Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Lady Gaga edition of cloth doll show and tell

So our April meeting last week was packed absolutely full, with tons of show and tell, plus a swap meet, plus a photographer and a light tent to play with.  Altogether it will take two or three posts to share it all!  (We could actually have used two or three meetings to share it all, too, come to think of it.)

This post will feature an over-the-top original creation by Mary McNeely.  The doll was originally designed as an entry in the Black-on-Black Challenge last October.  Lady Gaga, for those who don't know, is a singer/songwriter who is also known for her edgy fashion style and her nearly impossible shoes.

Lady Gaga by Mary McNeely

A closeup of her fabulous eyelashes, as well as her button eyes, embroidered mouth, and star earrings

The pleather Lobster Boots (!), with chain loops above and beaded heels below

The "Bad Romance" pose
The next posts will have to wait until after AFIC -- five of us are going to attend the convention (and are sewing like mad to finish our homework!!!), and a few more are driving over just to see the exhibits, which will include our own club exhibit along with all the other fabulous dolls.  And vendors.  And more dolls.  And then some more shopping.  And probably even more dolls after that!

Friday, April 1, 2011

March 2011 meeting

We should go back and catch up with the March meeting from the 19th, which took place before our weekend workshop with Annie.  We started the felt etuis (see this post from March 9th) and had a pretty good time with them.  Here's the first finished one, in cheerful, spring-y colors!

Ann R. has the first finished sewing kit from our March meeting!

Inside and outside are equally pretty

We also had some small but sweet dolls for show-and-tell.  The first is a special doll that Mary made to remember a friend who would ride her bike in astounding outfits, including this red tutu with zebra leggings!

Mary McNeely's Wild Woman tribute to Pansy
Nita brought two new dollies, including this original sweetie made in bright colors to chase away the winter blues.

The appropriately named Sunny!  Designed by Nita B.
Nita also brought Olivia, shown below in beautiful lace with a delicately drawn face.  Olivia was made from a Miriam Gourley pattern.

That should hold us for a while!  Don't forget to bring 'stuff' to swap at the April meeting swap meet.