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Friday, March 24, 2017

March Meeting was "Noodle Night"

On April 20 from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Melissa Tereck will be conducting a workshop on her paper clay "Fantasy Houses." Any member wishing to attend should contact Daisy or Colleen.


Calendar Of Events 

March 23, 24, 25 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), Bay Area Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival, San Mateo Event Center. (quiltcraftsew.com)

April 20, Melissa Tereck" Tiny Houses" Paper Clay Workshop, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Contact Daisy for more information.

April 20, Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 P.M., Alameda Education Building, Hayward. Bring your items made with the paper dressmaker mannequins Daisy handed out at the March meeting.

May 6, Doll and Teddy Bear Show (9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.), Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. www.crossroadsshows.com

May 7 (Sunday), Day-time Phoebe Meeting at Anne Klocko's House. She will be demonstrating the floral caning technique used with polymer clay and in decorative glass-making. In the morning we will meet in the Nick Cave Exhibit on the Stanford campus and then again for lunch at a nearby cafĂ©, followed by the meeting at Anne's.


Noodle Night Fun

For the second time we scheduled a meeting that included a pasta dinner and a challenge to make something with the long "noodle" strips of fabric we received at the previous meeting. The response was positive and members brought an assortment of pasta sauces or desserts to share. The pasta was supplied, along with a salad and beverages. It was a great feast! Thank you all for the delicious food. The meeting resumed and we had the opportunity to show the items we had crafted from the fabric strips.


Jennifer brought four pipe cleaner dolls that were dressed using the noodle strips. Love them!


Harlene brought two striking necklaces of knitted wire that were stuffed with colorful fabric noodles. Truly beautiful!





Mary created a beautiful rose from her cloth strips.


Zanaib, the "Card Queen," used her noodles in various ways to embellish lovely greeting cards.




Donna brought one of the rolled fabric bead African collar necklaces she has made using fabric strips.



Enrichment

Another highlight of the evening was the enrichment session Rosie conducted. She brought 35mm slides and various images, papers and embellishments and showed us how to make decorated frames as shown below. The possibilities of creation are endless and the process is addicting. The finished frames can be used as jewelry components, making decorated boxes, or added to cards and one-dimensional art projects. Thank you Rosie! We are thrilled to have a new way to make our art truly unique (and use some of those slides we have around the house.)







Show and Tell




Daisy is still feverishly making cats for the Girl Scout gathering. The girls will be divided into groups, each represented by one of the cats, which will be attached to a pole. Each cat is one of a kind, and Daisy is doing what she does best—creating unique cloth sculptures that capture your heart.



Mary received this cheery Tilda angel doll from Suzanne. It was her gift from the Christmas exchange.


Sally brought the doll she is completing for a doll costuming challenge Barbara created for some of her friends. So petite and cute.


One of Sue's many talents is creating whimsical faces from polymer clay. These are nestled in sea shells and a seed pod. How clever!


Suzanne's guest and dear friend, Carole, who is visiting from Oregon, came to the meeting and brought some of her beautiful projects. A quilting and fabric artist, Carole made the two fabulous purses above.


Above is a potholder and finger pin cushions. Beside them is a wonderful figure Kathy made out of recycled items to give Suzanne for the Christmas exchange.


Shawn brought some of the felt items she has created. Above is a purse and below, a cleverly constructed felted hat made with roving.

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Exhibit and "Make It and Take It" Event at the Castro Valley Library



The Phoebes have been honored once again to be invited by the Castro Valley Library to install an exhibit of some of our dolls in the entrance showcase. It will run for the entire month of March.

On March 4, we also conducted another "Make it and Take it" day with all library patrons invited to attend. We supplied stump dolls, polymer clay faces, and a multitude of embellishments for participants to use in making their very own one-of-a-kind dolls. Again, as in past years, the turn-out of approximately 100 adults and children was impressive.

Check out all the photos in this post of the exhibit and some of the happy doll-makers who attended on March 4. A big thanks to all the Phoebes who volunteered their time, and all those who answered the call to make additional clay faces. And, a special thanks to Suzanne for taking the wonderful photos. We really appreciate everyone's help in making this event such a success!


Calendar Of Events 

March 10 (noon to 6 P.M.), 11(10 A.M. to 6 P.M.), 12 (10 A.M. to 5 P.M.), Gem Faire. Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. (www.gemfaire.com)

March 16, (Thursday), "Phoebe Meeting and Noodle Night," 6:30 P.M. at the Alameda Education Building, Hayward. Bring creations made with the fabric noodles you picked up at the January meeting. Also, bring a bit of your favorite pasta sauce (and a bit to share), plus anything else you would like to contribute. Noodles and a salad will be supplied and we will enjoy a dinner together. Rosie will have a fun enrichment session for all to participate in, so bring your craft tool kit*. Bring your rooster drawing from the last meeting if you have colored it in. (Craft tool kit  items for enrichment: glue, glue stick, scissors, 6" ruler, pencil, colored pencils, Xacto knife, small cutting mat, Ziploc bag, 1 1/2 inch graphics, paper scraps, small embellishments, and nametag)

March 23, 24, 25 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), Bay Area Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival, San Mateo Event Center.  (quiltcraftsew.com)

April 20, Melissa Tereck" Tiny Houses" Paper Clay Workshop. Contact Colleen for more information.

May 7 (Sunday), Day Phoebe Meeting at Anne Klocko's House. She will be demonstrating the millefleur caning technique used with polymer clay and in decorative glass-making. We may include a side trip to Stanford to see the Nick Cave Exhibit too.

Notion Doll Exhibit at the Library




March 4 "Make It and Take It" Event

Jennifer is shown helping these girls find wonderful treasures in the embellishment bins to put on their dolls.

As you can see participants included mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and Marcella enjoyed lending a helping hand.


Bonnie was on hot glue gun duty and glued the chosen polymer heads on the dolls.



Diane and Bonnie are shown with some of the many colorful heads Phoebes made for the dolls.


So cute to see fathers and little ones making dolls together.






Happy doll makers are pictured below, proudly showing off their creations. A lot of fun was had by all, including the Phoebes!










Monday, February 20, 2017

February Meeting News

Daisy (right) had challenged us last month to bring a small exchange creation celebrating "The Year of the Rooster" to the February meeting. Harlene, Jennifer, Carolyn, Sue, Marcella and Suzanne joined Daisy in responding to the challenge! See the Challenges and Exchanges section of this post for close-ups of some of these items.

Calendar Of Events 

March 4, "Phoebe Make It and Take It," 11 A.M. to 1 P.M., at the Castro Valley Library. Please arrive by 10:30 A.M. to assist with set-up. We will also be displaying our notion dolls in the display case during the entire month.

March 10 (noon to 6 P.M.), 11(10 A.M. to 6 P.M.), 12 (10 A.M. to 5 P.M.), Gem Faire. Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. (www.gemfaire.com)

March 16, (Thursday), "Phoebe Meeting and Noodle Night," 6:30 P.M. at the Alameda Education Building, Hayward. Bring creations made with the fabric noodles you picked up at the January meeting. Also, bring a bit of your favorite pasta sauce (and a bit to share), plus anything else you would like to contribute. Noodles will be supplied and we will enjoy a dinner together.

March 23, 24, 25 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), Bay Area Quilt, Crat and Sewing Festival, San Mateo Event Center.  (quiltcraftsew.com)

April 20, Melissa Tereck" Tiny Houses" Paper Clay Workshop. Contact Colleen for more information.

May 7 (Sunday), Day Phoebe Meeting at Anne Klocko's House. She will be demonstrating the mille-fleur caning technique used with polymer clay and in decorative glass-making.

Sally Lampi "Imaginary Characters" Collage Workshop


On February 13 many of us met for Sally's collage workshop. Above are samples of Sally's work, which she has photographed and reprinted on greeting cards. Sally offered the workshop free to Phoebes, and not only supplied us with many free materials, but had so many other materials and tools for us to use. It was amazing and so immensely generous! We had a great time learning about surface painting, gelli printing, drawing faces, layering materials and transferring images. Thank you so much Sally for enriching our creative knowledge. Below are more samples exhibiting the techniques we learned.









Exchanges and Challenges


With wind and rain, and then more wind and rain, it has been difficult for members who come from far and wide to attend our events. The annual Christmas party had to be entirely cancelled this year. At the February meeting some members were finally able to connect and exchange their handmade Christmas gifts. Above is the cute ornament Zanaib received from Mary. Below are the two monster babies Geri received from Elizabeth.




Above is the really cute bag Jennifer received from Suzanne in the "Year of the Rooster" exchange. Below is the rooster Carolyn received from Daisy.




Above are examples of Zanaib's textured card experiment. She has used stencils, modeling paste, fabric, and a host of other embellishments to create various textured effects. So creative!

We had the apron challenge which was due at the end of last year. Some people finished theirs early, as seen in the photos of the November post. Others were inundated by the holidays, etc., but nevertheless did get them made. Above is Rosie's cute skull motif apron, handsomely modeled by her husband, Ron. What a hoot! Don't we all wish we had husbands who are so accommodating? Ron is certainly one in a million. Lucky Rosie!

Above is Donna 's apron... sorry, no cute male model available!


And, Donna finally finished the paper napkin challenge... making an assortment of greeting cards for family and friends, and some to be donated for Bonnie's Sunshine mailings.


Show and Tell



Bonnie brought a collection of items she has made using paint chips. Everything from tags, hanging art, and numerous embellishments. Very ingenious.

  
Bonnie also shared the blue batik fabric heart necklace she made. We were all intrigued by the scrunched tube neck cord. What a great idea!


Carolyn showed us her Mimi Wisner cloth doll she won at a raffle. Carolyn and her daughter, Jennifer, are extremely lucky at winning raffles! They have won several at Phoebes after joining only a few months ago.


We all loved Daisy's latest cloth-sculptured bird so much I think we have talked her  into teaching it at a workshop in July.


Geri displayed the exquisitely beautiful pressed flower cards she has been making. There has been some discussion about having a workshop or get-together to do this in the future. We should all think about drying some of the flowers in our yards and having Geri show us how she puts the cards together.




Geri has also been experimenting with card-making by incorporating fabric and bits of knitted yarn. It is always amazing to see the inspiration our members bring to this group.


Marcella was recently feted at a wonderful party celebrating her 90th birthday. Many Phoebes attended and Marcella shared with us a few of the hand-made gifts she received. Above is a gazing ball for her yard made by Suzanne. Below is a framed Raggedy Ann and Andy collage from Linda to add to her beloved collection!




Rosie brought one of her pipe cleaner tube necklaces she is currently working on. Can't wait to see it finished. Love the colors!


Sharon has been completed immersed in painted canvas collages lately, and will be conducting a class at the Cottage Jewel in Danville in the near future. She is also passionate about making yoyo necklaces out of silk and fine fabrics and embellishing them with photo prints, buttons, jewels and beads. She will be selling these at her holiday art shows next fall.




Sharon has also completed many more of her polymer clay embossed heart necklaces. We'll be seeing those at her shows, too.



Suzanne is so into mosaics, and we absolutely adore her latest whimsical "legs" piece.

In order to get a good close-up of the faces of Sue's polymer Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod figures, only the mast leading to the sail of her wooden shoe boat is showing. This is really a remarkable piece. Very talented lady!


And, Kudo's to another amazing Phoebe husband. Sue's husband, who is originally from Hawaii, accompanied her on the long drive to the meeting from their home in Cotati, and sat quietly in the corner weaving this Hawaiian chief's headdress. Two amazing artists in the family! Another wife to be envied!