Monday, August 10, 2015

August Newsletter

Bar Fly - Sue

Upcoming Meetings

August 15, 2015
Tiny Hands- Leslie

September 19, 2015
ATC Trading Swap- Make 1 Artist Trading Card to swap

September 26-27, 2015
Traveller workshop with Angela Jarecki!

October 17, 2015
Challenge Dolls Due! 

Member Birthdays

 Happy Happy Birthday Sara and Andrea!


Beaded fish - Sue

July Meeting Minutes

Members present: Virginia, Jude, Ann C, Julie W, Andrea, Sue, Maggie, Nita, Martha, Janet, Mary, Julie G., Katie, and Erin.


Charlie the Bartender - Virginia

Business Meeting

In case you didn't know, this is Erin's last year as Secretary.  The Secretary takes meeting notes and sends out the monthly newsletter. If you are interested, let Julie G. know.  I will help anyone to learn the blog or the word processing software of your choice!

The Show and Sale is approaching quickly.  If you would like a table ($10), contact Maggie.  She and the committee will be issuing guidelines and a table layout prior to the show.  Katie made bookmarks to promote the November show at Threads of Time.  She also made the outdoor signs more generic to advertise the week before the event.

Storage pots - Joan

The online Windows class with Angela Jarecki started August 1st, and we're starting to see some great faces emerge!  This was a wonderful prequel to the Traveller class in September.  The class fee for the Traveller class is due by September.  Reserve your spot by sending $60 to Jude.  We will most likely be at the Greenfield Art Center, unless they book a wedding.

Anya and Baby - The Traveler with Angela Jarecki
Saturday & Sunday Sept 26th and 27th
Location TBD (Either the library or Greenfield Art Center)

$120 class fee, no pattern or kit fee will be charged
$60 down to reserve your spot, full amount due by September's meeting
Make checks out to Doll Creators and send to Jude

Kiwi - Nita

Speaking of workshops, we had asked Ute Vasina to teach in 2016 but she is taking some time off in the spring.  Andrea needs suggestions for spring teachers.  Charlie Patricio (?) and Cyndee Moyer were both suggested, and our very own Sue is working on a class that she would share with us for an Anime doll.  

Deedle - Nita

The Threads of Time fall retreat is November 6, 7, and 8.  Visit their website to reserve your spot to work on items for the Show and Sale or whatever you'd like.

Victoria - Katie

We will be trading Artist Trading Cards at the September meeting, so please make one if you would like to trade.  They are playing card size pieces of art, be creative and use any medium that suits you. Visit ATCsforAll.com for inspiration.

Handmade, hand-dyed books - Joan

Show and Tell


Sue is working on her beaded fish from Dot Luellen's AFICC class, as well as the Bar Fly who was in our bar scene display at AFICC.  She is very classy, if a little buggy.  She is an original pattern.

To go with the Bar Fly, Virginia shared her Charlie the Bartender doll.  She was the wench of the scene, complete with bosom tattoo.  Virginia used the All Will be Well pattern by Sharon Mitchell.

Purse - Katie

Katie made a lovely doll inspired by the Victorian costuming on the BBC show Paradise.  She is an original design, and her costume is stunning from under garments to hat!  Katie also shared a fun purse design with interchangeable faces.  The Australian one shown above is her sketch of the Threads of Time challenge doll.

Zentangle steps - Janet

Joan made a lot of beautiful books during a workshop in Nashville.  She used her hand-dyed fabric for most of the covers.  We would love a book making class, Joan!  She also made little paint pots with epoxy, coke bottles and credit cards.  They're perfect for storing small amounts of the perfect color of paint.

Zentangle patterns - Janet

Nita shared two Australian challenge dolls with us.  The first is a bird from the outback and his little fairy rider.  They are perfect!  She used the Deedle pattern by Frowning Francis.  Then she brought out Kiwi, a sophisticated lady who happens to love birds.  

Zentangle as doll clothes - Janet

Janet won the nametag drawing and then gave a presentation on Zentangle.  She did a few tests of pens on fabric and liked the Sakura best.  We spent the rest of the afternoon drawing peacefully!

Next Meeting

Leslie will be presenting Tiny Hands.  This will be a demo, so just bring yourselves and tiny finger techniques that you would like to share (I'm looking at you Andrea.)

Upcoming Challenges

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.

Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of a Face that tells a story.  Due at the May, 2016 joint meeting with the Rivercity Figurative Artist's Guild. 

August Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Class Fees for the Traveller Workshop


Thursday, July 16, 2015

July Newsletter

Julie G's Immigrants

Upcoming Meetings

July 18, 2015
Zentangle - Janet

August 15, 2015
Tiny Hands- Leslie

September 19, 2015
ATC Trading Swap- Make 1 Artist Trading Card to swap

September 26-27, 2015
Traveller workshop with Angela Jarecki!

October 17, 2015
Challenge Dolls Due! 

Member Birthdays

 Many warm wishes to Martha, Danielle, Nita, Vicki, and Carrie on their birthdays!

Virginia's Cyndy Boo

June Meeting Minutes

Members present: Julie G, Jude, Ann C, Julie W, Andrea, Virginia, Maggie, Nita, Martha, Janet, and Erin.
Julie's Beaded Fish

Show and Tell

Ann went to the Bead and Button show in Milwakee and brought home some lovely beads.  We can't wait to see what she makes with them.

Virginia's Beaded Fish and Flying Pig

Martha brought a lovely hand quilted silk quilt which has a piece of embellished fabric as the focal point.  She also made a table runner quilt that was beautiful.

Andrea shared the charity dolls she was working on at the sew-along.  They are finished now, and have adorable hand embroidered faces.

Andrea's Charity Dolls
Virginia brought along her work from AFICC.  She had lots of fun and finished soo many projects!  There was a little pink pig pull toy, a beaded fish, and a little girl doll.  Cindy Boo is a paper and mixed media doll.  She looks very punk rock!

Sue wasn't with us, but Virginia had to show us her candlestick sculpture from AFICC.  He's a candle wick troll sculpted from polymer clay.  

Janet's mother made her a beautiful quilt that she used the "quilt as you go" technique.  She was a pioneer, because that method is very popular right now.  Thank you for sharing!

Martha's silk quilt

Julie also brought her treasures from AFICC.  She made a roly poly man from paper clay, a beaded fish, and her own Cindy Boo with a funky spiked wig.  Julie also brough three dolls that depict travelers arriving at Ellis Island.  Pattern by Karen Cunagin.

Business Meeting

The Doll Show at Threads of Time in Danville, IL is Saturday, July 25th.  If you are not attending the retreat but would like to go to the Saturday Show and Sale, you can set up your dolls at 9am Central time (8 am for most of us).  Threads of Time's address is Vermilion County Museum 116 N. Gilbert Street Danville, IL 61832.  

Janet's Quilt from her mom

If you can't make the event, bring dolls to the July meeting and we'll display them in Danville for you.  Label each doll with your name, the doll's name and pattern designer.  Also mark if the doll is for sale.  Please make an inventory so we can keep track of sales and get the dolls back to you.

The joint meeting with River City was a blast and everyone loved Clifty Falls.  The ladies who attended came back with the instructions for next year's challenge.  There is a pin doll pattern to follow, and you must create 2 pin doll heads with a distict personality. One will be for show and tell, the other will go in the pin doll exchange.  We decided this would be a great reason to have another sew-in.  We'll work that in for March or April of 2016.

Julie's Roly Poly Man
Exciting news!  Andrea was able to extend the class size for the Traveller workshop with Angela Jarecki!  Please let her know if you want to take the class.



The Traveller with Angela Jarecki
Saturday & Sunday Sept 26th and 27th
Location TBD (Either the library or Greenfield Art Center

$120 class fee, no pattern or kit fee will be charged
$60 down by July to reserve your spot, full amount due by September's meeting
Make checks out to Doll Creators and send to Jude


And don't forget that we've all been offered to take her Windows online class for only $15.  Class starts August 1st, so the full $15 will be due to Jude by the July meeting.  

Janet won the nametag drawing, congratulations!

Finally, Erin demonstrated a technique to make eyelids and eyelashes using organza, and we went for pizza as always!

Next Meeting

Zentangle example by Janet
Our monthly workshop will be on some Zentangle patterns.  Janet will bring art paper, shading pencils, and a bunch of art pens.  In case there aren't enough pens to go around, please bring a Micron 02 or a Sakura 01 pen if you have one.  Don't run out and buy one, we'll share!  She has six patterns that she will be demonstrating.

Also, in September we will trade Artist Trading Cards, so make some good ones!  The more media is mixed, the better.  They must be 2.5" x 3.5".



Julie's Cyndy Boo

Upcoming Challenges


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.

Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of a Face that tells a story.  Due at the May, 2016 joint meeting with the Rivercity Figurative Artist's Guild. 

July Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dolls for Danville Show and Sale
  • .02 Micron Pen or .01 Sakura Pen
  • Class Fees for the Traveller or the Windows online Class

Sue's Candle Wick

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


June 20, 2015
Eyelash Tutorial - Erin

July 18, 2015
Zentangle - Janet

August 15, 2015
Tiny Hands- Leslie

September 19, 2015
ATC Trading Swap- Make 1 Artist Trading Card to swap

Member Birthdays

 Many warm wishes to Martha, Dimple and Ron on their birthdays!

Former Member Angie's pin doll is a great example of  a character pin doll.

May Meeting

We had our joint meeting with the River City group which was fun as always.  We'll have a separate post with that meeting's shenanigans. 

River City challenged us to create Fantasy Face Pin dolls for next year's meeting.  The challenge is to create a pin doll of an expressive character's face that tells its' own story.  They gave us a pattern which we'll pass out at the next meeting.

We have our doll show at Threads of Time in Danville, IL coming up soon!  It is July 25th (the week after our July meeting). If you will not be able to attend the retreat, or the Saturday Doll Show, please bring dolls to display to the June meeting, or prepare to send them with another doll maker. Please include a display tag with your name, the doll's name and pattern designer.

Pin Doll by Angela Jarecki, lemontreetales.com

Next Meeting

We'll be back at the library on June 20th, ready to share our newest creations.  

If you have made any more charity dolls, please bring them to the June meeting or contact Erin to coordinate a drop-off.  She will be taking the charity dolls to the Children's Bureau to share with children in need.

We will also have a presentation by Erin on making your own eyelashes and eyelids.  If you have a favorite method, feel free to bring an example.

This Barbara Willis face would make a great pin doll

Upcoming Challenges


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.

Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of a Face that tells a story.  Due at the May, 2016 joint meeting with the Rivercity Figurative Artist's Guild. 

June Checklist


  • Nametag
  • Charity Dolls
  • Dolls for Danville Show and Sale
  • Eyelash examples



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)