Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
July 21 - Virginia - Faces
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Member Birthdays
Summer birthday wishes to Danielle, Nita, and Vicki.

June Meeting Minutes
Members attending our June meeting were Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Elena, Ann C., Andrea, Katie, Jude, Julie W. and Joan.

Show and Tell
Julie G. has been enjoying retirement and went to the Bead and Button show where she took a class to make a beaded vessel.  She also took a class on armatures.  Ann C. also went and made the beaded vessel and took a class on soldering.
Julie G.'s Beaded Vessel
Ann C.'s Be


Elena was so happy about a doll she made and has already sold.  Fortunately she has a picture of her Green Circus Dancer to share.  This doll has a clay face and hands and is quite lovely.  Great work Elena!  She also made a Scribbles doll for our charity project and brought her May Beastie challenge which is a dog made from felt.
Elena's Green Circus Dancer
Elena's Beastie
Elena's Scribbles

Katie brought two of her clay dolls she has completed.  Aubrey is made of polymer clay with a beautiful body and costumed in a magnificent beaded organza gown.  Maia is a full body sculpt of paperclay, a technique Katie learned in a class at AFICC with Kathryn Walmsley. Her costume is quite original with beautiful beading.  Check out Katie's blog for more pictures and information on these OOAK dolls.  Beautifully done, Katie!

Katie's Aubrey
Katie's Maia



Business Meeting
There are no more openings for our Marla Neiderer Mermaid class.  Patterns and homework have been sent to  those paid up participants.
Katie is getting our bookmarks for the November Show and Sale and will bring them to the July meeting to pass out.
A reminder the 2018 challenge doll is "Advanced Style:  Aging Outrageously" depicting an older character expressing life with a flare.
The Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls are due at the July meeting with their clothes on.  Members participating will swap and bring them back again in August  with their new shoes.  Finally at the October meeting they will be completed with embellishments and accessories.
Andrea recapped our River City Luncheon for those who were unable to attend.  Next year it will be our turn to host.  The theme for that challenge will be a Cage Doll.
Also next year  is AFICC around the end of April.  We hope to have Cindy come to one of our meetings prior to give us a preview.
After our meeting was over several of our members stayed and worked on making some Charity Dolls.  Thank you those who were able to stay and do this. For those who were unable to stay or come to the meeting we will be accepting any dolls you can make over the next few months and present them to the Children's Bureau nearer the end of the year.
Scribbles for Charity

Upcoming Meeting
Our July program will be presented by Virginia on making faces.  She has been hard at work sewing faces for us to use.  Andrea has volunteered colored pencils from the library or you can bring your own.  This will be a great learning experience for new and old doll makers, so be sure and come for a fun time!

Upcoming Challenges and Events
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at Indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com.

July Check List
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Pencils and Pens to make faces
  • Round Robin/Bag Dolls





Saturday, June 9, 2018

June 2018 Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

June 16 - Charity Dolls/Advanced Style Video
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday, Martha, Dimple, and Ron!

May Meeting
Our May meeting was a joint meeting with our friends from the River City Doll Club and held at The Sherman in Batesville.
Doll Makers at the Sherman

Members from River City attending were Holly, Liz, and Brenda. Indy Clothdollmakers included Elena, Julie W., Vicki, Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Sue, Virginia, and Andrea. 
We started off with show and tell including our Beasties challenge.  Julie W. brought her beastie that was a dragon named Primo made from a pattern by Michelle Munzone in a back issue of Soft Dolls and Animals magazine.  She also shared her round robin/bag doll from this past year made from one of Sue Odell's original designs.
Elena brought Yogi, Wisdom Health, an original design of her own.
Elena's Yogi

Vickie brought her giraffe named Dottie.
Brenda made a creature she made out of paper mache.
Liz had a whole family of beasties.  She also shared some art pieces she had made in honor of a nephew who had gone missing.  These pieces were entitled Hope.
Liz's Hope art

Holly created a princess and the pea bed designed by Cindee Moyer and also brought her Charlie doll she had made in a class at Silk Road with Charlie Patricolo this past year.
Kathryn brought "This Little Pig Went to Market" and her round robin/bag doll from this past year that started out from an elinor peace bailey pattern.
Julie G. shared her rag doll made in a Jess Brown workshop in Colorado.  It was a treat to herself for having retired.  (Congratulations on your retirement, Julie G.!) The doll's shoes are made from the fingertips of gloves.
Andrea brought her Flower Faery from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop last year.  Also she brought a doll she had made from a pattern designed by Nita, her Picture Book Doll from last year's challenge, and a Beastie Owl.
Sorry, there are is only one individual Beastie picture.  Hope you can pick some of the others out in this group photo of all the dolls everyone brought.
Our Creations

Holly led us in our pin doll exchange and gift bag exchange.  The gift bags had all sorts of fun fabrics and embellishments to make future dolls from and the pin dolls were delightful!
The Sherman served us with an excellent meal.  It was a good place to meet with our friends from River City.  Thank you River City Doll Club for hosting us this year.  We look forward to our meeting again next year!

Happy Doll Maker Friends!

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is June 16 and we will be back at Irvington Library.  We will have a workshop after our meeting and we will make Scribbles dolls to give to a local charity. Scribbles is a free cloth doll pattern by Cyndy Sieving that can be made for charity.   For each doll, bring 2 arms and 2 legs (sewn and turned), 2 head pieces (one with face), and 2 body pieces (cut out), and hair.     Sew and stuff the arms and legs. Sew the head pieces to the body pieces, but do not sew them together.  We will do that at the meeting.  If you'd like to make the ears, baste them to the head.    We may have some machine embroidered faces to share, so you could also bring some bodies without the face attached.  You could also bring ribbons or fiber for hair, tools for embroidery, stuffing tools, etc. 
We also plan to have an Advanced Style Video to watch that may have some inspiration for this year's October Challenge Doll!

Upcoming Challenges and Events

July 6-8 - Danville, Illinois Retreat
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale



June Meeting Checklist:
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Scribbles Charity Doll body, arms & legs
  • Fibers/ ribbons for hair, embroidery floss for face, needles, thread,  scissors, etc 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings

May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - Charity Dolls/Advanced Style Video
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday Mary Jane, Virginia, and Janet.  Hope your special day is fabulous!

April Meeting Minutes
Members present at our April meeting were Julie G., Ron, Barbara, Colleen, Jude, Ann R., Vicki, Kathryn, Cindy, Julie W., Andrea and Elena.  So glad our Illinois members could join us!

We did not have an official meeting as we met at Newfields to tour the Bes-Ben exhibit.  Janet Brandt, our docent, guided us through the exhibit.  She gave us a history of Bes-Ben founded by Benjamin B. Green-Field who was known for his elaborate, humorous, and flamboyant hat creations.  Many hats in the exhibit had been donated to the museum by a member of the Ball family and others were on loan from a Chicago museum.  He crafted hats for many famous celebrities of his era such as Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor.  The exhibit showcased hats with birds, horses, dogs, fruit, and so many more things beyond your imagination.  Janet showed us some of the materials used to make hats and inspired us to make hats for our own doll creations.  Thank you, Janet, for such an enjoyable time at Newfields.  It is definitely a place to return to.  The grounds were beautiful with all the brightly colored spring flowers.  After our tour we had a wonderful lunch at The Cafe' at Newfields.  Everyone loved their soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Janet, our Docent

Materials of Bes-Ben











Celebrities



Benjamin Green-Field












Fruit Hats

Swan and Dog Hats

















Horse Hat
Hat Hat


















Members attending Bes-Ben



Next Meeting

Our May meeting on May 19th will be a joint meeting with the River City doll club from Cincinnati.  River City is hosting this year and have invited us to meet at 'The Sherman"  a German restaurant in Batesville, Indiana.  We will meet there at 11:00 a.m.  River City challenged us to make a "Beastie" doll.  You may also bring Show and Tell dolls.  We will be having a pin doll gift exchange and goodie bag door prizes for those who want to participate.  These are all optional.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
July 6-8 - Danville, Illinois Retreat
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

May Meeting Check list:

  • Nametag
  • money for lunch
  • a couple of show and tell dolls
  • your Beastie challenge doll
  • a wrapped pin doll to exchange
  • optional: a goodie bag for the door prizes

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

April 21 - tour of the Mad Hatter exhibit at the art museum with Janet Brandt
May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - Charity Dolls/Advanced Style Video
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Katie, Sandy, and Ann R. this spring month.

March Meeting Minutes
Icy roads to the east prevented some of our members from coming to this months meeting.  Those present were:  Jude, Ron, Julie G., Vicki, Ann R., Elena, Cindy, Ann C., Andrea, Denise, Julie W., and Nita.

Show and Tell
Elena showed us two house spirit dolls she has made.
Elena's House Spirits
One was a very serious old man image.  He wore Russian shoes, carried keys to every door in the house, had a money bag and watch.  His name is Domovoy (Gregory in English).  These are great spirits, Elena.  Maybe we should all make one for our own home!

Julie G. has been making more dolls from Nita's pattern which Nita kindly shared with us. (Thanks, Nita)  These dolls are so cute and apparently addictive!
Julie G.'s Nita dolls

Ann C. has been busy making beautiful beaded jewelry.
Ann C.,s beaded jewelry
We welcomed new member Cindy who shared some dolls she has made.  One she made on a dollmaking cruise with Patti Culea. and Cyndi Mahlstadt.  Cyndi's doll is made with a wire armature and cloth over clay face.
Cindy's
Cyndi Mahlstadt doll
Cindy's Patti Culea doll

Nita also made two more of her dolls from her original pattern.  They are adorable!
Nita's original pattern doll.

Business Meeting
Julie G. informed us that the Marla Niederer class is now full.  Those who have completed payment for the class will be receiving their patterns sometime in May so they may start their pre-work for the class.
Jude, our treasurer announced the club now has a "square" to make payments to the club easier with the use of a credit card.  Technology is wonderful!
Since some of our members who are participating in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange were not able to come due to weather, they will exchange at the April Sew-in.

For our program this month we had a swap meet.  Andrea also arranged for "Erin the Librarian" to give us a mini-presentation on library resources and databases. The Indianapolis Public Libraries have fantastic digital offerings and Erin did an excellent job of introducing us to the web site and teaching us how to find all sorts of doll related materials.  Thank you Erin!  We learned a lot about this modern technology from you.  And thanks, Andrea, for arranging this for our group!

Next Meeting
Instead of meeting at the library this month we will be going on a field trip to the Art Museum (Newfields) in Indianapolis for a tour of the new exhibit Bes-Ben:  The Mad Hatter of Chicago. We are meeting on Saturday April 21 for our docent guided tour with Janet Brandt. We will meet in the lobby of the museum at 10:30 am. The tour will begin at 11:00 am  The club is paying for your admission to the museum. Lunch is your responsibility and optional.  Parking at the museum is free. The address is 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis 46208.  If you have not signed up to go, please contact Julie G. so you will not be left out!

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
July 6-8 - Danville, Illinois Retreat
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

April Meeting Checklist
  • Sack lunch or money to buy lunch at the Art Museum


April Sew-In
Several members came to the April Sew- In.  Kathryn did an excellent presentation on making shoes for our dolls with examples of ones she has made and actually making one as we watched.  Thanks, Kathryn, for a great session!  The remainder of the weekend was spent working on UFO's and making doll shoes.
Kathryn doing demonstration

Kathryn's felt shoe

Kathryn's doll with her shoes.