Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September Newsletter

Important note: September's Meeting will be on Sunday September 14th at 1 pm.

Upcoming Meetings

Just a few of the Bridget dolls from our Lucy Landry class.
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

We wish you a happy birthday doll friends! This month we celebrate with Denise, M.J., and Mary McN.!

August Meeting Minutes

Janet's little birdies
Members Present: Nita, Ann C., Vicki, Janet L., Leslie, Jude, Julie G., Ron, Jamie, Darcie, Julie W., Maggie, Ann R., and Erin.

Before Show and Tell, we had three guests join us!  Janet L. found out about us, saw our blog and came bearing Show and Tell. She liked us so much she joined right away!  Jamie was visiting her friend Darcie while her family attended GenCon. We're lucky it coincided with the meeting, because Jamie is also a new member. Welcome ladies, we hope you enjoy your time with us.




Show and Tell

We had several Bridgets join us, fresh from the class with Lucy Landry. Lucy was a lovely instructor and a very sweet person. Thank you for teaching us so much, Lucy!

Janet brought two adorable calico birds. She loves the dollmaker Ann Wood, who specializes in owls and birds. Since we were having an Artist Trading Card workshop, Janet also shared her ATC collection. They are stored in a special album she made herself.
Janet's ATC collection

Ann C.- Bridget
Ann C. brought her Bridget dressed in green. Her face is beautiful! This is a good example of the wonderful pattern with a delicate figure and kneecaps and elbows to help strengthen her joints.

Maggie had some good news. She won a an award at the State Fair in a sewing contest sponsored by the French Seam. Congrats Maggie! She promised to show us next meeting.

Julie W. completed her Bridget. Her face is adorable, and her eyes match her purple outfit.  The costume is very detailed with gold trim and a lovely hat.

Jude - Bridget
Jude also finished her Bridget. Lucy must have had great tips for drawing and coloring faces, because they are all great! Her costume is accented by a beautiful cape and vest in brights that complement her hair.

Leslie's Bridget is almost finished. This one is so sweet, with an innocent face and yellow and green costume. Leslie has even beaded her a necklace and trimmed her leggings and dress in yellow.
Leslie - Bridget
Erin has been working on her Fae and Habitat challenge. She made cute mini sewing supplies while on vacation. These fabric bolts and balls of yarn are 1:12 scale.
Ann R. also brought her finished Bridget. She made a cute shawl with antique fabric that matches the dress perfectly.

Business Meeting

Erin's mini fabric
Jude reported $4,154.87 in our treasury, but we still need to pay Lucy and Julie for the workshop. There will be plenty left after those checks are written.  Erin discussed the change from an email newsletter to the blog format. She is trying to change the blog layout so that the newsletter will still look nice when printed out (what do you think?).

Julie W. - Bridget
We will be switching up our Executive Board in 2015, as Leslie and Katie will be stepping down as President and Publicity Officer respectively. We may have tentative replacements, but if you are interested in these posts (or any other officer position) please let us know. Maggie has been tagged for Publicity, but she would like help with computer related tasks, such as flyers for the Show and Sale. Julie could move from VP to President, but that would leave the VP slot open. We welcome any newer members or anyone who hasn't been an officer to volunteer for our lovely board. We don't bite, I promise.

Julie G. has been asked to give another presentation to the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis North group about doll making.  Nita has volunteered to help her, and if anyone would like display dolls or attend, the meeting will be from 1 pm- 3 pm on Friday Nov. 7th in Carmel.

Odds and Ends
Ann R. - Bridget
Vicki won the name tag drawing, and Ann C. took Bonnie's round robin home to work on.

On October 18 & 19th Joan is hosting free lecture/ workshop by Golden Artist Colors at Ivy Tech. The lecture is at 9:30 and the workshop is at 1pm.  More information on introducing the new QoR watercolors and Williamsburg oil paints as well as other Golden products here.

The Indiana Surface Design Exhibition, a textile art show, is going on at the Greenwood Creative Arts Center until October 25th.  More information on the gallery information here.

Next Meeting

The Bonnie Round Robin- Stage 1

The One Stop Shop Hop is upon us. It is next weekend, September 19th and 20th in Lawrenceburg, IN (about 2 hours southeast of Indianapolis).  We will be setting up the booth on Thursday. If you do not plan to attend the event, please bring a few display dolls or sale items with labels (doll name, your  name, pattern by) and a and inventory list with prices to the meeting on Sunday. If you plan on staying in Lawrenceburg, the Hollywood Casino Hotel is offering a group rate of $79- $89 a night with code GRQU14A.

At the September meeting, Andrea will be giving a demonstration on wing making in time to work on the challenge dolls. Your fae doll doesn't have to have wings, but let's face it.  Most of them will.  You are welcome to bring your favorite examples of wings, but no supplies are necessary.


Julie put together a wonderful workshop on Artist Trading Cards. ATCs are playing card size artworks that are meant to be traded. Julie created kits with fabric, a face stamped on muslin and beads, etc. Then we went to work on our own ATC. Julie was even chosen to have some ATCs in the book 1,000 Artist Trading Cards, and received the ATCs in trade. Wow!
Our group diligently working on ATCs




Here we are working on the ATCs.  Thank you, Julie for a wonderful program!




Upcoming Challenges


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, 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

September Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Display/ Sale Dolls with tags (Doll Name, Your Name, Pattern By)
  • Inventory List for Sale Dolls (if you are not attending the Shop Hop on Friday) 
  • Wing examples

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.