Monday, February 1, 2016

February 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
February 20 - Julie G. - Altered Fabric Technique
March 19 - Vicki C. - Smocking
April 9 and 10 - Weekend workshop with Sue Odell.
April 16 - Sew-in for Fantasy Face Pin Doll Challenge
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 Julie G. and Liz.  Happy Dollmaking in 2016!
January Meeting Minutes
Travel conditions were not good on our meeting day but the following members safely made it to our meeting:  Julie G., Ron, Vicki, Janet, Erin, Julie W., Andrea, Jude, Ann C., Mary, Leslie, and Maggie.
Show and Tell
Ann C. brought several interesting books including one on making dolls from the 30's or 40's,"Knit Your Own Cat", "Cats in Hats", and "Artful Ribbons".
Julie G. brought in a cute wooden Roman Nutcracker.
Leslie brought in her original Leather and Lace doll named Lacey Leathers. She had dyed the leather and the lace to match and had used aquarium tubing as part of the armature. (Well done, Leslie!)   She also showed us a book "Art of the Contemporary Doll"  by Sandra Korinchak.
Leslie's "Lacey Leathers"
Business Meeting
New things we discussed in our business meeting included adding pinterest links for our club members.  If you have a pinterest account, please let Andrea know and she will add it to our blog.
It was suggested at our next show and sale we have a fabric table for our club members to sell excess fabric they no longer need.
We discussed a doll artist to come later this year and Denise ( who was in contact during the meeting by text since she was unable to make it to the meeting) will contact the possibilities.
Sue has challenged us to finish a UFO by the March meeting.  Several members brought in their UFO's for the challenge and will bring them back in March.  Those who still want to participate can bring in their UFO's to the February meeting.
Mary will finish her troll doll she started from a Ute Vasina pattern.
Mary'e UFO troll

Leslie had several UFO's to finish including a Judi Ward pattern for a Cupie Doll, her wazinkies, Raggedy Angies and humpty dumptys.
Leslie's Cupie Doll
Leslie's Wazinkies
Leslie's Raggedy Angies and Humpty Dumptys

Ann C. wants to finish her Chun Woo started in a class she took with Leslie Molen.
Ann C.'s Chun Woo
Maggie brought in a blank doll body with interesting coloration she wants to finish. 

Maggie's blank body
   Andrea wants to finish her brother and sister leather and lace dolls.

Andrea's Leather and Lace Brother and Sister 
Erin brought one of  her Goddess dolls she started in a class with Barbara Schoenoff and wants to finish.
Erin's Goddess doll
Janet has the first head she started when she joined our club and wants to finish.
Janet's bodyless doll head
Julie G wants to finish her Lucinda on a trapeze from a pattern of Barbara Schoenoff.
Julie G.'s Lucinda

After sharing our UFO's, Andrea presented a demonstration of hemming techniques for sheer fabrics.  She taught us how to do a hand rolled hem and a shell stitched hem on silk.  Thanks Andrea!  These are techniques we can certainly use in costuming our dolls!  For those who could not attend check out her recent post on our blog.  She included some links that include videos of some of the techniques.
Andrea teaching hemming techniques

Next Meeting
Program by Julie G. It's going to be a show and tell/demo of an altered fabric technique.  She will provide a hand out for everyone. Attendees don't need to bring anything.
If you want to participate in the UFO challenge and haven't already brought your UFO, please bring it to the February meeting.
REMINDER:  Dues are due!  Please bring a check for $25 payable to Doll Creators to the February meeting or send a check to Jude if you have not already done so.
Upcoming Challenges
March 19, 2016 - 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
February Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • UFO for challenge







Saturday, January 16, 2016

January's demo - sheer fabric hems

The icy weather this morning kept some people home, so in case you couldn't make it to doll club today, here is a short version of the handout I made for our monthly demo.  We practiced two different hand-sewn hems on chiffon, and I collected several tutorial links for four different techniques for finishing sheer or slippery fabrics.  As they say, try this at home! -- Andrea

Hand-rolled hems:
and also this really excellent video:

Shell-stitch hems:
or this one which is sturdier, since it has running stitches between the shells:

Another idea I wanted to try was to do a horsehair braid hem.  Of course, that would be very heavy for such a light fabric, and often far too big for our doll scale.  However, I think the technique could be applied to a sheer wire-edge ribbon to get a similar effect on circle skirts or other skirts where you want that extra volume and movement.

Horsehair braid hems:
or this one, because I like to offer choices:

And lastly, a machine-stitched tiny hem, for those who can't get the stupid rolled-hem foot on their sewing machines to play nice for more than a few inches at a time.

BanRol hems:
You do have to click through the step-by-step pictures above, or check out method #2 in the link below:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

January 16–Andrea will present techniques for finishing edges on fussy fabrics

February 20 -Julie G topic TBD

March 19 -Vicki C Smocking

April 16- Sew-in for Fantasy Face Pin Doll Challenge

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 Suzanne and Joan.  We hope you have a great year!

December Meeting Minutes

Members present:  Ann C., Virginia, Sue, Mary, Ann R., Leslie, Denise, Jude, Martha, Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Nita, Janet, Andrea, Maggie, Julie W., and Erin.  We all had a fantastic time at our annual Christmas party with great food, fun games and being with our dollmaker family!

Show and Tell

Kathryn made a wonderful doll of her own design from an old worn out favorite sweater.


Martha has been busy finishing quilts.

Julie G. showed us a doll named “Smile” she purchased from dollmaker Charlie Patricolo who designed and made the doll.  Our club is considering asking her to do a workshop for us.

Janet modeled a repurposed sweater skirt she made from an idea Katie had shown in a previous meeting.  She also showed us a junk fairy she had purchased at a craft show.

Andrea finished a puppet doll named Calliope she adapted from Lucy Landry’s Bridgette pattern as well as her Katriona  made from Angela Jarecki’s Traveler Doll workshop pattern.

Mary showed us a purchase she made at a yard sale.  It was made from a gourd and has great potential for a future doll.

Andrea reminded us all to be sure to give credit to pattern designers whenever a doll has been made from their patterns.  This includes pictures of dolls that are shown online.



Business Meeting

First we want to thank Maggie and her helpers for the great job they did with our November Show and Sale!  The day went well considering the weather and the new site for the show.  Maggie suggested that next year we try to get some muscle men to help with moving the tables!The officers for 2016 were voted upon and accepted as follows:

President – Andrea
Vice-President- Denise        
Secretary- Julie W    
Treasurer- Jude

Publicity- Katie

A special thanks to our outgoing officers Julie G, Erin, and Maggie.  Your dedication to your offices has truly been appreciated.

Programs for 2016 were discussed.  Andrea suggested projects from Colette Wolff’s book “The Art of Fabric Manipulation”.  Projects could include pleating, smocking, all kinds of handwork and embellishing.  She graciously offered to do the January program based on something from the book.The name tag drawing was won by Andrea.  Jude suggested adding some trims to the drawing basket.Sue suggested a UFO Challenge for 2016.  Those interested in the challenge need to bring a work in progress (UFO-unfinished object) to the January or February meeting.  The finished work is to be brought to the March meeting to show for a prize!  So, are you members up to the challenge? Let’s do it!

With the coming of the New Year a new yearly challenge had to be decided upon.  We started with 15 ideas and narrowed it down to 3.  The winner for the 2016 Challenge Theme is “The Elements”.  Your doll must personify or reflect or symbolize an element, or a group of them.  You can choose one of the four elements if you like—Earth, Air, Water or Fire.  You could use the Chinese version of this idea that adds Wood and Stone to the element list.  You could go to the Periodic Table and choose an element like oxygen or platinum to build an idea around.  It doesn’t have to be either of these, you might come up with another concept altogether.  If you have questions or want more clarification or examples, just ask. We will have a critique form and deadline soon so start thinking of ideas and materials to use.

After all the business was attended to it was time to feast and exchange gifts.  Sue and Virginia entertained us with a trivia game with two players playing against each other in order to choose their gift.  What a great time testing our knowledge base!  And there were fabulous gifts with wonderful handmade gifts and lots of fun fabrics and trims and storage containers!

Sue and Virginia also entertained us with a plastic wrap unwrapping game played with the club divided into two teams.  It seems we all were winners!  What fun!  Thanks Sue and Virginia!

Thanks to all our club members for a fantastic 2015!

Next Meeting

Program by Andrea on Fun Fussy Fabric Finishes
Bring a UFO for challenge
REMINDER:  Dues are due!  Please bring a check for $25 payable to Doll Creators to the January meeting or send a check to Jude.

Upcoming Challenges

March 19, 2016 - 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

January Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • UFO for challenge
  • Andrea will present Fun Fussy Fabric Finishes (different hemming techniques to use on sheer fabrics).  Please bring a basic sewing kit with needle, pins, and scissors.  Fabric will be provided.







Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 2015 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

December 19- Annual Christmas Party
January 16- TBD
February 20- TBD

Member Birthdays

 Happy Birthday to Sue, Leslie, Ann C. and Jude, we hope you have a great year!

The Show and Sale was a success once again.  The new space was spacious and beautiful, which really set the stage for our beautiful displays and sales tables.  Thanks to everyone who helped put the show together.

The People's Choice award for the Leather and Lace challenge was a complete surprise.  THREE dolls won!  Katie's Rhapsody on the Runway, Sue's Pyrite the Troll Queen and Erin's Ima and Gigil all tied.

Kathryn Wamsly's Awards were also announced for the Leather and Lace Challenge.  Sue won 1st place, Katie won 2nd, and Julie G's Mademoiselle Mme won 3rd, and Judge's Choice went to Sue!  

Congratulations to everyone, all of the dolls were wonderful. Let's make next year's challenge even more "challenging"!

Next Meeting

Our Christmas party is always a great treat. We will have a pitch-in brunch and (optional) gift exchange, as well as narrow down ideas for the 2016 Challenge.

Please bring a dish to share. Below is the sign-up list from the Show and Sale.

Julie G -- hash brown casserole
Janet -- pasta salad
Sue -- a yummy biscuits & gravy thing
Maggie -- plates and napkins
Andrea -- silverware and cups
Nita -- drinks
Vicki -- cookies
Ann C. -- her delicious sausage thing
Jude -- something for dessert
Martha -- a different salad, maybe cauliflower
Mary- chocolate peanut butter fudge
Julie W - Hawaiian ham sandwiches
Erin - stuffed bread

You may also bring a doll related gift (limit of $20), which you can purchase, gather from your stash, or make. This is entirely optional, so please don't feel obligated.  I have heard that we might have a fun game similar to the ATC trade!

Also, bring your thinking caps, because we will be brainstorming ideas for the 2016 Challenge Doll theme.  This is always a blast, where we discuss and vote on options.

Looking forward to celebrating with everyone!

Upcoming Challenges

Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of a Face that tells a story.  Due at the May, 2016 joint meeting with the Rivercity Figurative Artist's Guild. 

December Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Covered Dish
  • Ideas for 2016 Challenge Theme
  • Gift