Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party


Member Birthdays

June birthday wishes go out to Martha, Dimple, and Ron.  Enjoy your day!


May Meeting

The newsletter will be short this month.  We did not have an official meeting but the following members enjoyed a field trip to the Indiana State Museum:  Julie G., Julie W., Ann R., Kathryn, Sue, Virginia, Sandy, Mary, Andrea, Maggie, and our tour guide Mary Jane.  Unfortunately members from the River City Doll Club group were unable to attend.  We missed them and hope to see them next year.  Our challenge this year was to make a Tarot Doll.  Due to the nature of our field trip we did not have anyone bring their Tarot Challenge to this meeting, so everyone who made a challenge doll please bring it to the June meeting.

Our tour guide, Mary Jane, took us into the storage area of the museum where few people get to see behind the scenes.  She unboxed many quilts and clothing pieces from their archival storage.  There were antique quilts of all sorts including Amish quilts, vintage applique and crazy quilts.  The clothing items Mary Jane showed us were so wonderful to see with much intricate workmanship.  Some of the clothing had been donated by an Italian immigrant family who came to Indianapolis.  The history of these quilts and garments are all unique in their own way and we are so fortunate that the Indiana State Museum has been able to collect them for us to see.  Thank you, Mary Jane, for a most enjoyable tour.  It was truly fascinating!

Here are some photos of a few of the items Mary Jane showed us.














 After the tour we had lunch at the Farmer's Market CafĂ© at the Indiana State Museum.  The food was delicious and we would highly recommend it to anyone who visits the museum.  We had our pin doll exchange during lunch.  Those who got one of the pin dolls please bring to our June meeting for all to see!





On a sad note we have learned that one of our former members and a wonderful dollmaker,  Ellen Daniels-Howell, passed away in her sleep on May 10th.  She had become involved in interfaith mission work in Kenya.  Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Next Meeting

At the June meeting on the 17th, Katie will be presenting a program on lingerie for dolls.  Doesn't that sound interesting!  Sue's UFO challenge is due.  Hope you can complete one of your UFO's by then.  Maybe there will be a prize????  Also bring your Tarot dolls and pin dolls from May for Show and Tell!

Upcoming Challenges and Events

June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2014 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls

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

June Meeting Checklist:
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell (Tarot Dolls and Pin Dolls from May)







Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


May 20 - Joint meeting with River City Group, Tarot Doll Challenge, Field Trip to Indiana State Museum
June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Our birthday people for May are Mary Jane, Virginia, and Janet. Hope your days are filled with sunshine!

April Meeting Minutes
Members present for the April meeting were:  Janet, Martha, Ron, Julie G., Kathryn, Nita, Julie W., Ann R., Ann C., Edie, Katie, Jude, Joan, Sue, Virginia, Andrea, and Mary.

Show and Tell
Virginia completed a cute mermaid doll for the Tarot  Challenge named Queen of Cups.
Virginia's Queen of Cups


Sue also completed her Tarot Challenge Doll named Queen of Swords using craft foam for some of the parts. How ingenious!
Sue's Queen of Swords


Joan shared some amazing class paper crafting projects.
Joan's Pop-up Book


Katie showed us a straw hat she made for her AFICC entry doll.  Very nice!
Katie's hand made straw hat

Ann C. didn't make a doll but did make a beautiful lace shawl.  It is absolutely beautiful!
Ann C.'s Lace Shawl



Nita also has an entry for the Tarot Challenge named The High Priestess.  The doll sits in a chair that Nita made in a class Jean Bernard taught.  Well done!  She also shared a crown she had made for AFICC.
 
         
Nita's High Priestess
Nita's Tiara




Kathryn presented her unnamed rabbit she made from paperclay. Great use of materials!

Kathryn's Rabbit

Julie G completed a little wooden doll from a Sophie Tilley kit she received as a Christmas gift.  How cute!
Julie G.'s Sophie Tilley Doll


Janet has been very productive doing a 100 day art project.  Among the projects were two birds she shared with us.
Janet's Birds


Mary shared a crown she made several years ago.  Very appropriate for our Tiara workshop!  She also showed us a book she made with the Japanese book binding method.
Mary and her Tiara
Mary's Book



Business Meeting
It was decided we would make a donation to AFICC for scholarships this year.  It is such a wonderful event, we want to contribute so those who might not be able to afford to go will be given the opportunity.  There is a great deal that can be learned from our fellow dollmakers.  Thank you Cyndy Sieving for putting on this fantastic event! Many of our members were able to attend this year.  Here are some pictures showing some of the fun they had.











After our meeting, Virginia showed us a great way to make tiaras and several members got started on the tiaras they wanted to wear at AFICC.  You can see many of their creations in the above pictures.
Virginia making Tiaras

The May meeting will be a field trip to the Indiana State Museum.  We will meet at the Indiana State Museum, gathering at the entrance at 9:45.  The museum officially opens at 10 am, but the lobby is open so we don't have to stand around in the parking garage.  Mary Jane will take us behind the scenes.  So, no official kind of meeting.  We will do a pin doll exchange and just share pictures of dolls at lunch.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
May 20, 2017 - Tarot Challenge with River City
June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2014 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls


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

May Meeting Checklist:
  • Nametag
  • Pictures of dolls you made
  • Pindoll if you want to exchange
  • Money for lunch and parking

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter


April 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
April 15 - Prep for AFICC Tiaras-Virginia, Tarot Dolls Due
May 20 - Joint meeting with River City Group, Tarot Doll Challenge, Field Trip to Indiana State Museum
June 17 - Katie-Lingerie, Sue's UFO Challenge dolls due
July 15 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 - Andrea - History of lace
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy April spring birthday wishes to Katie, Sandy, and Ann R.

March Meeting Minutes
Attendees this month were:  Mary, Ann R., Julie W., Vicki, Ann C., Joan, Katie, Jude, Jennifer, Nita, Denise, Sue, Virginia, Kathryn, Ron, Julie G., Andrea, Martha, Leslie,  Maggie and Erin.

Show and Tell
Many of our members are multi-talented.  One being Ann R., who completed a beautiful applique quilt.  She has worked on this for two years and did a magnificent job!
Ann R.'s Applique Quilt

Vicki brought in her Cheshire cat completed from an Alice and Wonderland challenge.  He's a cutie!
Vicki's Cheshire cat

Nita completed her Fleur doll from Barbara Schoenoff's workshop at a retreat at Threads of Time earlier this year.  She is beautiful, Nita!  She has also been busy making pin dolls.  They are wonderful!
             
Nita's Fleur

Nita's Pin dolls

Kathryn brought in a wonderful needlebook she has made.  A terrific way to get our needles organized!
Kathryn's Needle Book

Inside Kathryn's Needle Book

Business Meeting
Leslie has been working on getting our workshop for later this year.  The dates will be Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27.   More details will come as the plans are finalized.  Leslie is also researching for  the Spring 2018 workshop.  Please contact her if there is something you are particularly interested in.
There will be several different displays at AFICC.  If you are not going, but would like to send dolls for display, please bring them to the April meeting nicely packed with a label attached to include your name, name of pattern, and name of doll.  One of our members who is going will be happy to take your doll/dolls for you.  If you are sending a Tarot challenge doll, be sure to include your inspiration card or a picture of the card.  Our club will display our Elements Challenge dolls.  You may also send dolls for the Just for Fun Exhibit. Please limit 3 dolls per person for this display.  AFICC is April 20-23.  Visit cyndysdolls.com for more information about AFICC.

After our business meeting Sue guided us in how to make needlebooks in preparation for make it/take it at AFICC.  They are a great way to organize and carry your needles so they don't get lost!
Making Needle Books

Making Needle Books
We also had a surprise guest visitor, Bea!!!  We love it when she comes to see us!!!
Bea


Next Meeting
At our April meeting Virginia will be working with us to make tiaras either to wear at AFICC or make for kids or dolls.  Here is a list she suggested of things to bring to the meeting to make your tiara:
12 to 16 gauge wire  (enough to fit around you head with a few inches for overlap)
1 package bias tape - wide single fold   - color to coordinate with your flowers
Wire cutters
Scissors
Items to attach to the crown - flowers, beads, ornaments, old jewelry, trinkets (anything that you want to attach to your crown - as much or as little as you want.)
Misc glues - depending on what you are attaching  (glue guns work very well) 
 
Phase 2 of our Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll is due. Those participating bring your Bag Doll with its new hair do to exchange for the next phase.
April-Hair
June-Clothes
August-Shoes
October-Embellishments/Accessories
Don't forget to take photos and write in the dolls journal!


Upcoming Challenges and Events
April 15 - Tarot Challenge doll due
April 20-23 - AFICC in Columbus, Ohio
May 20, 2017 - Tarot Challenge with River City
June 17 -  Sue's UFO Challenge
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2014 - Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls

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

April Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll
  • Supplies to make your Tiara (see list above)
  • Tarot Challenge Doll
  • Dolls for Display at AFICC