Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 2011 Show and Tell

We had some very nice show-and-tell dolls for our July meeting.  The showstopper was undoubtedly Katie's finished class doll from AFIC; her Vivian's Masquerade, started in Leta Benedict's class.  Katie's version is a little more colorful than the original, done in bright sky blue and apple green with touches of golden brown.  Her hat is made of polar fleece, and her mask is paperclay.

Vivian's Masquerade by Katie Jones
Martha brought a work-in-progress -- an embellished flat doll from a Loralie fabric panel.  She is adding beads all over, including tiny ones on the sleeves, and the effect is really sparkly and elegant.  Unfortunately, this particular fabric doesn't seem to be made anymore, but the designer's distinctive, feminine style shows in her other patterns, too.   Click on the "Loralie" link above to go to her shop!

Our last offering is a labor of love, for a video-gaming husband who had no childhood toys to share with his new baby.  Vault Boy is a mascot from the retro-futuristic world of Fallout.  Erin created this happy thumbs-up guy, complete with embroidered smile, from soft and huggable polar fleece. 

In other news, Erin and husband will look into making screenprinted t-shirts with our club logo for club members!  They are still working out details, but Erin will let us know when we can bring our own shirts to be printed, and how much it will cost.

Our official meeting topic was a discussion of doll joints, with examples of lots of different ways to make knees for our dolls (and hips, and shoulders, and wrists...).  
bead joints, tab joints, and button gusset joints by Andrea B.

We also discussed the continuing awesomeness of Susanna Oroyan's books, and how much we have learned from Judi Ward.  Here's a link to Judi's Invisible Jointing Video on YouTube.

Don't forget, there will be no regular August meeting.  We will be at the outdoor art fair WAMM Fest in Greenwood, instead!

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