Thursday, July 28, 2011

July Christmas Celebrations

A small gathering of Hello Dollies celebrated Christmas in July in style. We had a really fantastic show and tell, with many tips and techniques shared. There was a wonderful interpretation of Cyndi Mahlstadt 's mermaid - a favourite pattern of us all...  
And some really charming whimsical country style dolls - a cuddly winter girl and a papa bear, surrounded by Tunisian crochet scarves and cushion...
And a beautiful Gail Wilson  historical doll  and a  faithful reproduction of a Lenci felt doll  both of which really showed us quality workmanship and a commitment to detail.

And  two more dolls for the Seasons Challenge ....  These were both fantastic interpretations for the challenge of creating your own fabric to make a doll from the basic patterns provided. Congratulations!

It wouldn't have been a party without  presents and food. We excitedly opened our swap gifts on the theme "for someone who likes to sew", spent our gift vouchers and indulged in a luscious pavlova and almond and cherry bread .
Reminder to all who entered the Oriental Dance Challenge last year - your dolls are invited to be exhibited at the Craft Show in Newcastle 19- 21 August and should arrive at the shop on or before 16 August.
Post script : I was sewing a doll's chair which some of you were interested to see and here it is-  finished.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Christmas in July at Hello Dollies

Have you been feeling cold recently? It's not often in Australia that it's cold enough to think of snow men , but there are a few places which have had snow falls recorded in the last few weeks. It is July after all, and at the next Hello Dollies meeting, we'll be celebrating Christmas in July. I hope you have got your newsletter ... if not, I've included the latest news from Fay. By the way, if you like the little snowman tag in the photo, here's the link with instructions.

see you at Dollies... keep warm and best wishes, Wilma