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Monday, September 19, 2016

September Phoebe Meeting

At the September meeting, Daisy collected the finger puppets we have been making to send to the Syrian children in a refugee camp in Greece. We hope the puppets will help them express their fears and worries and help them find ways to deal with the events they have witnessed.

Calendar Of Events 

September 22, 23 and 24, Thurs. thru Saturday, Pleasanton Quilt, Craft and Sewing FestivalAlameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton.  

September 24, Saturday, Artistry in Fashion10 A.M. to 3 P.M., Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Fashion Department Open House, Designer Sale, Designer Showcase and Special Presentations. $10 donation.

September 24, Saturday, Halloween and Vine9 A.M. to 2 P.M., Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave., Petaluma. $5 admission

October 1, Saturday, Tinsel and Treasures10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Veterans Memorial Hall, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville. $5 admission. Go to TinselandTreasures on Facebook for photos. Sharon Martin will have an overflowing booth of fantastic items.

October 8 (Saturday), Northern California Doll and Teddy Bear Show9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. Admission $8, go to   

October 10 Sherry Goshen "Inspiration Doll" Workshop  has been CANCELLED. It will be replaced with Daisy giving a tutorial on Susan Barmore's painting techniques. You must purchase a Susan Barmore "Frowning Francis" pattern online and there will be some pre-work. Contact Daisy at with any questions.

October 20, 21 and 22, Thursday thru Saturday, Serendipity in the Fall craft show, Women's Club, Alamo. Free admission. Sharon is participating.

October 20, Thursday, Playday followed by the Phoebe Meeting at 6:30 to 9:15 P.M., Alameda Education Building, Hayward. Bring one package of fancy printed paper napkins for an exchange.

November 12, 13, Sat. and Sun., BABE Bead Show, Oakland Mariott Hotel, 10th and Broadway.

December, Phoebe Exhibit at The Book Shop, B Street, Hayward. Barbara, Betts and Sally will be creating a Winter Wonderland scene with gingerbread houses. They are asking for small items you have made for gifts under the tree and /or dolls no taller than 12" sitting or standing (must stand on their own or have a seat/chair that is attached). Color scheme will be red, white, green and brown colors only, please.

December 2 and 3, Friday and Saturday, 13th Annual Creekside Craft Show11 A.M. to 7 P.M. (5 P.M. Saturday), Creekside Community Church, 951 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro. Free admission. Donna and Harlene will be participating. Free admission

December 3 and 4, Saturday and Sunday, 34th Annual Holiday for the Arts Show10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 123 Washington Ave., Fremont. Free admission. Donna and Harlene will be participating. Free admission

December 17 and 18, KPFA Winter Crafts FairCraneway Pavilion, Richmond Marina. 200 booths of original work in all media/festive food/entertainment/free parking and shuttle from the Richmond Bart Station. Some of us went to the summer event and it was fabulous!!

February 13, 2017 (Monday), Sally Lampi "Imaginary Characters" Collage Workshop.

April 20, Melissa Tereck"Tiny Houses" Paper Clay Workshop.  


Judy donated two dolls and Bonnie donated one for the raffle this month. The lucky winners were Harlene, Linda, and new members Jennifer and Caroline Weber. Thank you, Judy and Bonnie, for your generous donations.

A highlight of the evening was the enrichments session conducted by Colleen. She demonstrated how to make rolled beads with paper napkins, straws and Modge Podge. They can be used for many things, including arms and legs for assembled dolls. Thank you, Colleen, for bringing all the materials and giving everyone an opportunity to "make and take" these great beads!

There was overwhelming participation in the notions challenge. Phoebe's have had a year to complete as many as three dolls using a different sewing notion for each one. These dolls will be on display at the Castro Valley Library for the month of March 2017. So, if you have not completed any yet, there is still time! Let's make the display a success. Below are some of the completed dolls that were brought to this month's meeting.

 Betts made a flat doll, using paper pattern pieces and snaps.

Bonnie completed three flat dolls. The one above is embellished with snaps.

This one above is embellished with buttons.

 And, this one is beaded.

 Colleen made a doll completely from ribbon.

And, she made another with buttons in some of her favorite colors.
  Daisy brought three dolls—one with buttons, one with lace, and one with zippers.

Linda used a lot of beading to complete this doll.

 And lots of shell buttons to make this mermaid's beautiful tail.

Marcella adorned her doll with thimbles, zippers, snaps, and hooks and eyes.

Show and Tell

Harlene brought her latest fabulous vest for show and tell. She painstakingly hand-beaded all the design details with tiny seed beads. Beautiful!

Suzanne is turning out new mosaics on a regular basis. One of her latest is this cute hen and egg design.

And, she recently took a doll class from Sondra Von Berg. Can't wait to see "Charlotte" finished... as she will be wearing
glasses, holding a spider behind her back, and accompanied by a cute little pig.

Donna brought her completed doll from the Barbara Willis workshop in July.

Christine Shively Workshop in Petaluma

Above is "La Demoiselle," the doll Christine Shively taught at her workshop at the Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA on August 20-21. 

Christine (right) is shown demonstrating one of the fabulous techniques she taught us during those two days. She is such a wonderful teacher... so helpful, full of ideas to share with us, as well as most kind with her encouragement and generous with her supplies.

Phoebes Mary, Linda and Geri are shown with Christine and two other students, intensely working on their dolls (Donna was behind the camera). Christine showed us cleaver, fast ways to draw and color lovely faces, create beautiful paper shoes, attach hair quickly, create an "add-on" bosom, and cut out beautiful flowers from felt to sew on a fascinator for La Demoiselle to wear. Below is Mary's finished doll.

Great color pallet, costume—wonderful hair and flowers!

Linda had a family emergency and had to leave after the first workshop day. However, she now has her doll finished and it turned out beautiful!

She not only wears her flower fascinator, but is carrying a flower in her hands.

Marjorie has completed two dolls—each with darling faces, beautiful flowers, and this one with a felted puppy. Adorable! 

Donna finished this doll from the workshop, and used a combination of felt and ribbon rosettes (which she had previously made and found in her stash).

She loved the experience so much, she also made another doll, this time with the felt flowers, And, she continues to work on completing several more.

Below are several samples of the felt fascinators Christine brought to the workshop to inspire us.

And, here are a few of the Christine's numerous dolls she brought with her to the workshop. Each one is an example of her cleaver ideas and the beautiful possibilities of her patterns. Go to

Everyone absolutely LOVED the class. Thank you, Christine, for two heavenly days of doll-making!!!