Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter

October 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings.
October 19 - 2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll
November 16 - Reveal of Patti Culea Doll
December 21 - Annual Christmas Party
Please note:  This agenda is tentative and subject to change

Member Birthdays
Happy October  birthday to our one and only birthday member this month, Barbara!

September Meeting Minutes
Members present in September were Cindy, Leslie, Virginia, Sue, Vicki, Maggie, Katie, Nita, Julie W., Joan, Jude, and Elena.  Some members were absent as they were attending classes at John C. Campbell Folk School.  We are looking forward to seeing them at the October meeting to hear all about their experiences.

Show and Tell
Julie W. finished her Margot doll from Sue's Labor Day weekend class!
Julie W.'s Margot
Jude had not finished hers, but brought it to share and see how much she had done.  Great colors and fabric, Jude!
Jude's in progress Margot
Katie had made a Santa for the November Show and Sale Charity table as well as a hedge hog pin cushion for the Charity table.
Katie's Santa
Katie's hedge hog pincusion

 Elena made a really cute rag doll and a terrific caricature jester head made with hair from a human wig.
Elena's Rag Doll

Elena's caricature head












Nita made a beautiful angel, a sweet heart wall hanging and a neat eye glass case.
Nita's angel, heart, and eyeglass case
Joan shared that she is working on her Margot doll.  Keep working, Joan, we know you will get it finished and we're looking forward to seeing her!

Old Business
The charity table for our Show and Sale was discussed.  We plan to have brochures about Hope Center Indy.  Items will be made by our members and all proceeds will go to Hope Center Indy.  Several members are dressing their blank muslin dollies that were passed out at an earlier meeting and these will be for sale on the charity table.  Katie is working on getting a new  yard sign for the sale.  Maggie will continue to collect for people signing up for a sale table.  Cost per table/half table is $15.00 payable to our treasurer, Jude. 
After the business meeting, Virginia, Katie, and Sue presented our program about putting hair on your doll.  Virginia demonstrated needle felting hair with yarn and talked about other fibers that could be needle felted.  Katie showed how to weft hair and apply it, Sue demonstrated how to make a wig cap and cut Tibetan lamb hair for a wig.  Great job ladies!  Very informative!
Virginia giving demo

Virginia's yarn felting














  
Katie's wefting
Sue's demo
Sue's demo

Our next meeting is Saturday, October 19 at the Irvington Library at 10:00 a.m.  Our International/Ethnic challenge doll is due for judging. This doll will be a character wearing a national costume, international attire, or a personal interpretation of ethnic clothing.   A guest judge will judge the dolls in a separate room while we have the regular meeting.  Results of the judging will be revealed at the November Show and Sale.  If you do not bring your doll for judging at the October meeting, you may still bring it to the Show and Sale to be entered in the Peoples' choice voting.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
October 19 -  2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll
November 16, 2019 - Patti Culea reveal
November 23, 2019 - 17th Annual Holiday Art Fair and  Art Doll Show

October Meeting Checklist

  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   Payment for Show and Sale table
  •   Your Challenge Doll




Sunday, September 15, 2019

Septermber 2019 Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings.
September 21 - Putting Hair on Your Doll
October 19 - 2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll
November 16 - Reveal of Patti Culea Doll
December 21 - Annual Christmas Party
Please note:  This agenda is tentative and subject to change

Member Birthdays
Mary, Kathryn, and Denise are celebrating birthdays this September.  Hope your days are fun and happy!

Meeting Minutes
Eleven members and one guest attended the August meeting:  Kathryn, Julie G., Sue, Virginia, Jude, Ann R., Cindy, Julie W., Katie, Ann C., Joan, and guest Robbie.

Show and Tell
Sue and Virginia proudly shared their Ohio State Fair award winning dolls.  Among them were Sue's Lady Elspeth (pattern by Barbara Schoenoff), her "Dot" (an original design), a Victorian Doll from a pattern by Arley Berryhill and also her Mystical Mermaid from her attendance at ODACA made by Charlie Patricolo.
Virginia and Sue's award winning dolls

Sue's Mystical Mermaid 
by Charlie Patricolo

Virginia received a BLUE ribbon at the Ohio State Fair for her "January Doll" from a pattern by Barbara Schoenoff!  Congratulations Virginia!  Her Frog doll was judged the BEST IN SHOW!  Also she shared  a doll made in a class with Christine Shively and a witch from a pattern by Patti Culea.  Great work, Virginia!
Virginia's January Doll, Witch, and
Christine Shively doll 
Virginia's Frog

It has been decided we will exchange angels at our annual Christmas party for those who want to participate.

Our program this meeting was on coloring a cloth doll face based on a video by Patti Culea titled "Cloth Doll Making" available to purchase online at Dollmaker's Journey.  Her video is extremely well done and very helpful on many aspects of making a cloth doll.

Next Meeting  
Our next club meeting is September 21.  Payments for Show and Sale tables ($15 per person) are due at the September meeting.  Maggie will be taking the payments.  The program will be about how to put hair on your doll and finishing techniques. Techniques such as wefting, felting, and use of Tibetan Lambs hair will be shown. This will complete our doll making series and completed dolls will be presented at our November meeting.

Upcoming Challenges and Events

October 19 -  2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll
November 23, 2019 - 17th Annual Holiday Art Fair and  Art Doll Show

August Meeting Checklist
  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   Payment for Show and Sale table



Suellen Odell's Margot Class

Suellen Odell's Margot Class


Labor Day weekend some of the Indy Cloth Dollmakers got together at the Irvington Library to make Sue's Margot doll.  She is a beautiful doll who sits on her custom made divan.  Sue taught us how to do some body shaping and face sculpting.  We learned how to make her bloomers, corset, partlet (which we learned was a sleeveless garment worn over the neck and shoulders, or to fill in a low neckline), a ruff( which is a projecting frill worn around the neck) and slippers.





This class was great fun.  Sue is a fabulous teacher willing to share her doll making knowledge with all of us while having fun doing it!  Thank you, Sue!!!

Watch for future blogs featuring our finished Margots!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 2019 Newsletter


August 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings.
August 17 - Doll Face Coloring
September 14 - Doll embellishments, hair, wings, costuming, etc.
October 19 - 2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll
November 16 - Reveal of Patti Culea Doll
December 14 - Annual Christmas Party
Please note:  This agenda is tentative and subject to change

Member Birthdays
Birthday wishes for August go to Andrea and Elena.  Have a Dolly Wonderful birthday you two!!

Meeting Minutes
We had a great attendance at the July meeting.  Present were Katie, Nita, Martha, Ron, Julie G., Sandy,  Ann R., Leslie, Ann C., Vicki, Andrea, Virginia, Sue, Julie W., Jude, Joan, Elena, and Maggie.  Several members had to detour around road construction to get to the meeting.  So glad you all made it!  We were especially happy to see Sandy who came all the way from southern Indiana and we hadn't seen for awhile.  We've missed you Sandy and hope to see you again soon!

Show and Tell
Several members attended a recent retreat at Threads of Time in Danville, Illinois where they made some really cute Dastardly Owls from a pattern by Ann Wood.
Nita was one who attended and brought her owl as well as a wrap doll she made from pipe cleaners and a push mold face.  She also has been busy making some wonderful fiber jewelry.
Nita's Fiber Jewelry
Nita's Yo-Yo Bracelet

Katie also attended the retreat and brought three owls she had made.
Katie's Dastardly Owls

Martha brought some pre-stuffed bendi muslin doll blanks to share with our members to make into dolls that could perhaps be used for our charity project this year.  Thanks Martha.  Can't wait to see what everyone does with these!

Julie G. shared her dastardly owl from the retreat.
Julie G.'s Dastardly Owl

Andrea shared that she finished her Belle doll from a pattern by Barbara Schoenoff.  She couldn't bring her because she had given her away!  Barbara's patterns can be purchased at Dollmaker's Journey.

Virginia has been busy with dolls for the Ohio State Fair.  We recently learned she won her first blue ribbon at the fair!  Congratulations, Virginia!  Great job!  She brought her Attic Mouse made at AFICC in a class with Colleen Colquhoun Athens using paper clay and cloth.   She also brought La Demoiselle de Fleur which she also made at AFICC in a class with Christine Shively-Benjamin.  Another item she brought was her horse doll made by Julie G.
Virginia's Attic Mouse and 
La Demoiselle de Fleur
Julie G.'s Horse doll

Sue made a doll from a Beth Anne Darr class.
Sue's Beth Anne Darr Doll

Jude attended the Threads of Time retreat and brought the owl she made.
Jude's Dastardly Owl

Elena completed two dolls she plans to hang on a wall in her home.  They are fantastic, Elena!  She also has been experimenting making eyes from epoxy.  We were really impressed with the samples she brought in to show us!
Elena's wall dolls
Elena's epoxy eyes

Business Meeting
Katie had gotten bookmarks and business cards printed and passed those out to the membership for publicity.  Julie G. and Sue were going to ODACA and would take some to pass out. Signage and guidelines for the Show and Sale were discussed.  Katie continues to keep up our Facebook page with great posts about members and pictures of their work.  Members are encouraged to send her pictures to post. Thanks, Katie, for all the time and effort you put in to this!
Our Charity project will be a sale table at the Show and Sale with proceeds to be given to Hope Center Indy.  Items on the table will be made by the members.  Martha passed out her Bendi doll blanks that when finished would make great items for the table.  Katie will collect the finished dolls to prepare for display on the sale table at our November meeting prior to the sale.
Our Fall class with Sue Odell is coming soon on August 31-September 1.  There are still a few openings.  If you would like to attend please contact  one of the officers or email the club at
indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com.  Workshop fee is $85 for Indy Cloth Dollmaker members and $100 for non-members. Deadline for registration is Aug. 15.


Our program was on how Patti Culea sculpts her doll heads.  It was definitely an informative program featuring an excerpt from Patti's Cloth Doll Making DVD available for purchase on Dollmaker's Journey.

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is Saturday, August 17.  Our program is on Patti Culea's methods of coloring the doll face.  Patti's dolls have beautiful faces and she generously shows others how she does this in videos available at Dollmaker's Journey.  If you would like to work along in the program you could bring the following:


Scrap of cotton 9"x7" and backed with freezer paper.

Scrap of fabric for blending the colors.

Pencil

Eraser

Tan permanent (non-bleeding) marker

Black permanent marker

Prismacolor pencils in the following colors:

   Brown

   White

   Red    

   Green    

   Peacock Blue

   Yellow

These colors are suggestions so you don't have to go out and buy them.  Andrea has a few different brown/tan markers at the library that people can borrow.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
August 31 - September 1 - Class with Sue Odell

October 19 -  2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll


November 23, 2019 - 17th Annual Holiday Art Fair and  Art Doll Show


August Meeting Checklist
  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   Supplies for doll faces as stated above