Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 Newsletter
Upcoming Meetings

May 21 - River City Joint Meeting
June 18 - Charity Doll day (Scribbles Sew-in)
July 16 - Sue -  Beautiful Wings
August 20 - Photo shoot and swap meet
September 17 - Katie - TBD
October 15 - Virginia - Finger Weaving and the Challenge Doll reveal and judging
November 19 - Annual Show and Sale
December 17 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Mary Jane, Virginia and Janet this month!
April Meeting Minutes
Members present for our April meeting were Denise, Suellen, Virginia, Mary, Andrea, Jude, Katie, Joan, Julie W., Nita, Julie G., Kathryn, Leslie, Ann C., Maggie, Martha, and Janet.
Show and Tell
Sue showed a doll she is working on from her Grace and Patience pattern with calico materials.
Sue's calico doll
 Virginia completed "Scarlet" her Little Red Riding Hood from a practice pattern and "Lacy" made from her mom's (Suellen's) pattern.

Virginia's "Scarlet"

Virginia's "Lacy"

Nita made "Rags" and "Logan" from a free pattern she found online.

Nita's "Rags" and "Logan"
Julie G made two pumpkin head dolls from the pattern "Things That Go Bump in the Night" by Christine Shively
Julie G.'s Pumpkin Head Dolls

Kathryn brought her favorite old doll that was made by Susanna Oroyan for a NIADA convention and shared a picture of her favorite new doll made by her 8 year old granddaughter, Leigh, which was made from recycled materials.
Kathryn's Susanna Oroyan doll
Leigh's recycled doll
Jude told that she has digitized the scribbles charity doll pattern.  She and Julie W. will provide machine embroidered faces for the charity doll sew-in at the June meeting.
Business Meeting
Joan is hoping to have a fiber artist do a workshop for us perhaps this summer.  She will let us know if it works out.  We hope so as this artist is quite good and has much to share with us.

A reminder that on July 20,  Missi Gouty (from Threads of Time in Danville, IL), will present  "The West was Won with Needle and Thread"  at the Common Threads Quilt Guild of Central Indiana, which meets at the Mount Comfort United Methodist Church, 3179 N 600 W, Greenfield, IN.  Her shop is having a Jelly Roll Challenge due the first weekend in November.

Another reminder:  Indiana is celebrating its 200th year anniversary this year.  Some of you might like to enter something in the State Fair to commemorate this historical event.  There is an entry fee of $30 until June 30th.  After July 1 the fee goes up to $50.  Here is the link to the entry website:

Following our business meeting we had a group sew-in to work on our Fantasy Face pindolls for the May meeting with River City.  These will be fabulous faces when finished to exchange.

Fun Time
                                         Fantastic Faces

Next Meeting

Our May meeting will be with the River City Doll Club in Cincinnati.  We will meet for lunch at Red Rose Jems Pizzeria,  5915 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati at 11:00.  There will be show and tell, a gift bag exchange, and pin doll challenge/exchange after we eat.  The challenge is to make a Fantasy Face pindoll.  You may make two pindolls (from the pattern given to us by River City) and one will be for the challenge, the other will exchanged with another one of the club members.  The gift bag can contain anything doll related from your stash or otherwise with a $20 limit. These are optional.  You don't have to bring anything other than spending money for food and shopping.   After the meeting at 2:00 we will proceed just a few blocks to Silk Road Textiles, 6106 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati.  They offer many types of fine fabrics and yarn and quality fibers including silk dupione, cotton velveteen, linen, raw silk, silk-wool blends, and silk-linen blends.  The owner of Silk Road textiles will give us a demo on art felt paper. This will be a fun day you won't want to miss!
Upcoming Challenges
May 21, 2016 with River City Dollmakers joint meeting - Fantasy Face Pin Doll - Make a pin doll of face that tells a story.
October 15, 2016 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Challenge - The Elements (for Judging)
November 19, 2016 Show and Sale - People's Choice selection of the Challenge Dolls

May Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Lunch Money
  • Two Fantasy Face Pindolls (one for challenge, one for exchange-optional)
  • Grab bag (optional)
  • Show and Tell




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Suellen Odell, Grace and Patience Workshop

Suellen Odell
 Grace and Patience Workshop
April 2016

Suellen Odell presented a fabulous weekend workshop for the Indy Cloth Dollmakers at the Creative Arts and Event Center in Greenfield, Indiana.  Grace and Patience were made from the same basic pattern with variations of their clothing.  Sue shared with us many of her own valuable techniques in making these dolls.  Following are photos from the workshop.  Pictures of the completed dolls will be in future newsletters.  Everyone had a fantastic, fun, and productive weekend.  Thank you, Sue, for sharing your expertise with us! Thank you Virginia for your valuable assistance.  And thank you, Joan, for arranging to get the venue and making dinner reservations at Mi Casa in Greenfield for us!