Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter
 
Upcoming Meetings
 
April 16 - Sew-in for Fantasy Face Pin Doll Challenge
April 23 and 24 - Weekend workshop with Sue Odell.
May 21 - River City Joint Meeting
June 18 - Charity Doll day
July 16 - Sue -  Fabric Manipulation Technique
August 20 - Photo shoot and swap meet
September 17 - Katie - TBD
October 15 - Virginia - Finger Weaving and the Challenge Doll reveal and judging
November 19 - Annual Show and Sale
December 17 - Annual Christmas Party
 
 
Member Birthdays
 
Katie, Sandy, and Ann R. are another year older this month!  Happy Birthday!
 
 
March Meeting Minutes
 
Members present for our March meeting were Erin, Janet, Kathryn, Julie G., Joan, Katie, Vicki, Andrea, Mary, Maggie, Ann R., Ann C., Martha, Sue, Jude, Julie W., and Nita.
 

 
Show and Tell
 
Maggie showed her completed UFO "Eliza Garfield" which was quite interesting!

Maggie's "Eliza Garfield"
Martha finished a doll from a pattern by Jill Maas.  Club members thought the doll's name should be "Bunny"  as her hair is real rabbit fur!  She also shared her frog and foxes from a recent retreat at Threads of Time in Danville, IL.  She also finished a memory quilt for her granddaughter.
Martha's Memory Quilt
Martha's foxes and frog


Martha's "Bunny"
 
Sue brought her finished UFO "Madam Mori" adapted from an Angela Jarecki pattern.

Sue's "Madam Mori"

 
Jude's frog she made at Threads of Time ate a Ladybug"!  She finished her "Jenny" doll from a class at AFICC with Monika Shedden constructed with painted dryer sheets.
                              
Jude's hungry frog
Jude's  "Jenny"

 Julie W. finished her "Garden Party" beaded face doll from a class with Anne Hesse and her Colts' fan doll from Jill Maas' pattern "Dancing Doris".

Julie W.'s Colts fan
Julie W.'s Garden Party doll

Janet showed her doll she started a year ago with one of her first heads she put on a stump doll and some birds she created.
Janet's stump doll and birds
 


Kathryn's completed UFO was a Punchinello head she started in a class she taught for our club.  She also completed a wonderful wall hanging of wool felt appliqued dolls and a cute clown doll.
                                  
                                                   Kathryn's Punchinello
   
Kathryn's wool felt appliqued doll wall hanging 

Kathryn's clown doll
               

Julie G.'s fox
Julie G. brought her finished Lucinda on a trapeze from a pattern by Barbara Schoenoff and her fox she made while at Threads of Time retreat.

Julie G.'s Lucinda
      
    




 
 
Katie designed a sitting frog for the Leap Year retreat at Threads of Time.  She also brought some beautiful ice died fabric.
Katie's frog and ice died fabric.

 
 
 Nita showed us some wonderful necklaces she had made.
Nita's Necklaces
 
Eight people finished Sue's UFO doll challenge.  Congratulations to all!  Each person received a treat bag from Sue with lots of goodies inside!

Business Meeting

Threads of Time is planning a Jelly Roll challenge for dollmakers that will be due the first weekend in November. More details to come. They will be coming to the July 20th meeting of the Common Threads Quilt Guild which is in nearby Mt. Comfort for those who might want to purchase one of their jelly rolls.  Here is the link to the Guild:  https://commonthreadsin.com/
Our May meeting with Cincinnati is still in the planning stages.  Details to come.
If anyone would like to donate something for the charity auction  that is a fundraiser for the pre-school at the Irvington United Methodist church it would be much appreciated.  We will also be making Scribbles dolls again this year for a local charity.
Indiana is celebrating its 200th year anniversary this year.  Some of you might like to enter something in the State Fair to commemorate this historical event.  There is an entry fee of $30 until June 30th.  After July 1 the fee goes up to $50.  Here is the link to the entry website:  http://www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/entry-information/indiana-arts-building/
 
Our mini workshop was presented by Vicki on how to do smocking.  She showed us how to make a cute smocked pin cushion.  Thanks Vicki for the demo!
Vicki's Smocked Pincushion
 
 
Next Meeting
Group sew-in.  We will work on our pin doll faces for the May meeting.  Please bring 2 stuffed heads, using the Fantasy Faces pattern, and hair/fabric/trims/embellishments to share.  We will do the faces together at the meeting.
 
Upcoming Challenges
May 21, 2016 with River City Dollmakers joint meeting - Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of face that tells a story.
October 15, 2016 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Challenge - The Elements (for Judging)
November 19, 2016 Show and Sale People's Choice selection of the Challenge Dolls
 
April Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Payment for Sue's class
  • Supplies for making pin dolls as noted above


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter



Upcoming Meetings
March 19 - Vicki C. - Smocking
April 16 - Sew-in for Fantasy Face Pin Doll Challenge
April 23 and 24 - Weekend workshop with Sue Odell.
May 21 - River City Joint Meeting
June 18 - Sue - Photography with Mr. Odell and a swap meet
July 16 - Ann R. - TBD
August 20 - Sue - Striped Fabric Manipulation
September 17 - Katie - TBD
October 15 - Virginia - Finger Weaving and the Challenge Doll reveal and judging
November 19 - Annual Show and Sale
December 17 - Annual Christmas Party

 Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday to our March birthday people:  Julie W., Erin, and Colleen!

February Meeting Minutes
We had a fantastic turn out for our February meeting with twenty one members present:  Virginia, Sue, Mary Jane, Martha, Jude, Leslie, Ann R., Ann C., Julie W., Andrea, Mary, Vicki, Maggie, Katie, Joan, Anita, Kathryn, Ron, Julie G., Denise, and Erin.

Show and Tell
Many of us are accepting Sue's challenge to finish a previously started doll. Denise showed us a doll body she plans to finish.
Julie G. showed us her baby she finished for her Traveler Doll from Angela Jarecki's class.
Julie G.'s Traveler Baby
Kathryn has a Punchinello doll to complete from a past workshop she presented to our club.
Nita showed us a doll she completed for a friend.  She also plans to complete her Gail Wilson "Little Red Riding Hood".
Nita's doll
Joan shared highlights of her recent trip to Istanbul where she took some wonderful workshops.
Joan's Fantastic Felted Hat
Katie completed a clay sculptured doll body from a class with Deb Wood.  It is quite detailed.
Katie's Clay Sculpture censored
Maggie is challenging herself to complete her "Three Phases of the  Goddess" from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop.
Andrea shared an interesting Easter book from the library and proudly told us of her mother being accepted to teach a quilting class at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Ann C. had recently been to San Francisco and shared some pictures she had taken at Paxton Gate"s Curiosities.
Ann R. showed us her snowman doll of cross stitch she recently finished and some applique pieces for a  quilt.  She  wants to finish a Christine Shively's Unexpected Angel Doll for Sue's Challenge.
Ann R's snowman
Mary Jane hopes to finish her "Three Phases of the  Goddess" from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop and is excited about her quilting projects.
Martha shared a T-Shirt quilt she is making and plans to finish a doll from a Christmas Gift kit.
Sue wants to complete a doll she has adapted from Angela Jarecki's puppet doll "Madam Mori" and maybe a Gail Wilson doll she received as a Christmas gift several years ago.
Sue's doll adapted from Angela Jarecki's"Madam Mori"
Virginia shared two dolls she has finished.  One for January and the other for February.  She is challenging herself to make a doll a month this year!  For Sue's challenge she plans to complete a doll from a pattern designed by her mom.
               
                    Virginia's Doll 1
Virginia's Doll 2

Erin is planning to finish one of the "Three Phases of the  Goddess" dolls from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop.
Julie W. hopes to complete her Garden Party Beaded Doll started in Anne Hesse's 2011 workshop and maybe her Dancing Doris (pattern by Jill Maas).
                      
                              Julie W.'s Garden Party Beaded Doll
Julie W.'s Dancing Doris

Business Meeting
The upcoming challenges and classes were discussed. See the list at the end of the newsletter for the upcoming challenges.  The dates for Sue Odell's April class were changed to April 23 and 24.  Sue presented 3 options for her class which the club then voted on. It was a difficult decision as they were all 3 wonderful dolls.  Maybe we can get her to do the others another time???  The winner was Sue's "Grace/Patience".  Both dolls are made from the same pattern.
             
                  Grace
Patience

Mr. Odell will be coming this summer to photograph our dolls.There will be a fee for doing this.  Details will be announced in the upcoming months.

September 3 and 4 are the dates for our Fall Workshop to be presented by Barbara Willis.  More information will be available in the upcoming months.

Our November challenge will be judged by Cindy Sieving this year.  Kathryn will review the judging form for any changes that might need to be made.  The Irvington United Methodist Church has been chosen and booked again for the 2016 Show and Sale.

A bag of lace and other materials was donated to us from a friend of the library.  Our members eagerly divided up the wonderful contents of the bag.  Thank you for the donation whoever you are!

Julie G presented a demo of texturing fabric, embellishing it with laces, paints and beads.  This was very inspiring with techniques that will be fun to use.
          
                Julie G.'s Fabulous Fabric
Julie G.'s Fantastic Fabric
Next Meeting:
Vicki will present a demo on smocking.  If you would like to work along, bring basic sewing supplies including thread, needle, scissors, ruler, pencil and fabric.

Upcoming Challenges
March 19, 2016 Sue's UFO Challenge
May 21, 2016 with River City Dollmakers joint meeting - Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of face that tells a story.
October 15, 2016 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Challenge - The Elements (for Judging)
November 19, 2016 Show and Sale People's Choice selection of the Challenge Dolls

March Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Finished UFO for Sue's Challenge
  • Payment for Sue's class
  • Basic sewing supplies:  needle, thread, scissors, fabric, ruler and pencil

     
                                                                          





Monday, February 1, 2016

February 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
February 20 - Julie G. - Altered Fabric Technique
March 19 - Vicki C. - Smocking
April 9 and 10 - Weekend workshop with Sue Odell.
April 16 - Sew-in for Fantasy Face Pin Doll Challenge
May 21 - River City Joint Meeting
June 18 - Sue - Photography with Mr. Odell and a swap meet
July 16 - Ann R. - TBD
August 20 - Sue - Striped Fabric Manipulation
September 17 - Katie - TBD
October 15 - Virginia - Finger Weaving and the Challenge Doll reveal and judging
November 19 - Annual Show and Sale
December 17 - Annual Christmas Party
 Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Julie G. and Liz.  Happy Dollmaking in 2016!
January Meeting Minutes
Travel conditions were not good on our meeting day but the following members safely made it to our meeting:  Julie G., Ron, Vicki, Janet, Erin, Julie W., Andrea, Jude, Ann C., Mary, Leslie, and Maggie.
Show and Tell
Ann C. brought several interesting books including one on making dolls from the 30's or 40's,"Knit Your Own Cat", "Cats in Hats", and "Artful Ribbons".
Julie G. brought in a cute wooden Roman Nutcracker.
Leslie brought in her original Leather and Lace doll named Lacey Leathers. She had dyed the leather and the lace to match and had used aquarium tubing as part of the armature. (Well done, Leslie!)   She also showed us a book "Art of the Contemporary Doll"  by Sandra Korinchak.
Leslie's "Lacey Leathers"


Business Meeting
New things we discussed in our business meeting included adding pinterest links for our club members.  If you have a pinterest account, please let Andrea know and she will add it to our blog.
It was suggested at our next show and sale we have a fabric table for our club members to sell excess fabric they no longer need.
We discussed a doll artist to come later this year and Denise ( who was in contact during the meeting by text since she was unable to make it to the meeting) will contact the possibilities.
Sue has challenged us to finish a UFO by the March meeting.  Several members brought in their UFO's for the challenge and will bring them back in March.  Those who still want to participate can bring in their UFO's to the February meeting.
Mary will finish her troll doll she started from a Ute Vasina pattern.
Mary'e UFO troll

Leslie had several UFO's to finish including a Judi Ward pattern for a Cupie Doll, her wazinkies, Raggedy Angies and humpty dumptys.
Leslie's Cupie Doll
Leslie's Wazinkies
Leslie's Raggedy Angies and Humpty Dumptys


Ann C. wants to finish her Chun Woo started in a class she took with Leslie Molen.
Ann C.'s Chun Woo


Maggie brought in a blank doll body with interesting coloration she wants to finish. 

Maggie's blank body
   Andrea wants to finish her brother and sister leather and lace dolls.


Andrea's Leather and Lace Brother and Sister 

Erin brought one of  her Goddess dolls she started in a class with Barbara Schoenoff and wants to finish.
Erin's Goddess doll


Janet has the first head she started when she joined our club and wants to finish.
Janet's bodyless doll head


Julie G wants to finish her Lucinda on a trapeze from a pattern of Barbara Schoenoff.
Julie G.'s Lucinda



After sharing our UFO's, Andrea presented a demonstration of hemming techniques for sheer fabrics.  She taught us how to do a hand rolled hem and a shell stitched hem on silk.  Thanks Andrea!  These are techniques we can certainly use in costuming our dolls!  For those who could not attend check out her recent post on our blog.  She included some links that include videos of some of the techniques.
Andrea teaching hemming techniques



Next Meeting
Program by Julie G. It's going to be a show and tell/demo of an altered fabric technique.  She will provide a hand out for everyone. Attendees don't need to bring anything.
If you want to participate in the UFO challenge and haven't already brought your UFO, please bring it to the February meeting.
REMINDER:  Dues are due!  Please bring a check for $25 payable to Doll Creators to the February meeting or send a check to Jude if you have not already done so.
Upcoming Challenges
March 19, 2016 - UFO challenge
May 21, 2016 with River City Dollmakers joint meeting - Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of face that tells a story
October 15, 2016 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Challenge -The Elements (for Judging)
November 19, 2016 Show and Sale People’s Choice selection of the Challenge Dolls
February Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • UFO for challenge



  









Saturday, January 16, 2016

January's demo - sheer fabric hems

The icy weather this morning kept some people home, so in case you couldn't make it to doll club today, here is a short version of the handout I made for our monthly demo.  We practiced two different hand-sewn hems on chiffon, and I collected several tutorial links for four different techniques for finishing sheer or slippery fabrics.  As they say, try this at home! -- Andrea

Hand-rolled hems:
hubpages.com/art/How-to-sew-a-rolled-hem
and also this really excellent video:
www.threadsmagazine.com/item/43496/sew-a-hand-rolled-hem

Shell-stitch hems:
www.threadsmagazine.com/item/6935/shell-hem-edge/page/all
or this one which is sturdier, since it has running stitches between the shells:
sewnso.blogspot.com/2011/07/shell-hem.html

Another idea I wanted to try was to do a horsehair braid hem.  Of course, that would be very heavy for such a light fabric, and often far too big for our doll scale.  However, I think the technique could be applied to a sheer wire-edge ribbon to get a similar effect on circle skirts or other skirts where you want that extra volume and movement.

Horsehair braid hems:
blog.megannielsen.com/2015/10/tutorial-how-to-sew-a-horsehair-braid-hem/
or this one, because I like to offer choices:
www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/06/magic-of-horsehair-braid-little.html

And lastly, a machine-stitched tiny hem, for those who can't get the stupid rolled-hem foot on their sewing machines to play nice for more than a few inches at a time.

BanRol hems:
www.burdastyle.com/techniques/how-to-sew-a-perfect-baby-hem
You do have to click through the step-by-step pictures above, or check out method #2 in the link below:
foursquarewalls.blogspot.com/2014/05/narrow-hem-three-ways.html