At the July meeting, Katie taught our mini-workshop. She made up kits for everybody that included two colors of wool roving (she over-dyed the red to get just the right shade) and a felting needle, as well as a pinback, beads for eyes, and some wire for antennae.
From these fluffy beginnings she walked us through the basics of needle-sculpting. Fortunately, we did not need the first-aid supplies she brought, as we got through the class without puncturing anybody's fingers! After an hour or so, our roving had been transformed to this:
Ladybugs! While most of us were complete beginners, we did have an expert in our midst. In honor of the class topic, Bonnie brought in a superb little needle-felted bear she had made. Isn't he perfect?
Attendance at our July meeting was still a little small this month, as many of our members are busy with summer activities. But, those of us who were there had a wonderful time. Show and Tell featured Julie G., who brought in her finished doll from the class with Leslie Molen at the Doll Gatherers GALA 2010 back in May.
The one-day class means she is a simple doll, but we all enjoyed her lace underskirt and the beautiful use of dyed lace on her head - it complimented her kimono fabric perfectly. Nobody will ever know that she is wearing Fruit of the Loom briefs under that very proper and ladylike dress!
Nita also brought the Americana doll that she made for a Cloth Doll Artistry challenge. This dollie is pictured in last month's Featured Artist bio of Nita, and she also talks about her inspiration on her own blog.