Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for exchange
September 16 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Andrea is our only birthday person this month and it falls on our meeting day!  We know you will have a great day!

July Meeting Minutes
Present in July were Julie G., Ron, Jude, Leslie, Ann R., Andrea, Maggie, Ann C., Nita, Vicki, Janet, and Martha.

Show and Tell
Maggie shared that she had made a cute little sundress for a little girl for charity.  She also made a child size quilt from fabric by artist Cori Dantini.  How nice.  Some child will be very fortunate to receive it!
Maggie and her Quilt

Janet has continued on her 100 projects challenge making zippered pouches and triangle shaped pouches.  Keep it up, Janet!

Martha repurposed a shirt with an inset of a piece of lace from her Mom's table cloth and a quilt block.  Very ingenious, Martha!
Martha's Shirt

Business
Barbara Schoenoff will be presenting her workshop for "Backstage at the Faery Review" for our members on August 26 and 27.  If you have not signed up for the class and would like to, contact Jude.  The workshop will be at the Franklin Rd. Library, 5550 S. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46239.  The cost is $25 for members and a check can be made out to Doll Creators and sent out to Jude or give it to her at the August meeting.  Times are 9-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.  Plans are to eat at Santorini's on Saturday night.  Let Julie G. know if you are going to dinner so she can make reservations.  Patterns for the doll have been emailed.  If you have signed up and not gotten the pattern, contact Leslie.

Leslie is working on details for the Spring 2018 workshop which will probably be March 24 and 25th or April 7 and 8.  Details will be available when they are finalized.

The Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll exchange will take place at our August meeting.  Our doll will be sporting new shoes!  The final exchange will be in October when the dolls will have been embellished and have accessories.

Also at our August meeting we will be having our charity doll workshop.  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.   For each doll, bring 2 arms and 2 legs (sewn and turned), 2 head pieces (one with face), and 2 body pieces (cut out), 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.  If you'd like to make the ears, baste them to the head.   Virginia, Janet and Denise are bringing sewing machines and Nita will bring stuffing.   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.  Our library meeting room will be available to us from 10 to 5 that day.

Scribble arms and legs


Scribble's front and back

Also at the August meeting we will have a swap meet, so clean out your craft rooms and bring unwanted stuff and take home wanted stuff!

Maggie  informed us that the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis Semi-Annual Quilt Show will be on October 20 and 21st at the Westfield Middle School. More information is available on their website.  Many of our doll makers also have a love for quilting and will enjoy this show.

Following the Business Meeting Andrea presented a program on lace.  This was an excellent program, very interesting and informative.  Great job Andrea!

Beautiful Lace!
More Beautiful Lace

And More Beautiful Lace
Andrea and her Lace


Upcoming Challenges and Events

August 26 & 27 - Barbara Schoenoff workshop
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for final exchange
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls


If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at Indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com.

August Meeting checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for exchange
  • Items for swap meet
  • Charity Doll body, arms & legs
  •  Fibers/ ribbons for hair, embroidery floss for face, needles, thread,  scissors, etc 









Sunday, July 9, 2017

July Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


July 15 -  Andrea - History of lace
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party


Member Birthdays
Happy July birthdays to Danielle, Nita, and Vicki.

June Meeting Minutes
Present for our June meeting were Martha, Jude, Virginia, Denise, Janet, Jennifer, Ron, Julie G., Katie, Ann C., Kathryn, Leslie, Ann R., Mary, Nita, Julie W., Maggie and Andrea.  We welcomed a guest, Helen who showed us pictures of wonderful dolls she has made.

Show and Tell
Kathryn showed us a doll she had modified from a pattern of Barbara Schoenoff, yet unnamed, a UFO challenge project this month.
Kathryn's Barbara Schoenoff doll


Julie G. finished a Lucy Landry Bridget doll
Julie G.'s Bridget doll

Ron shared his unnamed doll he finished recently.
Ron's unnamed doll

Jennifer brought a doll that was shipped to the US in 1919 from Paris and has been restored.  What a treasure!
Jennifer's antique doll

Janet showed us her accomplishments in her make something everyday for a100 days challenge to herself.  Keep it up, Janet, you are doing great!

Denise shared her doll from Marla Niederer's class she took at AFICC this year.  This doll has a very interesting nose constructed with floral wire.
Denise's Marla Niederer doll

Virginia also had a doll from Marla's class, a Bridget doll, and a Chicken doll she made for the Ohio State Fair.
Virginia's Marla Neiderer doll

Virginia's Bridget doll

Virginia's State Fair Chicken

Andrea's AFICC doll is still in progress.  She shared Natalie Hamade's water color painted head and  a head from Paula McGee's class.  Her Tarot Hermit challenge doll was fabulous.
Andrea's Natalie Hamade face

Andrea's Paula McGee head

Andrea's Hermit Tarot Challenge

Julie W. shared her doll from the May pindoll exchange made by Kathryn.
Pin Doll made by Kathryn

Nita also took classes at AFICC and brought her doll Monster Cat made in Debra Klopps's class.
Nita's Monster Cat

In old business,  Andrea told us about the donation our club made to AFICC's scholarhip fund.  Our pattern books sold well at AFICC and orders were taken to get more books for those that haven't gotten one yet.  A donation was also made by our club to the Indiana State Museum which will go toward the purchase of acid free storage boxes.  Thanks again to Mary Jane for the tour!
Leslie is working on details for our fall workshop with Barb Schoenoff which will be August 26th and 27th at the Franklin Road Branch library.  She is also working on the spring workshop which will be in March or April, 2018.
In publicity, Andrea added a link on the blog for the 2017 Show and Sale.  Mary will get links from Katie for publicity sites.  Maggie has been working on contacting the other craft group at the church to coordinate the times of our sale.
Leslie reminded us that she has the club tent should we need it in the future for outdoor shows.
Our Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll project was passed on having completed bodies, face, hair and clothes.  The next exchange will be at our August meeting when our dolls will have new shoes!
It has been suggested that for our Christmas gift exchange this year, we exchange our own handmade pin cushions!  Great idea!

Upcoming Meetings
Please note our program change for July.  Andrea will be presenting a program on lace and Kathryn's Dorset button program will be in September.   Andrea's lace program will be about an hour long with lots of world history and pretty pictures included, and she may bring her lace collection for people to see.  That would definitely be great to see!

At our August meeting we will do our charity doll workshop.  Maggie, Virginia, and Denise will bring sewing machines.  Bring your partially made Scribbles bodies, any stuffing you would like to contribute, and basic sewing supplies to complete the dolls.

At the end of our meeting Katie presented a wonderful demo on making doll underwear.  She gave us a handout with instructions she covered during the demo.  Thank you so much, Katie, for sharing your knowledge with us.  These were great techniques we can adapt for our own dolls!
Katie's Demo

Upcoming Challenges and Events

August 26 & 27 - Barbara Schoenoff workshop
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls

If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at Indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com.


July Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell







Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party


Member Birthdays

June birthday wishes go out to Martha, Dimple, and Ron.  Enjoy your day!


May Meeting

The newsletter will be short this month.  We did not have an official meeting but the following members enjoyed a field trip to the Indiana State Museum:  Julie G., Julie W., Ann R., Kathryn, Sue, Virginia, Sandy, Mary, Andrea, Maggie, and our tour guide Mary Jane.  Unfortunately members from the River City Doll Club group were unable to attend.  We missed them and hope to see them next year.  Our challenge this year was to make a Tarot Doll.  Due to the nature of our field trip we did not have anyone bring their Tarot Challenge to this meeting, so everyone who made a challenge doll please bring it to the June meeting.

Our tour guide, Mary Jane, took us into the storage area of the museum where few people get to see behind the scenes.  She unboxed many quilts and clothing pieces from their archival storage.  There were antique quilts of all sorts including Amish quilts, vintage applique and crazy quilts.  The clothing items Mary Jane showed us were so wonderful to see with much intricate workmanship.  Some of the clothing had been donated by an Italian immigrant family who came to Indianapolis.  The history of these quilts and garments are all unique in their own way and we are so fortunate that the Indiana State Museum has been able to collect them for us to see.  Thank you, Mary Jane, for a most enjoyable tour.  It was truly fascinating!

Here are some photos of a few of the items Mary Jane showed us.














 After the tour we had lunch at the Farmer's Market CafĂ© at the Indiana State Museum.  The food was delicious and we would highly recommend it to anyone who visits the museum.  We had our pin doll exchange during lunch.  Those who got one of the pin dolls please bring to our June meeting for all to see!






On a sad note we have learned that one of our former members and a wonderful dollmaker,  Ellen Daniels-Howell, passed away in her sleep on May 10th.  She had become involved in interfaith mission work in Kenya.  Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Next Meeting

At the June meeting on the 17th, Katie will be presenting a program on lingerie for dolls.  Doesn't that sound interesting!  Sue's UFO challenge is due.  Hope you can complete one of your UFO's by then.  Maybe there will be a prize????  Also bring your Tarot dolls and pin dolls from May for Show and Tell!

Upcoming Challenges and Events

June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2017 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls

If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at Indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com.

June Meeting Checklist:
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell (Tarot Dolls and Pin Dolls from May)







Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


May 20 - Joint meeting with River City Group, Tarot Doll Challenge, Field Trip to Indiana State Museum
June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Our birthday people for May are Mary Jane, Virginia, and Janet. Hope your days are filled with sunshine!

April Meeting Minutes
Members present for the April meeting were:  Janet, Martha, Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Nita, Julie W., Ann R., Ann C., Edie, Katie, Jude, Joan, Sue, Virginia, Andrea, and Mary.

Show and Tell
Virginia completed a cute mermaid doll for the Tarot  Challenge named Queen of Cups.
Virginia's Queen of Cups


Sue also completed her Tarot Challenge Doll named Queen of Swords using craft foam for some of the parts. How ingenious!
Sue's Queen of Swords


Joan shared some amazing class paper crafting projects.
Joan's Pop-up Book


Katie showed us a straw hat she made for her AFICC entry doll.  Very nice!
Katie's hand made straw hat

Ann C. didn't make a doll but did make a beautiful lace shawl.  It is absolutely beautiful!
Ann C.'s Lace Shawl



Nita also has an entry for the Tarot Challenge named The High Priestess.  The doll sits in a chair that Nita made in a class Jean Bernard taught.  Well done!  She also shared a crown she had made for AFICC.
 
         
Nita's High Priestess
Nita's Tiara




Kathryn presented her unnamed rabbit she made from paperclay. Great use of materials!

Kathryn's Rabbit

Julie G completed a little wooden doll from a Sophie Tilley kit she received as a Christmas gift.  How cute!
Julie G.'s Sophie Tilley Doll


Janet has been very productive doing a 100 day art project.  Among the projects were two birds she shared with us.
Janet's Birds


Mary shared a crown she made several years ago.  Very appropriate for our Tiara workshop!  She also showed us a book she made with the Japanese book binding method.
Mary and her Tiara
Mary's Book



Business Meeting
It was decided we would make a donation to AFICC for scholarships this year.  It is such a wonderful event, we want to contribute so those who might not be able to afford to go will be given the opportunity.  There is a great deal that can be learned from our fellow dollmakers.  Thank you Cyndy Sieving for putting on this fantastic event! Many of our members were able to attend this year.  Here are some pictures showing some of the fun they had.











After our meeting, Virginia showed us a great way to make tiaras and several members got started on the tiaras they wanted to wear at AFICC.  You can see many of their creations in the above pictures.
Virginia making Tiaras

The May meeting will be a field trip to the Indiana State Museum.  We will meet at the Indiana State Museum, gathering at the entrance at 9:45.  The museum officially opens at 10 am, but the lobby is open so we don't have to stand around in the parking garage.  Mary Jane will take us behind the scenes.  So, no official kind of meeting.  We will do a pin doll exchange and just share pictures of dolls at lunch.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 20, 2017 - Tarot Challenge with River City
June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2014 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls


If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at Indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com

May Meeting Checklist:
  • Nametag
  • Pictures of dolls you made
  • Pindoll if you want to exchange
  • Money for lunch and parking