Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 2020 Newsletter

February 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

February 15 - Katie-felting
March 21 -  no regular meeting Kathryn Walmsley Class
April 18 - Andrea-Weaving (kaleidoscopes will be later)
May 16 - field trip TBD
June 20 - Virginia's fun meeting
July 18 - Sue-Ribbon Embroidery
August 15 - beading
September 19 - no regular meeting-Christine Shively class
October 17 - Julie G. - Intentional Mending
November 21 - no regular meeting 18th Annual Art Doll Show and Sale
December 19 - Christmas party
Please note:  This agenda is tentative and subject to change

Member Birthdays
February birthday wishes go out to Julie G. and Liz.  May eternal youth be your gift!

January Meeting Minutes
We were pleased to have seventeen members present for our January meeting:  Elena, Joan, Maggie, Ann C., Vicki, Sue, Virginia, Jude, Andrea, Martha, Cindy, Katie, Julie W., Ann R., Julie G., Ron, and Leslie.

Show and Tell

Sue started off show and tell with her  three sweet Luna Lapin bunnies  based on the book "Making Luna Lapin" by Sarah Peel.  Luna has many stories to tell and so many clothes to wear.  Thanks for sharing, Sue!
Sue's Luna bunnies

Virginia also made a Luna bunny with a cute pink dress.  She brought her ethnic doll that was made for last year's challenge which she named Zendaya and a lovely doll named Starcatcher made from a Barbara Schoenoff pattern.  Nice work, Virginia!
Virginia's Luna bunny, Starcatcher, and Ethnic Doll

Joan shared pictures of her trip to Pakistan and her granddaughter's wedding.  We were all in awe of the beautiful dresses of the wedding party.  Great inspiration for costuming the dolls we make.

Elena didn't get to come to the Christmas party, but she had made a wonderful angel for the exchange made from clay.  This is the year of the rat in the 2020 Chinese new year and she had made a wonderful tea cozy  and a cute little yellow and black rat for the occasion.  Perfect for the Chinese New year, Elena!
Elena's Angel
Elena's Rat
Elena's Rat Tea Cozy

Andrea told us about her parents going to a native art retreat in Peru where they learned about handweaving and had brought her back a bag and a doll with hand woven alpaca clothing.  It's obvious your parents love you, Andrea!
Andrea's Peruvian gift

Business Meeting
Jude gave her treasurer's report and the budget for 2020 was discussed including how to fund the scholarship fund.
For publicity it was suggested we might have a demo table at local art shows.  We could also have presentation packets to present to different venues about our art form.  Andrea will also check with the central library to see if we could have a display of our dolls there.
We discussed a possible field trip to the Eiteljorg Museum where there will be an exhibit entitled "Quilts:  Uncovering Women's Stories" from March 7 to August 9.
Our program for January was presented by Andrea on how to make Chenille-style Fabric Wigs.  This was the type of wig she had learned to make in a class she took at  John C. Campbell Folk School with Shelley Thornton.  Andrea gave us an excellent hand out on how do this and shared examples.  Thanks, Andrea!
Chenille Hair

Chenille Hair

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Irvington Library at 10:00 a.m.  If you have not already paid your dues,  Jude will still be collecting at the February meeting.  Katie will present a program on felting.  She will be demonstrating.  If you would like to  work along with her, bring the following supplies if you have them:  felting needles, roving, a foam, Styrofoam or brush pad to support your project and protect the work surface and needles.  She will also show us how to make an armature out of pipe cleaners as a base for making animals or dolls with needle felting.  This will be a fun program you won't want to miss, especially if you have never done needle felting or have and need inspiration.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
March 21-22 - Kathryn Walmsley Triplet Class
June - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll
September 10-13 Windy City Doll Workshop, Chicago
September 19-20 - Christine Shively class
November 21, 2020- 18th Annual Holiday Art Fair and  Art Doll Show
and  Woman in History Doll Challenge

February Meeting Checklist

  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   felting needles, roving, a foam, Styrofoam or brush pad to support your project and protect the work surface and needles.
  •    Dues if not already paid.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

January 2020 Newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter

January 18, 2020 - Chenille Hair demo, swap meet
Remainder of year TBD

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Joan, our only member with a January birthday!

December Meeting Minutes
Members present for our Holiday Meeting were:  Mary, Kathryn, Ann R., Virginia, Joan, Leslie, Sue, Vickie, Ann C., Nita, Jude, Julie G., Ron, and Julie W.  Hope I got everybody.  The sign-in sheet mysteriously disappeared!

Show and Tell
Ann C. brought her "Mac" to show everyone all the detail.  He was the winner of the International/Ethnic Doll Challenge this year as well as the winner of the People's Choice award at the annual Holiday Fair and Doll Show and tied for 1st with Katie's "Jewel" in the October judging.
What a guy!
Ann C.'s Mac

Business Meeting
We had a brief business meeting mingled in with the festivities of the day.  This was our annual Christmas Party and everyone brought tasty delights to nourish us through the mornings activities.
Officers for the coming year were voted for and our officers remain the same for 2020:
President - Andrea
Vice-President Committee - Julie G., Denise, Virginia, and Sue
Secretary/Blog - Julie W.
Treasurer - Jude
Publicity - Katie
Show & Sale - Maggie
Kathryn Walmsley will be presenting our spring class in March teaching her triplet dolls.  She will provide kits and fabrics.  The fee is yet to be determined.  She will bring her sample dolls to an upcoming meeting with more details.
A recap of the November Holiday Fair and Doll Show was done.  Attendance and sales were good.  Ninety five people voted for the People's Choice award.  The charity table did very well and a nice sized check was donated to Hope Center Indy.
We voted to purchase a square that will read chips for credit card purchases for the club to use.
Challenge ideas for 2020 were suggested and narrowed down as the morning went by.  The final vote was for a doll that portrays a woman in history.  Second was for an Edgar Allen Poe related doll which will become our challenge for May.

Sue and Virginia led us in a multi-station participation game.  We divided into two teams. At the first station one member from each team had to unwrap a box wearing oven mitts.  The boxes contained puzzles that were passed onto the next table.  These members had to build a snowman only using chopsticks.  What a challenge!  The puzzles then passed to the next table where participants tried to spoon candy into a bowl without spilling any.  At the next table were drinking cups that had to be stacked into a pyramid.  The final table was where the puzzles were assembled.  It was great fun!  Thank you Sue and Virginia!

We then had our angel gift exchange.  There were many wonderful angels, but unfortunately the photographer (me) failed to get any photos of them, but take my word for it they were wonderful, wonderful angels of all types!

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is Saturday, January 18 at the Irvington Library at 10:00 a.m. Andrea will do a chenille hair demonstration and we will be having a swap meet.  This is a great opportunity to clean out your stash and swap it for something from someone else's stash!
Dues are due in January! You may write a check to Doll Creators for $25 and give it to Jude at the meeting or mail it to her. 
We will be working on programs for the upcoming year.  Let us know what you would like.

Upcoming Events & Challenges
March - Kathryn Walmsley's Triplet Class
May - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll
October - Judging of Woman in History Doll
November - 18th Annual Holiday Art and Doll Show

January Checklist

  •  Name Tag
  •  Dues for 2020
  •  Ideas for 2020 programs

Saturday, December 14, 2019

December 2019 Newsletter

December 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings.
December 21 - Annual Christmas Party
January 18, 2020 - Chenille Hair demo, swap meet

Member Birthdays
December birthdays are Sue, Leslie, Ann C., and Jude.  Hope your days are filled with fun and good times!

November Meeting Minutes
Fourteen members attended the November meeting:  Leslie, Ann C., Julie G., Kathryn, Nita, Virginia, Sue, Denise, Andrea, Joan, Julie W., Katie, Maggie, and Jude.

Show and Tell
Julie G. started off show and tell with her "Botanicals" she had made in a recent class with Ann Wood in Paducah, KY.  Ann is also the pattern maker of the "Dastardly Owl" that several of our members have made.
Julie G.'s Botanticals
Nita had been busy creating things for our charity table at the Show and Sale in November.  Among them a Raggedy Ann, a beautiful peck piece pouch, mermaid and Santa.
Nita's Charity items
Virginia had finished her "Margot" doll from Sue's recent class and made another "Cutie" from Sue's pattern.
Virginia's Margot & Cutie
Denise loved the Cuties as well and made two of them.  She also has been testing ways of dying natural yarn with such things as onion skins, Rosemary, and Elderberry.
Denise's Cuties
Denise's Hand died yarns
Andrea made a doll from Barbara Schoenoff's "Fleur" pattern she named "Coquette".  She's beautiful, Andrea!
Andrea's Coquette
Joan had also been busy creating items for the Charity Sales Table:  travel trays, thread cutters and lanyards.

Julie W. finished the work-a-long Patti Culea doll  she naturally named "Patti" made from Patti's Penny Cassandra Sewing Caddie pattern.
Julie W.'s Patti doll
Jude also attended Ann Wood's Botanicals class with Julie G.  The botanicals were a seed pod, coneflower and mushroom.  She also made one of Ann's tiny dolls and another Dastardly Owl.  The other doll she made was a completed Patti Culea doll that was entered in the Ethnic/International Doll Challenge.
Jude's Botanicals
Jude's tiny doll and Dastardly Owl

The slate of officers for 2020 is the same as it was in 2019.  Voting will be done at the December meeting.  It's not too late if someone wants to throw their hat into the ring!  Just let a board member know before the start of the December meeting.
The current officers are:
President - Andrea
Vice-President Committee - Julie G., Sue, Virginia, and Denise
Secretary/Blog - Julie W.
Treasurer - Jude
Publicity - Katie
Show & Sale - Maggie

Classes for 2020 were discussed.  Katie will work on a contract for the instructors for the club to use.
In the spring Kathryn Walmsley will be teaching her Triplet dolls.  The dates will be March 28-29, 2020.  More information will be given at the December meeting.

We went over details of the Show and Sale which by the writing of this newsletter has come and gone.  Be sure and read the previous blog that is all about the Show and Sale with pictures of the Challenge Doll entries.

Next Meeting
Our next club meeting is Saturday, December 21.  This will be our annual Christmas Party!  We will have a pitch-in luncheon.  Andrea is bringing drinks, and Sue and Virginia are bringing plates, napkins, forks and spoons.  Other members may bring whatever food item you would like.  We will have an Angel themed gift exchange for those who want to participate (not mandatory).  Bring your item wrapped with your name on or in it to identify who it is from.  We will be electing officers for 2020 and choosing a theme for the Challenge doll for October, 2020.  Bring your ideas for the kind of doll you would like to do for a challenge.

Upcoming  Events
December 21, 2019 - Christmas Party and angel gift exchange
March 28-29, 2020 - Kathryn Walmsley Triplet Doll class

December Meeting Checklist
  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   Food for the Party
  •   Angel themed gift for exchange (optional)

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