Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Enigma class with Deanna Hogan

March 11-12, 2023

Enigma class with Deanna Hogan

Deanna Hogan's Enigma

A group of Indy Art Doll Makers were honored to take this class with doll artist and teacher Deanna Hogan of Blue Heron Dolls. She is a member of the Original Doll Artist Council of America (ODACA) .  Deanna let us work at our own pace and guided us through the steps with individual instruction when we needed it.  Handouts were provided with photos to help us end up with a completed doll. Her instruction was clear and concise, and her level of instruction was excellent!  Everyone was indeed happy with their dolls and most came very near to completing their dolls in class.  Some even made two dolls!  Look at all those smiling faces at the end of the class!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

March 2023 Newsletter

 March 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

March 18, 2023 - Andrea-Joints
April 15. 2023 - Katie-Hair styling
May 20, 2023 - In-Fiber joint meeting
June 17, 2023 - Virginia-faces
July 15, 2023 - elinor peace bailey play with dolls day
August 19, 2023 - 
September 16, 2023 - Sue-Japanese cloth flowers
October 21, 2023- Leslie-Rolled Doll Demo
November 18, 2023 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16,2023 - Christmas Party

March Member Birthdays
Linda, Julie W., and Colleen celebrate their birthdays this month.

February 18, 2023 Meeting Minutes
Present for this meeting were Mary, Julie G., Ron G., Katie, Sue, Virginia, Andrea, Leslie, Ann R., Julie W., Jude, and Linda.  We were also honored to have guests Jen and Suzanne.  Welcome to you both.  We loved having you!

Show and Tell
Ann R. finished her Marmalade Bunny and brought it and the book, "Making Marmalade" by Simone Gooding. that inspired her.  Ann also found some old doll pantaloons she had made and showed us how over the years seam sealant had yellowed.  Ann also brought some Japanese lanterns to give away at the swap meet.
Ann's Marmalade

Ann's yellowed seam

Leslie brought some fabric cloth doll panels from the past to show us.  
Leslie's doll panels

Andrea had taken a class at John C. Campbell Folk School last month and brought wooden coasters she had carved in the class (or maybe she could use it for a doll stand!).

Andrea's wood carving

Linda completed a darling little "Bird Doll" from our challenge last year.  How sweet she is.  Love those eyes!
Linda's Bird Doll

Several members brought naked doll bodies for the Round Robin Challenge that started at the February meeting.  These dolls will be brought back at the March meeting with faces and exchanged with another member.

Round Robin entry

Round Robin entry

Round Robin entry

Round Robin entry

We discussed this year's charity project.  This discussion will be continued at future meetings and decided on at a later date.  Ideas were gathered for programs for the upcoming meetings.  Plans were made for Deanna Hogan's upcoming class on March 11 & 12.  Our May meeting will be a joint meeting with INfiber at which time we will be working on spirit dolls.  We will pick out patterns for the dolls at our March meeting.  Katie will talk to INfiber to work out what we are considering doing.
There was no official program for the February meeting, but we did have a swap meet with lots of stuff from our stashes to share.

Swap Meet Shoppers

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is March 18, 2023, at the Irvington Branch Library at 10:00 a.m. 
5625 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Future Events 

June 10, 2023 - World Doll Day

July 15, 2023 - Elinor Peace Bailey Challenge

August 1, 2023 - ODACA Bellevue, WA

August 1-5, 2023 - UFDC convention Bellevue, WA

November 18, 2023 - Weather doll Challenge

November 18, 2023 - Show and Sale

Checklist for the March meeting

Name Tag
Show and Tell
Round Robin Doll body in a bag with face
Ideas for INfiber spirit dolls


Sunday, February 12, 2023

February Newsletter 2023

 February Newsletter 2023

Upcoming Meetings

February 18, 2023 - Swap meet
Sunday Feb 19th officer's meeting at 11:00 am at Julie G.'s
March 18, 2023 - TBD
April 15. 2023 - TBD
May 20, 2023 - TBD
June 17, 2023 - TBD
July 15, 2023 - TBD
August 19, 2023 - TBD
September 16, 2023 - TBD
October 21, 2023- TBD
November 18, 2023 - Annual Show and Sale
December 16,2023 - Christmas Party

February Member Birthdays
Birthday girls Julie G. and Liz are celebrating this month.

January 21, 2023, Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Ann R., Julie W., Joan, Andrea, Virginia, Sue, Denise, Julie G., Ron, Leslie, and Katie.
Name tag winner:  Ann R.  

Show and Tell
Virginia showed a sweet little wool felt embroidered book she made from a kit she purchased on Etsy from Noia Land.  Well done, Virginia!

Front of Virginia's book

Inside of Virginia's book

Sue showed us her Mina cat doll and shared a Victorian clothing book with us as well as two other pattern books for making whimsical animals.
Sue's Mina cat

Sue's Victorian dress book 

Sue's pattern book

Sue's pattern book

Denise brought her winner of the 2022 People's Choice Award from our November show.  Iris truly is a winner!  Great job Denise!
Denise's People's Choice Award winning doll, "Iris"

Katie told us about her signing an agreement with an art gallery in Evansville to display some of her dolls and textile creations.  Congrats, Katie!

Ann R. announced she is downsizing her fabric collection.  She has all kinds of fabric including cottons, Ultrasuede and real wool felt.  Members are willing to help her!!!

Joan shared a little portable printer, an HP Sprocket printer that prints 2.3"x 2.4" photos instantly!  They are the perfect size for journaling.  Technology is amazing!  Thanks for sharing, Joan.

On to business, Andrea is checking with the church for this year's show and sale.
Leslie and Ann R. are looking for other doll clubs across the country we might be able to connect with in some way.
Sue is looking into classes for next year with some wonderful doll artists.

It was decided we would not have a specific theme for this year's Christmas gift exchange, but there is a $25 limit on spending, although anything made from your stash like a doll is certainly fine.

We will be having a Round Robin doll exchange this year!  Each month your doll will be passed on to another doll creator to add her special touch.  In February, those who want to participate will bring a blank doll body in a bag. It could be an unfinished doll from a past project if you like.  It is preferred that the head is not attached [to make it easier to dress] but if the head is already attached you don't need to remove it.  It is also nice to include a small blank book so people can add notes about the doll as she progresses.  Following is the proposed schedule:
February - drop off the body
March - Face
April - Clothing
June - Hair (and attach head if needed)
August - Shoes, embellishments and accessories

We are considering supporting a different charity this year.  This will be decided at a future meeting.

A collaboration with the InFiber group was discussed.

We shared patterns of elinor peace bailey for the upcoming challenge in July.

Deanna Hogan Class
The Deanna Hogan class will be held on March 11 & 12.  The estimated cost will be $150.
There is one opening for the class.  If you are interested, contact Julie G.  Patterns and directions for pre-work will be sent to you after you have paid for the class.

Future  Events

March 11 & 12 - Deanna Hogan class

June 10, 2023 - World Doll Day

July 15, 2023 - Elinor Peace Bailey Challenge

November 25, 2023 - Weather doll Challenge

November 18, 2023 - Show and Sale

Checklist for the February meeting

Name Tag
Show and Tell
Round Robin Doll body in a bag
Items for swapmeet

Sunday, January 15, 2023

January 2023 Newsletter

 Upcoming Meetings and Events

January 21, 2023 - Bring Elinor Peace Baily Patterns, and bring dolls to travel to Danville in February
February 10, 11, and 12 Danville Retreat
February 18, 2023, meeting with officer planning meeting after the meeting
March 11 & 12 Deanna Hogan's class
March 18, 2023, TBA

January Member Birthdays
Joan W.

December 17, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Andrea B., Ann R., Julie and Ron G., Jude H., Katie J., Kathryn W., Joan W., Julie W., Barbara S., Leslie W.
Show and Sale wrap-up

The times for the show and sale were discussed.  Do we want to change the times? After some discussion, it was decided to leave the times the same since many people attend every year, and changing the time could be confusing.   

The Hope Center Indy has not acknowledged the financial gifts given to them after the sale, so we will look at a different charity for next year.

Nomination of Officers

The slate of officers for 2023 was nominated:  President - Andrea, Vice Presidents - Julie W., Sue and Virginia, Secretary/Blog - Julie W. with assistance from Joan, Treasurer - Jude, Publicity - Ann C., Show and Sale - Open, Outreach ( See UFDC below) - Leslie and Ann R. 

Due to low attendance, Andrea will contact the nominees and will send an email for voting.

United Federation of Doll Clubs

There was a discussion on the benefits of joining UFDC.  Leslie and Ann R. will form a committee to look into our group joining UFDC and explore the cost and connection with the group.

Georgetown Illinois HS charity project

We were going to assemble kits to make a simple doll at our January meeting. However, Barbara has not heard back from the teacher regarding this project. Barbara will try to contact her again, and perhaps this will be a future meeting project.

Deanna Hogan Class

The Deanna Hogan class will be held on March 11 & 12.  The estimated cost will be $150.
There is one opening for the class.  If you are interested, contact Julie G.  

InFiber Collaberation

Indy Art Doll Makers will collaborate with InFiber to make spirit dolls in 2023.  The theme for the dolls is Four Seasons. We would like to have a day workshop with both groups prior to the due date - TBD.  The dolls will be displayed at the November show and sale. Katie will bring up the workshop at the next InFiber meeting.

Christmas Party, Christmas Carol gift exchange, and Challenge Ideas for next year.

The group enjoyed the delicious food shared by the members, and the group discussed possible challenge themes for 2023. Multiple ideas were suggested, and after several elimination rounds of voting, weather was the winning theme for 2023. A close runner-up was Elinor Peace Bailey dolls.  Since we have had two challenges in previous years, it was decided that Elinor Peace Bailey dolls will be a challenge for July.  This will not be a voted challenge but will be a display only.  

Gift Exchange and Show and Tell

Kathryn received this Whimsy doll from Barbara

Julie W received this patchwork Santa made by Ann R.

Jude received this triangle bag made by Julie W

A companion doll to the triangle bag.  Jude received both of these from Julie W.

Barbara received this gnome doll made by Jude

Leslie received this tiny caroler made by Andrea

Ann R. received this basket of creatures made by Leslie

Katie shared this colorful quilt she made.

Future Meetings and Events

January 21, 2023, Bring Elinor Peace Bailey Patterns and dolls for the Danville show
February 10, 11, and 12 Danville Retreat
February 18, 2023, TBA officer meeting after the regular meeting
March 11 & 12 Deanna Hogan Class
March 18, 2023
April 15. 2023
May 20, 2023
June 17, 2023
July 15, 2023
August 19, 2023
September 16, 2023
October 21, 2023
July 2023 Elinor Peace Bailey Challenge
November 2023 Weather doll Challenge
November 25, 2023 Show and Sale

Checklist for the January meeting

Elinor Peace Bailey Patterns
Dolls for the Danville Show
Name Tag
Show and Tell