Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November Blueprints

The following is an edited version of the email newsletter. If you want to receive the full newsletter, with pictures and more information, please join the club!
Sent: 11/22/2012 10:31:35 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
November 2012
Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 27th 6:30pm

The October meeting was a blast -- a Halloween party at Patty Smith's house.  It was well attended; almost everyone came in costume, bringing food and treats.  What fun!

November meeting is on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27th at Vivienne Deutsch's house at 6:30 p.m.  Patty Smith will lead the program, making fabric postcards.  She writes: " Hi, Doll group. Post cards:  You will need 3 fat quarter (light, med, dark) and one 12x12 inch piece of conversational fabric. Small amount of ribbon or trim. Post cards are 4x6 inches. A glue stick and scissors. I will bring the iron on fusible.  You must be willing to trade fabric and post cards. I promise, we will have nothing but FUN."  Patty
Deb Tomcik started her polymer workshop Nov. 18th.  We each sculpted a face.  Next class is Sunday, Dec.2nd, 10 Am., where we will sculpt the rest of the head.

Barbara Chapman has invited us all to her home again for the Holiday/Christmas Party.  As so many are so busy before Christmas, she will host the club on Sunday, Dec. 30th.  This is between Christmas and New Years.  It has worked well in the past.  More in the next bulletin.

Reminder:  dues are only $10 this year.  If you haven't renewed your membership,  send your check to our treasurer , Sheila Godfrey908 Morse StOceansideCA 92054

Happy Thanksgiving to all. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

October Newsletter

Corrected newsletter:

October 2012
Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 23 6:30pm

Our September meeting at Rosemary Hernandez's house was splendid.  Members from north, south and central areas attended.  Rosemary, a sewing expert, did an excellent program on troubleshooting problems with our machines. She had prepared handouts, too.

There were enough paid members to have a business meeting.  Since we've been meeting in member's homes all year, we had not spent any money.  September is our regular membership renewal time, but we voted to reduce membership this year to $10.  Everyone present renewed.  Those not present may send your dues to our treasurer:  Sheila Godfrey, 908 Morse St.,OceansideCA  92054, check payable to IOLCC.  It was agreed that there should be some dues, to know who has voting rights and who qualifies for discounts on workshops.  Although we are sending the "Blueprints" to over 40 dollmakers, many have not been paying dues.

If you no longer want to receive the "Blueprints", please contact Babs Behling (

Members also decided that they wanted, in addition to regular informal meetings in members' homes, workshops, weekend meetings, some outside speakers.  No one volunteered to be in charge of these.   Deb Tomcik is offering an on-going workshop, beginning this month, teaching polymer sculpting of dolls.  See the announcement below.  

The October meeting, a Halloween Party, will be at Patty Smith's house:   7176 Hybeth Dr ,La Mesa, Ca  (619 466 4953)  I'm  2 very short blocks south of University Ave on Massachusetts Ave. right turn, 1st house.  Please bring finger foods, I'll have drinks.  Costumes optional, but let's do it for the fun.    I'm going to show a simple journal to make for our latest doll. And "show and tell" of our favorite Halloween doll. Patty

On a sad note, longtime member Donna Nordquist passed away on Oct. 3rd, after a long battle with lung cancer.  Her last attendance was at Sharon Goldschneider's program on stitchery this summer.   

Make the Doll You Want… Using MY Methods!
Come to my Workshop and “Make the Doll You Want”! I’ll work with each of you to create the doll of
your dreams, according to the methods I’ve perfected in over 15 years of doll‐making and sculpture!
We’ll work in polymer clays and other materials, from your vision (photographs, sketches, whatever can
guide us on what you want to make)!
This multi‐part workshop will meet monthly over 6 months from 10AM‐5PM and focus on one aspect of
realizing the doll of your dreams. Sections are separated by approximately a month to give you time to
absorb the ideas presented, and for you to refine the work between classes. (There will be assignments
to finish up each section so that we can all stay on track and finish together.) If you attend all sessions,
and do the assignments, by the end you will have a complete doll, your vision, executed using my
The sessions for this workshop will be:
1) The Face: The first and most important aspect of creating the doll is to work on face and think about the head it will sit
2) Finishing the Head: All good faces deserve a head! We’ll put it together add neck and shoulders and at the end of this
session a completed head/shoulder assembly will be our goal. Hair can be an option this time too, or not depending on your
vision for the piece.
3) Appendages: Hands and feet (fins?) are (usually) a must! We’ll work on these detail items and complete them during this
4) Poses and Body: “I ain’t got no‐body…” isn’t an option for this lesson! We’ll work on armature, and attachments for
appendages and head assembly this month. Planning a compelling pose that has a little “attitude” is also part of the
exercise. Examples will be shown, and you’ll develop your unique pose for the doll.
5) Dressing: We now have the basics and need to apply the dressing, to complete our work. (I’ll take blue‐cheese please… 8‐)
) This session focuses on costume design and sewing to give an authentic look. (For special looks, you will need to supply
cloth to match your vision – this can be very individual and it’s difficult to order for a group.)
6) Wrap Up: Finishing up with accessories (if you have/need them), finishing touches, recap and discussion.
Costs: $20 per session ($15 if you’re a member of IOLCC) for my time and snacks/beverages. If you want a
lunch please bring it along. A materials fee (TBD) covering “basic” materials will be collected at the first
class, so I can cover ordering what we’ll need. Members will also get a 50% discount on the materials fee.
To reserve a place, please send your check for the first session to me one week in advance. Those who
send this in advance will be contacted by phone to discuss your vision for your doll. Please include your
phone number with your check.
Venue: all sessions will take place at 3530 Sitio Baya, CarlsbadCalifornia92009.
Dates: First Session October 28, 2012
About Debra Lea: Debra has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Western Michigan University
(KalamazooMichigan) under a cooperative program with Nazareth CollegeKalamazooMichigan. She is
one of the few art majors who have gone on to practice art most of her life, including stage set and
costume design, fashion design and execution, sculpture in polymer clay and bronze, as well as jewelry
design and execution. Her work has been seen at IDEX‐Atlanta and San Francisco, Santa Fe Figurative Art,
and she has made several appearances at Toy Fair, NYC. She has studied sculpture, foundry arts, and doll
design with numerous well known artists.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Next Doll Meeting October 23rd

Next doll meeting will be at Patty's house in La Mesa on October 23rd. Theme will be on Halloween "show and tell". Stephanie Meyer will give a short talk on doll eyes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

April 2012 Newsletter

April  2012
Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 24th

The April meeting will be at the home of Sharon Goldschneider.
From Sharon:
I'll be teaching some stitchery, things you can do to fancy up the dolls clothes or body.  I will also teach how to make flowers for hats or clothing.  I just need to know how many people will be attending so I can make up kits for everyone.

 RSVP to Sharon if you want to join in the hands on.

To Sharon’s  house:
From the north: Take hwy.5, 805, or 15 to hwy. 52 east.  52 E to 125 south then exit Navajo Rd.  Right turn on Navajo then 2 traffic signals to Bisbsy Lake, right on Bisby Lake then 3 blocks to Maury dr.  Right on Maury to 6820 Maury.

From the south: Take hwy 5, 805, 15 north to hwy 94 east.  94 east to the 125 north.  125 N then exit Navajo rd.  Left on Navajo then 2 traffic signals to Bisby Lake, then same as above.

Note: The above is not an official IOLCC publication. I am re-posting the email newsletter as a resource to others who might be looking for a doll group in the San Diego area. If you would like to receive more detailed and timely information, please contact one of the people listed in other parts of the blog.
by Stephanie

Monday, February 27, 2012

Blueprints, February 2012

Excerpt from Email Newsletter:

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 28th

There were 8 wonderful ladies who came to the Jan. meeting. Using pre-made fimo heads and tiny cloth bodies doll pins were born! With an assortment of buttons, beads and charms each piece was original and adorable. Nearly everyone left with a finished pin! We will bring them to the next meeting.
I must give a HUGE thank you to Cheryl for helping me host and for organizing the evening. Happy Stitching.


The February 28th meeting will be led by Jo Ann Dosset, at 8:30 pm, at her home. It's hands-on dollmaking - the most fun kind of meeting. Jo Ann will have fired ceramic head/body pieces (3-4: high) to which we can attach arms and legs and then dress. Bring material for clothes. You may paint the face. Parking is limited at Jo Ann's, so escort will be provided for those who park at the bottom of the hill and walk up. Call Jo Ann.

Lois had only one person respond about a trip to the Susan Quinlan doll/teddy bear museum in Santa Barbara. Information was in the January newsletter. Re-read that and let Lois know if anyone is interested.

(If you would like to receive the more detailed emailed newsletter with photos,  please contact Lois.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 2012 Newsletter

January 2012
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 24th

It was a wonderful Christmas/Holiday party at Barbara Chapman’s house
 in December.  Good attendance, Good company, Good eats, 
Good gift exchange.  Almost everyone brought a pin doll to 
exchange.  Thank you, Barbara, again for hosting.
Carrie Nisil and Cheryl Ripley are doing the January program
 on January 24th, at 6:30 p.m.  Carrie writes, “Our program this month
 will be doll pins with fimo heads, cloth bodies and wired and beaded 
arms and legs. Cheryl and I have pre-made some bodies for anyone
 to use. Everyone should be able to leave with a finished pin. However,
 if you have some favorite scraps and pieces of batting that you prefer, 
please bring it and make your own. The bodies can be sewn very quickly. 
The club is providing 1 head per member. If you want more they can be
 purchased for $2.00 each. There are red heads, blonds and black.

We look forward to seeing everyone!
Carrie and Cheryl

The meeting will be at my house.
Carrie Nisil 

Babs sent this to everyone earlier, but here it is again.
This from Patti Culea:  Not sure many know that Bits & Pieces Quilt Shop
 in Escondido was affected by a fire in the taco shop next door. The owners
 have decided to close the store. They've had 5 floods, also from the taco 
shop, and now the fire. Enough is enough. Suzanne called today to let
 me know she's selling everything in the store. Fabric, threads, notions, 
machines, etc., will be 50% off. Except the Bernina machines. They carry
 Janome as well as Bernina's. The sale starts Wednesday, Jan. 4. 
The address is 426 B W. 2nd Ave., Escondido 92025
I'm not sure the phone works, but it was 760-745-5878

Note from the blogger: I am re-posting part of the newsletter from the doll
group as a courtesy to anyone who might be interested in joining the group
but wanted to know more. The regular newsletter comes earlier and has 
more information. To be added to the email list please contact
me, Stephanie Meyer, ( and I will forward your request
to the people who put together the newsletter. Thanks!

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