Monday, September 13, 2021

September 2021 Newsletter

 September 2021 Newsletter

 Upcoming Meetings 

September 18, 2021- Virginia - Paper doll shoes
October 16, 2021- swap meet
November 20, 2021- Show and Sale
December 18, 2021-Christmas Party with Black and White gift exchange

We are planning on meeting in person at the Irvington Library for the rest of the year unless the Covid situation would change.

Member Birthdays
Denise, Mary, and Kathryn are all celebrating another birthday this September.  Best wishes to each of you!

Business Meeting
Attending in person at the August meeting were Elena, Nita, Ann C., Maggie, Katie, Jude, Julie W., Andrea, Julie G., Ron, Joan, and Denise.
We voted and officially have renamed our club "Indy Art Doll Makers".  Katie will work on name changes on advertising signs and Facebook.  We considered redoing the blog vs. perhaps a website.  Julie W. and Joan will research the possibilities.  It was suggested we might add some tutorials on the blog or website in the future.  
For the November Show and Sale, Maggie will be taking sign ups for tables at the September meeting.  We plan to have a charity table for the Hope Center.

Show and Tell
Joan has been busy playing with her new sewing machine.  She showed us several beautiful blocks she had cut from her own hand-dyed fabrics with a cut around tool and machine stitched with fabulous built in  machine stitches.  She also has a ribbon attachment she stitched out some samples with.

Joan's hand dyed machine stitched blocks



Joan's ribbon work

Joan's ribbon work

Julie G. showed us a doll she made in  a Christine Shively class.  We plan to have Christine do a class for us in 2022.  This doll shows her embroidered face and felt flower in her hat.

Julie G's Christine Shively doll


Andrea had a work in progress she showed us.  Can't wait to see how she looks when completed, Andrea!
Andrea's Work in progress

Julie W. brought  a Christine Shively doll completed in a bag doll challenge a few years ago.  She also shared a machine embroidered Spring Fairy doll made from a Louisa Meyer Original design she completed at the beginning of COVID
Julie W.'s Cristine Shively bag doll challenge

Julie W.'s Fairy Doll

Katie has been working on a paper clay doll she designed and also brought her "In the 
Pink" doll made in a class she recently took online with Ankie Daanen (Blue Blue Girl class).
Katie's paper clay doll in progress

Katie's "In the Pink"

Ann C. brought a large bag she had made with of course cats on it!
Ann C.'s cat bag

Nita shared an art book she had made and a cute hand stitched scarecrow and heart..  Wonderful work, Nita!
Nita's art book

Nita's hand work

Martha unfortunately couldn't attend in person but let us know that her daisy baby quilt came in 2nd at the Indiana State Fair and her cat quilt received honorable mention!  Congratulations, Martha!

Elena presented our program on face sculpting.  She used nylon hosiery stuffed with polyester fiberfill which she manipulates and sculpted into amazing faces.  She uses dry pastels for lips, and human makeup to make the faces.  She also shared how she uses plastic pellets in the bottom of a doll to make it sit appropriately.  

Elena's demo

Elena's sample

Another of Elena's samples

Elena's sample

Elena's sample

Button on doll from Soviet Union

Elena's sitting clown doll

Next Meeting
Our next meeting  will be Saturday, September 18,  at 10:00 a.m. IN PERSON at the Irvington Library, 5625 East Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219.  Masks are required.  Virginia will present the program on making doll shoes from paper.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
November - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll
November 20, 2021 - 19th Annual Doll Show and Holiday Art Fair
December 18, 2021 - Christmas Party and Gift Exchange


August Meeting Checklist
  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell

Saturday, August 14, 2021

August 2021 Newsletter

 August 2021 Newsletter

Button Doll Challenge

 Upcoming Meetings 

August 21, 2021- Elena - How to make a doll sit and soft sculpture doll's face
September 18, 2021- Virginia - Paper doll shoes
October 16, 2021- swap meet
November 20, 2021- Show and Sale
December 18, 2021-Christmas Party with Black and White gift exchange

We are planning on meeting in person at the Irvington Library for the rest of the year unless the Covid situation would change.

Member Birthdays
Birthday wishes for August go to Andrea and Elena.  Have a Dolly Wonderful birthday you two!!

Show and Tell
Kathryn is one of our multi-talented artists and showed a Block of the Month wall hanging she had made and some wonderful zipper bags.
Kathryn's Wall Hanging

Kathryn's zipper bags

Elena made an original design  button doll for the challenge with a button eye and button shoulder attachment.
Elena's "Button Girl"

Ann C.  made "Miss Dahlia" button doll from a pattern by Cindee Moyer with beautiful bead and button embroidery.
Ann C.'s "Miss Dahlia"

Julie W. made "Sheila Shopper"  from a pattern by Amy Bradley.
Julie W.'s "Sheila Shopper"

Maggie made "Buttons Galore", a heavyweight with all those buttons!
Maggie's "Buttons Galore"

Jude shared her work in progress button doll from a pattern by Jill Maas which was a free "Covid Pattern"
Jude's work in progress

Joan, another multi-talented artist, made some cartonnage boxes which she had given away but brought pictures to show what she had made.
Joan's Cartonnage boxes

Andrea also shared her button doll work in progress with gorgeous pink hair!
Andrea's work in progress

Virginia shared several dolls she had made over the last few months, including her button challenge doll.  Her button doll was the "Wise Woman" pattern which she found on craftdeville.com website. She put a lot of interesting detail to this doll.  Other dolls were one made from a Barbara Schoenoff pattern, "Milly Boysenberry" from a Kathryn Walmsley pattern, a pretty ballerina doll that was a birthday gift from Australia, and "Danielle", a coffee stained fabric doll.
Virginia's Wise Woman Button Doll

Virginia's Barbara Schoenoff doll

Virginia's "Milly Boysenberry"

Virginia's birthday gift

Virginia;s coffee stain doll



Sue has also been a busy gal the last few months.  Not only did she make her challenge doll "Buttons" (who can stand all by herself!), but also "Sybil with her baby" made from doeskin from a pattern by Jennifer Carson ,  a male doll inspired by her son complete with beard and tattoo on his chest, and her Kathryn Walmsley Triplet Doll.
Sue's "Buttons"

Sue's Sybil and baby

Sue's bearded and tattooed male

Sue's "Parsley" Triplet doll

Barbara, another one of our extremely talented designers, created "Pearl Buttons", a mermaid with 700 buttons hand sewn on the doll.  Your creations never cease to amaze us, Barbara!  She is exquisite!
Barbara's "Pearl Buttons"

Martha has been busy not only with making a button doll but also quilts that are Indiana State Fair entries this year!  Her button doll was made from a "Tilda" pattern. She said she had some difficulty making the clothes fit her doll, but she came out great!  Very nice, Martha!
Martha's button "Tilda" doll

All of the Button Doll Challenge dolls were unique and wonderfully made.  They will be displayed on a table at our November Show and Sale for attendees to vote on their favorite. 

Button Doll Challenge entries

Meeting Minutes
Happily the following people met in person for our July meeting:  Maggie, Elena, Ann C., Leslie, Julie W., Kathryn, Julie G., Ron, Jude, Andrea, Virginia, Sue, Barbara, Colleen, Martha, and Joan.  Three states were represented by our members.  Not only Indiana, but also Illinois and Ohio members traveled many miles to join us.  We are so pleased they came all that way!
Holly Sieck, a former member had donated a collection of her dolls to our club.  Members were delighted to take their picks from her wonderful collection.  Thank you Holly for your generosity!
Sue had been in contact with Christine Shively about doing a spring class for us and will work on dates perhaps for March or April 2022.
We will not be collecting dues for 2021, but will resume collection in January 2022.
The November Show and Sale was discussed and Maggie will be taking names for people who plan to have a table.  We will have a table for the Poe challenge, one for Button doll Challenge, and tables for all other dolls made recently which show attendees will be able to vote for their favorite.
We discussed our annual Christmas Party and decided on a gift exchange of something hand made that is doll related in  the colors of black and white. 
Rules for scholarships to doll workshops have been in the by-laws, but it was voted they be moved to standing rules.

Next Meeting
Our next meeting  will be Saturday, August 21,  at 10:00 a.m. IN PERSON at the Irvington Library, 5625 East Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
August 19-22- Niada 2021 Virtual Conference
November - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll
November 20, 2021 - 19th Annual Doll Show and Holiday Art Fair
December 18, 2021 - Christmas Party and Gift Exchange


August Meeting Checklist
  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   A Christine Shively doll or pattern you might have

Sunday, July 11, 2021

July 2021 Newsletter

 July 2021 Newsletter

 Upcoming Meetings 

July 17, 2021-   in person meeting!!!!!
August 21, 2021- agenda TBD
September 18, 2021- agenda TBD
October 16, 2021- agenda TBD
November 20, 2021- agenda TBD
December 18, 2021-agenda TBD
We are planning on meeting in person at the Irvington Library for the rest of the year unless the Covid situation would change.

Meeting Minutes
Present at the June virtual meeting were Andrea, Ann C., Katie, Jude, Maggie, Elena, Joan and Julie W.

Show and Tell
Katie showed a paperclay doll in progress, with a sculpted body and head.  Could it be a Poe Challenge doll?  We will have to wait and see.
Ann C. is repairing a vintage crocheted afghan for a friend.  It's a bigger job than it seemed at first, but the rose blocks are very pretty.
Joan showed  some beautiful cartonnage boxes she had made for a friend with dividers made with adorable dog fabrics.  
Andrea showed her beginning bobbin lace samples from her week at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  She had planned to go last year, but classes had been cancelled and rescheduled for this year.  Her samples were amazing!
Elena showed a wonderful sitting clown doll.  We are hoping we can talk her into telling us her secret to getting him to sit so well.
Julie W. showed her cute doll made by Elena and given to her on World Doll Day.

Julie W.'s doll made by Elena

Several of our members were excited to be going to Danville, IL for a retreat at Threads of Time the end of June.  This would be their first time being together since the beginning of Covid.

Business Meeting
There was more discussion  in reference to altering the name of our club.  This will be discussed further at future meetings.

Upcoming Challenges and Events

July - Button Challenge Doll
November - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll

Next Meeting
Happily, our next meeting  will be Saturday, July 17  at 10:00 a.m. IN PERSON at the Irvington Library, 5625 East Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219.




Monday, June 14, 2021

June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 Newsletter



  Upcoming Meetings 
June 19, 2021- virtual
July 17, 2021- virtual? Possibly 1st in person meeting!!!!!
August 21, 2021- virtual?
September 18, 2021- virtual?
October 16, 2021- virtual?
November 20, 2021- virtual?
December 18, 2021- virtual?

All meetings for now are virtual until we are allowed to meet again in the library so this agenda is subject to change.

Meeting Minutes
Present at the May virtual meeting were Andrea, Julie W., Katie, Ann C., Maggie, Martha, Jude, Barbara, and Joan.

Show and Tell
Barbara showed her Marie Antoinette doll (headless of course) made with silk and ribbon embroidery.
Maggie showed a doll she had made from an old magazine pattern.  Her cat stole the show and got everyone's attention.  Maggie said it's the cat's house and Maggie just lives there!
.Andrea showed some tatted earrings she had made.
Katie has been busy making some original clothing she designed.
Ann C. had made some custom table runners and place mats.
Martha showed a quilt she had finished.

Business Meeting
There was some discussion of changing the name of our club to include other media used in dollmaking in addition to cloth and the fact that we are art doll creators.  There will be more discussion at future meetings when more members can attend hopefully in person.
 We will not be meeting in person at the library in June as the library is closed to celebrate "Juneteenth Day".  So if Covid cooperates we will have our first in person meeting July 17 at the library. The Button Challenge doll is now scheduled for July.

June 12, 2021  World Doll Day
Elena and Julie W.
Elena and Julie W. got together at Elena's home on World Doll Day and exchanged their doll creations.  It was a wonderful relaxing evening, mostly spent inside do to the heat, but Elena's beautiful patio was too inviting to resist and they enjoyed tasty treats and wine in the evening shade.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
July - Button Challenge Doll
November - Edgar Allen Poe Challenge Doll

Next Meeting
Our next virtual meeting on Zoom will be Saturday, June  19  at 10:00 a.m.  Invitations will be sent out in advance to members.