Sunday, October 5, 2014

Spring in September at Hello Dollies

 Holly as Black and White Blanche - such a  beautiful and clever interpretation by Wendy. 

Vicki's "Spring" girls 
 We had a very happy sunny Spring meeting , with lots of show and tell. Three of us caught the train to Fassifern and  we enjoyed the little excursion - we were enjoying it so much chatting merrily that we nearly missed our destination station.
An Anzac nurse by Dolores and of course some knitting. 

Jackie's beautiful "under the sea" quilt - great progress  

Ann's Tunisian crochet and cleverly plaited wrap 

Jo's "Spring" dolls 

Marg's Renaissance Rabbit - beautiful crazy patchwork 

Very cute  and colourful bags by Marg 

Exquisite lace christening gown - Wendy's work  is stunning - lucky grandchild.

Bonnet, shoes and teddy bear - to match the gorgeous gown.  

Hat embellished by Dolores, and Jackie's  delightful shoes. 

Bobbi's characters - so diverse, such skilled sculpting. 
Just a reminder that the NCEATA exhibition is currently on at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery  until 26 October - I have two dolls there, sorry I couldn't bring them to the September show and tell ....

Next meeting, 25 October  will be at Scrap Needs, Cardiff when Jackie will be demonstrating some techniques for fairy wings.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello Dollies - August

Fairy shoes and Lotus shoes ( Margaret and Jackie) 
The August Hello Dollies  was a celebration of  great techniques for doll making.
After that amazing show and tell  last month, this month was of very high quality and certainly was by no means,  less impressive,  so thank you to all who shared. I apologise I didn't get photos of everyone's work, But here are some...
 Felt Pop Up book ( Shannon) 

Raggedy Anne and Andy ( Vicki) 

Needle felted dragon (Shannon) and Dress form (Margaret) 
We are so fortunate to have such talented members who are willing to pass on their knowledge. Wendy showed us some techniques for making better fitting clothes for  our dolls.
Thank you Wendy , the information you gave so clearly is much appreciated and I think each of us has already used your tips with  our latest dolls. .... So, look at what you are missing if you are not coming to Dollies..... See you  on 27th  September.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hello Dollies : Christmas in July

"Pockets" by Wendy 
What a fantastic Christmas in July celebrated at Hello Dollies  … thanks to all who came and contributed to such a beautiful lunch, an amazing show and tell and a truly inspiring challenge. The challenge was to create a doll from a child's book....  There were so many beautiful dolls and each was sensational -  what is  not to love about each of them?
- Marg's delightful Alice 
- Connie's Mad Hatter and Rapunzel complete with tall tower all made of fabric
-Wendy's amazing "topsyturvy" doll, complete with miniature sewing studio, all packed into a decorative suitcase decoupaged with scenes from "Pockets" 
- Vicki's ravishing red headed Dorothy with her red sparkly shoes 
- Bobbi's Mad Hatter and  White Rabbit 
- Jo's humorous wannabe ballerina, Edwina the Emu 
-Shannon's elegant Lady Bird 
-Wilma's exotic Bold Assam gentleman 
 I want to add my personal congratulations to all—outstanding high quality work . Wow, everyone is getting better and better  with some exceptional  “Russian” techniques displayed by Shannon and late night
expertise by Jo.  While I don’t want in any way to detract from the skills of all the doll makers who participated., I think by the sighs of admiration and bewilderment, Wendy’s doll in her own suitcase, with the exquisite sewing room, as an interpretation of a heart warming story  was just the most wonderful response to any challenge we could have imagined. 
Bobbi's Mad Hatter, Shannon's Ladybird, Wilma's Bold Assam 

Bobbi with her Mad Hatter and White Rabbit

Wendy with her "Pockets" 
Marg's Alice 

Connie's Mad Hatter and Vicki's Dorothy 
Connie's Rapunzel 
Jo's Edwina the Emu, ballerina with Bobbi's White Rabbit looking on. 

And if the challenge wasn't enough, we had a fantastic "show and tell" - comfort animals, Japanese souvenirs, artistic wire chairs, imaginative fairies, and a couple of revisited Christmas dolls and vintage favourites  - so impressive! Well done, Hello Dollies. 

 At the next meeting, we will be learning how to make a “toile”  for a doll to help you create specific garments for your dolls.  In Australian and British terminology, a "toile" is a version of a garment made by a fashion designer or dressmaker to test a pattern. They are usually made in cheap material, as multiple toiles may be made in the process of perfecting a design. Toiles are sometimes referred to as "muslins" in the United States, named for the cheap, unbleached cotton fabric available in different weights. from Wikipedia 
See you at Scrap Needs on 23 August.
Best wishes, 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello Dollies Joy in June

face moulds samples by Vicki 
 Hello Dollies meeting at Scrap Needs in June was a smaller meeting, but huge on sharing ideas and techniques. I thought it was one of the best group meetings we've had for awhile, with everyone contributing either experiences with products or techniques - I personally found your ideas and advice really helpful and useful. Thank you ... The theme was moulds, and in particular face moulds. Of course we had the usual brilliant session of "show and tell"  ...
New elves and fairies by Bobbi

Holly by Margaret
bear purses and babies by Jo and Vicki 
Shannon,  inspired by "How to Train your Dragon" and with her flower art doll
Some of the products, discussed,a assessed and demonstrated. 
Reminder that we will be meeting in Lambton on 26 July for a special "Christmas in July" meeting and unveiling of the challenge dolls.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Marvellous May at Hello Dollies

 Many thanks to Margaret and Robert Laughlin for hosting May Hello Dollies.... looks as though all had a great time. So sorry I wasn't there - I am wondering why Sharolyn has a banana skin on her head?
Great to see the birds from the previous meeting's workshop. Bobbi must have been impressed.
Congratulations and well done to all for your fundraising efforts for the Cancer Council !
Hello Dollies will be at Scrap Needs Cardiff for the meeting/workshop on 28 June, 2014.