GLENNIS McDougall and Jan Fiedeman could be the only doll-making instructors left in the Newcastle region.
The two agreed that the niche stream was often overlooked as "art" and thought of as just a hobby.
Mrs Fiedeman, who had been doll-making for 30 years, said when the art began to fade in the late 80s, it forced the closure of her store.
She said she did not want to lose touch with regular customers and so she began to teach classes at home.
Mrs Fiedeman said for her weekly students, doll-making classes were a chance to unleash their inner artist and bring a doll to life.
Porcelain casts, painted facial features and knitted clothes were all part of a class, though Mrs Fiedeman said most importantly it gave an elderly group of women the opportunity for a cuppa and a chit-chat.
"The ladies keep coming for a lovely bond with one another," she said.
"They don't want to give that friendship away."
Mrs Fiedeman has taught 21 students and Mrs McDougall 20 in her own home studio.
The pair and their students helped run the 25th annual Newcastle Doll Show last weekend, which was proclaimed a great success.
The proceeds from the show will go to Newcastle's Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service.
For more than two decades proceeds from doll raffles and sales has seen $83,000 go to the helicopter rescue service.
The two women said they were pleased that the money was raised by Novocastrians for fellow Novocastrians.