Please remember that we now have a yahoo group…an invitation went out a few weeks ago and again today. Please check your spam…it may be there 🙂 I just wanted to remind you all that we are having our next meeting this coming Saturday June 9th. Please go to the yahoo group for all the details…hope to see you there!
One of our members just dropped out of the club. She has expressed having enjoyed meeting every one and having fun but due to other creative activities in her life she has decided not to attend any more 😦 Because of this, we are now in need of having to find another place to meet for July. Any club member willing to host our club at your house or local church? If so, please email me ASAP. Thanks!
Just to let you know that so far 9 ladies are expected to attend the Doll club meeting at your house next Saturday…if you are planning on attending …now is the the time to RSVP:) Have a great Mother’s day!
If you haven’t RSVP-ed about attending this month’s club, please do so now. I sent an email with a poll on it on May 2nd…please use that to rsvp…thanks. Heather will be leading the workshop that was started by Colleen so please make sure to bring your dolls back to finish them. BTW…if you haven’t already, please make sure to check out Colleen’s phenomenal spread in the current issue of “Art Doll Quarterly”
The meeting will be taking place at Des’ house on May 19th…please refer to last two newsletters as her info is already on it. Have a great time ladies; I’ll see you all next month! Hugs, Lillian
Below is a list of things needed to finish the doll are highlighted. Heather hopes to get the arms with hands and the legs sculpted and dried, the wire armature together and the body suits sewn.
Here’s what Heather wrote:
- 18 gage galvanized armature wire
- Paper clay for finishing faces and creating arm with hands and lower leg with foot
- The proportion diagram from last month
- A smooth tile to work on
- Basic clay tools ,Exacto knife , small spray bottle
- Sanding pads and or polishing cloths.
- Wire nippers and paint brushes ( a smooth flat brush for painting the skin tone and a tiny one for lips and eyes )
- desired skin tone acrylic paint ( I have been using one from clay ally use what you love ), white paint ,eye color paints lip color too . chalks or pastels and micron pens
- desired doll hair .. Mohair , Tibetan lamb , fibers or yarns .
- three D crystal lacquer , triple thick
- Floral tape ( I like white ) if you don’t have it Masking tape works well too.
- Freezer paper (for body suit pattern)
- scissors to cut paper and fabric scissors too.. a few fabric pins
- Thin sharpie marker or something to trace with
- spray matt sealer I love Duncan brand
- I will bring my clay oven .. if any one else has one please bring it .. 2 ovens would be better than one
- Body suit fabric ( 2 way stretch fabric light to med weight ) don’t stress out if you don’t have any in your fabric stash I will be bringing a few different types that work well.
- A small amount of poly fill
- A stuffing fork or thin hemostat
- Fabri-Tac and E 6000 glues
- One or 2 sewing machines would be good so we can sew the body suits while the clay is in the oven. Thread in a tan color and ball point machine needles .
See you soon…peace and love, Heather
Wow…May already! Here at home it’s a bleary, rainy day…I hope the sun is shining where you are! As you know, our next club meeting is on the 19th at Deseria’s house. Please refer to the newsletter for her information…make sure to bring your own chair! Please let us know if you are planning to attend by responding to the separate email I will send.
1. Its official…NO children will be allowed at club meetings
2. All guests must pay a fee to attend club meetings
I will not be present on the 19th but Elizabeth Parsons, the club co-moderator, will address any unfinished business or comments from last month’s gathering at the start of the meeting and then…let the fun begin…lol!
In the meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns please email Elizabeth directly (refer to your club directory), I’m sure she’ll be able to help 🙂 Have a great time ladies…see you next month!
Well, out of the 20 memebers on the list, at this time only 15 have responded. Here’s the latest:
1. Should children be allowed at club meetings? 6 = yes 8 = no 1 = didn’t care
2. Should guests be charged to attend a workshop? 14 = yes 1 = no
I hope to hear from those of you that haven’t responded yet…let’s hear your opinion 🙂
Below, take a look at a few of Colleen’s gorgeous dolls:
CLICK HERE to download the April Club newsletter:News letter April 14, 2012
Well, if you were there on Saturday you’d know that Colleen’s class was fantastic! There was plenty of energy and excitement to fill the air!!! Colleen’s “down to earth” manner of teaching gave everyone the confident to be able to create one of her delightful little dolls. The three hours flew by and we all felt like we just barely got started…lol! Check out all the busy workers below.
FYI Ladies, I have contacted the director of the library. She and I are discussing having the “Warwick Doll Crafters Guild” display their creations at the library in January 2013! Should we work on a doll club challenge to create especially for this cool event? We can discuss this at the next month’s meeting.
Last, but not least, you may remember a few months ago I mentioned that I was trying out for Original Doll Artist Council of America or ODACA (http://www.odaca.org/) and that I passed the first stage of entry…today I received a letter telling me I passed the second stage of entry! So, in July, I’ll be flying out to New Orleans to meet with the panel of judges “face to face” to see if I will be granted membership…wish me luck!
Happy Doll Making!
Final Update for Saturday’s class:
We are very excited that you all have responded so positively to Colleen’s class this Saturday! As of Tuesday night, the class is full! We have reached the capacity of the library’s craft room. Colleen is now busy getting all things ready for a great workshop. Remember that the workshop is from 12:00 to 3:00 and please bring your name tags!
As you enter the library (address & details below) take the stairs on the right and follow the floor plan downstairs. You must enter through the children’s department and walk all the way twards the back. The craftroom will be on the left. Don’t forget your additional supplies…see you all soon!
April 9th update….
Here is the CORRECTED poll. I have already noted the 3 ladies who emailed me separately telling me they will be attending on Saturday the 14th…please do not vote again 😉 T hanks and so sorry for the glitch!
Re: Saturday, April 14th’s class
Next meeting: April 14th
Albert Wisner Public Library from 12:00 to 3:00
One McFarland Drive
Warwick, NY 10990
There is NO fee to attended but please supply the following:
Here’s the supplies list:
Once again, I’d like to thank you for such a successful kick-off last month!I’m sure next week’s gathering will be equally as fun-filled and inspiring! I KNOW that you, like me, are just counting down the days until the 14th…YAY!!! Yep, that’s just around the corner. If you are planning on joining the fun…please let us know by going to the poll below. Also, if you are not able to come, let us know by useing the poll below as well.
If you were not unable to attend last month’s gathering and don’t know who Colleen Athens is, check out her wonderful confections at : http://dolljourney.blogspot.com/ and you’ll realize how lucky we are to have her! Please respond quickly as we’d like to give Colleen ample time to prepare. Check back here often as Elizabeth and I are working on fine-tuning the supplies list of things you’ll need to bring with you. Remember, if you don’t have a particular item, please contact one of the other ladies…using your “hand-dandy” email directory …to see if anyone is willing to share…I’m sure they will 🙂 Until the next update….
Happy Doll Making!
Here are the “minutes” from Saturdays meeting. Just click here: Minutes from March 24 last to download! Sorry for the delay…there were a few glitches to work out. Enjoy!
Well today was the official meeting for the “Warwick Doll Crafters Guild.” What a wonderful turn out! The ladies came from near and far to join us. As it turns out, two of the ladies had met at a convention years ago and were reunited again today! Apparently, the “doll world” is a small world…lol! I have been in contact with many of the ladies via email but today I finally had the opportunity to put a face to a name 🙂 After chatting over tea and treats, we got down to business. We had an agenda and we quickly got through everything on the list! We decided on the club name (lannounced above) and we made some pretty important decisions concerning who will hold what office…not bad for a few hours work! We will be gathering next month at my local library for a techniques class taught by Colleen Athens and more fun! Thank you all for coming out today and making our “kick-off” meeting such a success! It was sooo great seeing you all! Members, please check back shortly as Elizabeth, our new secretary, will email me the “minutes” of the meeting and I will post here for your convenience. The minutes will feature the calendar of events for the year and appointed officers. I know a few of you were not able to come due to last minute emergencies and others due to previous engagements. but I do hope you will join us next month. Until then…
Happy Doll Making!
Please review all the below and vote if you haven’t 🙂 Keep an eye open (in your personal email) for an email from me with other details. RSVP ASAP so I can plan accordingly. Don’t forget your copy of “Starting a Doll Club”…see you all next week!
Please remember to email me your club name suggestions…time is running out! We have two listed above…we’d like to see what else you come up with 🙂
Please remember to go to this link: http://mimidolls.com/Dept-FAQ/FAQ_clubsnew.htm and, if you haven’t already, download the “Starting a Doll Club” PDF written by Gloria Winer. Please read it before coming to the meeting as it will save time and probably answer some questions you may already have.
Our meeting on the 24th of this month will be a “meet and greet” over tea & treats, about 2-3 hours long. I’ll be hosting it at my house, NEXT WEEK , look for a separate email in your “inbox” with my address and phone #. Please bring the following:
- bring notepad and pen to take notes
- your copy of “Starting a doll club” (see above)
- your own chair
- one doll to show
- your enthusiasm!
- Also, I will collect $1.00 per person for the $15.00 library room rental already paid :0
I’ve noticed out of all the visits being made to this page only 9 of you have voted. Please remember to cast your vote (the ballot box is just below) if you haven’t already. I also have not received any club name suggestion yet…remember this is your club…your opinion matters ! 🙂 Counting down the days…
Here’s the latest: There are now 15 ladies…from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut combined…interested in forming this club…Woohoo! I want to start gathering club name ideas now…remember, it could be as prosaic as “The Warwick Valley Doll Club” or as cutesy as “The Dollie-Mamas” …so put your thinking caps on. You’ll have until March 18th so get to work! After I’ve collected all 15 suggestions, I will create a “Poll” and upload it here for you to cast your ballot for your favorite. This way, by the time we meet at my house we should have about 5 names to get a final vote on. Also, please take a moment to look at your calendars for 2 possible Saturdays a month when you are able to meet. That brings up another important question…should we meet once a month or every six weeks? I have uploaded a poll on this to get the consensus. That’s all for now…please send me your ideas a.s.a.p. and…in honor of this election year… go to the “doll club” polls (see below, make your selection and click “vote”) and vote!
February 9th: We now have 13 commited members…yay!!!
As stated below, the first meeting will take place at my house on Saturday, March 24th. from 10:00 – 12:00 or so. My application for use of the community room (with sink and vinyl floors for easy clean up) at my (GORGEOUS and spacious) local libray 6 times a year has gone through! I paid $15.00 and have booked April 14th from noon to 3pm for our next meeting. I also had to leave a $50.00 deposit for clean up insurance. I will get this back after we’ve had our meeting there 🙂 This, I hope, will give all the other members time to check their calenders so we can discuss our 3rd meeting arrangement (date and time, etc.). Ladies…are you ready for some football…better yet…are you ready for some doll making?!!! Mark your calenders and save the dates! At the moment, we have 11…that’s right…11 ladies already commited! On March 24th I will collect $1.39 from each of you as reimbursement for the library fee:)
Happy doll making
Ladies…listen up…here are the rules of the club:
No guns, drugs or alcohol allowed…leave all weapons behind…lol! Okay, all kidding aside…we’d like the “…”Doll Club to be a gathering where the mutual enthusiasm for the Art of Dolls will be appreciated by all those present. Let’s keep it clean and doll related 🙂 All present will be expected to follow a code of mutual respect in comments and actions. While constructive criticism is always appreciated (without it, there is no growth for the individual or the group as a whole) we will, however, refrain from any comments which interfere with the performance of the club. Please also remember to respect each member’s copyrights. Now…let’s play with dolls!
1. Ist meeting at my house on March 24th …unless otherwise stated
2. bring your downloaded copy of the “Starting a doll club” by Gloria Winer
3. bring your own folding chair…sorry limited chairs at my house 🙂
4. I’ll serve assorted tea and treats…BYO coffee 🙂
I am already applying for use of the community meeting room at my local library! In the weeks before we meet, please think about the following:
- compose and bring a short list of the skills you hope to gain in this club
- please bring one example of your best work to “show & tell”
- discuss membership fees & dues
- do you posses skills and valuable tips that will help grow the club?
- are you confident in teaching a technique yourself?
- what days to meet…FYI, Saturday’s work best for me!
- naming the club. It could be as prosaic as “The Warwick Valley Doll Club” as someone suggested, or as cutesy as “The Dollie-Mamas” which, I’m sad to say, is already taken…lol!
- would you be willing to volunteer for an office, i.e. secretary, treasurer?
- compose a shortlist of anything else vital not already on this list…lol!
- should we consider a challenge doll?
- OBJECTIVES:To work consistently to hone our craft.To bring new ideas to the table.To show and tell our latest creations. To encourage and support each other and the Art form.To be committed to meeting once or twice a month.To be willing to be a member of office in some capacity (secretary, treasurer, etc.)To be willing to host the club in your own home twice a year.To have fun doing all the above!REQUIREMENTS: To work consistently to hone our craft.To bring new ideas to the table.To show and tell our latest creations. To be committed to meeting once or twice a month.To be willing to be a member of office in some capacity (secretary, treasurer, etc.)To be willing to host the club in your own home twice a year.To encourage and support each other and the Art form.To have fun doing all the above!OUR MOTTO: “A successful Doll Club is only worth the sum of its committed members!”