Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings

May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - Charity Dolls/Advanced Style Video
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday Mary Jane, Virginia, and Janet.  Hope your special day is fabulous!

April Meeting Minutes
Members present at our April meeting were Julie G., Ron, Barbara, Colleen, Jude, Ann R., Vicki, Kathryn, Cindy, Julie W., Andrea and Elena.  So glad our Illinois members could join us!

We did not have an official meeting as we met at Newfields to tour the Bes-Ben exhibit.  Janet Brandt, our docent, guided us through the exhibit.  She gave us a history of Bes-Ben founded by Benjamin B. Green-Field who was known for his elaborate, humorous, and flamboyant hat creations.  Many hats in the exhibit had been donated to the museum by a member of the Ball family and others were on loan from a Chicago museum.  He crafted hats for many famous celebrities of his era such as Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor.  The exhibit showcased hats with birds, horses, dogs, fruit, and so many more things beyond your imagination.  Janet showed us some of the materials used to make hats and inspired us to make hats for our own doll creations.  Thank you, Janet, for such an enjoyable time at Newfields.  It is definitely a place to return to.  The grounds were beautiful with all the brightly colored spring flowers.  After our tour we had a wonderful lunch at The Cafe' at Newfields.  Everyone loved their soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Janet, our Docent

Materials of Bes-Ben











Celebrities



Benjamin Green-Field












Fruit Hats

Swan and Dog Hats

















Horse Hat
Hat Hat


















Members attending Bes-Ben



Next Meeting

Our May meeting on May 19th will be a joint meeting with the River City doll club from Cincinnati.  River City is hosting this year and have invited us to meet at 'The Sherman"  a German restaurant in Batesville, Indiana.  We will meet there at 11:00 a.m.  River City challenged us to make a "Beastie" doll.  You may also bring Show and Tell dolls.  We will be having a pin doll gift exchange and goodie bag door prizes for those who want to participate.  These are all optional.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
July 6-8 - Danville, Illinois Retreat
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

May Meeting Check list:

  • Nametag
  • money for lunch
  • a couple of show and tell dolls
  • your Beastie challenge doll
  • a wrapped pin doll to exchange
  • optional: a goodie bag for the door prizes

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

April 21 - tour of the Mad Hatter exhibit at the art museum with Janet Brandt
May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - Charity Dolls/Advanced Style Video
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Katie, Sandy, and Ann R. this spring month.

March Meeting Minutes
Icy roads to the east prevented some of our members from coming to this months meeting.  Those present were:  Jude, Ron, Julie G., Vicki, Ann R., Elena, Cindy, Ann C., Andrea, Denise, Julie W., and Nita.

Show and Tell
Elena showed us two house spirit dolls she has made.
Elena's House Spirits
One was a very serious old man image.  He wore Russian shoes, carried keys to every door in the house, had a money bag and watch.  His name is Domovoy (Gregory in English).  These are great spirits, Elena.  Maybe we should all make one for our own home!

Julie G. has been making more dolls from Nita's pattern which Nita kindly shared with us. (Thanks, Nita)  These dolls are so cute and apparently addictive!
Julie G.'s Nita dolls

Ann C. has been busy making beautiful beaded jewelry.
Ann C.,s beaded jewelry
We welcomed new member Cindy who shared some dolls she has made.  One she made on a dollmaking cruise with Patti Culea. and Cyndi Mahlstadt.  Cyndi's doll is made with a wire armature and cloth over clay face.
Cindy's
Cyndi Mahlstadt doll
Cindy's Patti Culea doll

Nita also made two more of her dolls from her original pattern.  They are adorable!
Nita's original pattern doll.

Business Meeting
Julie G. informed us that the Marla Niederer class is now full.  Those who have completed payment for the class will be receiving their patterns sometime in May so they may start their pre-work for the class.
Jude, our treasurer announced the club now has a "square" to make payments to the club easier with the use of a credit card.  Technology is wonderful!
Since some of our members who are participating in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange were not able to come due to weather, they will exchange at the April Sew-in.

For our program this month we had a swap meet.  Andrea also arranged for "Erin the Librarian" to give us a mini-presentation on library resources and databases. The Indianapolis Public Libraries have fantastic digital offerings and Erin did an excellent job of introducing us to the web site and teaching us how to find all sorts of doll related materials.  Thank you Erin!  We learned a lot about this modern technology from you.  And thanks, Andrea, for arranging this for our group!

Next Meeting
Instead of meeting at the library this month we will be going on a field trip to the Art Museum (Newfields) in Indianapolis for a tour of the new exhibit Bes-Ben:  The Mad Hatter of Chicago. We are meeting on Saturday April 21 for our docent guided tour with Janet Brandt. We will meet in the lobby of the museum at 10:30 am. The tour will begin at 11:00 am  The club is paying for your admission to the museum. Lunch is your responsibility and optional.  Parking at the museum is free. The address is 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis 46208.  If you have not signed up to go, please contact Julie G. so you will not be left out!

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
July 6-8 - Danville, Illinois Retreat
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

April Meeting Checklist
  • Sack lunch or money to buy lunch at the Art Museum


April Sew-In
Several members came to the April Sew- In.  Kathryn did an excellent presentation on making shoes for our dolls with examples of ones she has made and actually making one as we watched.  Thanks, Kathryn, for a great session!  The remainder of the weekend was spent working on UFO's and making doll shoes.
Kathryn doing demonstration

Kathryn's felt shoe

Kathryn's doll with her shoes.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

March 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter



Upcoming Meetings

March 17 - Name tags and swap meet
April 21 - tour of the Mad Hatter exhibit at the art museum with Janet Brandt
May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - Charity Dolls/Advanced Style Video
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Spring birthday wishes to Julie W. and Colleen!

February Meeting Minutes
Members present were Julie G., Ann C., Ann R., Leslie, Katie, Andrea, Denise, Sue, Virginia, Jude, Kathryn, and Ron.

Show and Tell
Three members completed  their country girl dolls made from Nita’s country girl original pattern at the recent retreat at Threads of Time in Danville, IL   How adorable!
Andrea's Saffron

Katie's country girl

Julie G.'s Latte
Kathryn created an original" Pinocchio".  Great job Kathryn!
Kathryn's Pinocchio


Andrea has updated the Critique Form for the 2018 "Advanced Style:  Aging Outrageously" Doll Challenge.  This will be a fun challenge with the doll personifying an older person with fabulous or highly individual style.  Andrea is making arrangements for the judging of these dolls which are due at the October meeting. 
There is one opening for the Marla Niederer class in September.  Contact Julie G. if you are interested.  This class is for the advanced doll maker and members will make a sleeping mermaid.
We have six participants in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange.  Those participating will put faces on their doll and attach it to the body for the March exchange.
For our April workshop on the 7th and 8th members will meet at the Irvington library to work on UFO's half days, then Denise will present a program on making wings and Kathryn on making shoes.
Our April Meeting will be a tour of the Bes-Ben:  The Mad Hatter of Chicago exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art now called Newfields.  Janet Brandt will be conducting our tour.

Andrea led our program for this month.  Paper dice were made with different tasks to accomplish written on each side of the die.  The dice are rolled and whatever comes up is your next task.  Thanks for encouraging us to complete all those tasks we have on our lists, Andrea!

Next Meeting
March 17 is our next meeting.  We will be working on nametags, so if you don't have one or want to make a new one or perhaps repair your old one, bring your sewing kit and supplies.
Those participating in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange bring your doll with its completed face attached to the body to exchange for the next round.
We are also having a swap meet that day, so clean out your stashes and bring stuff to swap!

Upcoming Challenges and Events
April 7-8 - Irvington weekend sew-in
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

March Check List
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll for exchange
  • Sewing kit and supplies to work on your nametag
  • Swapping stuff



Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings

February 17 - Andrea - UFO Dice
March 17 - Name tags and swap meet
April 21 - tour of the Mad Hatter exhibit at the art museum with Janet Brandt
May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - Leslie - Using Inktense pencils
July 21 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Virginia - Faces
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Although they don't look it, Julie G. and Liz are another year older this month!  Happy Birthday, ladies!!

January Meeting Minutes
Members present for the January meeting were Leslie, Maggie, Katie, Jude, Julie W., Ann C., Denise, Andrea, Janet, Vicki, Nita, Joan, Kathryn, Julie G., Ron, Virginia, and Sue.

Show and Tell
Virginia made a fabulous articulated doll from a pattern by Gayle Wray.  Gayle has published a complete and very detailed book titled "Making Angelina".  There are many techniques used in making this doll and Virginia did a wonderful job creating her!
Virginia's Gayle Wray Doll
Virginia also brought in a hand made puppet named Gizmo she purchased at a winter fair.  We all had fun playing with it.  It reminded us of a puppet Erin created a few year ago.
Virginia's "Gizmo"

Vicki has made some cute soft sculpture animals she named so appropriately.
Vicki's Checkers, Aloysius, Zippy and Dolly

Janet brought in two newly created baby birds.
Janet's Baby Birds

Joan has been busy creating some interesting journals and a portable cutting mat.  She has agreed to share with us how to make the mat at one of our meetings later this year. 
Joan's journals and cutting mat

Julie G. shared with us a doll made by Nita she had purchased and decided she was in need of a bigger chest which Julie created!
Julie G.'s doll made by Nita

The official meeting included a report from Julie G. on the September class with Marla Niederer.  This class will be for the intermediate to advanced doll maker and members will make a sleeping mermaid.  The class has a waiting list.  Julie G. can be contacted for more information on the class.

We discussed the Sew-In planned for April 7&8.  Short classes will be done each morning, then in the afternoons we can work on UFO's.  This Sew-In will be in our regular meeting room at the Irvington Library.

So many enjoyed doing the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll last year, we have decided to do it again for 2018.  So if you want to participate we are starting at the February meeting. If you would like to participate, you will submit a blank doll body you have made placed in a brown paper grocery sack or similar sack.  Also in the sack include a journal that you have started for your doll's journey. You will include photos to also document this amazing journey your doll will make.  Please leave the head unattached as it is easier for the person doing her face to not have it attached. Do not sculpt the face as that will be the step the next person will do.  We will have the first exchange at our February meeting.  If you cannot make it to the meeting, give it to another member who will be attending that day and they will exchange for you. At the following intervals the bags will be exchanged with another participating member and by the end you will get your completed doll back with stories of his or her adventures along the way.  You will not see your doll after the first exchange until the end of the exchanges.  The tentative exchanges are as follows:
  • February-naked body with head unattached and no sculpting
  • March-face with needle sculpting
  • April-hair
  • June-clothing
  • August-shoes
  • October-embellishment/accessories
You never know what you will end up with.  Your fellow dollmakers will add their own personal touches and you will be amazed!
In October you will get your doll back along with stories of his/her adventures along the way in the homes of you dollmaking friends.
2017 Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls


It was suggested members might contribute items for the name tag drawing basket.  Currently we have fat quarters of fabrics and some trims.  If you have a small doll related item you would like to contribute for the name tag drawing winner to select please bring it to any of the meetings.

Sue presented a demonstration on how to drape a paper towel to make a doll pattern.  She gave us excellent tips on doing this as well as how to use plastic wrap and masking tape to develop a pattern.  Sue is an excellent teacher and we always look forward to learning from her!  Thanks, Sue!
Sue drafting a pattern
Sue with reference book



Next Meeting
Our next meeting is February 17.  Andrea will have a fun project on how to make UFO dice.  Sounds interesting, right?  Be thinking of UFO projects you have.  You will need them to put on the dice.  Andrea will provide everything else needed.
Reminder:  If you haven't yet paid your dues for 2018 bring to the February meeting or mail to Jude.
Bring your naked doll body and head for Brown Bag exchange.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
February 9-11 - Danville, Illinois retreat
April 7-8 - Irvington weekend sew-in
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Neiderer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

February Check List
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Dues if not already paid
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll for exchange