Thursday, July 16, 2015

July Newsletter

Julie G's Immigrants

Upcoming Meetings

July 18, 2015
Zentangle - Janet

August 15, 2015
Tiny Hands- Leslie

September 19, 2015
ATC Trading Swap- Make 1 Artist Trading Card to swap

September 26-27, 2015
Traveller workshop with Angela Jarecki!

October 17, 2015
Challenge Dolls Due! 

Member Birthdays

 Many warm wishes to Martha, Danielle, Nita, Vicki, and Carrie on their birthdays!

Virginia's Cyndy Boo

June Meeting Minutes

Members present: Julie G, Jude, Ann C, Julie W, Andrea, Virginia, Maggie, Nita, Martha, Janet, and Erin.
Julie's Beaded Fish

Show and Tell

Ann went to the Bead and Button show in Milwakee and brought home some lovely beads.  We can't wait to see what she makes with them.

Virginia's Beaded Fish and Flying Pig

Martha brought a lovely hand quilted silk quilt which has a piece of embellished fabric as the focal point.  She also made a table runner quilt that was beautiful.

Andrea shared the charity dolls she was working on at the sew-along.  They are finished now, and have adorable hand embroidered faces.

Andrea's Charity Dolls
Virginia brought along her work from AFICC.  She had lots of fun and finished soo many projects!  There was a little pink pig pull toy, a beaded fish, and a little girl doll.  Cindy Boo is a paper and mixed media doll.  She looks very punk rock!

Sue wasn't with us, but Virginia had to show us her candlestick sculpture from AFICC.  He's a candle wick troll sculpted from polymer clay.  

Janet's mother made her a beautiful quilt that she used the "quilt as you go" technique.  She was a pioneer, because that method is very popular right now.  Thank you for sharing!

Martha's silk quilt

Julie also brought her treasures from AFICC.  She made a roly poly man from paper clay, a beaded fish, and her own Cindy Boo with a funky spiked wig.  Julie also brough three dolls that depict travelers arriving at Ellis Island.  Pattern by Karen Cunagin.

Business Meeting

The Doll Show at Threads of Time in Danville, IL is Saturday, July 25th.  If you are not attending the retreat but would like to go to the Saturday Show and Sale, you can set up your dolls at 9am Central time (8 am for most of us).  Threads of Time's address is Vermilion County Museum 116 N. Gilbert Street Danville, IL 61832.  

Janet's Quilt from her mom

If you can't make the event, bring dolls to the July meeting and we'll display them in Danville for you.  Label each doll with your name, the doll's name and pattern designer.  Also mark if the doll is for sale.  Please make an inventory so we can keep track of sales and get the dolls back to you.

The joint meeting with River City was a blast and everyone loved Clifty Falls.  The ladies who attended came back with the instructions for next year's challenge.  There is a pin doll pattern to follow, and you must create 2 pin doll heads with a distict personality. One will be for show and tell, the other will go in the pin doll exchange.  We decided this would be a great reason to have another sew-in.  We'll work that in for March or April of 2016.

Julie's Roly Poly Man
Exciting news!  Andrea was able to extend the class size for the Traveller workshop with Angela Jarecki!  Please let her know if you want to take the class.



The Traveller with Angela Jarecki
Saturday & Sunday Sept 26th and 27th
Location TBD (Either the library or Greenfield Art Center

$120 class fee, no pattern or kit fee will be charged
$60 down by July to reserve your spot, full amount due by September's meeting
Make checks out to Doll Creators and send to Jude


And don't forget that we've all been offered to take her Windows online class for only $15.  Class starts August 1st, so the full $15 will be due to Jude by the July meeting.  

Janet won the nametag drawing, congratulations!

Finally, Erin demonstrated a technique to make eyelids and eyelashes using organza, and we went for pizza as always!

Next Meeting

Zentangle example by Janet
Our monthly workshop will be on some Zentangle patterns.  Janet will bring art paper, shading pencils, and a bunch of art pens.  In case there aren't enough pens to go around, please bring a Micron 02 or a Sakura 01 pen if you have one.  Don't run out and buy one, we'll share!  She has six patterns that she will be demonstrating.

Also, in September we will trade Artist Trading Cards, so make some good ones!  The more media is mixed, the better.  They must be 2.5" x 3.5".



Julie's Cyndy Boo

Upcoming Challenges


2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads of Time’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in July of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

Leather and Lace- Due at the October meeting, make a cloth doll that includes the materials leather and lace in some way.  No restrictions on size or theme.

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. 

July Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dolls for Danville Show and Sale
  • .02 Micron Pen or .01 Sakura Pen
  • Class Fees for the Traveller or the Windows online Class

Sue's Candle Wick

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


June 20, 2015
Eyelash Tutorial - Erin

July 18, 2015
Zentangle - Janet

August 15, 2015
Tiny Hands- Leslie

September 19, 2015
ATC Trading Swap- Make 1 Artist Trading Card to swap

Member Birthdays

 Many warm wishes to Martha, Dimple and Ron on their birthdays!

Former Member Angie's pin doll is a great example of  a character pin doll.

May Meeting

We had our joint meeting with the River City group which was fun as always.  We'll have a separate post with that meeting's shenanigans. 

River City challenged us to create Fantasy Face Pin dolls for next year's meeting.  The challenge is to create a pin doll of an expressive character's face that tells its' own story.  They gave us a pattern which we'll pass out at the next meeting.

We have our doll show at Threads of Time in Danville, IL coming up soon!  It is July 25th (the week after our July meeting). If you will not be able to attend the retreat, or the Saturday Doll Show, please bring dolls to display to the June meeting, or prepare to send them with another doll maker. Please include a display tag with your name, the doll's name and pattern designer.

Pin Doll by Angela Jarecki, lemontreetales.com

Next Meeting

We'll be back at the library on June 20th, ready to share our newest creations.  

If you have made any more charity dolls, please bring them to the June meeting or contact Erin to coordinate a drop-off.  She will be taking the charity dolls to the Children's Bureau to share with children in need.

We will also have a presentation by Erin on making your own eyelashes and eyelids.  If you have a favorite method, feel free to bring an example.

This Barbara Willis face would make a great pin doll

Upcoming Challenges


2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads of Time’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in July of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

Leather and Lace- Due at the October meeting, make a cloth doll that includes the materials leather and lace in some way.  No restrictions on size or theme.

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. 

June Checklist


  • Nametag
  • Charity Dolls
  • Dolls for Danville Show and Sale
  • Eyelash examples



Saturday, May 9, 2015

May Newsletter

Virginia's Bunnies

Upcoming Meetings

May 16, 2015
Joint Meeting with River City

June 20, 2015
Eyelash Tutorial - Erin

July 18, 2015
Zentangle - Janet

Member Birthdays

 Happy Birthday to Virginia and Janet L and Happy Mothers Day!

April Meeting Minutes

Members present: Julie G, Ron, Jude, Ann C, Leslie, Ann R, Sandy, Julie W, Joan Webb, Andrea, Virginia,  Sue, Sara, Mary, Maggie, Nita, and Erin.

Julie and Nita's Dancing Doris twins

Show and Tell

Julie G and Nita surprised each other by each making a Dancing Doris for our AFIC bar display.  It wasn’t planned, but they both dressed this funky lady in polka dots.  So now we have twins at the bar! The pattern is by Jill Maas

Nita also made a critter pin doll that was very sweet.  She used felt and beads for her little birdie.

Andrea's scrapbook

Mary sculpted a ghostie who is super cute scary.

Virginia made a few more bunnies from the Scribbles patterns.  We have so many dolls to donate this year, thank you to everyone for your generosity!

Joan's sketchbooks

Andrea brought a memory book she made with vintage items from her grandmother’s sewing cabinet.  It’s filled with fabric, embroidery, notes, and other items.  What a great way to honor her talent.

Joan made a charity doll from the Scribbles pattern, and machine embroidered the face.  She also made several  types of sketch books with handmade covers.  We all loved the one with puzzle pieces under the rust dyed fabric.

Erin's Bunnies

Erin made a Mama and Baby bunny from a Judi Lynn pattern.  The mama is made from chenille upholstery fabric, and the baby is fleece.


Ann R made a bunch of Scibbles for our donation to the Children’s Bureau.  She used print fabrics for the hair that really look like hair.  They were probably meant to resemble wood grain or wheat, but it works great for hair!

Joan's Scribble

Business Meeting


The November Show and Sale is set to take place at the Irvington United Methodist Church in the Parlor.  It is $60 to rent but we voted to donate extra for their generosity.  We are able to set up the day before.  Maggie will go to take measurements and plan the arrangement of the room.  She wants to meet with the Show and Sale Committee this summer.

Joan's Scrapbooks

We voted to accept the new By-laws as written. Thanks to Leslie and Jude for all their hard work on this!


There is a new date for the Threads of Time Show and Sale.  We will have a retreat from July 24 to the 26th in Danville, IL.  Our Show and Sale will be on Saturday July 25th.  You do not have to attend to display dolls or participate in the Australian fabric challenge.   See the bottom of the newsletter for more information on the challenge.

The Greenwood doll show was May 2 and Katie and Nita had a table.  Can’t wait to hear how it went, and if we pulled in any new members!

Sara won the nametag drawing.

We finished our meeting with a presentation from Sue about Steampunk.  She is a wealth of information, and shared several books including 
Steampunk Style and the Steampunk Adventurer's Guide. Thanks Sue, it was a treat!

Next Meeting

We will not be having our normal meeting at the library. 
May 16th
11 am
Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park
Hoffman Room
1314 Clifty Hollow Rd
Madison, IN 47250

Our annual joint meeting with the River City FigurativeArtists’ Guild is May 16th.  If you would like to carpool, meet at the library at 8:30 am.  When you arrive at the park tell the person at the gate that you are with the Indy Cloth Dollmakers and you will be admitted to the park for free.  Lunch will be $16 for the buffet including tip.

Mary's ghost

The meeting will mostly be a fun get together with a Show and Tell of dolls we created over the last year as well as our Paint Chip Challenge doll.  See below for information on the challenge. 

We do a few exchanges with River City.  The first is a door prize drawing.  Participation is optional.  Make a grab bag or two with items from your stash.  Past examples are coordinating fabrics and trims for a doll, or a book on dollmaking.  There is also a pin doll exchange (also optional).  Bring a wrapped pin doll and receive one from another artist.

In June, Erin will be giving a demonstration on making eyelashes with black organza.  No supplies will be needed.

Upcoming Challenges

Nita's pin doll

2015 Paint Chip Challenge- Choose a paint chip with coordinating colors and make a doll that includes those colors. This will be due at our next joint meeting with River City in May of 2015. If you haven’t received a chip, you can get one from Andrea or find one you like at your hardware store.

2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads of Time’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in July of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

Leather and Lace- Due at the October meeting, make a cloth doll that includes the materials leather and lace in some way.  No restrictions on size or theme.

Ann's Scribbles

May Checklist

  • Nametag
  • $16 Lunch Money
  • Paint Chip Challenge Doll
  • Grab Bags (optional)
  • Pin Doll (optional)

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

April 18, 2015
Tips on Steampunk - Sue

May 16, 2015
Joint Meeting with River City

June 20, 2015
Eyelash Tutorial - Erin


Member Birthdays

 Happy Birthday and wishes for beautiful spring days to Katie, Ann R., and Sandy!



March Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Erin, Julie G, Andrea, Sara, Mary, Katie, Ann, Jude, Nita, Virginia, Sue, Janet, Vicki, Julie W, Sandy, and Maggie

We welcomed Sara, our newest member, to our fun group!  Hope she liked us as much as we liked her.


Show and Tell

Janet made an adorable little detective named Steampunk Sadie.  She is based on one of the first police women in Indianapolis.  She also made a bunch of cute tablet wristlets to sell.

Nita made Jewelberry, an angel made from a Patti Culea pattern and fabric Jude gave her for Christmas.  She is perfect! 

Sue is almost finished with the bar for the AFICC display, so the floozies will have a place to order.  It looks great.



Katie has been preparing for AFICC in a little different manner than the rest of us.  She has finished a sewing tote, a tool tote and an iron tote!  They are all made from pretty sewing related fabrics.  She will be the envy of everyone at the next retreat.  She has also been working on felted fabric for her art to wear designs.


Mary is on a crochet scavenger hunt.  Each week she is making a secret block, and we're excited to see how it turns out!  

Our newest member Sara brought the Wicked Queen from Snow White.  She took a class with Arlee Berryhill and made an amazing candlestick doll.


Business Meeting 

Erin is stepping down as Secretary in 2016.  She has some big career changes coming up in her life, and is hoping to save some time for actual doll making.  If anyone is interested in writing our newsletter, speak up.  We are flexible on the format, and Erin is also willing to teach you how to use the blog or other newsletter format.


If you haven't already, please pay Jude for our $25 yearly dues.  Make checks payable to Doll Creators.

Andrea reported that 20 people have signed up for the Traveller workshop with Angela Jarecki.  That's great, but also a problem because the limit is 15 students... There will be a waiting list in case anyone backs out.

Our joint meeting with the River City doll club is on May 16th at Clifty Falls.  Lunch will be a buffet and will cost $16.  We will not have a regular business meeting that day, but will meet in the library parking lot around 9 am to carpool.

The sewing retreat/ doll show in Danville, IL has been moved to July 24th- 26th.  You do not have to attend the retreat to visit the doll show on the 25th or enter a doll in the challenge.  The challenge doll must be made from the Australian fabric line and purchased from Threads of Time.  There will be a People's Choice Award.

Mary won the nametag drawing, congrats!

After the business meeting, we worked our little behinds off making charity dolls.  At the end of the day, we had completed 32 dolls and still have more that people took home to finish.  Erin will be taking them to the Children's Bureau after the June meeting, so you have time to finish more on your own.  Thanks everyone for a fun day!


Next Meeting

Please read our new bylaws, the rules of our club.  We will be voting to adopt them at the April meeting.  Thanks to Leslie and Jude for their hard work on them.

AFICC is April 23, the weekend after our next meeting.  Please bring your Bar Scene doll for the group display to the April meeting if you cannot attend AFICC.  Sue and Virgina are wrangling those wild dolls for us.  

There will also be a display at AFICC of dolls from previous years' classes.  If you have a completed doll from an AFICC workshop that you would like to display, bring it to the April meeting to hitch a ride with Julie or Andrea.  Each doll must have a nametag, as well as a note that one of our members has permission to take the doll home.  Security is tight in the display room.

We will be hosting an Artist Trading Card "make and take" table at AFICC.  Julie is bringing stamped face fabrics, but is asking that we each contribute 10 business card size (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") pieces of fabric cut with pinking shears.  Please bring these to the April meeting along with any little buttons, embroidery floss, thread, embellishments, charms, yarns you would like to donate to the table, also embroidery needles, colored pencils, and/or embroidery floss you would like to donate.  Every little bit helps.

Sue will be giving a presentation on Steampunk, no supplies are needed.


Upcoming Challenges

2015 AFICC Club display - A Bar Scene - Create a character (about 14-16 inches tall) that you might meet in a bar or nightclub.  You may create just the doll, or include a setting like a corner booth or a bit of dance floor.  We'll display them together at AFICC in Columbus, OH in April.

2015 Paint Chip Challenge- Choose a paint chip with coordinating colors and make a doll that includes those colors. This will be due at our next joint meeting with River City in May of 2015. If you haven’t received a chip, you can get one from Andrea or find one you like at your hardware store.

2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads of Time’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in July of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

Leather and Lace- Due at the October meeting, make a cloth doll that includes the materials leather and lace in some way.  No restrictions on size or theme.


April Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • Read the bylaws (available here)
  • Bar Room doll for our AFICC display
  • Any finished dolls from previous AFICC classes with label
  • Pre-cut ATC sized pieces of fabric as well as thread, embellishments, needles, etc.