Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings
December 15, 2018 - Annual Christmas Party and needlebook exchange
January 19, 2019 - TBD
February 16, 2019 - TBD

Member Birthdays
Birthday wishes to Sue, Leslie, Ann C., and Jude.  What a wonderful time of year to have a birthday!  Hope you all have or had a great one!

November Meeting Minutes
There was no official meeting in November due to having our fantastic Show and Sale.  There was a huge display of one of a kind artistic dolls.  Displays included our challenges that were created this year and dolls from the workshops we have had.  Sales tables included a variety of items with something for everyone.  We thank the Irvington United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their beautiful room for our Show and Sale.  And a big thank you to all who helped make it happen.  Maggie did an excellent job of organizing everything and making sure it all went smoothly.  Thank You, Maggie!!!

We were honored to have two instructors with Show and Sale items.  Kathryn Walmsley had a very nice display of her work and patterns.  She will be teaching the making of an adorable Paperclay doll at the John C. Campbell Folk School February 3-9, 2019.  Click here to go to that site.  Kathryn is a great instructor and very personable.  If you have an opportunity to take one of her classes, you should do so!
Kathryn Walmsley
Kathryn's Doll for John C. Campbell Folk School

Barbara Schoenoff is another excellent instructor who had a table with her fiber art village of "Wood Wives" in their habitat.  You should hear her story about the inhabitants! You can find many of Barbara's patterns on the following websites:  DOLLMAKERS JOURNEY, Doll Street Dreamers, and A for Artistic
Barbara Schoenoff with her Wood Wives
This year's challenge theme was Advanced Style: Aging Outrageously.  There were ten entries that visitors voted on for the People's Choice award.  Martha's "On the Road to Sturgis with Frank and Dolly was the winner of the People's Choice.   Martha's "On the Road to Sturgis with Frank and Dolly" tied with Katie's "Sophie" for first place in the judging!  Judge's second went to Nita for her "Meet Lillian Page" and third went to Virginia for her "Her Majesty goes for a walk".  Martha's "On the Road to Sturgis with Frank and Dolly also won the Judge's Choice!  Great job Martha!!!  Congratulations to all of you.  Well done!  All of the entries were exceptional this year as can be seen in the photos.  Many of these dolls are currently on display at the Irvington Historical Society building, for the Bona Thompson Center's Holiday Fair until January 30, 2019.  The theme for the display is "Dolls Make the Best Story Tellers" so if you didn't get to come to our show and sale, you still have an opportunity to see these fabulous art dolls.
Martha's On the Road to Sturgis with Frank and Dolly
Katie's Sophie
Nita's Meet Lillian Page
Virginia's Her Majesty Goes for a Walk
Jude's Hazel
Maggie's Carrie

Ann C.'s
Mrs. Isabelle Bugatti
attends the opening night
Gala at the Met

Elena's Queen of Pop

Andrea's When I Grow Up
Sue's Agnes

Next Meeting
December 15 is our next meeting at which time we will have our annual Christmas Party!  There will be a pitch in brunch and an optional gift exchange.  We will also be voting for next year's officers.  All of the current officers are willing to continue in their current roles if the membership wants.  Certainly if anyone desires one of the positions they may contact one of the current officers so they may be put on the ballot!  We will be discussing programs for next year's meetings.  One suggestion has been a sew along based on one of  Patty Culea's books. Many of us own some of her books and they are also available in the library.  Patty's books have lots of inspiration and several different skill levels. Let us know of any other suggestions for programs you might have.  Bring your ideas for next year's Show and Sale Challenge and we will also vote on that.
If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, bring a needle book you have made wrapped up with your name on the inside of the gift bag/box.  Our exchange is optional, don't feel obligated!  It will be a fun day.  Hope you all can make it!

Upcoming Challenges and Events
Dec. 15 - Christmas party and needlebook exchange
April 25-28, 2019 - AFICC in Columbus, Ohio
May 18, 2019 - River City Challenge "Cage Doll"

December Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Show and Tell
  • Covered brunch dish
  • Ideas for 2019 Challenge
  • Ideas for 2019 meeting programs
  • Nominees for officers
  • Needlebook gift (Optional)

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