following are testimonials of the great instruction and caring
work that Pamela Sisley puts into her students and dolls.
I had read about Pamela in the Seattle Times and
contacted her regarding some dolls of mine which needed TLC.
Visiting Pamela at her home was a thrill. She has an outstanding
collection of well cared for and interesting dolls, and it is
obvious she takes tender loving care of each one! She took several
of my dolls to work on and did a great job. One of my dolls
was in pretty bad shape (from too many moves and too many years
and a young granddaughter who got to them to "play with"
before I caught her!) and she gave me several options of repair,
keeping in mind I wanted to keep costs down. I think Pamela's
prices are very, very fair for such excellent work! She also
offer classes to make dolls and when my schedule permits, I
hope to join one! Pamela is a kind and caring person and I can't
think of anyone better to either learn from or have your dolls
repaired by! Christy Blanchard, Mountlake Terrace, Washington
of my 46 year-old doll far exceeded my expectations for a doll
that old. My treasured doll turned out absolutely beautiful.
I highly recommend Pamela's masterful work." -Gloria
Wickingstad, Tucson, Arizona 2006
my mother Rosemary died she left me two frazzled dollies
Margie, her own doll from about 1920 and Ginger, my own doll
from my little girl days in the early 40s. I knew about
Margie but I had no idea Ginger still existed. They had moved
with us and our fisheries biologist father up and around the
Northwest coast, lived in storage in Hawaii for two years, and
occupied boxes in damp basements. They both were worn and torn.
Margie looked so bad with shredded wig flopping in the breeze,
her eyes at odds with each other, and chipped skin she scared
my granddaughter. When I read about Pamela in the online The
Seattle Times I got excited. They had published a great story
about her and her gifts and I emailed and asked them to forward
my name to her. Pamela contacted me and I mailed my little treasures
to her post haste.Pamela performed a loving miracle. My granddaughter
now loves Margie, and I still have Ginger. They have peaches
and cream complexions, lovely new hair, and are dressed in charming
period clothing. Pamela kept all the original parts possible
and the dolls are now super condition.I plan on passing them
on to two of my granddaughters as soon as they get a little
older. My oldest grand-girl is looking forward to beingtherecipient
of her great-grandmothers baby doll. Thank you so much
Pamela. Celia Andrews Walla Walla, WA 2006
was one of my favorite books I read when I was a child. That period
of time was so fascinating and the relationship between the family
members was so vivid and loving as written by Louisa May Alcott.
I am not usually a doll collector but when I saw a Marme doll by
Madame Alexander at an antique show, I knew I had to have her. She
was a good price but her limbs were very very loose, her clothes
were dirty and she needed freshening and tidying up.
So I contacted Pam at the Doll Nursery.
She and I are both members of the Daughters of the Revolution
and she had given a demonstration on doll making at one of our
meetings. I asked her if she could repair my Marme. Pam was so
interested in my doll and knew all about what she was made out
of, how she was put together, her approximate value and worth
that I was astounded. Pam took her home and in a short amount
of time, Marme was returned and she looked fabulous. I could hardly
believe that it was the same doll. She was re-strung, her clothes
were bright and starched, her hair was tidy and in a net. Pam
performed a miracle. Since then I have spoken to Pam about other
dolls and her knowledge of dolls of all ages is very extensive.
She is meticulous with her work and very loving to the dolls.
It was so much pleasure working with
her on restoring Marme that I decided to take a doll making class
with her. She has a big studio with hundreds of dolls. One can
pick from a variety of dolls to make as Pam has molds and a kiln.
My first doll was Sugar Britches, a sleeping newborn. We worked
several days on getting the green ware in perfect condition so
that there would not be any imperfections when she was fired in
the kiln. Pam was patient with me as I kept missing places that
to me werent obvious to the normal eye but Pams expert
eye caught every little thing. She taught me how to mix paint
and to put on the dolls complexion and features. We put
together a soft body and attached all of her parts. It was a wonderful
experience. My husband could not believe how realistic and wonderful
Sugar Britches looks. I have scheduled another doll class with
Pam, this time a French antique reproduction doll. I look forward
to working with her again.
|What do you
do when a beloved childhood doll cries out for help? You call
on the Doll Doctor, Pamela Sisley. Just as humans age, Freddie
had aged. The skin was cracked. Hair had fallen out. Vintage
clothes were disintegrating. Perhaps even more importantly,
every time Mother looked at Freddie she was reminded of how
long the doll had languished in the attic all because someone
dear had put Freddie there thinking all would be well.
December 26, 2003 changed everything. The Seattle Times published
a front page story titled "Green Lake doll doctor attends
to ravages of age." I knew I had to contact Pamela Sisley
about Freddie. Not only did Freddie need restoring, my Mother's
heart needed mending. Without Mother knowing, I drove Freddie
to Pamela's home.
In the time that Freddie was in Pamela's cherished and skillful
hands, the doll was transformed. Freddie had new skin, new
hair, restored clothing, including shoes and socks. Freddie
had heart and everything about the doll swelled with pride.
When I presented Freddie to my other, Annette Freeman, she
beamed and tears came to her eyes. Childhood memories had
been restored and Mother forgave the someone dear. It was
magical to see Freddie's transformation. I can't totally appreciate
the knowledge that's needed to bring a doll to life, but I
can appreciate the bond between my Mother and Freddie, all
because a woman cared so much. Pamela Sisley is Freddie's
Woodinville, WA 2/11/06
Pam, I acquired
Shirley quite broken from a family who had given her up
as a lose. Thanks to you and your miracle of restoration
she is now a beautiful addition to my doll collection. I
love what you did for her little shoes; new souls inside
and out indicate your care and concern for her total well
being. Pam, thanks again for a magnificent restoration.
, Jean Bishop, Bothell, Washington 3/01/04
Many thanks Pam
for the great classes. It is very nice that you keep the
numbers of students limited so that we can have the one
on one attention. I have really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere
and open working space. I only wish that I had been introduced
to this art form many years ago... as you offer so many
interesting challenges. And I can't forget the super job
that you did on the eye repair to my mother's old compo
doll. Now she is very nice to look at. Looking forward to
my "next" doll. You are appreciated.
- Pat Ross, Bellevue,
searching for several years to locate a studio in which
to continue my hobby of making porcelain dolls, how fortunate
I was to find Pamela Sisley's Dancing Dolls Studio. Pamela
is an amazing teacher and her skills in both doll making
and in restoration are wonderful. The studio is well set
up and a very warm and friendly place in which to work.
I have been exceptionally pleased with the dolls I have
been able to create there. I highly recommend this studio.
Any talent I show I can attribute to Pam. My dolls never
were so nice. I really like learning all the new techniques
like contouring etc...
contact Pamela Sisley with any questions or inquiries please call
(206) 524-1794 or email