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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Calendar of Events for July 2011

July 21:
Daisy Kiehn's Yoga Doll Class. Contact Colleen Patell at

July 21:
Member/Associate Joint Meeting, 7 p.m., Girls and Boys Club of San Leandro, 401 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Challenge: Bring a doll for the October bookstore window display. Exchange: a decorated pen or pencil.

September 30—Oct. 2
Sierra Art Trails, Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour. Visit for details.

October 1-31
Phoebe Halloween Window Display, "The Book Shop," B Street, Hayward

October 20
Sally Lampi's Needle Sculpting Class, Boy Scouts of America Building, 1001 Davis Street, San Leandro. Contact Colleen at

October 20
Member/Associate Joint Meeting, 7 p.m., Girls and Boys Club of San Leandro, 401 Marina Blvd., San Leandro. Highlight of the evening will be the Annual Phoebe Auction. Donate items. Remember to bring all your friends and shop. Join the fun and excitement!

Phoebes Participate in the East Bay Open Studios

The Phoebes participated in the East Bay Open Studios at Wanda's Goose Cottage in Alameda on June 4 and 5. Phoebe fans and followers showed up to purchase dolls, crowns, pins, and an assortment of Phoebe creations. We were thrilled with the interest and response.

Akira Blount 5-Day Workshop for Phoebes

Over Memorial Day Weekend 2011, the Phoebes were fortunate to have scheduled internationally famous dollsmaker, Akira Blount, to teach a 5-day workshop. Above is a photo of Tami Levin's fabulous class doll.

Below, Colleen is seen working on one of the many dolls she made at the workshop.

The next photo shows Akira (on the right) demonstrating a technique to Marcella.

Go to to see Akira's fabulous "dolls" which are really works of art. Attendees were taught a variety of techniques, including sculpting faces, using stiffening and draping medium, layering on a gauze "skin," perfecting gusset joints, and incorporating materials from nature. We learned so much and have been busy using our new-found knowledge to make dolls which will be brought to the July meeting for Show and Tell.

The Phoebes Visit the Vogue Doll Factory

Phoebes and friends met in Oakdale on May 19th to tour the Vogue Doll Factory. The price of the tour included a delicious lunch, fun and games, as well as generous prizes and gifts of adorable dolls. What fun! Thanks to Diane for planning this great event for us!