Saturday, December 9, 2017

December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party
January 20, 2018 - TBD
February 17, 2018 - TBD

Member Birthdays
Sue, Leslie, Ann C., and Jude are celebrating their birthdays this magical month of December. Enjoy your special day, ladies!

November Meeting Minutes
The annual Show and Sale took place of our normal meeting this month.   The pictures tell the story of the day.  There were so many wonderful dolls on display from all the challenges and workshops we had. It was a successful day as there were many people who came to see what our doll artists have done this past year and visit the tables of members who had handmade items for sale.  A great big THANK YOU to the Irvington United Methodist Church for letting us use such a nice room to have our show and sale again!  And THANK YOU to everyone who participated in making it happen!

Set up for the show was on the day before.  Maggie did a fantastic job of getting all the tables placed and helping organize all the categories on the tables.
Ron and JulieG.'s table

Maggie and Nita with the Faery Revue

Martha's table

Andrea setting up display

Round Robin/Sack Dolls

Faery Revue

Tarot Challenge Dolls

Virginia and Sue gathering their dolls

Ann C.'s table

We had six entries in this year's Picture Book Challenge for voting at the show.
Peoples Choice went to Andrea with her Ticky Tacky Doll.  First place went to Elena with her Sleeping Woman and Second Place went to Sue with her Cinnamon.  What a wonderful variety and style in the entries.  Exceptional work everyone!

Andrea's Ticky Tacky People's Choice Doll
Elena's First Place Sleeping Woman
Sue's Second Place Cinnamon
The Judge's Choice was a tie with Sue's Cinnamon and Elena's Sleeping Woman.
The other entries were Virginia's Cinderella, Leslie's Fly Away Katie, and Nita's Puss in Boots.

Virginia's Cinderella

Leslie's Fly Away Katie
Nita's Puss in Boots

Next Meeting
On December 16 we will have our annual Christmas Party!  We will have our usual pitch in brunch and (optional) gift exchange.  On the agenda will be voting for next year's officers.  Most of the officers are willing to continue next year.  We do need a vice president (co-vice presidents?), publicity chairperson and Show and Sale chairperson.  We will be taking suggestions for programs for next years meetings and suggestions for the 2018 Challenge.  If you can't make it to the December meeting, but have suggestions for meetings or the challenge, please email one of the officers and we will gladly pass it on at the meeting for you.
  If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, bring a pincushion you have made wrapped up with your name on the inside of the gift bag/box. Our exchange is optional, don't feel obligated!  Our December meetings are always great fun, you won't want to miss it!

Upcoming Challenges
May 19, 2018 - "Beasties" Challenge with River City Dollmakers

December Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Covered brunch dish
  • Ideas for 2018 Challenge
  • Ideas for 2018 meeting programs
  • Nominees for officers
  • Pincushion Gift (Optional)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

2017 Round Robin/Bag Doll

Upcoming Meetings

November 18 - 15th Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party and Pin Cushion exchange
January 20, 2018 - ???
Member Birthdays
Maggie and Edie are celebrating birthdays this month. Best wishes ladies!

October Meeting Minutes
This month the following members were present:  Sue, Virginia, Jude, Denise, Helen, Vicki, Julie G., Kathryn, Ron, Andrea, Janet, Julie W., Leslie, Ann C., and Nita. 
We welcomed new member, Helen, who shared with us her love of doll making. She told us she is inspired to make dolls to make people smile and that they do!  One of the dolls she has made has a cloth body with clay face, hands, and feet.  Elena said this doll reminds her of her granddaughter in Russia.  Another doll she brought was rather whimsical and certainly made us smile! Fabulous dolls, Elena!  Thanks for sharing!
Elena's Doll
Elena's Doll

This month was packed with lots of dolls for show and tell.  We had our round robin/bag dolls, faeries, and a challenge doll.  Cyndy Sieving of Cyndy's Dolls came all the way from Ohio to judge our 2017 Challenge Dolls as well as critique other dolls members brought.  Cyndy is a wonderful doll artist in her own right and brought some of her "blanks" to share with us. These are made of muslin which she will then gesso, sand, and paint several times until the muslin becomes leather like. Thank you Cyndy for taking time to come be with us and share your expertise!  Can't wait to see your finished "Blanks"!

Cyndy and her "Blanks"
 Virginia brought her completed doll she made in Charlie Patricolo's recent class at Silk Road Textiles in Cincinnati.  She also brought two completed Faery dolls from Barbara Schoenoff's class and her Winifred Doll with her Pig and another doll with painted boots that were ribbon winners at the Ohio State Fair.
Virginia's Dolls

Sue shared her Charlie doll she completed as well as her faery doll.
Sue's Faery
Sue's Charlie Doll

Denise was also a participant in Charlie's class and brought her completed doll along with two faeries from her Naughty Faery Review also made in Barbara Schoenoff's class.
Denise's Dolls

Another Charlie Patricolo fan is Julie G. who also brought the doll she completed in Charlie's class.
Julie G.'s Charlie Doll

Leslie brought her challenge doll "Fly Away Katie" in progress.  She is using Derwent Inktense pencils and we hope she will share more of this technique with us in the future.  Sorry, no pictures until her project is completed­čś×.

Andrea put her challenge doll on hold while preparing for a fabulous vacation.. Hope to see it at the November show, Andrea!!!

Kathryn brought her Faery doll with "Holographic Wings.  Very nice, Kathryn!  She also shared "Boo".  Is it a ghost, witch or pumpkin?
Kathryn's Faery
Kathryn's Halloween Doll

Then came the great reveal of the Round Robyn/Bag Doll exchange.  This was so exciting!  The expressions on the recipients were priceless!  Here are the dolls:

Julie W.s Doll
Virginia's Doll

Sue's Doll
Kathryn's Doll

Ann C.'s Doll
Denise's Doll

Julie G.'s Doll
Leslie's Doll

The dolls had such a good time traveling around to all the member's homes.  They wanted to stay together at the library to share the tales of their journeys before going home and will be on display at the Irvington Library until the November Show and Sale on November 18 where they again will be on display.

After Show and Tell and the big reveal we went on with our business meeting while Cyndy was doing her judging.  Leslie is unable to finish out her term as vice-president and Andrea has been assuming her remaining duties for this year.  Election of officers will be at the December meeting.  It was suggested we perhaps have co-vice-presidents.  Denise, Sue, Virginia and Julie G., were willing to share the position.  This will be discussed at the December meeting and voted upon.  Maggie will  be resigning as the Show and Sale chairperson, so that position is open for anyone interested.  The other position that is open is the Publicity Chairperson.  We are open to suggestions for programs for meetings in 2018.  Bring your ideas to the December meeting.
Our fall workshop for 2018 is scheduled for September 29 and 30 at the Irvington Library with Marla Niederer making a mermaid doll.  Check out Marla's blog.  One of our members is mentioned!
Andrea informed us that our challenge with River City is themed "Beasties" and will be in Cincinnati for our May meeting 2018.

15th Annual Show and Sale
We will be setting up for the sale at the Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 N. Audubon Rd., Indianapolis on Friday, November 17 from 3-5pm.  Tables will be provided by the church and Leslie is bringing tablecloths to cover them.  She is also bringing our nice big sign.  Katie has the sidewalk signs and will bring them.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate, but be prepared for anything!  This is Indiana you know!  If you can't come Friday to set up you can come early Saturday morning at 8 am.  The show is scheduled to be 9-4.  We will have display tables for the following:  Dolls made at AFICC, Faery Review Dolls, Tarot Challenge Dolls, Picture Book Challenge Dolls, Round Robin/Bag Dolls, any new dolls you have made the past year that have not been previously displayed.  These dolls will need labels with the doll's name, maker, and pattern designer.
Remember, if you didn't have a doll for the Picture Book Challenge judging in October, you are still eligible to enter a Picture Book doll in the Challenge for People's Choice award at the November Show and Sale.  This doll must be accompanied by a book or photo of/from a book, with title, author, and illustrator.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
November 15, 2017 Irvington United Methodist Church Preschool Auction
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls 9-4

If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 2017

October 2017 Newsletter
Dorset Buttons

Upcoming Meetings
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging, Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange
November 18 - 15th Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party and Pin Cushion exchange

Member Birthdays
It is Barbara's birthday this month! Have a great day!

September Meeting Minutes
Present for the September meeting were Maggie, Martha, Ron, Janet, Joan, Katie, Julie W., Jude, Kathryn, and Andrea.

Show and Tell
Several people completed their faery dolls from Barabara Scheonoff's workshop. Katie completed two beautiful faeries.
Katie's Faeries

Martha finished one and is in the process of completing a second.
Martha's Faery

Martha's Faery in Progress

Janet also completed her faery.
Janet's Faery

Andrea  brought a Felt Wee Folk doll she made from a pattern of Salley Mavor.  She made it with pipe cleaners and a felt overlay with clothing she designed from an Italian national costume.  How sweet!  Great job, Andrea!!
Andrea's Wee Folk Italian Doll

Workshop teachers for next year are undecided at this time.  Andrea has agreed to pursue our possibilities.  Leslie has declined to return as vice-president for 2018. We will need someone as our 2018 vice-president as well as a publicity chair person.  Please consider these positions and let us know if you would like to fill one of these positions.  Also it is time to start thinking of programs you would like to have in 2018.  This is your club and we would like to present programs of interest to as many of you as possible.  Let us know of your ideas!
 Our 15th Annual Show and Sale is coming up on November 18.  If you are having a table at this event, please pay at the October meeting.  Items for your table should be hand-made by a member and not of resale nature.  Our Zoo Book pattern book will be for sale at this event.

Kathryn presented her program on how to create a Dorset Button.  There are so many possibilities in creating a finished button.  Thank you for your patience in teaching us this unique technique, Kathryn!!!
Kathryn teaching Jude

Ron and his Dorset Button

Upcoming Meeting
Our Picture Book Challenge dolls are due at our October meeting for judging.  The doll must be accompanied by a book or photo of/from a book, with title, author, and illustrator.
Also due at our October meeting are the Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls.  These will have embellishments/accessories and be the finished doll to be returned to their original creator (although Andrea requested she keep them for a display at the Irvington Library, then taken to the Show and Sale for display there).

Upcoming Challenges and Events

October 20 & 21, 2017 - Indianapolis Quilt Guild Show at Westfield Middle School ($12 Admission)
October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for return to its' owner.
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls 9-4

If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at

October Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Picture Book Challenge doll
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

September 16 -  Kathryn- Dorset button demo
October 21 - 2017 Challenge Doll Judging, Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll exchange
November 18 - 15th Annual Show and Sale
December 16 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthdays
Mary, Kathryn and Denise are our September birthday gals.  Enjoy your special day!

August Meeting Minutes
At our August meeting the following people were present:  Ann R., Katie, Vicki, Ann C., Julie G., Ron, Denise, Andrea, Nita, Kathryn, Jude, Julie W., and Leslie.

Show and Tell
Katie brought her doll "Joy's Journey" which was the winner of the People' Choice award and 2nd place for a doll from an original design at this year's AFICC in April.  Congratulations, Katie!  Well done!  She is simply wonderful!  Katie also brought "Cloud" with her baby "Sky".  Barbara had given the doll body she made from a pattern by Jennifer Carson to Katie who completed the clothing and added her baby.  Very sweet!
Katie's "Joy's Journey"
Katie's "Cloud" and "Sky"

Julie G. completed her "Goddess" she began in Marla Niederer's class at AFICC.  She admitted the doll was a challenge for her, but she did complete her and she is beautiful!
Julie G.'s "goddess"

The meeting continued with discussion of plans Leslie is working on for the 2018 workshops.
It was concluded that our hours for the November Show and Sale will be 9-4.  People's Choice voting will end at 3:00 to allow time for a tally and awards.  Maggie will take sign-ups for sales tables in September.

Sue and Virginia brought the Indy ClothDollmakers Pattern Book extension.  If you would like one of these, please contact Sue or Virginia or one of the officers.

Indiana State Fair 2018 entries were discussed.  Our club would like to make its presence known there and encourage members to submit entries.  Jude motioned that the club pay the entry fee and Vicki seconded the motion which was then voted on and passed.
Katie has graciously volunteered to assume the position as chair person for Publicity for now.  Thank you Katie!
After the regular meeting the Round Robin/Brown Bag Dolls were exchanged.  This was the last trade.  The completed dolls with their embellishments and or accessories will be due in October and the doll returned to its' original maker.
  We then began our Charity doll sew-in and Swap Meet.  Many "Scribbles" were completed to give to the Children's Bureau.  Our group really enjoyed working together on this worth while cause.  Thanks to those who participated and to those who brought completed dolls but were unable to stay for the sew-in. 

Andrea delivered the completed dolls to the Children's Bureau.

Upcoming Meeting
Kathryn will teach how to make a Dorset button.  She will bring threads/strings and rings.  Members bring scissors, tapestry needle with a big eye and a ruler if you want to make your own Dorset Button.

Upcoming Challenges and Events

October 21, 2017 -  Picture Book Challenge Doll Judging,  Round Robin/ Brown Bag Doll for return to its' owner.
November 18, 2017 - 15th Annual Show and Sale, People's Choice selection of the Picture Book Challenge Dolls

If anyone has questions about our doll club or would like to contact us, please email our club at

September Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Tapestry needle with big eye, scissors, ruler to make Dorset Button