Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter

Another Christmas Wonderland!

Upcoming Meetings

January 17, 2015
Swap Meet/ Challenge critique review
February 21, 2015
Charity Doll Sew-in.
March 21, 2015
Eyelashes -- Erin
April 18, 2015

Ron's Bridget

Member Birthdays

Happy Birthday Joan W!  Hope it was wonderful!

Katie's new outfit!

December Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Jude, Andrea, Maggie, Ann R, Julie W, Martha, Brenda, Mary, Janet L, Ron, Julie G, Leslie, Nita, Katie, and Erin

We had another fun Christmas party, with wonderful food and company!

Jude's colored mug rug

Show and Tell

Ron made a wonderful version of Bridget, full of fun patterns. He says Julie only helped a bit.

Mary is working on a crochet Raven from Teen Titans, it's awesome!

Mary's Teen Titan

Jude made a made a mug rug with a black and white print fabric that she colored with fabric crayons, then ironed to set the color.  Cool technique!

Katie showed off two outfits she made using re-purposed clothes.  One was made from a corduroy dress, and the other from a man's shirt, and both were stylish!

Martha has been quilting, and finished the shopping themed quilt for her granddaughter.  She also took a quilting class, and finished a sampler quilt.
Janet's butterfly scarf

Janet made some infinity scarves with gauzy material, and they were so cute!

Business Meeting

Our Slate of Officers for 2015 was accepted as follows: Julie G- President, Andrea- Vice President, Erin- Secretary, Jude- Treasurer, Maggie- Publicity.  Special thanks to Leslie and Katie for all their work as President and Publicity Officer for the last several years.  We really appreciate all your effort!

Merry Christmas!
Julie G has a contact at the Irvington Methodist Church (a block from the library) which has a large parlor that we would be able to rent for the next Show and Sale.  We asked Julie to book the room because it is a popular space in Irvington, but we will hopefully be able to take a look at it as a group soon.  The Show and Sale has gotten very crowded, and we will benefit from a larger space that is still close to the Gathering of Artists.

In February we will be creating charity dolls to donate to the Indianapolis Children's Bureau.  Please bring at least parts for 1 doll made from the Scribbles pattern by Cyndy Sieving. We will organize an assembly line, mixing and matching the parts, sewing the bodies and stuffing at the meeting.  It would nice if everyone participated so we have a ton of dolls to donate this year.  We will also take donations of the gingerbread doll pattern.  Let Erin know if you need a copy of that pattern.

Martha's shopping quilt

I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seats, so here we go.  It was a landslide! The winner of the 2015 Challenge Doll challenge is Leather and Lace!  A cloth doll (i.e. has a cloth face) that incorporates both leather and lace in some way will be due in October of 2015.

We also voted on the workshop artists we'd like to invite to teach in 2015.  We decided on Angela Jarecki in 2015 and Ute Vasina in 2016 (if available).  Cross your fingers that these will work out, they will be awesome classes!

When all of the "business" was attended to, we exchanged presents!  There were so many beautiful fabrics, supplies, and handmade items that we were all in awe of ourselves!

Thank you everyone for another wonderful year!

Challenge Vote results

Next Meeting

Clean out your craft areas!  We are having a swap meet in January, and all your unwanted craft items are treasure to someone else.  Bring anything you're willing to give away and take home something new (to you).

It was suggested that we share our critiques of the Fairy Challenge dolls from Kathryn.  If you are willing to share yours, bring it to the January meeting and we can learn from them.

REMINDER: Dues are due!  Please bring a check for $25 payble to Doll Creators to the January meeting, or send a check to Jude.

Doll Julie made for the gift exchange

Odds & Ends

If you are interested in selling your handcrafted goods, Brenda suggested  the Handmade Market in Lafayette, which has affordable booths.

If you are interested in selling dolls at the Haw Creek Heritage Center in Columbus, let Erin know and she will pass the contact information along to you.

Leslie McCarthy will be hosting Cindee Moyer in April in Shelbyville, KY!  Cindee will be teaching "Waiting Up." Class dates are April 18 and 19, 2015 (Sat/Sun).  Visit the Making Ends Meet Studio page for more information.  Denise will be there for sure!

Cindee Moyer's Waiting Up
Andrea's gift were beautiful hand dyed fabric and trims by Linda Matthews.  Visit her etsy page to see some of her "Sew Creative" boxes.

Orange sewing kit Maggie made for the gift exchange

Upcoming Challenges

2015 AFICC Club display - A Bar Scene - Create a character (about 14-16 inches tall) that you might meet in a bar or nightclub.  You may create just the doll, or include a setting like a corner booth or a bit of dance floor.  We'll display them together at AFICC in Columbus, OH in April.

2015 Paint Chip Challenge- Choose a paint chip with coordinating colors and make a doll that includes those colors. This will be due at our next joint meeting with River City in May of 2015. If you haven’t received a chip, you can get one from Andrea or find one you like at your hardware store.

2015 Australian Fabric Challenge- Choose a fabric from Threads ofTime’s Australian collection to use in a doll. Doll is due in Danville, IL in June of 2015. There will be a People’s Choice award.

Leather and Lace- Due at the October meeting, make a cloth doll that includes the materials leather and lace in some way.  No restrictions on size or theme.

January Checklist

  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • Swapmeet items
  • Critique from the Fairy & Habitat Challenge