Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Challenging New Year

Welcome back!  We didn't mean to be gone so long, but holidays and snowstorms and power outages and sewing room rearrangements had taken over, temporarily.

When we left our intrepid dollmakers in December, they found themselves hopelessly tied, every time they tried to decide on a challenge theme for 2014.  So an early order of business at our January meeting was to vote, once and for all, on this year's theme.  The contenders: Metal, Leather, and Lace (anything goes, as long as all three materials are used in the doll) or A Fairy in a Fairy House.  By the narrowest of margins, the Fairies won!  (We suspect some fairies may end up wearing the elements of the losing theme, which would be pretty cool too.)

Our next challenge, of course, is to figure out how to judge the fairy houses, which could range from mossy magic mushrooms to rainbow silk castles and include anything in between.  Fortunately, we have a little while to figure that out.

While we are looking forward to our challenge, the show-and-tell this month was all about looking back.  We had some really old dolls, and some kind of old dolls, and also a just-a-little-bit late doll.

Shelby's doll was meant for the Mythological Being Challenge last October, but school and work got in the way, so her Zodiac personification Aries made her club debut in January instead.  Aries in sculpted in paperclay, painted with watercolors, and dressed in copper armor.
She turned out so well that this might be just the first in a series.
Aries, by Shelby Oertel
Our new member Janet brought some of her early work to share, dating back 15 years or so.  Something about this turkey just made everybody giggle.

The guests that Leslie invited to our meeting brought the really old dolls.  Carol and Zee are members of Leslie's doll collector's club, The Doll Circle of Indianapolis; Carol brought several vintage cloth dolls that her aunt made back in the 1940's.
We also learned about the newest stuff, too.  Our program for January was a demonstration of two different brands of die-cut machines.  Joan brought her Cricut, with plenty of cartridges and intricate cut-outs on hand-painted papers, and Erin brought her Silhouette Cameo.  We all appreciated the possibilities in Silhouette's ability to use original artwork as well as to use or modify purchased designs.