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