Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
September 17 - Katie - Eyeballs and Nose techniques
October 15 - Virginia - Finger Weaving,  the Challenge Doll reveal and judging
and Cyndy Seiving with AFICC samples
November 19 - Annual Show and Sale
December 17 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Very Happy Birthday wishes for September to Mary, Kathryn, and Denise.

August Meeting Minutes
Members present for our August meeting were Mary, Sara, Janet, Sue, Virginia, Kathryn, Julie G., Ron, Joan, Jude, Julie W., Andrea, Ann C., Martha, Katie, Ann R., and Jennifer.

Show and Tell
Sara brought a traveler notebook she had made to show us.
 
Sara's Notebook

Janet's Bird

                                                                
 Janet has been busy making her fine feathered friends.

Sue brought her Troll Queen from a pattern by Arley Berryhill which won first in its' category and Best of Show at the Ohio Sate Fair!  She also brought Lady Anise which she made from an online class with Angela Jarecki and her Secret Keeper from a pattern by Julie McCullough.
Sue's Troll Queen

Lady Anise

Sue's Secret Keeper
  
Virginia brought her Benny which won 2nd in its' category at the Ohio State Fair and her Freya doll from a pattern be Janet Clark.
Virginia's Bunny
Virginia's Freya

Kathryn finished her Grace doll from Sue's class.
Kathryn's Grace
Julie G.'s Mushrooms
                                                    
Julie G. has been busy making mushrooms from a design she found on Pinterest.

Joan is teaching a class on making small books.  They are fantastic!
Joan's Books
Jude's Wings
                         
Jude brought a butterfly she digitized and embroidered on Angelina Film.  Great job, Jude!
Julie W. showed us a pincushion she made from a mannequin pattern with a base from a broken antique stair spindle.
Julie W.'s pincushion


Business Meeting
Our UFO challenge has been postponed due to the other challenges that are also coming up soon.  We will do it at our December meeting, so you have more time to get everything done.  Please email a photo to the group so we know what your UFO looks like now.  Julie G. plans to complete her Gwendolyn doll from a class she took with Allison Marano.  Martha will finish her doll from Sue's class and Julie W. plans to finish her Dancine from Fran Meehan's workshop. 

Our November show and sale is coming up soon.  Maggie is head of the committee, so we will need to let her know who will be having a table.  Don't forget about the charity auction for the pre-school at the Irvington United Methodist Church where we are having our show and sale.  If you have something you would like to donate for the auction, please give it to Julie G. by the October meeting.

We will be adding an expansion to our Pattern Book.  New patterns will be due at our January, 2017 meeting (?Zoo Edition).  Patterns can be for any size doll or animal, but keep in mind they will be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. 

Classes for AFICC 2017 can now be seen online.  Dream of the Tiara you will wear!  For Demo night we are planning to do a stamped face needlebook.

Several members brought in decks of Tarot cards to help us think of what doll we would like to make for the Tarot Challenge with River City in May, 2016.  Thanks to those who brought the cards!  It really helped to give us some great ideas!

While we were busy with Show and Tell and our business meeting, Mr. Odell was hard at work photographing dolls some of the members had brought in.  He spent a lot of time on each photo to show off the dolls at their best!  Thank you Mr. Odell for coming to do this for us!
Mr. Odell, photographer
Mr. Odell editing
             

We also had a swap meet after the meeting was over.  Thanks to all who brought in their wonderful stash of different supplies for doll making.  No doubt many of the items will show up in someone's doll in the future!

September Labor Day Weekend Workshop
Our two day workshop on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend at the Irvington Library was so much fun and productive that we are considering doing it again in the future.  Everyone worked on whatever they wanted at whatever pace they wanted and it was amazing what all each person accomplished in the two days!
Labor Day Weekend Workshop
Hard at work
    
Martha completed six Scribbles to add to the ones already collected for our charity contribution to the Children's Bureau.  Great job, Martha.  They are adorable!
Martha's Scribbles




Next Meeting
For our meeting on September  17, Katie will do a demonstration of her eyeball and nose techniques. You will need small amounts of stuffing, but Katie said she would bring enough for everyone. If you would like to work along, bring the following:
 
Supply list:
Firmly stuffed head with needle sculpted nose bridge
stretch overlay either 1 or 2 way stretch will work
fabric marker
sewing needles and thread
3 or 4 inch long doll needles
strong thread
needle nose pliers or hemostats for pulling needle (optional)
pins



Upcoming Challenges
October 15, 2016 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Challenge - The Elements (for Judging)
November 4-6 - Jelly Roll Challenge and Retreat at Threads of Time
November 19, 2016 Show and Sale - People's Choice selection of the Challenge Dolls

September Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Supplies as listed above for Katie's Demo









Saturday, August 13, 2016

August Newsletter 2016

August 2016 Newsletter



Upcoming Meetings
August 20 - Photo shoot and swap meet
September 17 - Katie - Fiber Optic Fabric and Sue's UFO Challenge
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

We are happy to help Andrea and Sara celebrate their birthdays this month!


July Meeting Minutes


Members present for our July meeting were Janet, Ron, Julie G., Nita, Mary, Sue, Virginia, Andrea, Jude, Katie, Julie W., Leslie, Erin, Ann C., and Ann R.  Jennifer came as a guest and went away as a member!  Welcome, Jennifer!


Show and Tell

Sue was excited to share that her doll entries in the Ohio State Fair did very well!  She had
1 third, 2 seconds, 1 first and Best of Show!  Congratulations, Sue!  Well done!
Nita showed us her Bouffon doll she made at a recent retreat.  The pattern is by Karen Shifton.


Nita's Bouffon

 Julie G. and Jude each completed 2 Scribbles dolls to add to those we are giving to the Children's Bureau.  Thank you both for your contributions!
Julie G. recently took Joan's book workshop and brought 2 completed books she made.  Nice, Julie!
Julie's Books
Ron finished Sue's workshop doll named Grace.  Good job, Ron!
Ron's Grace
Andrea showed us her Mom Sewing Kit she had made.  What a great project!
Outside of Andreas Sewing Kit

Inside of Andrea's Sewing Kit

Business Meeting
Our fall workshop dates have been changed.  It will be Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).  This will be more like a retreat since we are not having a specific doll to make.  You may bring anything you would like to work on and spend time with your dollmaking friends.  It would be a good time to work on your UFOs.  We will be having the workshop at the Irvington Library where we have our monthly meetings. 
Sue has once again challenged us to complete another UFO.  Bring your UFO to the August meeting so we can see what you are working on, then bring your completed UFO to the September meeting.
Virginia is getting us all pumped up for AFICC and something about tiaras!  We can all be dollmaking princesses and queens!  But maybe we need a crown for Ron?
We discussed a hands on project for AFICC.  If you have any suggestion for a make-it take-it project, please share it with us!
A new or expanded Indy Cloth Dollmakers Pattern book was discussed.  Sue is willing to take on the project.  Please let her know if you have a pattern to add to the book.
After our meeting, Sue presented a program on making organza wings. We all worked along and made a wing.  Each one was different.  What a fun technique to share with us, Sue!  Thank you!
Sue's work shop wing

Completed workshop wing


Next Meeting
At our August meeting we will have a swap meet.  It is a chance to give away some of those things you thought you would use and haven't and make room for new things you might actually use!
Mr. Odell will be doing a photo shoot of any  3 dolls you want him to photograph. There is a fee for this so, bring payment and bring your own flash drive to load the photos to.  He will also photograph the winners of last years challenge dolls for this years annual show and sale postcard, so winners be sure and bring those dolls!

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

August Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • UFO
  • Dolls for photo shoot and flashdrive













Friday, July 8, 2016

July 2016

July 2016 Newsletter

 
Upcoming Meetings
 

July 16 - Sue -  Beautiful Wings
August 20 - Photo shoot and swap meet
September 17 - Katie - Fiber Optic Fabric
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

Our July Happy Birthday people are Danielle, Nita, and Vicki.


June Meeting Minutes

We had a productive June meeting with Andrea, Mary, Ron, Julie G., Nita, Martha, Erin, Jude, Julie W., Ann R. and Janet present.  We also welcomed guest Eda Q. who had met Katie at her sewing guild.  Eda is an experienced sewer who has designed her own doll clothes and we hope she comes back again!

Show and Tell

Erin showed us a dress she made for her daughter Bea and a travel bag for a trip to an upcoming wedding. 
 Martha had made a quilt top for her brother with a nautical theme. 
 Nita showed us her Grace doll she finished after taking Sue's recent class.


Nita's Grace
Julie G.'s Patience
Julie W.'s Patience




Julie G. and Julie W. both finished their Patience dolls from Sue's class.







Janet showed some hand dyed skin tone fabrics from Rainbow Fabrics.  Thanks Janet.  These fabrics would be wonderful to use for our dolls.


Business Meeting

Plans for our 2nd weekend workshop for this year are kind of up in the air.  Be sure to attend our July meeting to discuss what we will do.  We are still planning on something for Labor Day weekend.
We discussed next year's meeting in May with River City, where to have it, and our Tarot card doll challenge.
Charity Dollmakers at work
Working together for a worthwhile charity
After our meeting most of the members stayed for the Charity Doll Sew-in.  Several dolls were completed as you can see from the photo at the top of the newsletter.  Many more body parts were started and it was suggested we might work on them at the Labor Day weekend workshop.  These dolls will go to the Children's Bureau which offers emergency, temporary shelter for endangered children, runaway and homeless youth in Central Indiana. This program also provides temporary emergency services and shelter to youth removed from their homes for abuse and neglect. Planned respite care is available for children of parents who are facing difficulties.  We are happy to donate our dolls to such a worthwhile organization!



Upcoming Events

Andrea shared information about the International Lace Convention to be held in Indianapolis at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing July17-23.  On Wednesday, July 20,  the sales room, display room and special evening presentations are open to the public free of charge.  Check out the website for more information. 
 Speaking of conventions, if you read this newsletter in time the American Sewing Guild Conference is going on July 7-11 at the Mariott Downtown Indianapolis.  Check out their website.
One last 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/  The fair is August 5-21, 2016.

Here is information for AFICC 2017
The dates will be April 20-23, 2017.
 Cyndy Sieving
www.CyndysDolls.com 
Home of Artistic Figures in Cloth & Clay (AFICC)
teachers for AFICC 2017
Cody Goodin - Photograph
Debra Klopp - Cloth
Kristin Morris - Clay
Marla Niederer - Cloth
Paula McGee - Cloth
Roxanna Sullivan - Clay
Sherry Goshon - Mix Media Cloth/Clay
Kathryn Walmsley - clay
Stephanie Novatski Cloth & Mix media
Natalie Hamade - Cloth and Mix media
Mike Sieving - Power Tools
Up close and personal reviews on Teachers & Events at
http://www.ArtisticFiguresInCloth.blogspot.com 


Next meeting
Sue will be explaining the process of making beautiful doll wings and will  have everyone working on a wing.  All the participants need to bring are colored pencils. She will have handouts and  other supplies.

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
 
July Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Coloring pencils for Sue's wings demonstration













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