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About Diva Dolls

My name is Phyllis Chism. My wonderful husband and I live in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes. I have two awesome daughters, 3 handsome grandsons and a beautiful grandaughter. I work for a mail order catalog company as a Sales Manager. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, volunteer work and of course dolling! I have completed 2 of Judi Ward's doll designing classes on line, entered online challenges and swaps and always looking to master new techniques.
I learned to sew, knit and crochet at the age of thirteen, and have always loved to make clothing. So, when a very good friend of mine approached me about joining her doll group I was hesitant about it. As hesitant as I was, she was persistant. Eventually, I gave in and went to my first meeting in January of 2007. I went to the meeting armed with my first doll book and the quilting project I was working on. When the wonderful ladies in this group begin to do Show and Tell, I watched in amazement. They all gave me tips and encouragement. Then selected a pattern in my book and said this would be a good doll for my to start with. So, I went home with my assignment, made my first doll and the rest is history. I was hooked and will probably always be.

As I small child I can remember how difficult it was to find dolls for us that looked liked me, so African American dolls are my specialty, but not limited to that.

Artist Statement

Each Art doll I make is Handcrafted with Love. My goal is to have the receiver of one of my dolls get as much pleasure from it as I got when making it.

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