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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. (

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.

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.


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. (

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.  (

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!