Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
September 17 - Katie - Eyeballs and Nose techniques
October 15 - Virginia - Finger Weaving,  the Challenge Doll reveal and judging
and Cyndy Seiving with AFICC samples
November 19 - Annual Show and Sale
December 17 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Very Happy Birthday wishes for September to Mary, Kathryn, and Denise.

August Meeting Minutes
Members present for our August meeting were Mary, Sara, Janet, Sue, Virginia, Kathryn, Julie G., Ron, Joan, Jude, Julie W., Andrea, Ann C., Martha, Katie, Ann R., and Jennifer.

Show and Tell
Sara brought a traveler notebook she had made to show us.
Sara's Notebook

Janet's Bird

 Janet has been busy making her fine feathered friends.

Sue brought her Troll Queen from a pattern by Arley Berryhill which won first in its' category and Best of Show at the Ohio Sate Fair!  She also brought Lady Anise which she made from an online class with Angela Jarecki and her Secret Keeper from a pattern by Julie McCullough.
Sue's Troll Queen

Lady Anise

Sue's Secret Keeper
Virginia brought her Benny which won 2nd in its' category at the Ohio State Fair and her Freya doll from a pattern be Janet Clark.
Virginia's Bunny
Virginia's Freya

Kathryn finished her Grace doll from Sue's class.
Kathryn's Grace
Julie G.'s Mushrooms
Julie G. has been busy making mushrooms from a design she found on Pinterest.

Joan is teaching a class on making small books.  They are fantastic!
Joan's Books
Jude's Wings
Jude brought a butterfly she digitized and embroidered on Angelina Film.  Great job, Jude!
Julie W. showed us a pincushion she made from a mannequin pattern with a base from a broken antique stair spindle.
Julie W.'s pincushion

Business Meeting
Our UFO challenge has been postponed due to the other challenges that are also coming up soon.  We will do it at our December meeting, so you have more time to get everything done.  Please email a photo to the group so we know what your UFO looks like now.  Julie G. plans to complete her Gwendolyn doll from a class she took with Allison Marano.  Martha will finish her doll from Sue's class and Julie W. plans to finish her Dancine from Fran Meehan's workshop. 

Our November show and sale is coming up soon.  Maggie is head of the committee, so we will need to let her know who will be having a table.  Don't forget about the charity auction for the pre-school at the Irvington United Methodist Church where we are having our show and sale.  If you have something you would like to donate for the auction, please give it to Julie G. by the October meeting.

We will be adding an expansion to our Pattern Book.  New patterns will be due at our January, 2017 meeting (?Zoo Edition).  Patterns can be for any size doll or animal, but keep in mind they will be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. 

Classes for AFICC 2017 can now be seen online.  Dream of the Tiara you will wear!  For Demo night we are planning to do a stamped face needlebook.

Several members brought in decks of Tarot cards to help us think of what doll we would like to make for the Tarot Challenge with River City in May, 2016.  Thanks to those who brought the cards!  It really helped to give us some great ideas!

While we were busy with Show and Tell and our business meeting, Mr. Odell was hard at work photographing dolls some of the members had brought in.  He spent a lot of time on each photo to show off the dolls at their best!  Thank you Mr. Odell for coming to do this for us!
Mr. Odell, photographer
Mr. Odell editing

We also had a swap meet after the meeting was over.  Thanks to all who brought in their wonderful stash of different supplies for doll making.  No doubt many of the items will show up in someone's doll in the future!

September Labor Day Weekend Workshop
Our two day workshop on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend at the Irvington Library was so much fun and productive that we are considering doing it again in the future.  Everyone worked on whatever they wanted at whatever pace they wanted and it was amazing what all each person accomplished in the two days!
Labor Day Weekend Workshop
Hard at work
Martha completed six Scribbles to add to the ones already collected for our charity contribution to the Children's Bureau.  Great job, Martha.  They are adorable!
Martha's Scribbles

Next Meeting
For our meeting on September  17, Katie will do a demonstration of her eyeball and nose techniques. You will need small amounts of stuffing, but Katie said she would bring enough for everyone. If you would like to work along, bring the following:
Supply list:
Firmly stuffed head with needle sculpted nose bridge
stretch overlay either 1 or 2 way stretch will work
fabric marker
sewing needles and thread
3 or 4 inch long doll needles
strong thread
needle nose pliers or hemostats for pulling needle (optional)

Upcoming Challenges
October 15, 2016 Indy Cloth Dollmakers Challenge - The Elements (for Judging)
November 4-6 - Jelly Roll Challenge and Retreat at Threads of Time
November 19, 2016 Show and Sale - People's Choice selection of the Challenge Dolls

September Meeting Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Supplies as listed above for Katie's Demo