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Monday, October 19, 2015

Happy Halloween to All

Calendar Of Events 
 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 daisybkdoll@comcast.nett  for information.

November 14 and 15, BABE 2015 Bay Area Bead Extravaganza, Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, 10th and Broadway, Oakland. $10 admission fee without discount card.

November 19, Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Ave, Hayward, CA. A pipe cleaner exchange doll will be due at this meeting. Bring your Kate Church Workshop dolls if you have any finished. Also, and most important, bring sugar plum fairy dolls no bigger than 12 inches, stuffed toys or animals no bigger than 14 inches, or boxed jewelry you have made—to put in the book shop window display for December.

November 21 (Saturday), Northern California Doll & Teddy Bear Show, 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Alameda County Fairgrounds, Bldg. C. Adults $7 admission.

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 Christmas Party, will probably be the second weekend of the month. Gift exchanges will be due. Everyone is asked to bring a sweet or savory finger-food to share. Bring your Tilda dolls for the January exhibit at the Castro Valley Library. Watch for listing of date and time.

December, Phoebe Exhibit at the Book Shop, B Street, Hayward. Betts will be in charge. The theme will be "Sugar Plum Fairies." Small dolls and items will be due at the November meeting.

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. Watch for date and time.

April 21 (Thursday), Laurie Scott Cloth Embellished Necklace Workshop. See photos below. Contact Colleen at to sign up.

July 23 to September 25, 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." Dolls will be due in July.
Anne Klocko Demonstration

Tani watches as Ann wraps a polka dot bird for a safe trip home after the meeting.
Anne Klocko treated us to a hands-on polymer clay tutorial at the meeting. She was most generous in handing out clay, tools and other materials for us to use. She demonstrated how to make one of her cute whimsical polka dot birds. Everyone went home with a very special bird to treasure.
Laurie Scott Workshop
On April 21, Laurie Scott will be conducting a workshop on her beautiful embellished cloth necklaces. You will learn how to make stunning cloth "beads" by making yoyos, covering buttons, incorporating graphics printed on cloth, and many other techniques to create remarkable statement jewelry. Here are a few photos of Laurie's work. Contact Colleen at to sign up.

Show and Tell
 Colleen brought one of her latest fabulous quilts for all to see.  
  These very cute Pinocchio dolls were made by Linda using a Tilda pattern.  
Linda also made tea cup "Tiny World" pin cushions, seen both above and below.

We were thrilled to have Phoebe Jo Magaraci join us at the October meeting. She keeps so busy with her involvement in the East Bay Heritage Quilters
and her class at the Sawtooth Building in Berkeley, where she is required to make one 12" by 12" original square each month. In the above square she incorporated a fabulous Nola pattern doll.

Above is Jo's quilted self-portrait.
Sharon is busy making tons of beautiful items for her up-coming holiday shows. Above is her fabric and lace angel collage which hangs on a wall.
Here is another hanging ornament Sharon created using vintage materials, including vintage doll heads.
And, Sharon has been creating what she calls "ghoulies" for Halloween and various other shows
she will be participating in.
Marcella exhibited her completed project from Sally Lampi's recent workshop. A quilted fabric collage was attached to a ground and the background was painted to coordinate with the fabric. To finish, the picture was matted and framed to create a piece of wall art.
Zoe has been busy making a multitude of originally decorated journals for friends and family members. We have former Phoebe Roxanne Padgett to thank for all the surface decoration ideas and inspiration she has given us over the years.
Marjorie found a doll pattern from a Russian doll-maker on Pinterest and used it to make this adorable doll.
Former Phoebe Shawn Dubin is back! We are so happy she has decided to join us again. Above, she is seen modeling a beautiful top like the ones she loves to make from a rectangle of fabric with a neck opening cut out of the center.
Many of us have expressed interest in the possibility of having Christy Silacci conduct a workshop on her whimsical prims in the coming year. Here is a photo of a Christy doll that Anne bought at a past craft show.
Rosie brought this Christy Silacci inspired piece.
And, Rosie brought several of her lovely and very time-consuming necklaces she has been making for the Alameda holiday craft show coming in November.
They are made with fabric tubes stuffed with a number of pipe cleaners and jazzed up with charms and beads. 
Rosie has also been creating more of her dolls from Altoid tins. The one above is embellished with computer parts and has decorative ink pens as legs.
Each of Rosie's tins, which are hinged, are decorated inside and have polymer heads she has molded. These will also be for sale at the show. Rosie is a master at creating beautiful patinas.