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Monday, March 19, 2018

March Phoebe Meeting

Sue, Linda, Marjorie and Geri recently took a Mer Baby workshop from Stephanie Blythe (left rear) at Castles in the Air in Berkeley. Check out the close-ups of their fabulous creations in the show and tell section of this post.

Calendar Of Events 

April 19, (Thursday), Betts Vidal Shadow Box Workshop, 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. Remember to buy your 12"x12"x1" shadow box before class and bring $$ for class fee.

April 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. Enrichment will be "Washi Tape" led by Sally. Also, please bring your completed "loaded envelope" from Zanaib's enrichment presentation at the March meeting.

May 17, (Thursday), Stitchin' for Kids Workshop and Phoebe Meeting, Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. We will work on sewing projects in the morning and have a day meeting at 1 P.M.


Zanaib demonstrated how to make "loaded envelopes" like these at the March meeting. Envelopes of any size and shape can be deconstructed and then all surfaces, inside and out, are decorated with glued-on colorful papers. A slit is made and rolled back for the opening. Embellishments can be added, like this 3D paper ornament. 

This is a large envelope which has been embellished with lace and a knitted doily. 

These unfinished envelopes demonstrate some of the possibilities. Envelopes were handed out at the meeting and we will be bringing our finished projects to the April meeting for show and tell.
Show and Tell

Here is a class photo of the finished Mer Babies from the Stephanie Blythe workshop.

The one above was made by Linda. Stephanie did furnish the doll heads and fish tail, plus the abalone shell. The class consisted of making a beautiful arrangement of shells and other items from the sea to showcase the doll.

Here is a close-up of Marjorie's doll.

And this is the one Sue completed. They are all so gorgeous!

Anne has been busy making more of her fabulous ceramic and polymer dolls which feature different kinds of tins for bodies. This one is constructed with a signature heart tin from Brighton. 

Anne just completed a group of Campbells soup can dolls for an Andy Warhol art museum exhibit in Palm Springs. She was lucky to find these beautiful cans on line. We hope we might be able to see some photos from the show, or some of the similar dolls she will be making using the remaining cans.

Anne found this wonderful "Silver Bullet" mint can and turned it into a vampire. Perfect!!!

Bonnie just completed this beautiful necklace, using buttons, spools and beads. It is so striking... love black and white.

Daisy is gearing up for her yearly Girl Scout jamboree and is again taking on the huge task of making figures to put on the poles which will identify the different groups. The theme this year is "California animal species" and this one representing a squirrel is made from painted sculptured cloth.

Linda completed her Phoebe challenge doll that was inspired by food. The three peas in a pod is adorable.

Mary is working to complete the beautiful socks she is knitting for her daughter. A complicated project. Give Mary some yarn and she can knit anything. 

Rosie recently joined a group of dear friends at a "Mad Hatter's Tea Party." This has become an annual event and this year she took a paper mache top hat and constructed the large flared top by adding cardboard. She covered it with some great fabric and embellished it with a card, tulle, some bright flowers, etc. Very clever!

Sally has been having so much fun painting and stamping exciting designs on fabric. She constructed these notebooks using various binding techniques and covered the covers with the fabrics. They are amazing!

Sue has been captivated by a number of free on-line crafter web sites and videos featuring various types of craft projects. One of her favorites is "Curious Mondo." Above is a lovely piece of garden art she made using "liquid painting" techniques. Various colors of paint, glue and silicon oil are mixed and stirred to form swirls, and then paper or objects are dipped into the liquids, creating amazing results. We need to Google "liquid painting!"

2018 Phoebe Castro Valley Library Exhibit

The Phoebes installed an exhibit of tiny dolls in the entry cases of the Castro Valley Library on March 1. The exhibit will run for the entire month. Most of the dolls were made by our members, but there are also ones from our personal collections of other artists.

A free make-it-and-take doll event was held on Saturday, March 17.

This is the third year our volunteers have participated in this very popular event where community members of all ages delight in using the huge assortment of materials we supply to make and take home as many dolls as they like.

Photos of the Phoebe entry display are below. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

February 2018 News

These happy participants in the "tube" exchange at the February meeting are displaying their newly received items. The challenge was to make an item using anything that was tubular. From left to right: Linda, Marjorie, Daisy, Sue, Marcella and Harlene.

Calendar Of Events 

March 1, (Thursday), Set up library display. Contact Suzanne if you would like to help. 

March 15, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. The challenge due this month is a hand-crafted doll inspired by food. Also, if possible, please bring some cards you have made to contribute to Sunshine mailings. Enrichment will be "loaded card-making" led by Zanaib.

March 17, (Saturday, 11 to 1) Outreach Make-It and Take-It at the Castro Valley Library. Volunteers are always appreciated, Contact Diane for info.

April 19, (Thursday), Betts Vidal Shadow Box Workshop, 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. Remember to buy your 12"x12"x1" shadow box before class and bring $$ for class fee.

 April 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9 P.M., Alameda County Education Building, Hayward. Enrichment will be "Washi Tape" led by Sally.


Here are a few close-ups of items from the tube exchange. This doll with tube legs and arms was received by Linda.

Marjorie received a wonderful bracelet made from a paper tube and adorned with fibers, beads and jewels.

Here are other objects Shawn has made—dolls with tube bodies and hair made from soft rubber scrunchies.

Harlene was the winner of this adorable spool doll with tubular arms and legs. 

Colleen brought a doll she had previously made. It's costume features beautiful sleeves made with tubes of fabric.
Show and Tell

Colleen has completed additional "racetrack quilt" for matchbox cars, which will be donated to our outreach program which distributes dolls and toys to girls and boys with extended stays in hospitals.

Colleen is embarking on this awesome quilt project, which when finished, will combine over 2,000 separate pieces. We know how prolific she is at turning out quilts and dolls, and she never ceases to amaze us!

Donna brought a couple of theme books she decorated with various ephemera. 

Jo is currently working on 65 fabric postcards for her quilt group. They are made from her quilting scraps and recycled items and will be on sale at a future quilting event.

Linda brought these darling Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls to put in the Castro Valley Library display for the month of March. Drop by the library to see the Phoebe display in the foyer.

Cards like these are being requested by the Sunshine committee head, Zanaib. She's hoping you can make some to donate at the next meeting. Help bring a little sunshine into someone's life!

Rosie recently participated in a Valentine's Day postcard exchange and she shared her beautiful cards with us.

Rosie also made this clever display for tiny dolls for the library by covering a book with cloth and attaching the dolls to ribbons.

Sharon is taking an on-line workshop in collage from an artist in France and brought some samples of her latest work, which uses layers of paper, fibers and trims to create depth and texture. Interesting painting and dying techniques are also used. Amazing!

Sharon also displayed two more of her exquisite fabric necklaces using gathered yoyos and photos printed on fabric.

Sue made this wonderful piece of garden art using fabric and liquid Pavorpol, which, when it dries, makes the sculpture waterproof. 

Zanaib has been madly creating wonderful collaged items from mixed media and exchanging them with her friend, Sherrye, in Georgia. How exciting to receive such beautiful items in the mail!

Last, by no means least, is this adorable polymer clay doll Suzanne just completed. Inspired by the workshop she took from Anne, she added a whimsical hairstyle and a mini red cellphone. Perfect size for the tiny doll exhibit!