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