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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 2014

Calendar of Events for 2014
August 16, Bead Sale, 1420 45th St, Studio #34, Emeryville, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and August 17, noon to 5 P.M. Presale appointments available from August 11. Eclectic collection of beads. (510) 654-5420.

August 21, Phoebe Board Meeting, 5:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton, Hayward. All Phoebe members in good standing are welcome to attend this business meeting, if they so choose. It will take place the hour preceding the monthly meeting, listed below.

August 21, Phoebe Monthly Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton, Hayward. The exchange postcard theme will be "Portugal." Please bring your Nola Hart pattern doll for the library exhibit to the meeting (may bring 2 dolls per person).

August 22, 23 and 24 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), Christ Episcopal Church Rummage Sale and Kountry Kitchen, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. at Grand, Alameda. 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Fri. and Sat.; noon to 2 P.M. on Sunday. This is Daisy's church and this is the sale she raves about every year. Don't miss it! 

August 30, 31 and September 1, Kings Mountain Art Fair, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. An upscale juried show taking place outside in the beautiful woods. Phoebe Anne Klocko will be participating.

September 2014, Phoebe Doll Exhibit at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge off Redwood Road. 

September 1 (Labor Day), Danville Antique and Art Faire, Danville. Downtown from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. More than 50 vendors.

September 18, Phoebe Monthly Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton, Hayward.

September 19-21 (Fri., Sat. and Sun), Harvest Festival Art and Craft Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 27 (Saturday), Crossroads Doll and Bear Show and Sale, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 26, 27 and 28, Pleasanton Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

October 2014, Roxanne Padgett's Surface Design Workshop. Contact Stephanie at for details and to sign up.

October 16 through 19, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara Convention Center. Thursday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M., Sunday 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Admission $15 ($13 on Sunday).

October 16, Phoebe Monthly Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton, Hayward.

December 2014, Annual Christmas Window Display at the Book Shop in Hayward. Stay tuned for more details.

Show and Tell

Colleen's recently completed fabulous art quilt was amazing!

Sally shared her "Upe" doll she designed expressly for the Costa Mesa show.

Sally's dolls had hair made from German red crepe paper.

Rosie completed her doll from the Nola Hart pattern. With stick legs and an adorable face, she is a winner. The face demonstrates Rosie's talent as a graphic artist.

Another fabulous Nola doll for the exhibit!

Stephanie cut up an embroidered vest she found at the thrift store and made this beautiful fabric and bead necklace. 

Suzanne finished her Frog Prince from Bett's class. Don't you just love the body fabric? Good job, Suzanne!

Mary's doll, made in the Lisa Litchenfels workshop, shows just how much work went into sculpting sheer nylon with a tiny beading needle and nearly invisible thread!

Pame brought several dolls made while taking a doll workshop in Europe. This one made of paper clay is a true work of art!

It was great to see Judy Fleck at the meeting. She brought some of her beautifully crafted jewelry to share with us.

Judy is working to finish this lovely bead and rhinestone cabochon. Her work is always inspiring.

Mary wore the shirt she made for the last Phoebe challenge. The challenge consisted of a paper bag containing a dark skinned cloth doll and some small pieces of assorted fabrics. We were challenged to make whatever we desired from these materials. Mary cut up the doll and used the body fabric, as well as the other fabrics, to create this wonderful appliqued design for a shirt back. She probably won hands down for the most useful challenge creation. Very cleaver, Mary!

Lisa Litchenfels Workshop - July 7 through 11, 2014

On July 7th through July 11th, the Phoebes attended a workshop led by world-famous figurative artist Lisa Litchenfels. Lisa is a master of cloth sculpture and her works have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Many celebrities and famous people own pieces of her work. We could hardly believe she was actually flying from her home in Massachusetts to spend a week with us. Our excitement and anticipation turned into awe and admiration once the class began.

Lisa proved to not only be a kind and giving person—she also proved herself to be an amazing teacher—sharing a wealth of techniques and knowledge developed and learned during her years of exploring and mastering a medium that had previously been a pretty much unexplored one. She was so patient with each of us, giving anyone who needed it, her undivided attention and personal assistance. An additional treat was hearing her amazing stories about her life and artistic journey. Her mission in life is now to share all the knowledge she gained in sculpting cloth figures with those taking her workshops. We will all be eternally grateful to Lisa for agreeing to travel to California to be with us, and to Stephanie, our Workshop Chairman, for making all the necessary arrangements.

 Lisa is shown demonstrating her techniques to very attentive students. This class is the first in her series of classes. It is designed to teach the basic techniques necessary to learn before going on to sculpt more realistic figures. We all worked very intently to sculpt fragile sheer nylon knit by using a very tiny curved beading needle and almost invisible nylon filament thread. It was a new learning curve for most of us.

 The figures created in this 5-day workshop were all amazing. While most of us struggled to create and clothe one doll, Daisy outdid us all by creating TWO! Her dear little old couple are darlings!

While some didn't get the clothes on before photo time, you can see the voluptuous forms that were hiding under those that were dressed.

Each doll came out so totally different and original. Just shows how
very creative the Phoebes are. Everyone in the class should be so proud of their work.

Absolutely an unforgettable week in our lives. Lisa has agreed to return in July of 2015 to lead another workshop in more advanced techniques. We can't wait!