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Monday, September 21, 2015

Tilda Tells Her Story

The dolls made for the year-long doll challenge were due at the September meeting.
Part of the challenge was to also create a story line and accessories related to that story. Above is Linda's Alice in Wonderland doll, who is seen reading from the classic book. The dolls will be on exhibit at The Book Shop for the month of January 2016, and also at the Castro Valley Library in March of that year. Check out the challenge photos below to see the dolls that have been completed to date. And, watch for more in upcoming months.
Calendar Of Events 
September 24, 25 and 26 (Thurs., Fri., Sat), Pleasanton Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. Free admission.

September 26 (Sat.), 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Artistry in Fashion Event, Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, 94601. $10 admisision ($1 off coupon available at

September 26 (Sat.), 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., Halloween and Vine, Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave., Petaluma, 94952. $5 admission. 

October 3, Tinsel and Treasures Show, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Veterans Building, 400 Hartz Ave, Danville. Phoebe Sharon Martin will have fabulous items in her "My Little Friends" booth. Go to for photos of many items on sale.

October 3, Big Indoor Fall Flea Market, 8 A.M. to 1 P.M., Kenneth C. Aitken Senior & Community Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.

 November 7 and 8, Christmas Craft Show, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Goose Cottage, 1610 Minturn, Alameda. Phoebes and former Phoebes are among those who will have wonderful gifts and decorations for sale.
November 9 and 10, November 12 and 13, and November 16 and 17. Three Kate Church Workshops, 2-days each. Class space is limited to 8 people per class. Contact Daisy at  for information.

November 21 (Saturday), Susan Else 3D Fabric Sculpture, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Marin Needle Arts Guild meeting, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael (Terra Linda). $35/$20 materials. She will be teaching quilting and collage techniques for creating fabric flowers, vines and leaves.

December, Phoebe Exhibit at the Book Shop, B Street, Hayward. Betts will be in charge. More information later.

January 2016, Phoebe Tilda Doll Exhibit at the Book Shop, B Street, Hayward. Sharon will be in charge.

January 21, 2016, Elinor Peace Baily "Me, Myself and I" Doll Workshop9 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Education Building, Hayward. Contact Colleen at 
 March 2016, Tilda Exhibit at the Castro Valley Library. We will again be conducting a one-day  "make it and take it" event for library patrons to come and assemble and adorn stump dolls... a free event for all ages.
September 23 to October 25, 2016, Petaluma Doll Exhibit. Phoebes have once again been invited to participate in this prestigious event. Participants will include E.J. Taylor, Wendy and Toby Froud and Kate Church, to name a few. Theme is a fairyland of "Dolls and the Stories They Tell, both Light and Dark."
Tilda Challenge
Anne's Tilda loves to garden. She is holding her tiny watering can. Love her red hair!
Barbara chose to make Tilda a flat doll, constructed on backed canvas. She is the perfect illustration of an original interpretation inspired by the possibilities shown on the pages of Barbara's favorite Tilda publication of doll ideas and patterns.
Another flat doll—this one a paper doll—was created by Betts. The "words" of her story are represented by the text printed paper used in creating her body. 
Bonnie is a well-known doll artist who is famous for her original embellishments that often feature buttons as their focal points. Above is her "button collector" Tilda, fashioned from new fabric and exquisite vintage lace, accompanied by a button box for collecting buttons, wherever she might find them.
The palette of warm, bright colors are a tip-off that this Tilda is created by Colleen. The crowning glory is her wild fiber hair style.
 Daisy is supremely inspired by Zentangle designs and batik fabrics. So, of course her Tilda would be created from a lovely batik embellished with tattooed patterns.
Donna's Tilda has just purchased a mannequin and is assembling a new frock on it—using her sewing basket full of necessary sewing tools.
Over the years, Tilda publications have featured patterns in various sizes. Thus, the sizes of the Phoebe dolls also vary. The largest one so far, Harlene's, was inspired by a pair of pink satin ballet shoes and naturally features a tutu and matching pink slippers.
 Our biggest collector of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Marcella, shows her "Ann" doll toting her own collection of dolls and related books.
Marjorie created two Tildas enjoying themselves at the beach. Smart girls in this very hot weather we have been experiencing in the Bay Area! 
 Mary's Tilda is relishing a bubbly soak in her bathtub. A maven of style, she is wearing her Marie Antoinette lace hat to add a touch of drama.
Sally created a petite jeune fille, wearing the latest Paris fashion. So diminutive and lovely.
And concluding the September runway show is Suzanne's angel Tilda snuggled in a cone and embellished with lovely feather wings.
Show and Tell
Sadly, there are not photos of all of the wonderful show and tell items. Noteworthy among the omissions are Sally's upcycled creative and stylish shirt made from one of her husband's dress shirts... of which she has many now that he has retired! Also, Shawn's fabulous quilt and her beautiful vest embellished using so many creative techniques. And, Tani displayed a doll from India she had purchased in her travels. However, below are a few of the other wonderful items we got to see at the meeting.
Colleen was back from her travels and brought a doll created with the cone we received in a recent challenge. The doll rests on a vintage shoe form and we love the cloth sculpted head. What a sweet expression!

 Marcella shared with us a doll she had made using a copy of the original pattern of the very first Raggedy Ann. With such a happy face... no wonder she went on to be endeared by so many children.

Daisy has also been having a great time lately creating birds in many sizes, shapes and poses, using her favorite techniques.

This fanciful bird is giving one of Daisy's signature figures a free ride!