Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 2017

October 2017 Newsletter
Dorset Buttons

Upcoming Meetings
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging, Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange
November 18 - 15th Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party and Pin Cushion exchange

Member Birthdays
It is Barbara's birthday this month! Have a great day!


September Meeting Minutes
Present for the September meeting were Maggie, Martha, Ron, Janet, Joan, Katie, Julie W., Jude, Kathryn, and Andrea.

Show and Tell
Several people completed their faery dolls from Barabara Scheonoff's workshop. Katie completed two beautiful faeries.
Katie's Faeries

Martha finished one and is in the process of completing a second.
Martha's Faery

Martha's Faery in Progress

Janet also completed her faery.
Janet's Faery

Andrea  brought a Felt Wee Folk doll she made from a pattern of Salley Mavor.  She made it with pipe cleaners and a felt overlay with clothing she designed from an Italian national costume.  How sweet!  Great job, Andrea!!
Andrea's Wee Folk Italian Doll

Workshop teachers for next year are undecided at this time.  Andrea has agreed to pursue our possibilities.  Leslie has declined to return as vice-president for 2018. We will need someone as our 2018 vice-president as well as a publicity chair person.  Please consider these positions and let us know if you would like to fill one of these positions.  Also it is time to start thinking of programs you would like to have in 2018.  This is your club and we would like to present programs of interest to as many of you as possible.  Let us know of your ideas!
 Our 15th Annual Show and Sale is coming up on November 18.  If you are having a table at this event, please pay at the October meeting.  Items for your table should be hand-made by a member and not of resale nature.  Our Zoo Book pattern book will be for sale at this event.


Kathryn presented her program on how to create a Dorset Button.  There are so many possibilities in creating a finished button.  Thank you for your patience in teaching us this unique technique, Kathryn!!!
Kathryn teaching Jude

Ron and his Dorset Button

Upcoming Meeting
Our Picture Book Challenge dolls are due at our October meeting for judging.  The doll must be accompanied by a book or photo of/from a book, with title, author, and illustrator.
Also due at our October meeting are the Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls.  These will have embellishments/accessories and be the finished doll to be returned to their original creator (although Andrea requested she keep them for a display at the Irvington Library, then taken to the Show and Sale for display there).


Upcoming Challenges and Events

October 20 & 21, 2017 - Indianapolis Quilt Guild Show at Westfield Middle School ($12 Admission)
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for return to its' owner.
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls 9-4


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


October Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Picture Book Challenge doll
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll


Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

September 16 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging, Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange
November 18 - 15th Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Mary, Kathryn and Denise are our September birthday gals.  Enjoy your special day!

August Meeting Minutes
At our August meeting the following people were present:  Ann R., Katie, Vicki, Ann C., Julie G., Ron, Denise, Andrea, Nita, Kathryn, Jude, Julie W., and Leslie.

Show and Tell
Katie brought her doll "Joy's Journey" which was the winner of the People' Choice award and 2nd place for a doll from an original design at this year's AFICC in April.  Congratulations, Katie!  Well done!  She is simply wonderful!  Katie also brought "Cloud" with her baby "Sky".  Barbara had given the doll body she made from a pattern by Jennifer Carson to Katie who completed the clothing and added her baby.  Very sweet!
  
Katie's "Joy's Journey"
Katie's "Cloud" and "Sky"


Julie G. completed her "Goddess" she began in Marla Niederer's class at AFICC.  She admitted the doll was a challenge for her, but she did complete her and she is beautiful!
Julie G.'s "goddess"

The meeting continued with discussion of plans Leslie is working on for the 2018 workshops.
It was concluded that our hours for the November Show and Sale will be 9-4.  People's Choice voting will end at 3:00 to allow time for a tally and awards.  Maggie will take sign-ups for sales tables in September.

Sue and Virginia brought the Indy ClothDollmakers Pattern Book extension.  If you would like one of these, please contact Sue or Virginia or one of the officers.

Indiana State Fair 2018 entries were discussed.  Our club would like to make its presence known there and encourage members to submit entries.  Jude motioned that the club pay the entry fee and Vicki seconded the motion which was then voted on and passed.
Katie has graciously volunteered to assume the position as chair person for Publicity for now.  Thank you Katie!
After the regular meeting the Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls were exchanged.  This was the last trade.  The completed dolls with their embellishments and or accessories will be due in October and the doll returned to its' original maker.
  We then began our Charity doll sew-in and Swap Meet.  Many "Scribbles" were completed to give to the Children's Bureau.  Our group really enjoyed working together on this worth while cause.  Thanks to those who participated and to those who brought completed dolls but were unable to stay for the sew-in. 






Andrea delivered the completed dolls to the Children's Bureau.



Upcoming Meeting
Kathryn will teach how to make a Dorset button.  She will bring threads/strings and rings.  Members bring scissors, tapestry needle with a big eye and a ruler if you want to make your own Dorset Button.

Upcoming Challenges and Events

October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for return to its' owner.
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual 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.


September Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Tapestry needle with big eye, scissors, ruler to make Dorset Button




Backstage at the Faery Review


Backstage at the Faery Review


Our very own Barbara Schoenoff was our guest instructor on August 26 & 27 for our fall workshop. Backstage at the Faery Review is a group of adorable Faeries named after famous actresses from years gone by:  Anne, Ava, Marlena, Leslie, Cyd, and Audrey. The first day Barbara instructed us on how she sculpts their sweet faces.   






After a full day of dollmaking many of our group went to Santorini's, a wonderful Greek Restaurant in Fountain Square. The food was great and we even had a belly dancer entertaining us.  Our waitress did an outstanding job meeting our needs!

The second day was a shorter workday.  Barbara showed us a unique way of making wings and using silk flowers for embellishment.


We were all happy with what we accomplished.  Many dolls were close to completion with just a few added touches to do at home.  Thank you Barbara for a fantastically fun Faery weekend!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for exchange
September 16 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Andrea is our only birthday person this month and it falls on our meeting day!  We know you will have a great day!

July Meeting Minutes
Present in July were Julie G., Ron, Jude, Leslie, Ann R., Andrea, Maggie, Ann C., Nita, Vicki, Janet, and Martha.

Show and Tell
Maggie shared that she had made a cute little sundress for a little girl for charity.  She also made a child size quilt from fabric by artist Cori Dantini.  How nice.  Some child will be very fortunate to receive it!
Maggie and her Quilt

Janet has continued on her 100 projects challenge making zippered pouches and triangle shaped pouches.  Keep it up, Janet!

Martha repurposed a shirt with an inset of a piece of lace from her Mom's table cloth and a quilt block.  Very ingenious, Martha!
Martha's Shirt

Business
Barbara Schoenoff will be presenting her workshop for "Backstage at the Faery Review" for our members on August 26 and 27.  If you have not signed up for the class and would like to, contact Jude.  The workshop will be at the Franklin Rd. Library, 5550 S. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46239.  The cost is $25 for members and a check can be made out to Doll Creators and sent out to Jude or give it to her at the August meeting.  Times are 9-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.  Plans are to eat at Santorini's on Saturday night.  Let Julie G. know if you are going to dinner so she can make reservations.  Patterns for the doll have been emailed.  If you have signed up and not gotten the pattern, contact Leslie.

Leslie is working on details for the Spring 2018 workshop which will probably be March 24 and 25th or April 7 and 8.  Details will be available when they are finalized.

The Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll exchange will take place at our August meeting.  Our doll will be sporting new shoes!  The final exchange will be in October when the dolls will have been embellished and have accessories.

Also at our August meeting we will be having our charity doll workshop.  We will make Scribbles dolls to give to a local charity. Scribbles is a free cloth doll pattern by Cyndy Sieving that can be made for charity.   For each doll, bring 2 arms and 2 legs (sewn and turned), 2 head pieces (one with face), and 2 body pieces (cut out), and hair.     Sew and stuff the arms and legs. Sew the head pieces to the body pieces, but do not sew them together.  We will do that at the meeting.  If you'd like to make the ears, baste them to the head.   Virginia, Janet and Denise are bringing sewing machines and Nita will bring stuffing.   Julie W. and Jude will be making some machine embroidered faces to share, so you could also bring some bodies without the face attached.  You could also bring ribbons or fiber for hair, tools for embroidery, stuffing tools, etc.  Our library meeting room will be available to us from 10 to 5 that day.

Scribble arms and legs


Scribble's front and back

Also at the August meeting we will have a swap meet, so clean out your craft rooms and bring unwanted stuff and take home wanted stuff!

Maggie  informed us that the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis Semi-Annual Quilt Show will be on October 20 and 21st at the Westfield Middle School. More information is available on their website.  Many of our doll makers also have a love for quilting and will enjoy this show.

Following the Business Meeting Andrea presented a program on lace.  This was an excellent program, very interesting and informative.  Great job Andrea!

Beautiful Lace!
More Beautiful Lace

And More Beautiful Lace
Andrea and her Lace


Upcoming Challenges and Events

August 26 & 27 - Barbara Schoenoff workshop
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for final exchange
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual 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.

August Meeting checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for exchange
  • Items for swap meet
  • Charity Doll body, arms & legs
  •  Fibers/ ribbons for hair, embroidery floss for face, needles, thread,  scissors, etc 









Sunday, July 9, 2017

July Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings


July 15 -  Andrea - History of lace
August 19 - Charity Doll Workshop, Swap meet
September 16 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging
November 18 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party


Member Birthdays
Happy July birthdays to Danielle, Nita, and Vicki.

June Meeting Minutes
Present for our June meeting were Martha, Jude, Virginia, Denise, Janet, Jennifer, Ron, Julie G., Katie, Ann C., Kathryn, Leslie, Ann R., Mary, Nita, Julie W., Maggie and Andrea.  We welcomed a guest, Helen who showed us pictures of wonderful dolls she has made.

Show and Tell
Kathryn showed us a doll she had modified from a pattern of Barbara Schoenoff, yet unnamed, a UFO challenge project this month.
Kathryn's Barbara Schoenoff doll


Julie G. finished a Lucy Landry Bridget doll
Julie G.'s Bridget doll

Ron shared his unnamed doll he finished recently.
Ron's unnamed doll

Jennifer brought a doll that was shipped to the US in 1919 from Paris and has been restored.  What a treasure!
Jennifer's antique doll

Janet showed us her accomplishments in her make something everyday for a100 days challenge to herself.  Keep it up, Janet, you are doing great!

Denise shared her doll from Marla Niederer's class she took at AFICC this year.  This doll has a very interesting nose constructed with floral wire.
Denise's Marla Niederer doll

Virginia also had a doll from Marla's class, a Bridget doll, and a Chicken doll she made for the Ohio State Fair.
Virginia's Marla Neiderer doll

Virginia's Bridget doll

Virginia's State Fair Chicken

Andrea's AFICC doll is still in progress.  She shared Natalie Hamade's water color painted head and  a head from Paula McGee's class.  Her Tarot Hermit challenge doll was fabulous.
Andrea's Natalie Hamade face

Andrea's Paula McGee head

Andrea's Hermit Tarot Challenge

Julie W. shared her doll from the May pindoll exchange made by Kathryn.
Pin Doll made by Kathryn

Nita also took classes at AFICC and brought her doll Monster Cat made in Debra Klopps's class.
Nita's Monster Cat

In old business,  Andrea told us about the donation our club made to AFICC's scholarhip fund.  Our pattern books sold well at AFICC and orders were taken to get more books for those that haven't gotten one yet.  A donation was also made by our club to the Indiana State Museum which will go toward the purchase of acid free storage boxes.  Thanks again to Mary Jane for the tour!
Leslie is working on details for our fall workshop with Barb Schoenoff which will be August 26th and 27th at the Franklin Road Branch library.  She is also working on the spring workshop which will be in March or April, 2018.
In publicity, Andrea added a link on the blog for the 2017 Show and Sale.  Mary will get links from Katie for publicity sites.  Maggie has been working on contacting the other craft group at the church to coordinate the times of our sale.
Leslie reminded us that she has the club tent should we need it in the future for outdoor shows.
Our Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll project was passed on having completed bodies, face, hair and clothes.  The next exchange will be at our August meeting when our dolls will have new shoes!
It has been suggested that for our Christmas gift exchange this year, we exchange our own handmade pin cushions!  Great idea!

Upcoming Meetings
Please note our program change for July.  Andrea will be presenting a program on lace and Kathryn's Dorset button program will be in September.   Andrea's lace program will be about an hour long with lots of world history and pretty pictures included, and she may bring her lace collection for people to see.  That would definitely be great to see!

At our August meeting we will do our charity doll workshop.  Maggie, Virginia, and Denise will bring sewing machines.  Bring your partially made Scribbles bodies, any stuffing you would like to contribute, and basic sewing supplies to complete the dolls.

At the end of our meeting Katie presented a wonderful demo on making doll underwear.  She gave us a handout with instructions she covered during the demo.  Thank you so much, Katie, for sharing your knowledge with us.  These were great techniques we can adapt for our own dolls!
Katie's Demo

Upcoming Challenges and Events

August 26 & 27 - Barbara Schoenoff workshop
August 28-September 3 - NIADA Nashville, TN
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual 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.


July Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell







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, 2017 - 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)