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Denise White


I'm a folk artist and doll designer living in Alabama. I grew up on a farm and have always loved “making stuff”. My parents were very supportive and enrolled me in an art class and bought me how-to-draw books, so I began at an early age. My mother sewed our clothing and although I didn't start sewing until I was grown, that had a big impact on me.

Fast forward quite a few years...I incorporate sewing, drawing and painting into my dolls. I begin by sketching my dolls into one of my many notebooks full of “ideas”. After drawing them out on fabric & sewing them, I paint their faces. Each doll is one-of-a-kind with whimsical features, different outfits and maybe a hat or a sculpted nose for a snowman. I like to create many at one time, so there may be as many as 20 or more dolls lined up waiting for faces or clothing or some hair!

My work is inspired by my love of antiques, especially old dolls. More than once someone has visited a booth full of my dolls and asked if they were antiques I have collected. I love it—I take that as a compliment! I try to use old fabrics and embellishments and recycle as much as possible.

I sell my work online at www.TheCatsPyjamas.com and sell my patterns at www.TheCatsPyjamasPatterns.com. My work has been featured in several magazines including Create & Decorate, PRIMS, Country Marketplace and have also been featured on the PBS series Creative Living with Sheryl Borden. You can catch up with me a little more on my blog at www.thecatspyjamas.typepad.com and www.facebook.com/TheCatsPyjamasAL

I live with my husband, Kenyon, in our 70+ year old home that we are renovating and we recently bought the house next door for my studio. The houses belonged to 2 sisters who both loved to sew too! Sometimes both houses hold many works in progress! And as you can probably assume by the name, there is usually a cat nearby to oversee the work.

I love using DecoArt paints on my dolls. The Americana paints are thick enough so they don't soak up into the fabric, making them perfect for painting doll faces. They are readily available and most importantly, they are non-toxic. That's important to me because I never know when one of my kitties might decide to try to “help”. I love the variety of colors too...I'm especially loving the neon colors right now!