Sunday, August 16, 2009

Help - Dolls Past and Future

Is anyone able to help please? One of our Hello Dollies members has "uncovered" a doll which she thinks belonged to her grandmother. Any information about this type of doll would be much appreciated. This was not the original dress, and while the marking is not very clear, perhaps someone will recognise it. Please leave a comment if you can provide some information.
I had the great pleasure of working today with a student who is putting the finishing touches to her doll - a major work for the Higher School Certificate. We met at the Hello Dollies July meeting in Sydney, and it was great to see the doll come to life today. Not so much help was needed, just a boost of confidence - all the best for the HSC from Hello Dollies.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hello Dollies is 15 Years Young.

A few heads turned as six of us Newcastle Dollies, dressed in our best pink finery, boarded the 6.30am train at Broadmeadow station bound for the Hello Dollies' 15th Birthday celebrations in Sydney last Saturday. What a party it was - a significant birthday for the group, combined with the usual Christmas in July celebration at the Sydney meeting. It was a very special occasion for all of us, but especially for Gloria and Fay and for three of our Sydney members who have been attending Hello Dollies for 15 years. Gloria (Anne's Glory Box) has been Hello Dollies' facilitator, believing in "cloth dolls" when they were literally in their infancy in Australia. Gloria has organised, financed and hosted numerous visits from international tutors, workshops, seminars, symposium events and overseas educational tours. We are fortunate indeed to have been the beneficiaries of Gloria's foresight. It is hard to believe that Fay has driven from Newcastle to Sydney each month for Dollies for so long - that is dedication. If that weren't sufficient in itself, Fay has each month for 15 years, conducted the Newcastle and Sydney meetings, organised demonstrations and activities, sourced interesting patterns, written the newsletters, devised challenges, organised rosters, listened to umpteen "show and tell" sessions, and generally encouraged, taught, and inspired us in our doll making. Congratulations and thanks to both of you! We , of course, enjoyed a fabulous pink birthday cake . However, it wouldn't be a Dollies occasion without lots of good shopping ( thanks, Gloria for the birthday discount), interesting show and tell, swapping beautiful handmade gifts, catching up with old and new friends, and of course more fantastic food! Thanks to Sydney Dollies for hosting such a great day!

Just a note : We all received a Christmas border print as a gift - Fay is hoping to see some innovative creations made with this print at the Christmas party in December in Newcastle.
It's also now official that Ann Maullin's pattern, Oriental Dance is the challenge doll for February 2010. Any Asian costume may be used - that's the challenge.