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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September Meeting



Thank you, Rosie, for opening up your home to us for the September Phoebe Meeting. She is shown here modeling a very cleverly constructed scarf made by Harlene. We are hoping Harlene will share the instructions with us at a future enrichment session. The highlight of this month's meeting was enrichment by Jennifer and Caroline, who demonstrated how to make a necklace from cording and metal pieces from the hardware store. Our thanks go out to both of them!

Calendar Of Events 

October 5 through 7, Beads and Design Show, Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N. Main St, W.C.  Exhibits, workshops, demos and sales. Go to www.beadanddesign.com

October 18, (Thursday), Yearly Potluck Party and Gift Exchange, (6:30 to 9 P.M.), Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda. Bring a sweet or savory dish to share, and a gift if you are participating in the exchange.

November 11, (Sunday), Phoebe Day Meeting, (1 to 4:30 P.M.), at Marcella's Home. We are not meeting at ReCrafter's after all!

November 15, (Thursday), Leslie Keeble's "Diminutive Frieda" Doll Workshop, (9 to 4 P.M.), at Michael's at Union Landing.
Show and Tell
Caroline brought her cute "Petunia Pig" doll for show and tell.


Colleen created this sculptural piece using polymer clay and a vintage pastry blender.


Sue, who also makes amazing sculptures, exhibited her "Once Upon a Time" figure posed on a book of fairytales. Exquisite!


And, Sue created this wonderful Fimo polymer turtle, inspired by the "Curious Mondo Club" on YouTube.

Caroline shared with us her "Belly Buttons" doll, made from a Elinor Peace Bailey pattern. So striking in black, white and red!

Tiny Chair Challenge
Many members participated in the tiny chair challenge. Here are photos of a few of the results.

Bonnie's chair was fashioned from felt and is decorated with her trademark embellishments.


Daisy chose to make an over-stuffed chair and added one of her colorful batik birds.


A variety of materials were used by participants. On the left is a tiny chair made by Marjorie using a faucet part and tiny buttons. Jennifer and Caroline made miniature over-stuffed chairs from fabric; two were made using twisted copper wire; and on the right is Harlene's boudoir chair made from an oat meal box. 


Elizabeth fashioned this delicate chair from graceful twigs.


A three-legged chair of copper wire, and a library table made from books and wooden pegs, made by Mary, are more examples of the diversity of materials used. 

And last, but certainly not least, here is the tiny fairy chair Suzanne created using twigs, moss and wood, complete with two lovely batik cushions. Everyone did a really great job!

Monday, September 3, 2018

August 2018 Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's


Caroline was the proud winner of the drawing this month. She won this soft-as-a-cloud beautiful sweater knitted by Mary. What a wonderful way to keep warm on a cold winter's day!

Calendar Of Events 

September 15, (Saturday), Phoebe Meeting at Rosie's, (1 to 3 P.M., Special Planning Meeting; 3 to 4:30 P.M., Show and Tell). The small chair challenge will be due. Make a small chair from any medium or material.

Now through September 9, "The World of Frida" at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Don't miss this fabulous celebration celebration of the culture, style and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo. Go to www.bedfordgallery.org for details.

September 21 and 22, Bewitching Fete. For the second year, a new version of Halloween and Vine will take place at the Veteran's Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton, featuring fabulous Halloween art and gifts. For times and details go to www.abewitchingfete.com 

October 5 through 7, Beads and Design Show, Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N. Main St, W.C.  Exhibits, workshops, demos and sales. Go to www.beadanddesign.com

October 18, (Thursday), Yearly Potluck Party and Gift Exchange, (6:30 to 9 P.M.), Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda. Bring a sweet or savory dish to share, and a gift if you are participating in the exchange.

November 11, (Sunday), Phoebe Day Meeting, (1 to 4:30 P.M.), at Marcella's Home. We are not meeting at ReCrafter's after all!

November 15, (Thursday), Leslie Keeble's "Diminutive Frida" Doll Workshop, (9 to 4 P.M.), at Michael's at Union Landing.
Show and Tell

Elizabeth took a sculpting class in Grass Valley offered by Deborah Bridges. She has put long hours into this amazing sculpture entitled "Paul," which was modeled from a photograph. What a gifted sculptress!



Jo shared another of her "Nasty Woman" quilted squares. So clever and colorful!

Jo also brought this small stump cloth doll she recently created. Wonderful!

Marcella bought this doll she purchased from Kathleen Walmsby at the Doll and Bear Show in Pleasanton. It is made from polymer clay. So cute!

Here is another example of Mary's beautiful knitted garments. The lovely colors and the soft yarn make it a delight to wear.


This adorable doll was made by Suzanne. The combination of whimsical prints are perfect! Great job!


Sunday, July 22, 2018

July Meeting and New Technique Day


The meeting this month was preceded by three one-hour workshops featuring different mixed media techniques. It was a beautiful day with cool gentle breezes blowing across the lovely gardens surrounding Marcella's hillside home.She opened her wonderful home and covered patio area to us—and Bonnie, Sue and Harlene conducted demonstrations and hands-on "make it and take it" sessions covering embellishments made from punched and folded paper, Paverpol sculpted objects suitable for garden art, and Victorian rolled paper beads. We had a great turnout! See photos below.

Calendar Of Events 

August 16, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9:15 P.M.) We are currently searching for a new venue for our meetings and events. In the meantime, Marcella has graciously offered her home for the August meeting.

September 20, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9:15 P.M.) Venue to be determined. The small chair challenge will be due. Make a small chair from any medium. 

September 21 and 22, Bewitching Fete. For the second year, a new version of Halloween and Vine will take place at the Veteran's Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton, featuring fabulous Halloween art and gifts. For times and details go to www.abewitchingfete.com 

October 5 through 7, Beads and Design Show, Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N. Main St, W.C.  Exhibits, workshops, demos and sales. Go to www.beadanddesign.com

Sue's Paverpol Mask-making

Sue started off the day with the Paverpol session. She provided participants with a clay mask, Paverpol, foil, draping material, paints and brushes. 

Shown above and below are two examples of items Sue has made to decorate her yard. The Paverpol makes the items waterproof.

The following five photos are examples of class work. The Paverpol moistened fabrics were carefully shaped and molded around the masks, painted, adorned and left to dry. Additional features and embellishments can then be painted or attached.






Harlene's Rolled Paper Beads

Suzanne, Daisy and Linda are shown following directions for making rolled paper beads. Harlene supplied numerous patterns for bead shape possibilities and various kinds of colorful papers. Below is one shape which results from using triangular strips of paper.

Bonnie's Paper Embellishments
Bonnie brought many punches for various paper shapes and demonstrated ways she has invented to layer and fold them to make one-of-a-kind embellishments for all sorts of mixed media art.


Here are just a few of the endless possibilities!
Show and Tell

Colleen brought her just-completed quilt that she started back in February. If you revisit the February 2018 post, you will see some of the over 2,000 individual pieces that make up this quilt. It is beyond amazing!!!! This was an undertaking for someone with over-the-top skill and mastery of quilting techniques, and an unending amount of patience. Obviously, that would be our own Colleen! Congratulations on a truly amazing work of art.

Linda is pictured holding four of the latest cloth-sculpted birds by Daisy. These are all examples of her original pattern, made with batik prints. Who doesn't love birds, and these are so cute!
Marcella displayed the quilt square she made using vintage bias tapes. It turned out a great success.
And, below are two doll quilts she made for our outreach project for the children hospitalized at George Marks.

Sharon has been having so much fun taking numerous on-line lessons from an artist in France, including learning various painting techniques to use in journals and books. This photo does not do justice to how beautiful these pages really are!