Saturday, December 14, 2019

December 2019 Newsletter

December 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings.
December 21 - Annual Christmas Party
January 18, 2020 - Chenille Hair demo, swap meet

Member Birthdays
December birthdays are Sue, Leslie, Ann C., and Jude.  Hope your days are filled with fun and good times!

November Meeting Minutes
Fourteen members attended the November meeting:  Leslie, Ann C., Julie G., Kathryn, Nita, Virginia, Sue, Denise, Andrea, Joan, Julie W., Katie, Maggie, and Jude.

Show and Tell
Julie G. started off show and tell with her "Botanicals" she had made in a recent class with Ann Wood in Paducah, KY.  Ann is also the pattern maker of the "Dastardly Owl" that several of our members have made.
Julie G.'s Botanticals
Nita had been busy creating things for our charity table at the Show and Sale in November.  Among them a Raggedy Ann, a beautiful peck piece pouch, mermaid and Santa.
Nita's Charity items
Virginia had finished her "Margot" doll from Sue's recent class and made another "Cutie" from Sue's pattern.
Virginia's Margot & Cutie
Denise loved the Cuties as well and made two of them.  She also has been testing ways of dying natural yarn with such things as onion skins, Rosemary, and Elderberry.
Denise's Cuties
Denise's Hand died yarns
Andrea made a doll from Barbara Schoenoff's "Fleur" pattern she named "Coquette".  She's beautiful, Andrea!
Andrea's Coquette
Joan had also been busy creating items for the Charity Sales Table:  travel trays, thread cutters and lanyards.

Julie W. finished the work-a-long Patti Culea doll  she naturally named "Patti" made from Patti's Penny Cassandra Sewing Caddie pattern.
Julie W.'s Patti doll
Jude also attended Ann Wood's Botanicals class with Julie G.  The botanicals were a seed pod, coneflower and mushroom.  She also made one of Ann's tiny dolls and another Dastardly Owl.  The other doll she made was a completed Patti Culea doll that was entered in the Ethnic/International Doll Challenge.
Jude's Botanicals
Jude's tiny doll and Dastardly Owl

The slate of officers for 2020 is the same as it was in 2019.  Voting will be done at the December meeting.  It's not too late if someone wants to throw their hat into the ring!  Just let a board member know before the start of the December meeting.
The current officers are:
President - Andrea
Vice-President Committee - Julie G., Sue, Virginia, and Denise
Secretary/Blog - Julie W.
Treasurer - Jude
Publicity - Katie
Show & Sale - Maggie

Classes for 2020 were discussed.  Katie will work on a contract for the instructors for the club to use.
In the spring Kathryn Walmsley will be teaching her Triplet dolls.  The dates will be March 28-29, 2020.  More information will be given at the December meeting.

We went over details of the Show and Sale which by the writing of this newsletter has come and gone.  Be sure and read the previous blog that is all about the Show and Sale with pictures of the Challenge Doll entries.

Next Meeting
Our next club meeting is Saturday, December 21.  This will be our annual Christmas Party!  We will have a pitch-in luncheon.  Andrea is bringing drinks, and Sue and Virginia are bringing plates, napkins, forks and spoons.  Other members may bring whatever food item you would like.  We will have an Angel themed gift exchange for those who want to participate (not mandatory).  Bring your item wrapped with your name on or in it to identify who it is from.  We will be electing officers for 2020 and choosing a theme for the Challenge doll for October, 2020.  Bring your ideas for the kind of doll you would like to do for a challenge.

Upcoming  Events
December 21, 2019 - Christmas Party and angel gift exchange
March 28-29, 2020 - Kathryn Walmsley Triplet Doll class

December Meeting Checklist
  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   Food for the Party
  •   Angel themed gift for exchange (optional)

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

Friday, November 29, 2019

2019 Holiday Art Fair and Art Doll Show

2019 Holiday Art Fair and Art Doll Show

The 2019 Show and Sale has come and gone.  What a fabulous day it was!  Many people came to see what the Indy Cloth Dollmakers are all about.   Many stopped at Andrea and her Mom's Tatting Table where they demonstrated their intricate way of shuttle tatting.  Our display table showcased many dolls including our Margot dolls, Patti Culea dolls, dolls from AFICC classes, owls,  and others made by members this past year.  

Barbara's Dragon Nursery was a hit and we are so glad she came to share it with our visitors and tell them stories about the Dragon babies. 

Our Charity Table for Hope Center Indy was very successful and we will soon be presenting a check to them as soon as we get a final tally.  Thank you to everyone who purchased items from this table and/or made a monetary donation!
Many people lingered around our International/Ethnic Doll Challenge Table and then cast their ballot for the People's Choice award.  Our winner this year was Ann C.'s "Mac", a manly Scottish Highlander adapted from Sheryl D'Ath's Sam the Man pattern.  Great job Ann!
The Challenge dolls were judged at our November meeting by Carol Marlin, an Indianapolis fiber artist.  First place in the judging was a tie between Ann C.'s "Mac," and Katie's "Jewel".  Second went to Andrea's "Ann of Green Gables" and third went to Julie W.'s "Jasmine".  The Judge's Choice award also went to Ann C.'s "Mac".

Ann C.'s "Mac"
Katie's "Jewel"
Andrea's "Ann of Green Gables"
Julie W.'s "Jasmine"
Jude's German Folk Doll
Nita's Romanian Gypsy
Elena's Joker
A huge Thank You! goes out to all the members who made the show and sale a success and all who donated items for the charity table!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings.
November 16 - Reveal of Patti Culea Doll
December 21 - Annual Christmas Party

Member Birthday
  Happy Birthday wishes go out to Maggie and Edie this month of November.  

October Meeting Minutes
Fourteen members were present for the October meeting:  Ann C., Sandy, Vicki, Maggie, Martha, Katie, Jude, Julie W., Nita, Kathryn, Ron, Julie G., Joan, and Andrea.

Show and Tell
Joan shared items that could go on our charity table at the Holiday Art Fair and Art Doll Show:  a travel tray, lanyards, and a thread cutter.  She also brought brochures that can be handed out for our charity Hope Center Indy.
Joan's charity items

Julie G. showed her Ragamuffin doll she made in a class with Shelley Thornton at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  Julie learned how to make a rag wig and distress fabrics as well as other techniques.
Julie G.'s Ragamuffin

Andrea also attended the Ragamuffin Doll class.

Nita made a doll from Patti Culea's Radical Rachel pattern and also made a turkey.
Nita's Radical Rachel and Turkey

Martha showed us her cute dressed muslin doll  she made for the Charity table.  Well done, Martha!
Martha's charity doll

Several members created dolls for the International/Ethnic Doll Challenge.  They will be on display at the Holiday Art Fair and Art Doll Show.  Attendees to the Show will be able to vote for their favorite doll in the Challenge and the winner will be revealed at the end of the day.

While our our guest judge, Carol Marlin, was judging the Challenge Dolls, the business portion of our meeting was conducted. Plans for the Show and Sale were discussed.  Members will be setting up their tables Friday, November 22 from 2:30-5:00.  Donations for the charity table should be brought to the November 16th meeting so they can can get priced and tagged.  Thank you to Janet for bringing in the neat zipper pouches for the charity table.  We will have tables set up with dolls that have been made during this past year including the Patti Culea challenge dolls, Margot class dolls, owls, and AFICC class dolls.  All dolls for display should be tagged with the maker's name, doll's name and pattern maker or indicate if the pattern is an original by the maker.

International/Ethnic Challenge Dolls can still be entered for the Peoples' choice award. Please let Andrea know by November 21 if you are entering a doll.

Our spring 2020 doll making class will be taught by Kathryn Walmsley.  She will be teaching her "Triplets" either sitting or standing with wire armature.  We are also planning a fall 2020 class.  Our committee is in process of choosing an instructor for that class.

Kathryn's Triplets

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is November 16.  We will be revealing our Patti Culea dolls that members have been working on since the first of the year.  Items for the charity table will begin to be collected.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
Nov. 23 - Holiday Art Fair and Art Doll Show 9:00-4:00

November Meeting Checklist
  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   Patti Culea doll
  •   Items for charity table

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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter

October 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings.
October 19 - 2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll
November 16 - Reveal of Patti Culea Doll
December 21 - Annual Christmas Party
Please note:  This agenda is tentative and subject to change

Member Birthdays
Happy October  birthday to our one and only birthday member this month, Barbara!

September Meeting Minutes
Members present in September were Cindy, Leslie, Virginia, Sue, Vicki, Maggie, Katie, Nita, Julie W., Joan, Jude, and Elena.  Some members were absent as they were attending classes at John C. Campbell Folk School.  We are looking forward to seeing them at the October meeting to hear all about their experiences.

Show and Tell
Julie W. finished her Margot doll from Sue's Labor Day weekend class!
Julie W.'s Margot
Jude had not finished hers, but brought it to share and see how much she had done.  Great colors and fabric, Jude!
Jude's in progress Margot
Katie had made a Santa for the November Show and Sale Charity table as well as a hedge hog pin cushion for the Charity table.
Katie's Santa
Katie's hedge hog pincusion

 Elena made a really cute rag doll and a terrific caricature jester head made with hair from a human wig.
Elena's Rag Doll

Elena's caricature head

Nita made a beautiful angel, a sweet heart wall hanging and a neat eye glass case.
Nita's angel, heart, and eyeglass case
Joan shared that she is working on her Margot doll.  Keep working, Joan, we know you will get it finished and we're looking forward to seeing her!

Old Business
The charity table for our Show and Sale was discussed.  We plan to have brochures about Hope Center Indy.  Items will be made by our members and all proceeds will go to Hope Center Indy.  Several members are dressing their blank muslin dollies that were passed out at an earlier meeting and these will be for sale on the charity table.  Katie is working on getting a new  yard sign for the sale.  Maggie will continue to collect for people signing up for a sale table.  Cost per table/half table is $15.00 payable to our treasurer, Jude. 
After the business meeting, Virginia, Katie, and Sue presented our program about putting hair on your doll.  Virginia demonstrated needle felting hair with yarn and talked about other fibers that could be needle felted.  Katie showed how to weft hair and apply it, Sue demonstrated how to make a wig cap and cut Tibetan lamb hair for a wig.  Great job ladies!  Very informative!
Virginia giving demo

Virginia's yarn felting

Katie's wefting
Sue's demo
Sue's demo

Our next meeting is Saturday, October 19 at the Irvington Library at 10:00 a.m.  Our International/Ethnic challenge doll is due for judging. This doll will be a character wearing a national costume, international attire, or a personal interpretation of ethnic clothing.   A guest judge will judge the dolls in a separate room while we have the regular meeting.  Results of the judging will be revealed at the November Show and Sale.  If you do not bring your doll for judging at the October meeting, you may still bring it to the Show and Sale to be entered in the Peoples' choice voting.

Upcoming Challenges and Events
October 19 -  2019 Challenge Doll Judging of Ethnic/International Doll
November 16, 2019 - Patti Culea reveal
November 23, 2019 - 17th Annual Holiday Art Fair and  Art Doll Show

October Meeting Checklist

  •   Nametag
  •   Show and Tell
  •   Payment for Show and Sale table
  •   Your Challenge Doll