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.

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.

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