Friday, February 1, 2013

January 2013 - a full house!

Our first meeting of the year, and we nearly ran out of chairs!  This is a very good thing, and we are delighted that our club is doing so well.  We had 19 members (plus one young guest) at our January meeting.
A meeting room full of dollmakers!
Besides just being there, of couse, we did stuff too.  We decided that our challenge theme this year will be 'Mythological Beings', after reluctantly ruling out exotic birds and magicians.  We decided that our workshop with Barbara Schoenoff this summer will be her Three Faces of the Goddess.
Three Faces of the Goddess, by Barbara Schoenoff
And, we had show and tell, of course!  First was Erin, who brought some fun paper samples made with her new Silhouette Cameo electronic cutter, which works with paper, fabric, and even fondant icing!
Next was Martha, who brought the cutest little matryoshka doll, made from the pattern in the November 2011 issue of Soft Dolls and Animals.

We also had some amigurumi, with a definite sci-fi twist!  Leave it to Mary to combine Mr. Spock with super happy crochet cute.
Last in the 'show' part of show-and-tell, Mary Jane brought in two vintage souvenir dolls from Ethiopia, possibly dating from the 1960s or '70s.
Ethiopian dolls, front and back

But wait!  There's more!  We also had 'tells' in our show-and-tell, starting with Katie, who told us about the online class Sculpting a Female Face she is taking with Deb Wood, at Adele Sciortino's 'A For Artistic' website.  And Sandy told us about the camel races in Qatar, where her daughter is teaching.  Smaller jockeys meant faster times, so children were often used as jockeys until recently, but it was dangerous.  Qatar is one of a number of countries who have recently switched to robot jockeys!  Now you know.

Believe it or not, our meeting still wasn't done.  We started our progressive dolls, by drawing our very own doll patterns.  Our job will be to sew them up and bring them to the next meeting, when they will get faces.  There was also one more special and historic item to share, but it will have to go in our next post.

1 comment:

Nita Butler said...

So sorry i missed the meeting. Sounds like so much fun! I missed you all so much and am hoping to be back no later than March.Possibbly this month but doubtful. Will send dues to jusde.
Miss you all! Cannot waito meet new members.