Saturday, May 9, 2015

May Newsletter

Virginia's Bunnies

Upcoming Meetings

May 16, 2015
Joint Meeting with River City

June 20, 2015
Eyelash Tutorial - Erin

July 18, 2015
Zentangle - Janet

Member Birthdays

 Happy Birthday to Virginia and Janet L and Happy Mothers Day!

April Meeting Minutes

Members present: Julie G, Ron, Jude, Ann C, Leslie, Ann R, Sandy, Julie W, Joan Webb, Andrea, Virginia,  Sue, Sara, Mary, Maggie, Nita, and Erin.

Julie and Nita's Dancing Doris twins

Show and Tell

Julie G and Nita surprised each other by each making a Dancing Doris for our AFIC bar display.  It wasn’t planned, but they both dressed this funky lady in polka dots.  So now we have twins at the bar! The pattern is by Jill Maas

Nita also made a critter pin doll that was very sweet.  She used felt and beads for her little birdie.

Andrea's scrapbook

Mary sculpted a ghostie who is super cute scary.

Virginia made a few more bunnies from the Scribbles patterns.  We have so many dolls to donate this year, thank you to everyone for your generosity!

Joan's sketchbooks

Andrea brought a memory book she made with vintage items from her grandmother’s sewing cabinet.  It’s filled with fabric, embroidery, notes, and other items.  What a great way to honor her talent.

Joan made a charity doll from the Scribbles pattern, and machine embroidered the face.  She also made several  types of sketch books with handmade covers.  We all loved the one with puzzle pieces under the rust dyed fabric.

Erin's Bunnies

Erin made a Mama and Baby bunny from a Judi Lynn pattern.  The mama is made from chenille upholstery fabric, and the baby is fleece.


Ann R made a bunch of Scibbles for our donation to the Children’s Bureau.  She used print fabrics for the hair that really look like hair.  They were probably meant to resemble wood grain or wheat, but it works great for hair!

Joan's Scribble

Business Meeting


The November Show and Sale is set to take place at the Irvington United Methodist Church in the Parlor.  It is $60 to rent but we voted to donate extra for their generosity.  We are able to set up the day before.  Maggie will go to take measurements and plan the arrangement of the room.  She wants to meet with the Show and Sale Committee this summer.

Joan's Scrapbooks

We voted to accept the new By-laws as written. Thanks to Leslie and Jude for all their hard work on this!


There is a new date for the Threads of Time Show and Sale.  We will have a retreat from July 24 to the 26th in Danville, IL.  Our Show and Sale will be on Saturday July 25th.  You do not have to attend to display dolls or participate in the Australian fabric challenge.   See the bottom of the newsletter for more information on the challenge.

The Greenwood doll show was May 2 and Katie and Nita had a table.  Can’t wait to hear how it went, and if we pulled in any new members!

Sara won the nametag drawing.

We finished our meeting with a presentation from Sue about Steampunk.  She is a wealth of information, and shared several books including 
Steampunk Style and the Steampunk Adventurer's Guide. Thanks Sue, it was a treat!

Next Meeting

We will not be having our normal meeting at the library. 
May 16th
11 am
Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park
Hoffman Room
1314 Clifty Hollow Rd
Madison, IN 47250

Our annual joint meeting with the River City FigurativeArtists’ Guild is May 16th.  If you would like to carpool, meet at the library at 8:30 am.  When you arrive at the park tell the person at the gate that you are with the Indy Cloth Dollmakers and you will be admitted to the park for free.  Lunch will be $16 for the buffet including tip.

Mary's ghost

The meeting will mostly be a fun get together with a Show and Tell of dolls we created over the last year as well as our Paint Chip Challenge doll.  See below for information on the challenge. 

We do a few exchanges with River City.  The first is a door prize drawing.  Participation is optional.  Make a grab bag or two with items from your stash.  Past examples are coordinating fabrics and trims for a doll, or a book on dollmaking.  There is also a pin doll exchange (also optional).  Bring a wrapped pin doll and receive one from another artist.

In June, Erin will be giving a demonstration on making eyelashes with black organza.  No supplies will be needed.

Upcoming Challenges

Nita's pin doll

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 July 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.

Ann's Scribbles

May Checklist

  • Nametag
  • $16 Lunch Money
  • Paint Chip Challenge Doll
  • Grab Bags (optional)
  • Pin Doll (optional)

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

April 18, 2015
Tips on Steampunk - Sue

May 16, 2015
Joint Meeting with River City

June 20, 2015
Eyelash Tutorial - Erin


Member Birthdays

 Happy Birthday and wishes for beautiful spring days to Katie, Ann R., and Sandy!



March Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Erin, Julie G, Andrea, Sara, Mary, Katie, Ann, Jude, Nita, Virginia, Sue, Janet, Vicki, Julie W, Sandy, and Maggie

We welcomed Sara, our newest member, to our fun group!  Hope she liked us as much as we liked her.


Show and Tell

Janet made an adorable little detective named Steampunk Sadie.  She is based on one of the first police women in Indianapolis.  She also made a bunch of cute tablet wristlets to sell.

Nita made Jewelberry, an angel made from a Patti Culea pattern and fabric Jude gave her for Christmas.  She is perfect! 

Sue is almost finished with the bar for the AFICC display, so the floozies will have a place to order.  It looks great.



Katie has been preparing for AFICC in a little different manner than the rest of us.  She has finished a sewing tote, a tool tote and an iron tote!  They are all made from pretty sewing related fabrics.  She will be the envy of everyone at the next retreat.  She has also been working on felted fabric for her art to wear designs.


Mary is on a crochet scavenger hunt.  Each week she is making a secret block, and we're excited to see how it turns out!  

Our newest member Sara brought the Wicked Queen from Snow White.  She took a class with Arlee Berryhill and made an amazing candlestick doll.


Business Meeting 

Erin is stepping down as Secretary in 2016.  She has some big career changes coming up in her life, and is hoping to save some time for actual doll making.  If anyone is interested in writing our newsletter, speak up.  We are flexible on the format, and Erin is also willing to teach you how to use the blog or other newsletter format.


If you haven't already, please pay Jude for our $25 yearly dues.  Make checks payable to Doll Creators.

Andrea reported that 20 people have signed up for the Traveller workshop with Angela Jarecki.  That's great, but also a problem because the limit is 15 students... There will be a waiting list in case anyone backs out.

Our joint meeting with the River City doll club is on May 16th at Clifty Falls.  Lunch will be a buffet and will cost $16.  We will not have a regular business meeting that day, but will meet in the library parking lot around 9 am to carpool.

The sewing retreat/ doll show in Danville, IL has been moved to July 24th- 26th.  You do not have to attend the retreat to visit the doll show on the 25th or enter a doll in the challenge.  The challenge doll must be made from the Australian fabric line and purchased from Threads of Time.  There will be a People's Choice Award.

Mary won the nametag drawing, congrats!

After the business meeting, we worked our little behinds off making charity dolls.  At the end of the day, we had completed 32 dolls and still have more that people took home to finish.  Erin will be taking them to the Children's Bureau after the June meeting, so you have time to finish more on your own.  Thanks everyone for a fun day!


Next Meeting

Please read our new bylaws, the rules of our club.  We will be voting to adopt them at the April meeting.  Thanks to Leslie and Jude for their hard work on them.

AFICC is April 23, the weekend after our next meeting.  Please bring your Bar Scene doll for the group display to the April meeting if you cannot attend AFICC.  Sue and Virgina are wrangling those wild dolls for us.  

There will also be a display at AFICC of dolls from previous years' classes.  If you have a completed doll from an AFICC workshop that you would like to display, bring it to the April meeting to hitch a ride with Julie or Andrea.  Each doll must have a nametag, as well as a note that one of our members has permission to take the doll home.  Security is tight in the display room.

We will be hosting an Artist Trading Card "make and take" table at AFICC.  Julie is bringing stamped face fabrics, but is asking that we each contribute 10 business card size (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") pieces of fabric cut with pinking shears.  Please bring these to the April meeting along with any little buttons, embroidery floss, thread, embellishments, charms, yarns you would like to donate to the table, also embroidery needles, colored pencils, and/or embroidery floss you would like to donate.  Every little bit helps.

Sue will be giving a presentation on Steampunk, no supplies are needed.


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 July 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.


April Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • Read the bylaws (available here)
  • Bar Room doll for our AFICC display
  • Any finished dolls from previous AFICC classes with label
  • Pre-cut ATC sized pieces of fabric as well as thread, embellishments, needles, etc.




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

March 21, 2015Charity Doll Sew-in/ Challenge Judge Form Review

April 18, 2015

Tips on Steampunk -- Sue

May 16, 2015
Joint meeting with River City


Member Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Julie W., Colleen, Shelby and Erin!  Hope you get to see some sunshine on your special days.

Angela Jarecki bust

February Meeting Minutes.

There are none.  We had to cancel our meeting for the first time in forever due to bad weather.  But the good news is that we will be making charity dolls in March.  We will save Erin's eyelash demo for another time.  And since we didn't have show and tell, I thought I'd share some of Angela Jarecki's dolls to get us pumped for her workshop in September.

Angela Jarecki - The Red Thread

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 March, 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 the back to the front.  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.

Scribbles 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.


Angela Jarecki - Chou Chou

March 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

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.