Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings
September 15 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Member Birthdays
Happy September birthday to Mary, Kathryn, and Denise!  You all deserve your special day!

Meeting Minutes
There were twenty  present at our August meeting:  Maggie, Martha, Joan, Elena, Leslie, Katie, Jude, Denise, Virginia, Sue, Andrea, Vicki, Cindy, Julie W., Julie G., Kathryn, Janet, Ron and Ann C.  Also attending was Katie's guest, Chloe, who is her granddaughter ( a future dollmaker, creative sewist perhaps???)  Great to have you, Chloe!

Show and Tell
Denise brought "Countess celebrates her 21st Birthday" a fabulous doll with lots of detail.  She also brought her "Hemit Shellfae" sculpted from polymer clay.  Dawn Schiller has classes online for this interesting sculpture.  Great job, Denise!
Denise's, Shellfae
Denise's Countess



Joan shared more of her talents in bookmaking from classes she has taken at Heron and Ivy Tech.  Her book "Doors" opens out to show pictures of her trip to Cozumel, Puerto Rico, Istanbul and other points of interest. She showed us a puzzle book with an Istanbul theme and a jelly print book "The Matter of Art".  These books are fascinating and well done.  Thanks for sharing, Joan!
Joan's Doors Book
Joan's Doors Book open


Joan's "The Matter of Art"
Joan's Istanbul puzzle book


Martha told us about a quilt she entered in the Indiana State Fair.

Leslie finished a faery from Barbara Schoenoff's class. She used inktense pencils which gave a beautiful and colorful look to the doll.  A wonderful technique to share with us, Leslie!  She also shared a beaded shadowbox creation.
Leslie's Inktense Faery
Leslie's shadowbox


Elena had also entered the state fair and received a blue ribbon and an honorable mention.  She showed a picture of "Ariel" a clay sculpted doll she had made for her neighbor's granddaughter.  (Lucky Girl!)
Elena's Ariel

Julie G. brought "Belle" a test doll designed by Barbara Schoenoff.


Julie G.'s Belle

Sue proudly shared several dolls:  "Fleur" from a pattern by Barbara Schoenoff for which she got a second place ribbon at The Ohio State Fair, "Butterfly" from Lucy Landry's Brigette pattern for which she got a blue ribbon at The Ohio State Fair, "Margo" another blue ribbon winner, and "June Bride" a red ribbon doll.  Congratulations on your accomplishments, Sue!  She also shared a puppet she bought at GenCon where she met the voice of Kermit the Frog!
Sue's Fleur
Sue's Butterfly





Sue's Margo
Sue's June Bride

Sue's Gen Con puppet

Virginia shared a cute doll from a pattern she found on Etsy with an interesting head attachment, a doll named "Smoke", her Fleur doll from Barbara Schoenoff's pattern, her "Beastie" doll from the May challenge, and a dragon she made.  She also attended Gen Con and purchased a puppet.
Virginia's Smoke
Virginia's etsy doll


Virginia's Fleur
Virginia's Beastie




Virginia's Dragon
Virginia's puppet


Business Meeting
Katie is working  with Carmel Monthly magazine on doing an article on our doll club with an interview from a club member who lives in the area.
We discussed Marla Niederer's Mermaid Doll Class and possibly having a pitch in dinner on Saturday evening and working as late as we want at the library.  Virginia volunteered to be in charge of the dinner (Thank you, Virginia!).  Julie G. invited participants to her home for a cocktail party for Marla on Friday evening before the weekend of classes so she could meet everyone and suggested bringing any doll creations we would like to share with Marla.

Round Robin/Brown Bag dolls were exchanged.  The final exchange will be at the October meeting when the original creator will receive her completed doll with all it's embellishments. 

AFICC is now open for registration.  It runs from April 25 to April 28, 2019.  This will be a fun and exciting event.  Two of our own members will be teaching there this year!  Suellen Odell will be teaching three one day classes on three different dolls:  Darling Dot, Sweet Bunny, and Kitty Kat.  Barbara Schoenoff will teach a one day class for her Victorian Mermaid, and a two day class for her Fleur. You are encouraged to visit http://cyndysdolls.com for all the details and to register.  This event only occurs every two years so you don't want to miss it!

Our August program was presented by Denise on Making a Journal.  Members created their own journals following Denise's excellent instruction.  We were amazed at our own creative journals at the end of the program.  Denise generously sent us a detailed Tutorial by email.  She put a lot of time in doing so and we want you to know, Denise, how much we appreciate what you did.  These journals are fabulous and no doubt our members will be making more of them thanks to you!
Denise Journal Demo
Completed Member Journals


Next Meeting
Our September meeting is on the 15th.  Joan will give us instruction on making a folding cutting board.  This will be a demonstration and she plans to have a handout for us. 


Upcoming Challenges and Events
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 12-14 - Retreat weekend at Threads of Time in Danville, IL
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

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

September Check List
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell

Sunday, August 12, 2018

August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018 Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Member Birthdays
We have two birthdays this month.  Elena and Andrea are another year older but forever young!
Happy Birthday!

July Meeting Minutes
Sixteen members met in July for a meeting full of fun.  Present were Vicki, Leslie, Ann R., Nita, Ann C., Katie, Jude, Martha, Maggie, Julie W.,  Julie G., Ron, Sue, Virginia, Andrea, and Janet.

Show and Tell
Sue shared a sweet doll she had purchased on etsy and a Unicorn she had made.
Sue's etsy doll
Sue's unicorn

Virginia shared a Goth Doll and an Aardvark named Jenny.
Virginia's Goth Doll
Virginia's Aardvark




Vicki brought her Penguin and Zebra.
Vicki's Penguin
Vicki's Zebra



Nita made an elf made from an Allison Marano pattern at a recent retreat at Threads of Time.
Nita's Allison Marano elf

Jude made a "Nita" doll and brought her Barbara Schoenoff  Faery Doll that she entered in the Indiana State Fair.
Jude's Nita Doll
Jude's Faery Doll

Julie G. shared her Sleeping Mermaid homework she has done for the Marla Niederer workshop in September.
Julie G.'s Mermaid homework

Andrea brought  a troll doll made by Barbara Schoenoff named "Mist" which Andrea had dressed and Barbara's Mountain Girl which Andrea had been given.
Andrea's Barbara Schoenoff Mist
Andrea's Barbara Schoenoff Country Girl

Business
Several people entered the Indiana State Fair this year. Katie, Jude, Elena and Andrea entered dolls and Martha has a quilt she entered.  Be sure and check them out in the Indiana Arts Building.  Do you see all the ribbons!
Elena's entry
Jude's entry


Andrea's entry

Katie's entry

The people who are participating in  the Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll challenge exchanged bags in July.  The next step is to put shoes on their bare little feet and bring them back to the August meeting for the next exchange which will be adding embellishments.  The end comes in October when each of the dolls will be returned to their original creator.  October will be amazing!
Plans for next May's meeting with the Cincinnati Doll group was discussed with a suggestion of a tour of some Cincinnati shops.
Katie passed out bookmarks advertising our November Show and Sale to be distributed around the area.  She will bring postcards to our August meeting.
The November show and sale was discussed and layout of the tables in the room. Plans are for a table for a special display of  some of Barbara Schoenoff's dolls.  That will definitely be something to come to the show and sale to see!

Program
Virginia was our presenter for this month's program.  She makes really fabulous faces on her dolls and generously showed us how we too could do this.  Her techniques and tips and step by step demonstration were excellent.  We each attempted her techniques on doll heads she had made for us.  Everyone's looked a little different as no one can make a doll face quite like Virginia.  Didn't they all come out great?  Well done!
Virginia's example

Member's faces


Next Meeting
Denise will be presenting the August meeting showing us how to make an awesome journal.  This will be a make and take program and Denise will have kits for us so we can all play along with her.
The only optional things for you to bring are:
 (2) - 5x5 inch squares of paper or fabric for the cover 
 (2) - 3.75 x 3.75  inch squares of paper for the inside cover
 - Med sized beads for decorating the tails from sewing the signatures in place.
This journal will be the one like her  Round Robin doll carried during the exchange last year. This will be a fun project for all.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 12-14 - Retreat weekend at Threads of Time in Danville, IL
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

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

August Check List
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Round Robin/Bag Dolls with shoes
  • Items as described above for journal making





Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
July 21 - Virginia - Faces
August 18 - Denise - How to make an awesome journal
September 15 - Joan - Make a portable cutting mat
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Member Birthdays
Summer birthday wishes to Danielle, Nita, and Vicki.

June Meeting Minutes
Members attending our June meeting were Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Elena, Ann C., Andrea, Katie, Jude, Julie W. and Joan.

Show and Tell
Julie G. has been enjoying retirement and went to the Bead and Button show where she took a class to make a beaded vessel.  She also took a class on armatures.  Ann C. also went and made the beaded vessel and took a class on soldering.
Julie G.'s Beaded Vessel
Ann C.'s Be


Elena was so happy about a doll she made and has already sold.  Fortunately she has a picture of her Green Circus Dancer to share.  This doll has a clay face and hands and is quite lovely.  Great work Elena!  She also made a Scribbles doll for our charity project and brought her May Beastie challenge which is a dog made from felt.
Elena's Green Circus Dancer
Elena's Beastie
Elena's Scribbles

Katie brought two of her clay dolls she has completed.  Aubrey is made of polymer clay with a beautiful body and costumed in a magnificent beaded organza gown.  Maia is a full body sculpt of paperclay, a technique Katie learned in a class at AFICC with Kathryn Walmsley. Her costume is quite original with beautiful beading.  Check out Katie's blog for more pictures and information on these OOAK dolls.  Beautifully done, Katie!

Katie's Aubrey
Katie's Maia



Business Meeting
There are no more openings for our Marla Neiderer Mermaid class.  Patterns and homework have been sent to  those paid up participants.
Katie is getting our bookmarks for the November Show and Sale and will bring them to the July meeting to pass out.
A reminder the 2018 challenge doll is "Advanced Style:  Aging Outrageously" depicting an older character expressing life with a flare.
The Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls are due at the July meeting with their clothes on.  Members participating will swap and bring them back again in August  with their new shoes.  Finally at the October meeting they will be completed with embellishments and accessories.
Andrea recapped our River City Luncheon for those who were unable to attend.  Next year it will be our turn to host.  The theme for that challenge will be a Cage Doll.
Also next year  is AFICC around the end of April.  We hope to have Cindy come to one of our meetings prior to give us a preview.
After our meeting was over several of our members stayed and worked on making some Charity Dolls.  Thank you those who were able to stay and do this. For those who were unable to stay or come to the meeting we will be accepting any dolls you can make over the next few months and present them to the Children's Bureau nearer the end of the year.
Scribbles for Charity

Upcoming Meeting
Our July program will be presented by Virginia on making faces.  She has been hard at work sewing faces for us to use.  Andrea has volunteered colored pencils from the library or you can bring your own.  This will be a great learning experience for new and old doll makers, so be sure and come for a fun time!

Upcoming Challenges and Events
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Niederer class
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale

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

July Check List
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Pencils and Pens to make faces
  • Round Robin/Bag Dolls