Saturday, February 21, 2015

February Meeting Cancelled

Very Sad Beth by Black-Eyed Suzie

February 20, 2015

Today's meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  I will keep this page updated in case it is rescheduled. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February Newsletter

Julie W's embroidered Scribbles

Upcoming Meetings

February 21, 2015

Charity Doll Sew-in/ Challenge Judge Form Review


March 21, 2015
Eyelashes -- Erin

April 18, 2015

Tips on Steampunk -- Sue

May 16, 2015
Joint meeting with River City


Mary's award winning dragon

Member Birthdays

We'd like to wish a warm Happy Birthday to Julie G and Liz M!

Lizzie and Grandma's teacup pincushion

January Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Virginia, Sue, Martha, Lizzie, Maggie, Vicki, Ann R, Julie W, Robbie, Ron, Julie G, Jude, Nita, Katie, Janet L, Ann C, Erin, Andrea, and Mary.

Mary's Miss Galaxy 2002

Show and Tell

We had a few test Scribbles in attendance this month.  Scribbles is the Charity doll pattern we are using this year, designed by Cyndy Sieving.  Click the link above to get your copy of the free pattern.  Julie W and Jude were thinking alike and used their embroidery machines to make the faces.  They are so cute!  I can't wait to give a ton of these to little kids who need a friend.

Mary's Countess
Martha brought her granddaughter Lizzie who loves to craft.  They made a bunch of dainty teacup pincushions.  The results were so fun and easy that they bet their non-crafty friends will enjoy making them, too.

Mary brought a lot to share with us, starting with her beautiful mermaid Mareena, from a Patti LaValley pattern.  She belongs in the sea with her deep blue tones.  Next was Miss Galaxy 2002, a lovely lady in a black gown and striking green eyes.  Miss Galaxy was a Dollmaker's Journey challenge using the Sylvia Schorr pattern.

Virginia's fairy Kiss
Then a beaded dragon which won Mary 1st place in an online challenge.  Great job Mary!  The pattern is Celtic Dragon by Melinda Small Paterson. Finally, she showed us Countess, a Christine Shively pattern dressed in purples and blues highlighted in gold. 

Ann C's Troll Baby
Virginia worked hard to get her mom's Christmas gift finished in time, and she was worth the time off work!  Kiss is a whimsical fairy who won't let anything get in between her and her Hershey Kisses!  Virginia even hand-dyed the body fabric.

We have a collaboration between two of our doll artists, the Dragon Charmer and her Baby.  Barbara sent Ann C the adorable Berry to dress, but she had to have a baby!  Mommy is the Sybil pattern by Jennifer Carson. Ann's baby is made of some of the Australian fabric from Threads of Time, using Ute Vasina's Troll Baby pattern.

Barbara's Dragon Charmer
Janet made two new birdies.  One is a little orange and blue fella, and the other is the Distlefink.  She designed the pattern herself based on folk art drawings of the bird.  We love seeing her embellished birds.
Jude's embroidered Scribbles

Business Meeting

Last year, the Board revamped the club bylaws.  We will take a vote to accept them at the February meeting.  You can read them here, or they are listed to the right if you ever need to see one of our rules.

Katie was contacted by the Original Sewing + Quilt Expo.  We were going to have a booth at the Expo, but they have canceled the event this year.  Too bad, we were looking forward to sharing our art with other fiber artists.

But we still have the Doll Collectors show in May.  There wasn't enough interest to have a club display, but a few people are going to share a table.  Contact Leslie if you want to share the cost of the table to sell your dolls.

Janet's Distlefink
The Show and Sale has been growing steadily over the last few years.  We have decided to appoint a committee to handle all of the tasks in planning and setting up the event.  Maggie, Andrea, Vicki, Katie, and Ann R have volunteered for the committee.  Thank you all, this is a great opportunity to make the Show and Sale the best it can be!

Janet's cute orange and blue birdie
Our workshop for 2015 is set with Angela Jarecki.  We asked to NOT make a fairy or a mermaid, I guess we're a little burned out on fantasy dolls. Anya and her Baby will be a good mix of the techniques we requested.  Class size is limited, so we will start the sign-up at the February meeting.  Email Andrea if you cannot attend the meeting but want to take the class.

Anya and her Baby- The Traveller
September 26 & 27, Saturday and Sunday (Possibly Friday night as well, that is open for discussion)
Cost -- tentatively about $120 

Angela has also made available her Windows online class to all of our members at a discount!  More info on that to come.

Anya and Baby by Angela Jarecki

Next Meeting

We ran out of time to go over Kathryn's judging forms from the Fairy Habitat challenge. If you would like to share your comments from Kathryn, bring your judging form and we will read them.  It's good to learn from each other and the comments from viewers. 

After our business meeting in February, we will be assembling charity dolls for the Children's Bureau.  Please bring parts for at least one doll, the pattern can be found here. 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.   

Scribble arms and legs
Julie and Jude will be making some embroidered faces to share, so you can also bring some bodies without the face attached. We will have sewing machines and stuffing.  You can bring ribbons or fiber for hair, tools for embroidery, stuffing tools, etc.

Scribble's front and back

Upcoming Challenges

2015 AFICC Club display - A Bar Scene - Create a character (about 14-16 inches tall) that you might meet in a bar or nightclub.  You may create just the doll, or include a setting like a corner booth or a bit of dance floor.  We'll display them together at AFICC in Columbus, OH in April.

2015 Paint Chip Challenge- Choose a paint chip with coordinating colors and make a doll that includes those colors. This will be due at our next joint meeting with River City in May of 2015. If you haven’t received a chip, you can get one from Andrea or find one you like at your hardware store.

2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads of Time’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in June of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

Leather and Lace- Due at the October meeting, make a cloth doll that includes the materials leather and lace in some way.  No restrictions on size or theme.

January Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • Charity Doll body, arms & legs 
  • Fibers/ ribbons for hair, embroidery floss for face, needles, thread, stuffing, scissors, etc.
  • Critique from the Fairy & Habitat Challenge to share
Mary's Mareena mermaid

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter

Another Christmas Wonderland!

Upcoming Meetings

January 17, 2015
Swap Meet/ Challenge critique review
February 21, 2015
Charity Doll Sew-in.
March 21, 2015
Eyelashes -- Erin
April 18, 2015

Ron's Bridget

Member Birthdays

Happy Birthday Joan W!  Hope it was wonderful!

Katie's new outfit!

December Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Jude, Andrea, Maggie, Ann R, Julie W, Martha, Brenda, Mary, Janet L, Ron, Julie G, Leslie, Nita, Katie, and Erin

We had another fun Christmas party, with wonderful food and company!

Jude's colored mug rug

Show and Tell

Ron made a wonderful version of Bridget, full of fun patterns. He says Julie only helped a bit.

Mary is working on a crochet Raven from Teen Titans, it's awesome!

Mary's Teen Titan

Jude made a made a mug rug with a black and white print fabric that she colored with fabric crayons, then ironed to set the color.  Cool technique!

Katie showed off two outfits she made using re-purposed clothes.  One was made from a corduroy dress, and the other from a man's shirt, and both were stylish!

Martha has been quilting, and finished the shopping themed quilt for her granddaughter.  She also took a quilting class, and finished a sampler quilt.
Janet's butterfly scarf

Janet made some infinity scarves with gauzy material, and they were so cute!

Business Meeting

Our Slate of Officers for 2015 was accepted as follows: Julie G- President, Andrea- Vice President, Erin- Secretary, Jude- Treasurer, Maggie- Publicity.  Special thanks to Leslie and Katie for all their work as President and Publicity Officer for the last several years.  We really appreciate all your effort!

Merry Christmas!
Julie G has a contact at the Irvington Methodist Church (a block from the library) which has a large parlor that we would be able to rent for the next Show and Sale.  We asked Julie to book the room because it is a popular space in Irvington, but we will hopefully be able to take a look at it as a group soon.  The Show and Sale has gotten very crowded, and we will benefit from a larger space that is still close to the Gathering of Artists.

In February we will be creating charity dolls to donate to the Indianapolis Children's Bureau.  Please bring at least parts for 1 doll made from the Scribbles pattern by Cyndy Sieving. We will organize an assembly line, mixing and matching the parts, sewing the bodies and stuffing at the meeting.  It would nice if everyone participated so we have a ton of dolls to donate this year.  We will also take donations of the gingerbread doll pattern.  Let Erin know if you need a copy of that pattern.

Martha's shopping quilt


I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seats, so here we go.  It was a landslide! The winner of the 2015 Challenge Doll challenge is Leather and Lace!  A cloth doll (i.e. has a cloth face) that incorporates both leather and lace in some way will be due in October of 2015.

We also voted on the workshop artists we'd like to invite to teach in 2015.  We decided on Angela Jarecki in 2015 and Ute Vasina in 2016 (if available).  Cross your fingers that these will work out, they will be awesome classes!

When all of the "business" was attended to, we exchanged presents!  There were so many beautiful fabrics, supplies, and handmade items that we were all in awe of ourselves!

Thank you everyone for another wonderful year!

Challenge Vote results

Next Meeting

Clean out your craft areas!  We are having a swap meet in January, and all your unwanted craft items are treasure to someone else.  Bring anything you're willing to give away and take home something new (to you).

It was suggested that we share our critiques of the Fairy Challenge dolls from Kathryn.  If you are willing to share yours, bring it to the January meeting and we can learn from them.

REMINDER: Dues are due!  Please bring a check for $25 payble to Doll Creators to the January meeting, or send a check to Jude.

Doll Julie made for the gift exchange

Odds & Ends

If you are interested in selling your handcrafted goods, Brenda suggested  the Handmade Market in Lafayette, which has affordable booths.

If you are interested in selling dolls at the Haw Creek Heritage Center in Columbus, let Erin know and she will pass the contact information along to you.

Leslie McCarthy will be hosting Cindee Moyer in April in Shelbyville, KY!  Cindee will be teaching "Waiting Up." Class dates are April 18 and 19, 2015 (Sat/Sun).  Visit the Making Ends Meet Studio page for more information.  Denise will be there for sure!

Cindee Moyer's Waiting Up
Andrea's gift were beautiful hand dyed fabric and trims by Linda Matthews.  Visit her etsy page to see some of her "Sew Creative" boxes.

Orange sewing kit Maggie made for the gift exchange

Upcoming Challenges

2015 AFICC Club display - A Bar Scene - Create a character (about 14-16 inches tall) that you might meet in a bar or nightclub.  You may create just the doll, or include a setting like a corner booth or a bit of dance floor.  We'll display them together at AFICC in Columbus, OH in April.

2015 Paint Chip Challenge- Choose a paint chip with coordinating colors and make a doll that includes those colors. This will be due at our next joint meeting with River City in May of 2015. If you haven’t received a chip, you can get one from Andrea or find one you like at your hardware store.

2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads ofTime’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in June of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

Leather and Lace- Due at the October meeting, make a cloth doll that includes the materials leather and lace in some way.  No restrictions on size or theme.

January Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • Swapmeet items
  • Critique from the Fairy & Habitat Challenge

Friday, December 12, 2014

December Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

December 20- Annual Christmas Party
January 17- Swap Meet
February 21- Charity Doll Assembly Line

Julie G's Midnight in the Garden

Member Birthdays

 We have lots of December Girls in our club.  Maybe that should be Barbara's next pattern...  Happy birthday to Ann C, Jude, Janet K, Sue, and Leslie!

Katie's Petal

November Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Erin, Julie G, Ron, Julie W, Mary M, Janet L, Vicki, Ann C, Maggie, Sue, Virginia, Katie, Jude, Leslie, Andrea, Mary Jane

Janet's Zentangle mug

Show and Tell

We of course started with the Fae and Habitat challenge dolls, which have their own post here. Go back and see the wonderful entries into this year's challenge.

Maggie's name tag and the Hoffman challenge fabric

Janet made black and white birds to sell at the Show and Sale, and also had a beautiful mug made of one of her zentangle doodles.  Andrea brought a gift from her Scandanavia trip for Mary: a cute little troll, and not one of the 80's dolls.

Maggie made her name tag pin doll, she is adorable!

Mary's troll from Norway

Katie had books, patterns and magazines to turn in to a lending library.  If you borrow one, read it and bring it back to the next meeting to share with others.

Andrea's Bookmobile- The fairy is out!
Thanks to Sue, we got to see the 2015 Hoffman Challenge fabric! Very interesting, I see some nice pieces that can be used in a doll costume.  There is also a secondary challenge in 2015 to include Aurifil thread in your Hoffman piece.  Entries are due in July.


Business Meeting

We discussed the logistics of setting up the Show and Sale, which was the following Saturday, then moved on to planning for next year.

The instructors we are reaching out to for 2015 will be:

 Lillian Alberti


Ute Vasina


Angela Jereki



and Dot Luellen.



Consider who you would like to take a class from, depending on their availability of course.

We set the programs for the first few meetings of 2015, starting with a swap meet and then a charity doll assembly day in February.  We have some ideas for the rest of the year, but need to get the schedule set.  If there is something you would like to teach or learn about, don't be afraid to speak up.

Leslie's Scarlet
And, it's my favorite time of year!  When Andrea pulls out her Challenge Doll Idea list and the white board, and we narrow down the theme for next year's challenge.  We had lots of ideas, from Andrea's log as well as ideas thrown out during the meeting.  Ethnic costumes, Bodies in Motion, and Music were just some of the themes.  We voted and narrowed the themes down to:
 Leather and Lace (doll must include leather and lace somehow),
The Dark Side (a dark doll that is a little subversive),
Come As You Aren't (the anti-version of you, your alter ego),
American Historical Costume (any time period in American history),
Fairy Tales (any character from a fairy tale),
Sue's Squishy Bags (Sue-or someone - will put together supplies that everyone has to use in their doll) and
Anime (Japanese cartoon style).

Andrea and THE LIST
We will vote on the final theme at the December meeting.  If you aren't able to attend, email me and I will stuff the ballot box include your vote.

Ann admiring the pared down list.

Odds and Ends
Janet won the name tag drawing, congrats!

We were contacted by The Bartholomew History Center to see if anyone would like to sell dolls at their gift shop in Columbus.  Let me know if you are interested.

Jude's machine embroidered wings

Next Meeting

Our Christmas party is always a great treat. We will have a pitch-in brunch and (optional) gift exchange. Maggie will bring the plates and silverware, and Andrea will provide drinks. Everyone else bring a dish to share.

You may also bring a doll related gift (limit of $20), which you can purchase, gather from your stash, or make. Looking forward to celebrating with everyone!

Julie W's Bonnie and machine embroidered butterfly

Upcoming Challenges

2015 AFICC Club display - A Bar Scene - Create a character (about 14-16 inches tall) that you might meet in a bar or nightclub.  You may create just the doll, or include a setting like a corner booth or a bit of dance floor.  We'll display them together at AFICC in Columbus, OH in April.

2015 Paint Chip Challenge- Choose a paint chip with coordinating colors and make a doll that includes those colors. This will be due at our next joint meeting with River City in May of 2015. If you haven’t received a chip, you can get one from Andrea or find one you like at your hardware store.

2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads ofTime’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in June of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.


Maggie's Fern

December Checklist


  • Nametag
  • Covered Dish
  • Gift
Virginia's Frost Bites (mooning over Legolas)