We are a group of cloth doll makers who meet once a month in Farnborough, Hampshire. There is a range of abilities, but we are all enthusiastic and keen to learn new skills, as well as practice old ones. It's a very friendly and low key environment in which to learn and craft, and while we do that we drink tea, eat donuts and discuss a wide range of topics.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Mavis the Winner!

Mavis's Chess Set won it’s category (“Quilt Creations”) at the Festival of Quilts, which was at the NEC, Birmingham, from 6th to 9th August. A very nice certificate and a cash prize. 20,000 visitors were expected this year, at this prestigious annual show for quilters and stitchers of all persuasions. "The attention that the chess set attracted is very gratifying, and it has been a very enjoyable experience " says Mavis. The set goes on tour to the Knitting and Stitching Shows at Harrogate and Alexandra Palace, and possibly Dublin. " I won’t get it back until the end of November" says Mavis.

Here are some pictures that Mavis shared of her experience and her amazing chess set at the Festival of Quilts

Last week Jenny brought in her completed Geisha doll. She is a quick worker. I have not even started on mine yet. This is her beautiful doll. The pattern is by Sally Brockbank one of our very talented members.

Ann attended a class with Ankie Daanen and made this paper clay doll. She is a beauty indeed. 
The dragon is a pattern by Melinda Patterson. What an awesome dragon and look at the beautiful colours of the fabric. What a fabulous dragon.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

July meeting

First of all I will start with a wonderful news hot from the grape vine that the wonderful chess set made by our Mavis won, in her class Creative Quilts, in the The Festival of quilts show Birmingham. Congratulations Mavis! We are very proud of you. I shall be putting up pictures of her chest set in the next blogpost.

Last months meeting went off very well. Though we were few yet there were quite a few moments of excitement which had nothing to do with doll making :-).

Makings at the meeting.

Margaret made this darling little teddybear and the two handsome hares were made by Maureen

Maureen's Patti Culea doll is looking elegant and we look forward to seeing her fully completed in the next meeting

Margaret has got into the mood of making bears and here she is making a traditional bear.

Mavis started a beaded caterpillar 

And she is a fast worker here it is already completed and ready to grace somebody's jumper.

Jenny is well ahead of everyone with the Geisha doll. Here she has some gorgeous fabric laid out for the costume.

Karen completed a bigger version of Long tall Sally. I am sure it must have brought a smile on Peggy's face up in heaven.

Here is Shashi's flute player face and hands made with clay. It is an online class that she is doing with Angela Jerescki .

There were some very serious discussions too and I don't have a clue about what :-)

All in all a very good meeting indeed. 

Friday, 29 May 2015

April and May meetings

Here are some beautiful dolls brought for the show and tell in our April and May meetings.

As always Sallys's dolls are a joy to see. 
This is Santa baby

Lady in black a beautiful doll made by Rosina from Peggy Wilson's Long Tall Sally Pattern

Margaret's doll face cute little pin

The show and tell table

Here is Mavis's Red Hat lady. Sadly she forgot to wear her teeth I am told. Hope she will find her teeth soon:-)

Mavis's gardener 

Margaret's fairy from Peggy Wilson's Long Tall Sally pattern

Jenny's fairy and Lady in lavender made from Peggy Wilson's Long Tall Sally pattern.

Maureen's lovely Doll from a Patti Culea workshop

Sally's beautiful geisha and her beautiful cloths.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

March News letter

Yes we have our first ever newsletter. Thank you Mavis for this lovely newsletter.

Dear Ladies
Here is a little newsletter to keep you up-to-date with the happenings at the Farnborough doll club for Creative Cloth Doll Makers. I hope to be able to send it out after every meeting, so if you (unfortunately) cannot attend the meeting, then you at least know who was or was not there, and a little of what went on. I will also send it (for a while) to selected former members, so they can read about what they are missing, and perhaps decide to rejoin us!
We had a very enjoyable meeting yesterday.  Karen, Mavis, Anne, Rosina, Jane, Margaret, Maureen, Shashi and Jennie all attended during the day, and Margaret brought cake to celebrate her birthday next week. Many Happy Returns! It was particularly lovely to see Jane after such a long absence, 
Quite a few versions of the Long Tall Sally challenge doll were on show during the meeting, and at least 4 more were still being made. It is understood that Margaret has made 5 sets of limbs, so she clearly plans an additional large group ..... Anne has made several (including a bride), and given most of them away, so she “only” brought one, and worked on another. Maureen has finished two (a 1920s lady in red cloche and boa, and a purple one), and Rosina (a 1960s girl in a mini-dress and maxi-coat) and Karen’s lady (who is not yet clothed) are yet to be completed.
The pattern for Long Tall Sally was the work of Peggy Wilson, who has recently passed away. She was a Canadian doll maker, and a wonderful doll artist and taught all over North America and Australia . Shashi met her in the US, and says she always had a lovely smile and sharing nature. Her blog is 
Jennie, one of our newest members, has already started work on the Geisha doll that Sally proposed at the last meeting, using one of the lovely pieces of Japanese fabric that Anne recently brought back from that country, and shared with club members. Jane also wants to make one, and Anne has suggested that a group of geishas would look very good on our stand at the Farnham quilt show next January ..... 
Shashi could not stay for longer than a couple of hours in the morning, but she took some photos to put on the blog, which will, no doubt, appear shortly. She brought one of her delightful very small dolls, a dancer, for the Show and Tell table.
Mavis brought her white embroidered Baby, “A Pearl Beyond Price,” and managed to finish work on the feet of the Blue Toddler at last. Both of these life-size figures, together with another one in pink, will be her submissions for an exhibition with the Society of Designer Craftsmen, at the Robert Phillips Gallery (Riverside Barns) in Walton on Thames at the end of April. Flyer attached with full exhibition details. Dates are 29th April to 10th May.
Members who are interested in embroidery and textile art might like to know that the biannual Ramster exhibition takes place from 17th to 30th April. The location is a delightful medieval hall/barn and wonderful spring gardens, with an excellent cafe ...... near Chiddingfold, Surrey. Mavis has submitted her two Ravens and The Harpy for the exhibition. There is also a sales table of little fancies, a Bag Corner, and second-hand books for sale. Entry to the exhibition costs £5.50, and a combined ticket for that and the gardens is £11.

March meeting

We had our Long Tall Sally doll challenge dolls display. All the dolls were wonderful and a fitting tribute to Peggy Wilson who gave this free pattern and sadly has passed away after losing her battle with cancer.

These three delightful dolls were made by Maureen 

Margaret made this enchanting little fairy

This cute little lady was made by Ann

Jenny is our newest member and this is one of her first dolls made from a pattern from Ray Slater's book. She did a wonderful job with this first doll.

This is Mavis's amazing life size baby doll which is decorated with many different kinds of embroidery stitches

Another of Mavis's baby with different kinds of stitched on it.

This doll was made by Shashi. She used the body pattern by Sherry Goshan and the head pattern by Mary Ann of Dollmakers Journey. The name of the doll is Spring

Some dolls in progress by our members.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Last month meeting

It has been a long time since our blog was updated. We had our monthly meeting last Saturday. So here are some of the lovely dolls that were on show and tell.

This is a doll that Maureen made in Patti Culea's class in the US.

We had visitors at the last meeting and they brought dolls the had made and dolls n progress too. Below is Jean's dolls

The three dolls below are made by Sally who is a wonderful doll maker and her dolls as always beautiful 
Isn't her geisha doll beautiful 
And this is poppy and what a lovely way to commemorate the remembrance day

The dolls below are made by Mavis.

This is Mavis's life size baby doll. It is beautifully hand embroidered completely. A lot of stitching indeed!