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Thursday, August 17, 2017

August, End of Summer and the Start of a New Season of Crafting

Sunday, August 13, was Phoebe day in Alameda. First, a board meeting took place over lunch at Wan's Restaurant on Lincoln Street, attended by 13 members, who then joined three more members at Recrafters at 1:30 P.M. for the August day meeting. The owner of Recrafters graciously opened her shop just for us and gave us ample opportunity to shop and purchase wonderful consignment craft supplies at fantastic prices. We all had such a fun experience, we asked if we could do it again sometime. She said "Yes" and we said "Yippee."


Calendar Of Events 

September 21, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. September will be the Phoebe's 30th Anniversary, which will be celebrated with a lasagna dinner. The club will supply the lasagnas (meat, vegan and gluten free), but please bring one of the following (garlic bread, beverage, salad or dessert) to share. We will be having a gift exchange (the Christmas exchange will no longer take place). So please make and bring a very special, but small gift in a brown paper bag to exchange (put your name inside). Bring your tiny dolls or figures to this meeting...they will be used later for the Castro Valley Library exhibit in March 2018. We will be voting in a new slate of officers at this meeting. Also, $40 dues will be collected.

September 21, 22 and 23, (Thursday through Saturday), Pleasanton Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival, Alameda County Fairgrounds. Go to quiltcraftsew.com for details.

September 22 and 23, (Friday 6 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM), Bewitching Fete, Veterans Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. The Bay Area's newest Halloween Art Show, organized by some of the previous partners of Halloween and Vine.

September 23 (10 to 4), Artistry in Fashion, Canada College. Fashion show; shop 60 designers for clothing, jewelry and accessories. Fashion Design and Merchandising department open house. Special guest, Sandra Betzina, noon to 3) Go to www.artistryinfashion.com for directions and details. 

October 7, (Saturday from 10 to 4), Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show, Veterans Memorial Hall, Hartz @ Prospect, Danville. Holiday arts and crafts galore. Sharon will be participating.

October 16, (Monday), Elinor Wiley's Meditation Bead Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Free. More participants are needed! Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up.

January 18, 2018, (Thursday), Jo Magaraci "Nasty Women" 12'x12' Quilting Square Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Free admission with a small kit fee. See last month's blog post for photos. Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up. The Phoebe meeting will take place later from 6:30 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Meeting and Enrichment


Another highlight of the meeting was the enrichment segment put on by Linda. She showed how to assemble a shadow box and attach a 3D graphic inside. Hopefully, everyone will bring the finished boxes to the September meeting so photos can be posted on the blog next month. Thank you, Linda, for a great time!

Show and Tell


Sharon is busy making wonderful things for the Tinsel and Treasures show in Danville (see calendar above for date.) These cones will be completed with even more beautiful embellishments in time for the show. Don't miss it!

Tani took a recent trip to New York to visit her sister, who has a pottery studio. While there, she created the above sculpted clay work of art. Very impressive!



And, Tani is now working on the small cloth sculptured doll above. Hope we see it again when it is finished.


Zanaib brought this amazing "welcome home" fabric heart her friend Sherrye in Georgia made and sent to Zanaib's mother, using regular USPS letter delivery. Sherrye made the custom shaped plastic cover and tucked the hanger and letter banners safely inside. All arrived in perfect condition!

Daisy just completed her two darling French mimes, posed on an Eiffel Tower. So cute!


Daisy also brought her fabulous bike-riding figures to share. Amazing and so original.




Jennifer and her mother, Caroline, have been using cute fabric prints to make little bags to hold pencils, etc. Caroline made the adorable little doll. 



Rosie has been on a roll creating whimsical flat paper dolls and attaching them to greeting cards. What a great idea!


Inspired by Rosie's creative influence, Donna made some flat dolls also, and coincidently put them on cards. This was before she even saw Rosie's! ESP? 



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July Calendar and Meeting Update


The happy Phoebes shown above have just received their new name tags in the exchange at this month's meeting. So many cute and original ideas made from a variety of materials.


Calendar Of Events 

July 28 and 29, (Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 9 to 5), Scrapbook Expo, Santa Clara Convention Center. 

August 4, 5, 6, (Friday 12 to 6, Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 9 to 5), Gem Faire, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton.

August 5, 6 and 7, American Craft Council Annual Show, Ft. Mason, S.F. Anne Klocko will be participating. 

August 13, (Sunday at noon), Phoebe Luncheon and Board Meeting At Wans Kitchen, 1707 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, followed by daytime meeting at Recrafters (see information below). All members are invited to attend this meeting.

August 13 (Sunday, 1:30), Daytime Phoebe Meeting at Recrafters in Alameda, 2449 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.  Bring any craft materials, including fabric and yarn, that you would like to put on consignment. We will also be free to shop the store. There will be no evening meeting this month! No challenge or exchange this month.

August 26 and 27 (Saturday and Sunday), Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto. Anne Klocko will be participating.

September 21, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. September will be the Phoebe's 30th Anniversary Celebration.  We will be making tiny dolls and fairies to bring to this meeting and later use them for the Castro Valley Library exhibit in March 2018. A gala celebration party is being planned, date TBD.

September 22 and 23, (Friday 6 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM), Bewitching Fete, Veterans Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. The Bay Area's newest Halloween Art Show, organized by some of the previous partners of Halloween and Vine.



October 16, (Monday), Elinor Wiley's Meditation Bead Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Free. More participants are needed! Please contact Daisy for information and to sign up.

Daisy's Workshop


On Monday, July 17, Daisy conducted a workshop on her fantastic figures at the Education Building. Participants could choose from her bird, mouse, or other original patterns. Above are examples of the "Leggy Bird" pattern Daisy displayed for inspiration. 


This is a close-up of one of the above.




Harlene chose a colorful batik fabric for her bright and whimsical bird.


Suzanne displayed her bright turquoise and purple bird from the class, as well as three lovely ceramic hearts she recently purchased from Anne at a recent art show in Palo Alto.



Another wonderfully hued bird, shown alongside a workshop mouse (see close-up below).






Above, front left, is Mary's cute workshop bird. Also shown is her newest and amazing tiny doll, complete with hand knitted hat and vest. What size could those knitting needles have been? Also note the large ceramic doll and heart Mary bought from Anne at the Palo Alto Show.

Show and Tell


 
So happy Jo could make the meeting. She showed us one of her "Damn It" dolls and 12x12 inch fabric quilting squares of "Nasty Women." 



Kathy made this cute button doll... perfect for the small doll exhibit coming next year.


 


Geri shared with us some of the fabric postcards she purchased.


Zoe knitted this great turquoise bag and has been into creating collages like the ones seen here, that have timely and meaningful messages.



Another great example of a tiny doll. The dolls will be due at the September meeting and will be on display at the Castro Valley Library at the beginning of 2018.



Elizabeth has completed her fairy treehouse from the Melissa Tereck workshop. It turned out wonderful! Great job on the shingles and love the addition of the tree from dried eucalyptus.




Colleen never ceases to amaze us! Now that she has a new kiln, she is unstoppable. She unpacked several boxes of assembled figures she has just made. Inspired by Anne's work, and using sheep shears, vintage tins, loom shuttles and other items, each figure became a work of art.


Here's more...



and more...


and more! How does she find the time to do all of this in a month. Plus, she brought more of the race track quilts she made for "stitchin' for kids." Maybe she does not eat or sleep? But then we all do know she can work really fast on her projects.



Marcella brought some of the tiny dolls she has collected. These have such amazing minute details.



Rosie brought her neighbor Shirley to the meeting. We were so happy to meet her and see one of her exquisite water color paintings. We hope she will continue to attend our meetings and inspire us with her artistic talents.


Donna just completed another of her stuffed yoyo necklaces.



She was also inspired by Rosie's wonderful tin creations and made these flat hanging dolls from candy and cookie tins. More things to start collecting for art supplies.



And, she just finished another cloth bird inspired by the Frowning Francis patterns. 




Monday, June 19, 2017


The highlight of the meeting was Bonnie's talk and demonstration of how she makes her wonderful paper embellishments. Read the enrichment section below for details.

Calendar Of Events 

July 8 and 9, (Saturday and Sunday), Clay and Glass Festival, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Anne Klocko will be participating. Over 135 clay and glass artists, hands-on activities, demonstrations, gourmet food and coffee, free admission. clayglassfestival.com.

July 17 (Monday), Daisy's Fabric Leggy Bird or Dancing Mouse Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Education Building. Contact Daisy to sign up at daisyforreal@gmail.com

July 20, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. This month's challenge is to bring a nameless nametag to exchange.

August 13 (Sunday), Daytime Phoebe Meeting at Recrafters in Alameda, 2449 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Time to be determined. Bring any craft materials, including fabric and yarn, that you would like to put on consignment. We will also be free to shop the store. There will be no evening meeting this month! No challenge or exchange this month.

September 21, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. September will be the Phoebe's 30th Anniversary Celebration.  We will be making tiny dolls and fairies to bring to this meeting and later use them for the Castro Valley Library exhibit in March 2018. A gala celebration party is being planned, date TBD.

October 16, (Monday), Elinor Wiley's Meditation Bead Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Main Street. Free. Contact Daisy for information and to sign up.


Bonnie's Enrichment Presentation

Here are samples of some of Bonnie's embellishments. She used punched shapes to obtain a variety of designs.

Some are glazed for a ceramic look. Each itself is a work of art.

Her continuing experimentation results in so many different layers of collaged pieces and 3D effects.


Bonnie cleverly assembles sample books of her creations for later reference. Such a great idea!

Show and Tell

The completed fairy houses from the Melissa Tereck workshop are starting to appear. Above is Sally's, complete with tiny lights and fairy figures. Love the stove pipe on top!


Harlene found the perfect bark-like paper for the exterior of her house. She painstakingly assembled the roof from tiny twigs and added moss and stones to the base. So cute!


Donna used mostly cut watercolor pieces for the top story and added some paper clay vines, matchbox shutters and window box, and some pine cones and moss.




Sharon's is almost finished...after she spent much time taking apart a large pine cone and gluing the pieces on for the shingles. Sharon's glitters from top to bottom. Fairy dust?



For show and tell, Elizabeth shared some recent purchases—a tiny vintage child's sewing machine that still works and two beautiful greeting cards that feature hand embroidery stitching.


Rosie recently got together with Judy and had a blast making tiny house earrings from polymer clay. A must-try project.


And, Rosie is far ahead of most of us. She has already started making her tiny dolls for the Library exhibit next year. Love the detail on the pig faces.


Anne is busy preparing for her next show in Palo Alto in July (see calendar at top of this post). This absolutely adorable clay doll and her puppy will be in a tiny wagon and for sale at the show. Don't miss it!

Colleen has a new kiln and has been making so many beautiful pieces from fused glass. Love the colors and all the fine design details. Can't wait to see more. 


Colleen has been making so many new beautiful quilts, but also took the time to make this "race track" for the stitchin' for kids project for children who are hospitalized. The boys will be able to drive their toy cars around this cloth track, and park them in the "garage" pockets. The afternoon prior to this meeting, many Phoebes came together with fabrics and sewing machines and made over 50 finished "crackle" pillows for babies—and assembled many more kits to be finished later.


Sharon is preparing for several holiday shows in the fall and also has a space in an antique store in Livermore. She has been on a roll painting and collaging canvases to sell at both. Above and below and three examples of her latest beautiful work.






Donna was thrilled to have her 10-year-old granddaughter, Giselle, request a day making dolls. Giselle had a clear idea of what she wanted to make as her first real doll—a pretty fairy-like doll with a unicorn horn and ears. Using a Nola pattern from Somerset Magazine, she stitched, turned stuffed, ladder-stitched and assembled the entire doll by herself—added felt ears, a horn made from the bottom of an ice cream cone wrapper—and drew and painted an original face. All in one afternoon!

She took the doll home to costume, and above is the completed doll. A new doll-maker on the rise!