Monday, November 29, 2010
November Dollies were bedazzled by the array of buttons on show last Saturday - button collections of all ages and categories, button dolls, button jewellery and more. These ones ( above) were my favourites - vintage garter buttons. These were buttons attached to stocking garters as hemlines rose in the 1920's , hence the "flapper" look. Some of these are recent- the ones at the back are hand embroidered and some are made from beautiful kimono silk. It was also interesting to see and hear about Shirley's collection of 'name" buttons - buttons with names of companies on the buttons. We might have been familiar with the Jeans West buttons, but it was fascinating to see buttons with names of local companies of the past.
Most of us loved the button jewellery on display and came home with kits to make the necklaces like this.
These dolls with button hair from Gloria's collection were much admired and Fay made some little dolls just waiting for some cute button coiffures.
There was the usual fantastic new work for "show and tell" from our members.
And lots of other fun including secret pals' identities revealed....
Thank you all for contributing to such a delighful and enjoyable Dollies meeting - see you at the Christmas party and keep working on the Christmas beetle challenge/gift. Here is another photo of Chye'in's originals.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It's easy to attract a large group of dollmakers and keep them captivated for a morning - just offer everyone a wonderful Gail Wilson chair kit to make. What a great time we all had ... putting the chair together.
It was wonderful to see so many friends from Sydney and the Central Coast and also a special guest from Canada, figurative artist and doll designer Peggy Wilson ( here is Peggy's blog ). It was an amazing show and tell with so many different styles of dolls, soft sculptures and other textile work - congratulations to all. The standard of work shared last Saturday was original, innovative and outstanding from both beginners and the more experienced .
All doll makers know that you're never too old nor too young to learn something new. Great to share with the next generations of dollmakers at Hello Dollies.
Hope you are all now working on your Christmas beetle challenge - thanks again to Chye In for sharing her pattern. The next meeting is 27th November and the theme is Buttons, Buttons, Buttons . Please bring your special buttons, "button" dolls, and other art made with buttons to share.
Happy doll making and best wishes from Wilma
Monday, October 4, 2010
Thank you, thank you to Hello Dollies Sydney friends who so generously donated funds to purchase sewing machines for Mando village in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. I ordered four sewing machines from a shop called " Brian Bell" - the machines were ordered from the Port Moresby store and then were transported to the Goroka store and were there waiting for me when I arrived. A friend then brought them back to the village for me in his little truck. The whole process reminded me that we take so much for granted. The machines are hand operated, manufactured by Singer. They are better than treadle machines for this village as they are more easily transported and of course, do not depend on the unpredictable or in most cases, non-existent electricity supply. It is difficult for me to describe how good a gift this has been for the women, girls and boys in this village, but perhaps you can see the joy, pride, concentration and determination on their faces....
|Anna and Rebecca making special cushions for the corner chairs for cerebral palsy children|
|Girls' sewing class|
|Women's sewing class|
|Boys and girls hand sewing|
|Boys' sewing class|
|Girls demonstrate the new machines for the AusAid delegation|
|Choosing fabric in Goroka store|
|Pleased with fabric purchases|
|Unpacking the machines|
|Wilma - wearing a "meri" blouse machine sewn by one of the village women|
When there was still money left, I thought you would not mind if I spent what was remaining on a water tap for the teachers' housing compound. Part of our project was to improve the water supply and install guttering and water tanks in the school , so I am sure you will think that this was a great use of the remaining funds - clean running water! This is the tap you donated....
Monday, August 23, 2010
Keep having fun creating those fantastic dolls. Best wishes to all, Wilma