Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 2018 Newsletter


November 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale 9-4
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Member Birthdays
Birthday wishes go out to Maggie and Edie this month!

October Meeting Minutes
Present this month were nineteen members and one guest:  Martha and guest, Ann C., Julie G., Ron, Kathryn, Nita, Sue, Andrea, Denise, Vicki, Janet, Maggie, Julie W., Leslie, Ann R., Jude, Katie, Mary and Elena.

Show and Tell
Julie G., Virginia, and Sue all took a one day class with Beth Anne  Darr.  Amazing ladies!  Check out Beth Anne on facebook Wymplewary.
Julie G.'s Darr Doll
Virginia's Darr Doll
Sue's Darr Doll

Julie G., Nita, and Kathryn all made Wee Folk Flower Fairies at a recent retreat at Threads of Time.  These Dolls are based on  Felt Wee Folk  dolls designed  by Salley  Mavor.

Julie G.'s, Nita's, and Kathryn's Wee Folk Flower Fairies

Kathryn recently has designed three new cloth doll patterns:  Leaf, Violet, and Cornflower. They are adorable!  Kathryn's website is full of useful information.  Be sure and check it out!


Virginia was unable to attend (darn that work thing!) but her wonderful mom brought Virginia's Beth Anne Darr doll AND her Completed Sleeping Mermaid from Marla Niederer's recent class.  Thanks for sending them, Virginia!  We really enjoyed seeing them and missed you.
Virginia's Sleeping Mermaid

Sue brought one of her Ohio State Fair dolls and of course the Beth Anne Darr doll shown above.
Sue's Ohio State Fair Doll

Janet has been busy knitting and also made a very nice carry-on bag.
Janet's Carry-on bag

Elena was proud to announce that she is now officially a U.S. Citizen!!  Congratulations, Elena!  We are so happy for you!  She brought her scary creatures to show.  How appropriate for the month of October!  Elena sells many of her dolls on Etsy.
Elena's Beastie, Bogeyman Doll

Elena's Corpse Dead Bride Emily Doll


Business
Andrea is working on displays for our dolls.  There will be a library display October 29-November 16 and the Historical Society display at the Bona Thompson Center November 21-January 30.  The Bona Thompson display is entitled "Dolls are the Best Story Tellers".   You may leave your dolls at the Irvington Library and Andrea will put them in these displays for you.  Each doll needs to have a small tag or sign or label including the doll's name,  whose pattern, and your name and any other information you want to include.
Maggie and Katie shared an article in the Carmel Monthly about our doll club highlighting two of our members from that area, Maggie and Denise.  Very nice article.  Thank you Carmel Monthly!
Our annual Show and Sale is November 17 from 9-4 at the Irvington United Methodist Church. Set up will be on Friday November 16 from 3-5. The church is holding a fundraiser auction for their preschool on Wednesday, November 14.  There is a dinner at the church starting at 5:00 pm. Our club is donating items for the auction.  
Our Advanced Style:  Aging Outrageously Challenge Dolls were due this month for judging.  Cyndy Sieving was our guest judge.  There were nine entries this year and how delightful they all were.  These dolls will be on display at our Show and Sale.  Be sure and come and vote for your favorite who will be given the People's Choice Award.





Cyndy brought samples of AFICC class projects.  AFICC will be held April 25-28, 2019.  These classes will be fantastic. Thank you Cyndy for bringing them and telling us about the classes. Registration can be done online on the AFICC website.  Some of the classes are already full, so sign up right away so you don't miss out!  There will be ten teachers and 22 classes to choose from.  There are scholarships available for club members.  Let one of the officers know if you are interested in a scholarship to help offset the cost.
Cyndy and her AFICC display

We finally had our reveal for our Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls.  Dolls were returned to their original makers who were amazed at the transformations.  These dolls will be on display  at the Show and Sale. Another must see at the Show.
2018 Round Robin/Brown Bag dolls

Next Meeting
There is no official meeting in November because of the Show and Sale.  The next official meeting will be December 15.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale
Dec. 15 - Christmas party and needlebook exchange
April 25-28, 2019 - AFICC in Columbus, Ohio
May 18, 2019 - River City Challenge "Cage Doll"


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



Saturday, October 13, 2018

Marla Niederer Sleeping Mermaid Workshop

Marla Niederer Sleeping Mermaid Workshop



The Indy Cloth Dollmakers hosted a workshop presented by Marla Niederer September 29 and 30.  Marla is such a great teacher and filled the two short days we had with her with many of her techniques.  Her sleeping face is beautiful and the painting of the mermaid's body was a new experience for many of us.
Thank you to Julie G. for hosting Marla in her home.  The meet and greet on the Friday night before class was a relaxing evening and gave us a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with our teacher.  Members came from Illinois and Ohio to take the class.  Marla is from New York, so we had four states represented in this class including our Indiana people.
After class on Saturday we had a pitch-in dinner in the classroom.. The food was delicious and prepped us for the next day ahead.
You may want to check out Marla's Blog to see more of her work.  She also has online classes with A for Artistic.  If you are going to AFICC in Columbus, Ohio in April 2019, she is having a 3 day class for her Moulin Rouge Dancers!  Our club was honored to have her come!  Thank you, Marla, for a wonderful weekend!







October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Birthdays
Happy fall birthday wishes go out to Barbara who is forever young at heart which shows in her creations!

September Meeting Minutes
Twelve members were present at our September meeting:  Joan, Ann C., Anita, Mary, Andrea, Denise, Julie G., Sue, Virginia, Jude, Julie W., and Ron.

Show and Tell

Joan shared some pieces she produced from a metal working class she took that could be used as embellishment on journals.  They are made of copper.  Beautiful work, Joan!
Joan's metal work

Ann C. was excited to tell us about being introduced to Cartonnage, a method of applying fabric to chipboard to make all kinds of things.  We hope to see some things she makes in the future.

Nita had downloaded a simple doll pattern from etsy which is really cute.  (Of course we all had to check out her (the doll's) sexy underwear!)
Nita's Simple Doll
Denise showed us a wonderful book entitled "The Healing Doll Way" by Barb Kobe.  It tells the process of creating art dolls for self-discovery, awareness and transformation.  You may want to check it out at your local library!

Jude showed her state fair ribbon winning Faery doll from Barbara Schoenoff's pattern "Backstage at the Faery Review".  These dolls are adorable and can be made in a number of different poses.  you can find many of Barbara's patterns on the following websites:  DOLLMAKERS JOURNEY, Doll Street Dreamers, and A for Artistic.
Jude's Faery

After Show and Tell we settled down to discuss upcoming events.  Coming up on November 17 is our annual Show and Sale.  We are hoping to have a display table of some of Barbara Schoenoff's fabulous creations as well as our other displays of dolls our members have created this past year and challenge dolls that have been created.  Jude distributed Show and Sale cards and bookmarks for members to pass on.
Next year in the fall our own Suellen Odell will be teaching our workshop on her "Margo" doll, a blue ribbon winner at the Ohio State Fair this year!  In the spring she will be teaching the making of three dolls, Kitty Kat, Darling Dot, and Sweet Bunny at AFICC.  If you are looking for a one day class at AFICC, any of these cuties would be great!
Sue's Margo
Darling Dot
Kitty Kat
Sweet Bunny

Our October meeting will be one you won't want to miss.  We will have the reveal of our Round Robin doll and our Advanced Style challenge dolls will be judged by Cyndy Sieving who will also be bringing her AFICC dolls to preview. We are honored that both Suellen and Barbara will be teaching classes at AFICC in 2019!  Barbara has a one day class on her "Victorian Mermaid" and a two day class on her "Fleur".
Victorian Mermaid
Fleur


If you plan to have a table at the November Show and Sale, please pay at the October meeting.  Items for your table should be hand-made by a member and not of resale nature.

After all the business was taken care of , it was time for our program presented by Joan on making a travel cutting board/ironing surface.  She gave us a detailed demonstration so we could each go home and make one of our own.  These are definitely perfect for travel and workshops and not difficult to make.  Thank you, Joan, for an excellent program!






Upcoming Meeting
Our October 20th meeting is going to be so much fun!  Those participating in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Challenge will get their original dolls returned to them in all their glory!  Those participating in the Advanced Style Doll Challenge will present their dolls for judging by Cyndy Seiving and Cyndy will give us a preview of the classes for 2019 AFICC which is in April in Columbus Ohio.


Upcoming Challenges and Events
Oct. 12-14 - Retreat weekend at Threads of Time in Danville, IL
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale
Dec. 15 - Christmas party and needlebook exchange
April 25-28, 2019 - AFICC in Columbus, Ohio
May 18, 2019 - River City Challenge "Cage Doll"

October Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll
  • Advanced Style Challenge Dolls

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

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings
September 15 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Member Birthdays
Happy September birthday to Mary, Kathryn, and Denise!  You all deserve your special day!

Meeting Minutes
There were twenty  present at our August meeting:  Maggie, Martha, Joan, Elena, Leslie, Katie, Jude, Denise, Virginia, Sue, Andrea, Vicki, Cindy, Julie W., Julie G., Kathryn, Janet, Ron and Ann C.  Also attending was Katie's guest, Chloe, who is her granddaughter ( a future dollmaker, creative sewist perhaps???)  Great to have you, Chloe!

Show and Tell
Denise brought "Countess celebrates her 21st Birthday" a fabulous doll with lots of detail.  She also brought her "Hemit Shellfae" sculpted from polymer clay.  Dawn Schiller has classes online for this interesting sculpture.  Great job, Denise!
Denise's, Shellfae
Denise's Countess



Joan shared more of her talents in bookmaking from classes she has taken at Heron and Ivy Tech.  Her book "Doors" opens out to show pictures of her trip to Cozumel, Puerto Rico, Istanbul and other points of interest. She showed us a puzzle book with an Istanbul theme and a jelly print book "The Matter of Art".  These books are fascinating and well done.  Thanks for sharing, Joan!
Joan's Doors Book
Joan's Doors Book open


Joan's "The Matter of Art"
Joan's Istanbul puzzle book


Martha told us about a quilt she entered in the Indiana State Fair.

Leslie finished a faery from Barbara Schoenoff's class. She used inktense pencils which gave a beautiful and colorful look to the doll.  A wonderful technique to share with us, Leslie!  She also shared a beaded shadowbox creation.
Leslie's Inktense Faery
Leslie's shadowbox


Elena had also entered the state fair and received a blue ribbon and an honorable mention.  She showed a picture of "Ariel" a clay sculpted doll she had made for her neighbor's granddaughter.  (Lucky Girl!)
Elena's Ariel

Julie G. brought "Belle" a test doll designed by Barbara Schoenoff.


Julie G.'s Belle

Sue proudly shared several dolls:  "Fleur" from a pattern by Barbara Schoenoff for which she got a second place ribbon at The Ohio State Fair, "Butterfly" from Lucy Landry's Brigette pattern for which she got a blue ribbon at The Ohio State Fair, "Margo" another blue ribbon winner, and "June Bride" a red ribbon doll.  Congratulations on your accomplishments, Sue!  She also shared a puppet she bought at GenCon where she met the voice of Kermit the Frog!
Sue's Fleur
Sue's Butterfly





Sue's Margo
Sue's June Bride

Sue's Gen Con puppet

Virginia shared a cute doll from a pattern she found on Etsy with an interesting head attachment, a doll named "Smoke", her Fleur doll from Barbara Schoenoff's pattern, her "Beastie" doll from the May challenge, and a dragon she made.  She also attended Gen Con and purchased a puppet.
Virginia's Smoke
Virginia's etsy doll


Virginia's Fleur
Virginia's Beastie




Virginia's Dragon
Virginia's puppet


Business Meeting
Katie is working  with Carmel Monthly magazine on doing an article on our doll club with an interview from a club member who lives in the area.
We discussed Marla Niederer's Mermaid Doll Class and possibly having a pitch in dinner on Saturday evening and working as late as we want at the library.  Virginia volunteered to be in charge of the dinner (Thank you, Virginia!).  Julie G. invited participants to her home for a cocktail party for Marla on Friday evening before the weekend of classes so she could meet everyone and suggested bringing any doll creations we would like to share with Marla.

Round Robin/Brown Bag dolls were exchanged.  The final exchange will be at the October meeting when the original creator will receive her completed doll with all it's embellishments. 

AFICC is now open for registration.  It runs from April 25 to April 28, 2019.  This will be a fun and exciting event.  Two of our own members will be teaching there this year!  Suellen Odell will be teaching three one day classes on three different dolls:  Darling Dot, Sweet Bunny, and Kitty Kat.  Barbara Schoenoff will teach a one day class for her Victorian Mermaid, and a two day class for her Fleur. You are encouraged to visit http://cyndysdolls.com for all the details and to register.  This event only occurs every two years so you don't want to miss it!

Our August program was presented by Denise on Making a Journal.  Members created their own journals following Denise's excellent instruction.  We were amazed at our own creative journals at the end of the program.  Denise generously sent us a detailed Tutorial by email.  She put a lot of time in doing so and we want you to know, Denise, how much we appreciate what you did.  These journals are fabulous and no doubt our members will be making more of them thanks to you!
Denise Journal Demo
Completed Member Journals


Next Meeting
Our September meeting is on the 15th.  Joan will give us instruction on making a folding cutting board.  This will be a demonstration and she plans to have a handout for us. 


Upcoming Challenges and Events
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 12-14 - Retreat weekend at Threads of Time in Danville, IL
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

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

September Check List
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell