Sunday, August 10, 2014

August Newsletter

An example of Cloth Overlay by Leslie
Upcoming Meetings
August 16- Artist Trading Cards by Julie G
September 14?- Wings Demo by Andrea
October 18- Puppets by Erin
November 15- Challenge Doll Reveal
November 22- Annual Show and Sale
December 20- Annual Christmas Party


Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Andrea, our only member with the Peridot birthstone.  Hope you have a great vacation in Scandinavia!

July Meeting Minutes

Members Present:Erin, Martha, Katie, Ann R., Ann C., Vicki, Andrea, Mary, Julie G., Maggie, Nita, Brenda, Jude, Leslie, and Julie W.

Show and Tell
We started the meeting with Show and Tell because we had lots to share.
Nita has set herself a goal to make at least 6 dolls from patterns she already owns this year. 

Nita, like we all do, loves to collect patterns. This month she made Confection Girl, a barefoot little girl in pinks, browns and greens.  She is even holding little truffles! this is based on Sherry Goshon's Jelly Bean.
Nita's Confection Girl
Jude finished more of the doll-sized tatting, and they are available for purchase.  Let her know if you'd like to buy some.
Machine Tatting by Jude
Leslie was inspired by some origami boxes Rebecca was making, so she took out some pretty scrapbooking paper to try it herself.

Leslie's origami boxes

Martha has been busy with quilts, but first had to share that her 10 year old granddaughter made her first dress (mostly) by herself! Way to go Lizzie!
Martha's Shopping Quilt
The larger of Martha's quilts in pink and green has little girls shopping, which is perfect for another granddaughter. The smaller wall hanging is teacups fussy cut from a Mary Engelbreit fabric. Next Martha will hand quilt the tops.
The Teacup Quilt
Katie sent off her Hoffman Challenge doll, Avant Garde Indigo. She used the gessoed and painted cloth for her face, and her hair gave Katie quite the challenge to dye, but she got it perfect in the end!
Katie's Avant Garde Indigo
Congratulations to Katie, because the doll won Best Incorporation of the Challenge Fabric! 
Avant Garde Indigo

Vicki has made some adorable dress-form pincushions. They might be a good accessory for a fairy house, too...
Vicki's Pincushions
Brenda has revised her cool neck tie purse.  The new version is made from four ties, which makes it bigger and better!


Brenda's Tie Purse

Business Meeting
Jude reported $3,031.09 in our treasury. That will be reduced, of course after we pay Lucy Landry for her class this weekend.


Nita's Overlay face

We will be participating in the One Stop Shop Hop on September 19th and 20th at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, 50 Walnut St. We will be displaying dolls as well as selling dolls and other items. If you would like to sell, but can't attend please drop off your items with labels (Name, Your Name, Pattern by) and inventory with price list. Because this event coincides with our September meeting, we discussed having the meeting on Sunday September 14th at 1pm, if we are able to use the Library that day. This would allow people not attending the even to bring display items to the meeting.


Katie has postcards to promote the November Show and Sale, please pass them out your favorite public spot to promote the show!

There will be retreat at Threads and Beds on October 31st and November 1st, which will be a great opportunity to work on the Fairy/ Habitat challenge. October books fast, so reserve your spot soon.

The Threads of Time Doll Show is in June of 2015, and the shop has challenged us to create dolls using their Australian line of fabrics, and would have to be purchased through them.

It's time to think about our Board Members for 2015, we have two open positions. Please consider volunteering for President or Publicity. Being on our board is a very fulfilling experience, and we welcome the newer members to consider volunteering.

Examples of cloth overlay by Andrea
Many of you remember Bonnie, a member that passed away two years ago. Her boyfriend brought us a doll body that she had started but not finished. We are going to start a round robin with the doll, where anyone who has time that month can work on a bit of the doll, such as the face, hair or clothes.  Whatever is calling to you. When the doll is finished we will auction the doll and donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors program.


Brenda trying cloth overlay
Katie won the nametag drawing and chose a fat quarter from our new stash!

Leslie then started the Cloth Overlay program. We discussed the best fabrics to use, and the techniques to get the most detail.




An example of cloth overlay by Leslie
Next Meeting
Julie G. will be teaching Artist Trading Cards.  ATCs are small works of art that are meant for trading.  There will be a $1 kit fee if you would like to participate.  Kit includes fabric for the ATC, stamped face on muslin, and a bit of stuffing.  You can also bring your own embroidery floss, embroidery needles, scissors, your favorite colored pencils for coloring faces, embellishments such as beads and buttons (optional).

Examples of ATCs
Mimi Kirchner 
Natasha May
EK Duncan
Tarni Levin



Katie trying cloth overlay
Odds and Ends
Janet Brandt is participating in the Calm and Collected quilt exhibit through September 27th. This is the Charm Club show of scrap quilts and parodies of the Keep Calm poster at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St, Zionsville, IN.

There are a few websites we'd like to share. Nita found a new doll supply store, OOAK Artist Emporium.  It has wonderful hair, eye and wing supplies.  Thanks Nita!

While we were at Janet Brandt's studio, she told us about Delectable Mountain Cloth. This Vermont store sells beautiful silk, and you can order bundles of small pieces of assorted fabrics.

Upcoming Challenges
Brenda's detailed result
Fae Folk and Habitat- Our yearly challenge will be a fairy house and a cloth fairy to live inside. The doll and habitat will be due on November 15, 2014.

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

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 on September 19th. There will be a People’s Choice award.

August Meeting Checklist

  • Nametag
  • $1 kit fee
  • Color Pencils
  • Embroidery Floss and Needles
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Indianapolis doll class openings with Lucy Landry

The Indy Cloth Dollmakers have a couple of openings left in our August doll classes with artist Lucy Landry, so we are inviting the public to join us.
This lovely Bridget doll is perfect for beginners; she is 14" tall, and has many joints for great pose-ability and playfulness.  Her face is needle-sculpted and colored with watercolor pencils. And of course, her costume provides lots of fabric-mixing fun.
This two-day class will be held on August 9th and 10th at the Greenfield Arts Center.  The cost is $130.  If you are interested, please send an email to indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com.

Bridget 2

If a weekend workshop isn't your thing, then how about a 1-day pattern class?  Lucy has graciously offered to present her design class from the last AFICC for us -- Creating Volume: Pattern Design from 2D to 3D.  This class will show you how to take your own designs from simple and flat to shapely and dimensional, all for only $25!  The class will be held at a club member's home on the east side of Indianapolis, on Friday, August 8th.  Email us if you want to attend -- indyclothdollmakers@yahoo.com.




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Snow-dyed fabric and more

In addition to the January Girls (now available as a pattern!), our February show-and-tell also had an abundance of colorful fabric.
Joan decided to take a positive outlook on our lousy weather, and figured, if life gives you snow, make snow-dyed fabric.  She used only two shades of dye to make all of the pieces shown above.  She folded, twisted, and clamped the fabric in various patterns, and soaked the material in a soda-ash solution.  Then she covered the folded fabric with a thick layer of snow, and sprinkled powdered dye (in raisin and sage green) over the snow.  As the snow melted, it randomly dispersed the dye and made beautiful patterns.
Ann R. showed us what she's been working on during this long winter.  This truly stunning quilt top is done in needle-turn applique.

From all the colors of the rainbow, to only one; 'Shades of Pink' is this critter's official name, but Vicki calls him Pinky the Cat.

For our lesson, Ann C. taught us how to make probably a dozen different ribbon flowers from the book Ribbonwork by Helen Gibb.

Our last entry for show and tell is this tiny little girl (she's about 4" high, seated).  She is the first part of a mother & child doll that Katie is designing.  Her face is needle-sculpted cloth with a cloth overlay.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Barbara Schoenoff's January Girl workshop

This month for show and tell, we got to see the results of the January workshop.  Several members braved the artic winds to meet Barbara Schoenoff in Danville, Illinois (home of the wonderful Threads of Time sewing retreat) to make these lovely ladies with fancy hairdos, made of braided trim that has been gessoed and painted.
January Girls, designed by Barbara Schoenoff

Below is Julie G.'s doll, Magdalena.


Next is Anne C.'s dolly-in-progress.

Next is Jude's doll, named Amabella.

Last is Katie's doll, still named January Girl.  Katie had fun adding some extra layers, like the sleeve caps and the ruffled tulle.

Below you can see where she modified the hairstyle to become a charming chapeau!


Thank you, Barbara, for another delightful class!