Saturday, October 13, 2018

Marla Niederer Sleeping Mermaid Workshop

Marla Niederer Sleeping Mermaid Workshop

The Indy Cloth Dollmakers hosted a workshop presented by Marla Niederer September 29 and 30.  Marla is such a great teacher and filled the two short days we had with her with many of her techniques.  Her sleeping face is beautiful and the painting of the mermaid's body was a new experience for many of us.
Thank you to Julie G. for hosting Marla in her home.  The meet and greet on the Friday night before class was a relaxing evening and gave us a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with our teacher.  Members came from Illinois and Ohio to take the class.  Marla is from New York, so we had four states represented in this class including our Indiana people.
After class on Saturday we had a pitch-in dinner in the classroom.. The food was delicious and prepped us for the next day ahead.
You may want to check out Marla's Blog to see more of her work.  She also has online classes with A for Artistic.  If you are going to AFICC in Columbus, Ohio in April 2019, she is having a 3 day class for her Moulin Rouge Dancers!  Our club was honored to have her come!  Thank you, Marla, for a wonderful weekend!

October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange

Happy fall birthday wishes go out to Barbara who is forever young at heart which shows in her creations!

September Meeting Minutes
Twelve members were present at our September meeting:  Joan, Ann C., Anita, Mary, Andrea, Denise, Julie G., Sue, Virginia, Jude, Julie W., and Ron.

Show and Tell

Joan shared some pieces she produced from a metal working class she took that could be used as embellishment on journals.  They are made of copper.  Beautiful work, Joan!
Joan's metal work

Ann C. was excited to tell us about being introduced to Cartonnage, a method of applying fabric to chipboard to make all kinds of things.  We hope to see some things she makes in the future.

Nita had downloaded a simple doll pattern from etsy which is really cute.  (Of course we all had to check out her (the doll's) sexy underwear!)
Nita's Simple Doll
Denise showed us a wonderful book entitled "The Healing Doll Way" by Barb Kobe.  It tells the process of creating art dolls for self-discovery, awareness and transformation.  You may want to check it out at your local library!

Jude showed her state fair ribbon winning Faery doll from Barbara Schoenoff's pattern "Backstage at the Faery Review".  These dolls are adorable and can be made in a number of different poses.  you can find many of Barbara's patterns on the following websites:  DOLLMAKERS JOURNEY, Doll Street Dreamers, and A for Artistic.
Jude's Faery

After Show and Tell we settled down to discuss upcoming events.  Coming up on November 17 is our annual Show and Sale.  We are hoping to have a display table of some of Barbara Schoenoff's fabulous creations as well as our other displays of dolls our members have created this past year and challenge dolls that have been created.  Jude distributed Show and Sale cards and bookmarks for members to pass on.
Next year in the fall our own Suellen Odell will be teaching our workshop on her "Margo" doll, a blue ribbon winner at the Ohio State Fair this year!  In the spring she will be teaching the making of three dolls, Kitty Kat, Darling Dot, and Sweet Bunny at AFICC.  If you are looking for a one day class at AFICC, any of these cuties would be great!
Sue's Margo
Darling Dot
Kitty Kat
Sweet Bunny

Our October meeting will be one you won't want to miss.  We will have the reveal of our Round Robin doll and our Advanced Style challenge dolls will be judged by Cyndy Sieving who will also be bringing her AFICC dolls to preview. We are honored that both Suellen and Barbara will be teaching classes at AFICC in 2019!  Barbara has a one day class on her "Victorian Mermaid" and a two day class on her "Fleur".
Victorian Mermaid

If you plan to have a table at the November Show and Sale, please pay at the October meeting.  Items for your table should be hand-made by a member and not of resale nature.

After all the business was taken care of , it was time for our program presented by Joan on making a travel cutting board/ironing surface.  She gave us a detailed demonstration so we could each go home and make one of our own.  These are definitely perfect for travel and workshops and not difficult to make.  Thank you, Joan, for an excellent program!

Upcoming Meeting
Our October 20th meeting is going to be so much fun!  Those participating in the Round Robin/Brown Bag Challenge will get their original dolls returned to them in all their glory!  Those participating in the Advanced Style Doll Challenge will present their dolls for judging by Cyndy Seiving and Cyndy will give us a preview of the classes for 2019 AFICC which is in April in Columbus Ohio.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
Oct. 12-14 - Retreat weekend at Threads of Time in Danville, IL
Oct. 20 -  Challenge Judging - "Growing Old Outrageously"
Nov. 17 - Show and Sale
Dec. 15 - Christmas party and needlebook exchange
April 25-28, 2019 - AFICC in Columbus, Ohio
May 18, 2019 - River City Challenge "Cage Doll"

October Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Round Robin/Brown Bag Doll
  • Advanced Style Challenge Dolls

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