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


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter



Upcoming Meetings
March 19 - Vicki C. - Smocking
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 - Sue - Photography with Mr. Odell and a swap meet
July 16 - Ann R. - TBD
August 20 - Sue - Striped Fabric Manipulation
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 March birthday people:  Julie W., Erin, and Colleen!

February Meeting Minutes
We had a fantastic turn out for our February meeting with twenty one members present:  Virginia, Sue, Mary Jane, Martha, Jude, Leslie, Ann R., Ann C., Julie W., Andrea, Mary, Vicki, Maggie, Katie, Joan, Anita, Kathryn, Ron, Julie G., Denise, and Erin.

Show and Tell
Many of us are accepting Sue's challenge to finish a previously started doll. Denise showed us a doll body she plans to finish.
Julie G. showed us her baby she finished for her Traveler Doll from Angela Jarecki's class.
Julie G.'s Traveler Baby
Kathryn has a Punchinello doll to complete from a past workshop she presented to our club.
Nita showed us a doll she completed for a friend.  She also plans to complete her Gail Wilson "Little Red Riding Hood".
Nita's doll
Joan shared highlights of her recent trip to Istanbul where she took some wonderful workshops.
Joan's Fantastic Felted Hat
Katie completed a clay sculptured doll body from a class with Deb Wood.  It is quite detailed.
Katie's Clay Sculpture censored
Maggie is challenging herself to complete her "Three Phases of the  Goddess" from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop.
Andrea shared an interesting Easter book from the library and proudly told us of her mother being accepted to teach a quilting class at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Ann C. had recently been to San Francisco and shared some pictures she had taken at Paxton Gate"s Curiosities.
Ann R. showed us her snowman doll of cross stitch she recently finished and some applique pieces for a  quilt.  She  wants to finish a Christine Shively's Unexpected Angel Doll for Sue's Challenge.
Ann R's snowman
Mary Jane hopes to finish her "Three Phases of the  Goddess" from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop and is excited about her quilting projects.
Martha shared a T-Shirt quilt she is making and plans to finish a doll from a Christmas Gift kit.
Sue wants to complete a doll she has adapted from Angela Jarecki's puppet doll "Madam Mori" and maybe a Gail Wilson doll she received as a Christmas gift several years ago.
Sue's doll adapted from Angela Jarecki's"Madam Mori"
Virginia shared two dolls she has finished.  One for January and the other for February.  She is challenging herself to make a doll a month this year!  For Sue's challenge she plans to complete a doll from a pattern designed by her mom.
               
                    Virginia's Doll 1
Virginia's Doll 2

Erin is planning to finish one of the "Three Phases of the  Goddess" dolls from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop.
Julie W. hopes to complete her Garden Party Beaded Doll started in Anne Hesse's 2011 workshop and maybe her Dancing Doris (pattern by Jill Maas).
                      
                              Julie W.'s Garden Party Beaded Doll
Julie W.'s Dancing Doris

Business Meeting
The upcoming challenges and classes were discussed. See the list at the end of the newsletter for the upcoming challenges.  The dates for Sue Odell's April class were changed to April 23 and 24.  Sue presented 3 options for her class which the club then voted on. It was a difficult decision as they were all 3 wonderful dolls.  Maybe we can get her to do the others another time???  The winner was Sue's "Grace/Patience".  Both dolls are made from the same pattern.
             
                  Grace
Patience

Mr. Odell will be coming this summer to photograph our dolls.There will be a fee for doing this.  Details will be announced in the upcoming months.

September 3 and 4 are the dates for our Fall Workshop to be presented by Barbara Willis.  More information will be available in the upcoming months.

Our November challenge will be judged by Cindy Sieving this year.  Kathryn will review the judging form for any changes that might need to be made.  The Irvington United Methodist Church has been chosen and booked again for the 2016 Show and Sale.

A bag of lace and other materials was donated to us from a friend of the library.  Our members eagerly divided up the wonderful contents of the bag.  Thank you for the donation whoever you are!

Julie G presented a demo of texturing fabric, embellishing it with laces, paints and beads.  This was very inspiring with techniques that will be fun to use.
          
                Julie G.'s Fabulous Fabric
Julie G.'s Fantastic Fabric
Next Meeting:
Vicki will present a demo on smocking.  If you would like to work along, bring basic sewing supplies including thread, needle, scissors, ruler, pencil and fabric.

Upcoming Challenges
March 19, 2016 Sue's UFO Challenge
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

March Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Finished UFO for Sue's Challenge
  • Payment for Sue's class
  • Basic sewing supplies:  needle, thread, scissors, fabric, ruler and pencil