Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


May 20 - Joint meeting with River City Group, Tarot Doll Challenge, Field Trip to Indiana State Museum
June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Our birthday people for May are Mary Jane, Virginia, and Janet. Hope your days are filled with sunshine!

April Meeting Minutes
Members present for the April meeting were:  Janet, Martha, Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Nita, Julie W., Ann R., Ann C., Edie, Katie, Jude, Joan, Sue, Virginia, Andrea, and Mary.

Show and Tell
Virginia completed a cute mermaid doll for the Tarot  Challenge named Queen of Cups.
Virginia's Queen of Cups


Sue also completed her Tarot Challenge Doll named Queen of Swords using craft foam for some of the parts. How ingenious!
Sue's Queen of Swords


Joan shared some amazing class paper crafting projects.
Joan's Pop-up Book


Katie showed us a straw hat she made for her AFICC entry doll.  Very nice!
Katie's hand made straw hat

Ann C. didn't make a doll but did make a beautiful lace shawl.  It is absolutely beautiful!
Ann C.'s Lace Shawl



Nita also has an entry for the Tarot Challenge named The High Priestess.  The doll sits in a chair that Nita made in a class Jean Bernard taught.  Well done!  She also shared a crown she had made for AFICC.
 
         
Nita's High Priestess
Nita's Tiara




Kathryn presented her unnamed rabbit she made from paperclay. Great use of materials!

Kathryn's Rabbit

Julie G completed a little wooden doll from a Sophie Tilley kit she received as a Christmas gift.  How cute!
Julie G.'s Sophie Tilley Doll


Janet has been very productive doing a 100 day art project.  Among the projects were two birds she shared with us.
Janet's Birds


Mary shared a crown she made several years ago.  Very appropriate for our Tiara workshop!  She also showed us a book she made with the Japanese book binding method.
Mary and her Tiara
Mary's Book



Business Meeting
It was decided we would make a donation to AFICC for scholarships this year.  It is such a wonderful event, we want to contribute so those who might not be able to afford to go will be given the opportunity.  There is a great deal that can be learned from our fellow dollmakers.  Thank you Cyndy Sieving for putting on this fantastic event! Many of our members were able to attend this year.  Here are some pictures showing some of the fun they had.











After our meeting, Virginia showed us a great way to make tiaras and several members got started on the tiaras they wanted to wear at AFICC.  You can see many of their creations in the above pictures.
Virginia making Tiaras

The May meeting will be a field trip to the Indiana State Museum.  We will meet at the Indiana State Museum, gathering at the entrance at 9:45.  The museum officially opens at 10 am, but the lobby is open so we don't have to stand around in the parking garage.  Mary Jane will take us behind the scenes.  So, no official kind of meeting.  We will do a pin doll exchange and just share pictures of dolls at lunch.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 20, 2017 - Tarot Challenge with River City
June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2014 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls


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

May Meeting Checklist:
  • Nametag
  • Pictures of dolls you made
  • Pindoll if you want to exchange
  • Money for lunch and parking

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter


April 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
April 15 - Prep for AFICC Tiaras-Virginia, Tarot Dolls Due
May 20 - Joint meeting with River City Group, Tarot Doll Challenge, Field Trip to Indiana State Museum
June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy April spring birthday wishes to Katie, Sandy, and Ann R.

March Meeting Minutes
Attendees this month were:  Mary, Ann R., Julie W., Vicki, Ann C., Joan, Katie, Jude, Jennifer, Nita, Denise, Sue, Virginia, Kathryn, Ron, Julie G., Andrea, Martha, Leslie,  Maggie and Erin.

Show and Tell
Many of our members are multi-talented.  One being Ann R., who completed a beautiful applique quilt.  She has worked on this for two years and did a magnificent job!
Ann R.'s Applique Quilt

Vicki brought in her Cheshire cat completed from an Alice and Wonderland challenge.  He's a cutie!
Vicki's Cheshire cat

Nita completed her Fleur doll from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop at a retreat at Threads of Time earlier this year.  She is beautiful, Nita!  She has also been busy making pin dolls.  They are wonderful!
             
Nita's Fleur

Nita's Pin dolls

Kathryn brought in a wonderful needlebook she has made.  A terrific way to get our needles organized!
Kathryn's Needle Book

Inside Kathryn's Needle Book

Business Meeting
Leslie has been working on getting our workshop for later this year.  The dates will be Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27.   More details will come as the plans are finalized.  Leslie is also researching for  the Spring 2018 workshop.  Please contact her if there is something you are particularly interested in.
There will be several different displays at AFICC.  If you are not going, but would like to send dolls for display, please bring them to the April meeting nicely packed with a label attached to include your name, name of pattern, and name of doll.  One of our members who is going will be happy to take your doll/dolls for you.  If you are sending a Tarot challenge doll, be sure to include your inspiration card or a picture of the card.  Our club will display our Elements Challenge dolls.  You may also send dolls for the Just for Fun Exhibit. Please limit 3 dolls per person for this display.  AFICC is April 20-23.  Visit cyndysdolls.com for more information about AFICC.

After our business meeting Sue guided us in how to make needlebooks in preparation for make it/take it at AFICC.  They are a great way to organize and carry your needles so they don't get lost!
Making Needle Books

Making Needle Books
We also had a surprise guest visitor, Bea!!!  We love it when she comes to see us!!!
Bea


Next Meeting
At our April meeting Virginia will be working with us to make tiaras either to wear at AFICC or make for kids or dolls.  Here is a list she suggested of things to bring to the meeting to make your tiara:
12 to 16 gauge wire  (enough to fit around you head with a few inches for overlap)
1 package bias tape - wide single fold   - color to coordinate with your flowers
Wire cutters
Scissors
Items to attach to the crown - flowers, beads, ornaments, old jewelry, trinkets (anything that you want to attach to your crown - as much or as little as you want.)
Misc glues - depending on what you are attaching  (glue guns work very well) 
 
Phase 2 of our Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll is due. Those participating bring your Bag Doll with its new hair do to exchange for the next phase.
April-Hair
June-Clothes
August-Shoes
October-Embellishments/Accessories
Don't forget to take photos and write in the dolls journal!


Upcoming Challenges and Events
April 15 - Tarot Challenge doll due
April 20-23 - AFICC in Columbus, Ohio
May 20, 2017 - Tarot Challenge with River City
June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2014 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls

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

April Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll
  • Supplies to make your Tiara (see list above)
  • Tarot Challenge Doll
  • Dolls for Display at AFICC


Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

March 18- Prep Needle books for AFICC
April 15 - Prep for AFICC Tiaras-Virginia, Tarot Dolls Due
May 20 - Joint meeting with River City Group, Tarot Doll Challenge, Field Trip to Indiana State Museum
June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
August 19 - Kathryn- Dorset button demo
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays

Happy spring birthday to Julie W., and Colleen!

March Meeting Minutes
Nineteen members were present at the February meeting:  Katie, Mary Jane, Jude, Julie W., Ann R., Vicki, Leslie, Mary, Nita, Ann C., Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Joan, Andrea, Sue, Denise, Janet, and Jennifer.

Show and Tell
Denise finished her UFO Wood Knots from Allison Marano's AFICC class she took in 2005!  She also brought a head for Allison's the Vernal Muse doll.  Another UFO from a class  Denise took  is Leta Benedict's "Bird Watcher".   Another doll Denise brought was one she did in a class with Akiko.  The detail in this doll is AMAZING!!!
Denise's Wood Knots
Denise's Vernal Muse Head


Denise's Bird Watcher
Denise's Akiko doll

Katie designed a frog pattern for our pattern book expansion (Zoo Edition) and brought her finished Felicity Frog.  She's adorable!
Katie's Felicity Frog

Mary shared that she had gone to the Women's Rally in January in Indianapolis.  It was a very uplifting experience for her and she was so glad she had the opportunity to go.  Thank you Mary for representing those of us who did not attend.

Julie G. completed Gwendolyn, a  UFO from a class she took with Allison Marano.  She also brought "Fleur"  from a class with  Barbara Schoenoff last month.
Julie G.'s Gwendolyn
Julie G.'s Fleur

Kathryn also took the same class and brought in her completed "Fleur".
Kathryn's Fleur



Joan had been on a cruise that took her to Barbados where she hand made her own batik fabric.  These fabrics are absolutely gorgeous, Joan!  She also brought a popup farm she had made.  Very clever!
Joan's Batik fabric
Joan's Batik fabric


Joan's popup farm

Business Meeting
We were all sad to hear that two wonderful dollmakers passed away in February, Gloria "Mimi" Winer and Barb Keeling,  These ladies contributed much to the dollmaking world and will certainly by missed.  Some of us were fortunate enough to have taken classes  or made dolls from the patterns of these ladies which directly impacted how we make our own dolls.  Dollmakers Journey carries some of their patterns.  Denise brought in pictures from our Victoria Rose workshop we took with Mimi in 2000.  Can you pick out our current club members from this picture? (Denise, Leslie, Ann R., and Julie W.)
Mimi Winer's Victoria Rose workshop 2000

Mary Jane told us about some of the things we could see at the Indiana Sate Museum when we go in May, from antique clothing to quilts to antique dolls.  So much to see in one day!

Leslie had done a survey to determine who we might like to have this year as a guest instructor.  Several to choose from and she will begin the process to see who we will be fortunate enough to have teach us.

We have eight participants in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange. Sue, Virginia, Denise, Julie W., Leslie, Ann C., Julie G., and Kathryn all brought a bag with a naked doll body to pass on for next month.  For March the recipient will put a face on the doll and do needle sculpting of the face if appropriate.
Here is the schedule we have planned:
March-Face
April-Hair
June-Clothes
August-Shoes
October-Embellishments/Accessories
Don't forget to take photos and write in the dolls journal!

At the March meeting we will work on needle books for AFICC.  Cut 12 or so  4"x6" pieces of fabric.  With right sides together, sew 1/4" seam all the way around leaving an opening to turn.  Turn right side out and press.  Bring these to the meeting and we will finish one you can keep, the others Sue will take to AFICC for our make and take project.  Bring any trims/embellishments, embroidery floss, etc. you would like. Sue will have the felt for the pages or you can bring your own.  You will also need a basic sewing kit with needles, scissors, etc.  Here are pictures to give you some idea of what we are doing.
Outside of needle book
Inside of needle book
Front cover of needle book

The Indiana State Fair will be coming before we know it.  We discussed entering dolls and ways we might promote our club at the fair.  Andrea volunteered to research the possibilities.

At our April meeting we will be preparing for AFICC.  We would like a display of the Tarot Challenge dolls and a display of our Elements challenge dolls. Those going will wear Tiaras so all will know who is in our club.  Virginia will help us make the Tiaras at the April meeting.  If you are not going to AFICC you could make a doll or child size Tiara.  Sue brought a sample Tiara that Andrea modeled for us.
Andrea modeling Tiara for AFICC

After our business meeting, Andrea presented a demonstration on Needle sculpting Doll Hands.  Andrea is a great teacher.  Her Doll Hands are wonderful.  Thanks Andrea for sharing this technique with us!
Andrea's Hand sculpting
Andrea's Hand sculpting
Andrea's Hand Demo 

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is March 18, 2017  Those in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll Exchange will do their exchange and Sue will help us prepare our needle books for AFICC.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
April 15 - Tarot Challenge doll due
April 20-23 - AFICC in Columbus, Ohio
May 20, 2017 - Tarot Challenge with River City
June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2014 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls

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

March Meeting Checklist
  • Name tag
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll
  • Fabric for needle books, sewing kit, embellishments