Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

June 18 - Charity Doll day (Scribbles Sew-in)
July 16 - Sue -  Beautiful Wings
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

Happy Birthday to our June Bugs:  Martha, Dimple, and Ron!


May Meeting

ICD members present:  Kathryn, Katie, Sue, Virginia, Nita, Ron, Ann R., Julie W., Julie G., Joan, Vickie and Andrea.
River City members present:  Liz, Kathy, Holly, Brenda, Jeanie, Betty, Connie, Regina and guest Cody.

There was a total of twenty one doll makers present, twelve from Indy and nine from Cincinnati! This was a great turn out for our joint meeting held this year at Red Rose Jems Pizzeria in Cincinnati.  The food was great.  Thank you River City for hosting us this year!  It was wonderful to have this get together with so many talented doll makers to share what we all had done over the past year.  Andrea started off by giving a recap of the Indy club's activities and announced our challenge for next year to the River City Club to create a doll associated with a card from a Tarot deck.
Holly from River City then told us of their activities and shared samples from the dolls that their members had brought to show.  They had made progressive dolls, flat faces, pipe cleaner dolls, bound books, had a natural materials challenge, and a carnival (mardi gras) challenge.  They are planning for a new venue for their annual doll show.


Lunch at Red Rose
Lunch at Red Rose


Show and Tell Doll Display


Bound Book
Mardi Gras Carnival Doll
Flat Face, Pipe Cleaner, and Natural Materials Dolls.


Doll Faces created on fabric

River City had challenged us this year with Fantasy Face Pin Dolls.  Each one that was exchanged was unique!  Bring yours to the next meeting for show and tell!  Holly passed out tickets to draw for grab bags.  The contents were delightful!  Thank you everyone for your participation.  We look forward to next years meeting with River City!

Observing Felting Demonstration
After the meeting we went to Silk Road Textiles just a few blocks away.  Proprietor Teresa Owen greeted us and gave a demonstration of a felting process introducing some new products now on the market to make the process easier.  Thank you, Teresa, for your hospitality! Your store is a fantastic place and one to definitely return to when in the Cincinnati area!
Teresa giving Felting Demonstration

Shopping At Silk Road Textiles












Reminders
A reminder that on July 20,  Missi Gouty (from Threads of Time in Danville, IL), will present  "The West was Won with Needle and Thread"  at the Common Threads Quilt Guild of Central Indiana, which meets at the Mount Comfort United Methodist Church, 3179 N 600 W, Greenfield, IN.  Her shop is having a Jelly Roll Challenge due the first weekend in November.

Another reminder:  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/


Next Meeting

Our June meeting will be a charity doll sew-in.  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.  The pattern can be found here.  For each doll, bring 2 arms and 2 legs (sewn and turned), 2 head pieces (one with face), and 2 body pieces (cut out), stuffing, 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. We could use two sewing machines, so if you would like to bring yours, please let us know. If you'd like to make the ears, baste them to the head.   

Scribble arms and legs
Julie W. and Jude will be making 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.

Scribble's front and back

Upcoming Challenges

October 15, 2016 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Challenge - The Elements (for Judging)
First Weekend in November - Jelly Roll Challenge at Threads of Time
November 19, 2016 Show and Sale - People's Choice selection of the Challenge Dolls

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




Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 Newsletter
Upcoming Meetings

May 21 - River City Joint Meeting
June 18 - Charity Doll day (Scribbles Sew-in)
July 16 - Sue -  Beautiful Wings
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
 
Happy Birthday to Mary Jane, Virginia and Janet this month!
 
 
April Meeting Minutes
 
Members present for our April meeting were Denise, Suellen, Virginia, Mary, Andrea, Jude, Katie, Joan, Julie W., Nita, Julie G., Kathryn, Leslie, Ann C., Maggie, Martha, and Janet.
 
Show and Tell
 
Sue showed a doll she is working on from her Grace and Patience pattern with calico materials.
 
Sue's calico doll
 
 
 Virginia completed "Scarlet" her Little Red Riding Hood from a practice pattern and "Lacy" made from her mom's (Suellen's) pattern.


Virginia's "Scarlet"


Virginia's "Lacy"

 
 
 
Nita made "Rags" and "Logan" from a free pattern she found online.

Nita's "Rags" and "Logan"
 
Julie G made two pumpkin head dolls from the pattern "Things That Go Bump in the Night" by Christine Shively
Julie G.'s Pumpkin Head Dolls


Kathryn brought her favorite old doll that was made by Susanna Oroyan for a NIADA convention and shared a picture of her favorite new doll made by her 8 year old granddaughter, Leigh, which was made from recycled materials.
Kathryn's Susanna Oroyan doll
Leigh's recycled doll
 
 
 
Jude told that she has digitized the scribbles charity doll pattern.  She and Julie W. will provide machine embroidered faces for the charity doll sew-in at the June meeting.
 
 
Business Meeting
  
Joan is hoping to have a fiber artist do a workshop for us perhaps this summer.  She will let us know if it works out.  We hope so as this artist is quite good and has much to share with us.
 

A reminder that on July 20,  Missi Gouty (from Threads of Time in Danville, IL), will present  "The West was Won with Needle and Thread"  at the Common Threads Quilt Guild of Central Indiana, which meets at the Mount Comfort United Methodist Church, 3179 N 600 W, Greenfield, IN.  Her shop is having a Jelly Roll Challenge due the first weekend in November.

Another reminder:  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/

Following our business meeting we had a group sew-in to work on our Fantasy Face pindolls for the May meeting with River City.  These will be fabulous faces when finished to exchange.

Fun Time
      
Fabulous
                                    
                                         Fantastic Faces

Next Meeting

Our May meeting will be with the River City Doll Club in Cincinnati.  We will meet for lunch at Red Rose Jems Pizzeria,  5915 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati at 11:00.  There will be show and tell, a gift bag exchange, and pin doll challenge/exchange after we eat.  The challenge is to make a Fantasy Face pindoll.  You may make two pindolls (from the pattern given to us by River City) and one will be for the challenge, the other will exchanged with another one of the club members.  The gift bag can contain anything doll related from your stash or otherwise with a $20 limit. These are optional.  You don't have to bring anything other than spending money for food and shopping.   After the meeting at 2:00 we will proceed just a few blocks to Silk Road Textiles, 6106 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati.  They offer many types of fine fabrics and yarn and quality fibers including silk dupione, cotton velveteen, linen, raw silk, silk-wool blends, and silk-linen blends.  The owner of Silk Road textiles will give us a demo on art felt paper. This will be a fun day you won't want to miss!
 
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

May Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Lunch Money
  • Two Fantasy Face Pindolls (one for challenge, one for exchange-optional)
  • Grab bag (optional)
  • Show and Tell

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Suellen Odell, Grace and Patience Workshop

Suellen Odell
 Grace and Patience Workshop
 
April 2016
 

 
 
Suellen Odell presented a fabulous weekend workshop for the Indy Cloth Dollmakers at the Creative Arts and Event Center in Greenfield, Indiana.  Grace and Patience were made from the same basic pattern with variations of their clothing.  Sue shared with us many of her own valuable techniques in making these dolls.  Following are photos from the workshop.  Pictures of the completed dolls will be in future newsletters.  Everyone had a fantastic, fun, and productive weekend.  Thank you, Sue, for sharing your expertise with us! Thank you Virginia for your valuable assistance.  And thank you, Joan, for arranging to get the venue and making dinner reservations at Mi Casa in Greenfield for us!
 
          








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