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. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February Newsletter

Julie W's embroidered Scribbles

Upcoming Meetings

February 21, 2015

Charity Doll Sew-in/ Challenge Judge Form Review


March 21, 2015
Eyelashes -- Erin

April 18, 2015

Tips on Steampunk -- Sue

May 16, 2015
Joint meeting with River City


Mary's award winning dragon

Member Birthdays

We'd like to wish a warm Happy Birthday to Julie G and Liz M!

Lizzie and Grandma's teacup pincushion

January Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Virginia, Sue, Martha, Lizzie, Maggie, Vicki, Ann R, Julie W, Robbie, Ron, Julie G, Jude, Nita, Katie, Janet L, Ann C, Erin, Andrea, and Mary.

Mary's Miss Galaxy 2002

Show and Tell

We had a few test Scribbles in attendance this month.  Scribbles is the Charity doll pattern we are using this year, designed by Cyndy Sieving.  Click the link above to get your copy of the free pattern.  Julie W and Jude were thinking alike and used their embroidery machines to make the faces.  They are so cute!  I can't wait to give a ton of these to little kids who need a friend.

Mary's Countess
Martha brought her granddaughter Lizzie who loves to craft.  They made a bunch of dainty teacup pincushions.  The results were so fun and easy that they bet their non-crafty friends will enjoy making them, too.

Mary brought a lot to share with us, starting with her beautiful mermaid Mareena, from a Patti LaValley pattern.  She belongs in the sea with her deep blue tones.  Next was Miss Galaxy 2002, a lovely lady in a black gown and striking green eyes.  Miss Galaxy was a Dollmaker's Journey challenge using the Sylvia Schorr pattern.

Virginia's fairy Kiss
Then a beaded dragon which won Mary 1st place in an online challenge.  Great job Mary!  The pattern is Celtic Dragon by Melinda Small Paterson. Finally, she showed us Countess, a Christine Shively pattern dressed in purples and blues highlighted in gold. 

Ann C's Troll Baby
Virginia worked hard to get her mom's Christmas gift finished in time, and she was worth the time off work!  Kiss is a whimsical fairy who won't let anything get in between her and her Hershey Kisses!  Virginia even hand-dyed the body fabric.

We have a collaboration between two of our doll artists, the Dragon Charmer and her Baby.  Barbara sent Ann C the adorable Berry to dress, but she had to have a baby!  Mommy is the Sybil pattern by Jennifer Carson. Ann's baby is made of some of the Australian fabric from Threads of Time, using Ute Vasina's Troll Baby pattern.

Barbara's Dragon Charmer
Janet made two new birdies.  One is a little orange and blue fella, and the other is the Distlefink.  She designed the pattern herself based on folk art drawings of the bird.  We love seeing her embellished birds.
Jude's embroidered Scribbles

Business Meeting

Last year, the Board revamped the club bylaws.  We will take a vote to accept them at the February meeting.  You can read them here, or they are listed to the right if you ever need to see one of our rules.

Katie was contacted by the Original Sewing + Quilt Expo.  We were going to have a booth at the Expo, but they have canceled the event this year.  Too bad, we were looking forward to sharing our art with other fiber artists.

But we still have the Doll Collectors show in May.  There wasn't enough interest to have a club display, but a few people are going to share a table.  Contact Leslie if you want to share the cost of the table to sell your dolls.

Janet's Distlefink
The Show and Sale has been growing steadily over the last few years.  We have decided to appoint a committee to handle all of the tasks in planning and setting up the event.  Maggie, Andrea, Vicki, Katie, and Ann R have volunteered for the committee.  Thank you all, this is a great opportunity to make the Show and Sale the best it can be!

Janet's cute orange and blue birdie
Our workshop for 2015 is set with Angela Jarecki.  We asked to NOT make a fairy or a mermaid, I guess we're a little burned out on fantasy dolls. Anya and her Baby will be a good mix of the techniques we requested.  Class size is limited, so we will start the sign-up at the February meeting.  Email Andrea if you cannot attend the meeting but want to take the class.

Anya and her Baby- The Traveller
September 26 & 27Saturday and Sunday (Possibly Friday night as well, that is open for discussion)
Cost -- tentatively about $120 

Angela has also made available her Windows online class to all of our members at a discount!  More info on that to come.

Anya and Baby by Angela Jarecki

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 February, 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 them together.  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.

Scribble's 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.

January 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
Mary's Mareena mermaid