for earrings – your choice

        For Optional Day 2

  • Your own shadow box.  The box I use to display my Catrina dolls is a wood painting panel.  The6” x 18” box that is 1 5/8 inches deep is a good size for this doll, fromBlick Art Supply carries it, item #13606-1618.
  • Silk flowers to decorate the box.  Marigolds are the traditional choice, but choose your own favorites.  In the sample I’ve used flowers that are from 1” to 2 ½” wide.

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.

Class is limited to 6 students. 


Thread Doodling & Fabric Collage

Thread doodling and fabric collage

A 1-day workshop, $60

Where: My studio in Milwaukie, OR

I love doodling, period.  So naturally I had to start doodling on fabric, too!

Gather your fun little scraps of fabric and trims and come learn how to doodle with your sewing machine!  We’ll do some practicing on samples, and then you can compose your own little doodle picture.  For extra fun I’ll show how you can add some mixed media to your composition post doodle!

The price of this class includes medium weight muslin, iron-on stabilizer, cotton batting, Misty Fuse or other fusible, and use of my mixed media supplies (watercolors, Derwent Inktense pencils, Neocolor water soluble crayons).

Students will need to bring:

  • Sewing machine with free-motion sewing capability (the feed dogs drop or you have a feed dog cover)
  • A free-motion or darning foot for your machine
  • black thread
  • small bag of scraps and trims, as desired
  • scissors

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.


Long-Legged Lolas

Long-legged Lolas doll

A 1 ½ day workshop, $90

Where: My studio in Milwaukie, OR

Love to make whimsical characters?  Want to have fun combining textiles and paper clay?  Then come join me in making yourself one of these long-legged Lolas – cutie pies with legs up to there!  I’ll show you the tricks of the trade in turning skinny limbs, adding bendable joints, and how to stuff your doll.  Next, we’ll play with paper clay and sculpt an adorable face (and maybe a cute hat or hairdo!).  Finally, I’ll teach you how to paint your doll’s face in fantasy colors and add delightful details.

The price of this class will include:

  • Doll pattern  
  • stuffing
  • paper clay
  • gesso
  • use of my paints, pencils, and brushes, needles, threads, other tools

Students should bring:

  • Fun fabrics that go together for the doll’s body, legs, and arms.  (See photos for ideas – I love stripey legs and polka dots!)
  • Optional doo dads like artificial flowers and buttons
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • You might also want to bring your own favorite acrylic paint colors and brushes.

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.


Too Cute Santas!


A 2 day workshop, $75 + $15 kit fee*

Where: My studio in Milwaukie, OR

Love to make whimsical characters?  My good friend Janet Wilson and I will be teaching this class, teaching you how to make the two stuffed Santa dolls shown in the lower portion of the photo above.  This pattern was designed by our friend Reets of Reets Rags to Stitches.

*The kit fee includes everything you'll need to make the two Santas, including the luscious hand-dyed wools from Reets Rags to Stitches, paints, stuffing and embellishments.  If you'd prefer to bring your own wool, let us know.  There will still be a fee for the pattern and embellishments.

Students should bring:

  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • sewing machine thread: red and green
  • You might also want to bring your own favorite brushes

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.


Patchwork Ponies

Patchwork Ponies


A 1-day class, $45

Where: My studio in Milwaukie, OR

Call 503-683-2129 to register

Giddy-up!  Round up some cute coordinating fabrics!  In this class I’ll share my Patchwork Pony pattern with you and teach you the tips and tricks to put it all together.

Students will need to bring:

  • Sewing machine
  • Two fabrics that you like together.  Woven cottons or linens work best. The larger piece needs to be 3/8 of a yard (or a scrap that is at least 18 x 20); the smaller piece needs to be ¼ yard (or a scrap that is at least 12 x 15 inches)
  • Thread to coordinate with your fabrics
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or fabric strips for the mane
  • Polyester fiberfill for the stuffing - 12 oz. should be enough
  • Optional: buttons for eyes 

Note: If you’re a quick stitcher and stuffer, you may have time to make 2 ponies!  Bring some more fabric for that.

I will provide the turning and stuffing tools, pattern and instructions!

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.



I also teach classes at Art & Soul Retreats in Portland and Minneapolis.  In 2018 I will be teaching the Catrina doll class, the Mini Wonky Log Cabin Quilt class, Embroidered and Embellished Tags, and Fabric Collage Folio.  The Portland retreat will be held February 3-9, 2018.  To learn more about Art & Soul Retreats and sign up for classes, please visit the Art & Soul website: