2016 June DDA Club Meeting

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Summer is a busy and fun time for our doll makers. Lots to work on…completing our group project Ginger Melon felt dolls, finally having all the body parts to assemble our “Mystery Round Robin” dolls, working on our charity dolls, sharing more individual project dolls, and on and on. It’s definitely all about dolls!

A LITTLE MORE GINGER MELON (by Shelly Down) FROM MARION BOLSON…

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VICKE MAHLER-HELMER’S “FLEUR” (Pattern by Barbara Schoenoff) WITH VICKE’S ORIGINAL DESIGN AND PATTERN “FAINTING COUCH”.

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NEXT…

DOLL ARTIST BEVERLY HAMILTON (trixipyxy@gmail.com) SHARES HER SWEET ORIGINAL DESIGN AND PATTERN SOFT SCULPTURE DOLL…

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DOLL ARTIST PAT BEYMER WORKS ON CHARITY DOLLS…

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“PLANT SEEDS OF KINDNESS AND LOVE EACH DAY”

(words from bonnie moreno)

2016 May DDA Club Meeting

LOTS HAS HAPPENED. OUR DOLL DISPLAY AT THE SEW EXPO EXHIBIT WAS A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. OUR TWO DAY CLASS WITH DOLL ARTIST BARBARA SCHOENOFF   WAS INCREDIBLE. OUR GROUP PROJECT MAKING FELT DOLLS WITH PATTERNS BY GINGER MELON WAS FUN AND CREATIVE.

SOME DOLLS COMPLETED FROM BARBARA SCHOENOFF CLASS…

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Doll Artist Marion Bolson with her beautiful Barbara Schoenoff “FLeur”.

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Kaye Harmsen and her Barbara Schoenoff “FLeur”

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Heather Timmons and her”Belle la Blue”

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Rosanne Thompson’s “Fleur”

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Diana Dunlap and her version of Barbara Schoenoff “Fleur”.

SOME COMPLETED GROUP PROJECT FELT DOLLS FROM PATTERN BY GINGER MELON…

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DIANA’S  CUTE SAMPLE

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BEVERLEY’S FOREST SWEETHEART

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MARION’S LOVELY SOPHISTICATED DOLL INTERPRETATION

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VICKE’S FUN BEACH GIRL

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BONNIE’S PRECIOUS CHILD MADE WITH ALL REMOVABLE CLOTHING

SHOCK AND AWE

DOLL ARTIST SONDRA DUNN MAHONEY SHARES HER ORIGINAL “THE PROTO-TYPES” DOLLS, COMPLETELY HAND-FELTED.

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NEW MEMBER BRENNA DEUTCHMAN SHARES HER ORIGINAL DRAGON AND CATS WITH HER ORIGINAL PATTERNS, MATERIALS MINKY, SYNTHETIC FAUX FUR.

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 TINA WAMBOLDT SHARES HER “KING OSCAR LION” BY DESIGNER SUSAN PIPPIN.

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DOLL ARTIST SUZZANNE MCGUIRK SHARES HER ORIGINAL “CROW MAN”, “LENNY DRIVING A CAR” DOLL (PATTERN BY FROWNING FRANCIS) AND ANOTHER “SOOO SUZZANNE” WHIMSICAL DOLL.

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MORE “SHOCK AND AWE” BY DOLL ARTIST BEVERLY HAMILTON…

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ORIGINAL SCULPTED ART DOLL MADE WITH POLY CLAY AND MIXED MEDIA THAT SHE NAMED “BLUE VICTORIAN FAERIE”.

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ALSO, HER ORIGINAL SCULPTED POLY CLAY AND MIXED MEDIA ART DOLL “VIOLETTE ON HER BICYCLETTE”…

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BEVERLY HAMILTON’S ART DOLLS…trixipyxy@gmail.com

A FEW MORE DOLLIES….

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PLANT SEEDS OF KINDNESS AND LOVE EACH DAY.

2016 March DDA Club Meeting

LEARNING AND SHARING OUR PLANS AND NEW IDEAS

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EASTER IS COMING AND THE DENVER QUILT, CRAFT AND SEWING FESTIVAL IS COMING UP, MARCH 31, APRIL 1 & 2, 2016.

THIS MONTH’S CLASS PROJECT IS MAKING A SMALL FELT DOLL. THE PATTERN AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE BY SHELLY DOWN:

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NEXT, DOLL ARTIST AND INSTRUCTOR PAT BEYMER GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR UP AND COMING CLASS ON MAKING A FABULOUS DRAGON, USING A PATTERN BY MELINDA SMALL PATERSON.

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SHOCK AND AWE

DOLL ARTIST BEVERLY HAMILTON SHARED HER LATEST ORIGINAL CLOTH DOLL, EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED BY HER. SHE USED DOESKIN FOR THE BODY AND HAND-DYED”ELECTRIC PINK” TIBETAN WOOL FOR THE HAIR. BEVERLY IS WORKING ON THE PATTERN DESIGN AS WE SPEAK!

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BEVERLY HAMILTON ALSO SHARED HOW SHE MAKES HER WINGS FOR FAERIES.

march DDA bev wingsBEVERLY USES TRANSPARENCY FILM AND GLASS PAINT, PIGMENT, INKS, MATTE SEALER, WIRES AND BEADS. BEAUTIFUL ARTISTRY.

MAY YOU ALL LIVE EACH DAY MORE ABUNDANTLY IN LOVE AND KINDNESS AND LOVE.

2016 February DDA Club Meeting

OUR AMAZING  DOLL CLUB CELEBRATED ITS 13TH ANNIVERSARY!

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OUR FABULOUS NEW CLUB OFFICERS AND STAFF ARE:  PRESIDENT- DIANA DUNLAP, VICE PRESIDENT- KAYCE HARMSEN, TREASURER/MEMBERSHIP- ROSANNE THOMPSON, PARLIAMENTARIAN/SECRETARY- VICKE MAHLER-HELMER, SUNSHINE/HOSPITALITY- LYNDA BELTON, EXPO COORDINATOR TEAM- SUZZANNE MCGUUIRK AND HELEN GARDNER, WEBMASTER- MARION BOLSON AND KAYCE HARMSEN, PHOTOGRAPHER/BLOG-BONNIE MORENO, CHARITY DOLLS- SUZZANNE MCGUIRK, DOLL MASTER COORDINATOR- ROSEANNE THOMPSON.

FEATURED DOLL MAKER THIS MONTH

DOLL ARTIST BEVERLY HAMILTON, trixipyxy@gmail.com

bev pirateBEVERLY HAMILTON’S “PIRATE AERO RAVENSCROFT”

HER ORIGINAL WORK CREATED OUT OF POLYCLAY, MIXED MEDIA AND BEAUTIFULLY SCULPTED NEEDLE-FELT.

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DOLL ARTIST BEVERLY HAMILTON’S “LADY ONYX AND VIXEN VON BRECHT, RIDING HER FANCIFUL FAERIE FOX”.

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BEVERLY’S ORIGINAL “GIDEON AND FINNIAS FOX FRIEND” STILL ANOTHER ORIGINAL DOLL THAT DEMONSTRATES HER PHENOMENAL CREATIVITY.

“SHOCK AND AWE”

DOLL ARTIST SONDRA DUNN MAHONEY  SHARED HER ORIGINAL “MAGGIE AND MAX, A HOMELESS WOMAN AND HER CAT”. THIS ORIGINAL ART PIECE IS COMPLETELY DESIGNED AND HAND-STITCHED OUT OF FELT. THE PENCIL HOLDER (WOOD) WAS CONVERTED TO A SHIPPING CRATE WITH MINIATURE DISHES AND OTHER WONDERFUL AND AMAZING DETAIL.

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DOLL ARTIST PAT BEYMER SHARED HER WONDERFUL DOLLS AND DRAGONS:

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PAT BEYMER’S 16″ BEAUTIFULLY HANDMADE CLOTH DOLL “LAURELIN” (A PATTI CULEA PATTERN).

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HOW SWEET IS “MAUDIN MADDIE OF MALDON” THAT PAT BEYMER MADE USING MOHAIR AND VELVETS (PATTERN BY PATTI CULEA).

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TEACHER AND DOLL ARTIST PAT BEYMER SHOWS HER WONDERFUL DRAGONS (PATTERN BY MELINDA SMALL) THAT WILL BE A WORKSHOP THIS YEAR FOR OUR DOLL CLUB MEMBERS. 

DOLL CLUB MEMBER CHRISTIE ULMER SHARES HER SWEET AND WHIMSICAL CLOTH DOLLS THAT SHE DESIGNED:

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TINA WAMBOLT SHARED HER ADORABLE HAND-CROCHETED DACHSHUND (BARBARA ANDERSON DESIGN), DUCK AND ELEPHANT (DESIGN BY SHIELA LESLIE)  THAT SHE BEAUTIFULLY CROCHETED OUT OF ACRYLIC YARN AND FIBERFIL. IMG_6190

OUR DOLL CLUB ALWAYS HAS A CREATIVE AND FUN EXCHANGE OF IDEAS FOR THE LOVE OF DOLL MAKING, SHARING LOVE AND KINDNESS IN OUR LIVES.

SEE YOU SOON AT OUR DOLL EXPO BOOTH, AT “THE DENVER QUILT, CRAFT AND SEWING FESTIVAL” ( MARCH 31, APRIL 1 AND 2, 2016), LOCATED AT THE DENVER MART/EXPO HALL, 451 E. 58TH AVENUE, DENVER, COLORADO.

2016 JANUARY DDA CLUB MEETING

WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR THAT WILL BE FULL OF INSPIRATIONAL AND CREATIVE FUN-FILLED ACTIVITIES FOR OUR FANTASTIC AND GROWING DOLL CLUB FAMILY.

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COME JOIN US AT OUR NEW MEETING LOCATION AT THE CROSSROADS CHURCH ON 104TH AND HURON IN NORTHGLENN.

WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE ELECTED OUR NEW PRESIDENT DIANA DUNLAP AND VICE PRESIDENT KAYCE HARMSEN. THEY ARE FULL OF EXCITING NEW IDEAS TO MAKE OUR DOLL CLUB EVEN MORE FANTASTIC! OUR DOLL EXPO AT THE END OF MARCH, AND OUR TWO-DAY DOLL WORKSHOP WITH GUEST DOLL ARTIST BARBARA SCHONEOFF IN MAY, WILL BE HIGHLIGHTS TO DISPLAY OUR OWN ART DOLLS AND SHARPEN OUR SKILLS.

“SHOCK AND AWE”

HERE IS AN ORIGINAL WORK BY SONDRA DUNN MAHONEY. A GYPSY SHAUONI MEDICINE WOMAN (GOOD WITCH) NAMED “AVA”, THAT WAS ENTERED IN THE GYPSY CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL QUILT SHOW. THE DOLL IS ENTIRELY HAND-SEWN WITH THE VERY TEENIEST OF STITCHES.

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NEXT, ARE DOLLS MADE BY DOLL ARTIST SUZZANNE MCGUIRK :

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SHOWN BELOW IS ANOTHER DOLL ENTERED IN THE 2015 GYPSY DOLL CHALLENGE MADE BY DIANA DUNLAP. HER DOLL’S NAME IS SCARLET (“DEMON BRIDE”). THE MORWENNA PATTERN IS BY JAN HORAX:

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KAYCE HARMSEN CREATED “SERENA-KEEPER OF THE MIDNIGHT SEA” FROM DESIGNER BARB SCHOENOFF’S CERISE PATTERN:

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SOMETHING FROM THE PAST

SONDRA DUNN MAHONEY SHARED HER EARLY ART WORK FORM THE 1960’s OF THE WONDERFUL PUPPETS THAT SHE MADE OUT OF CARDBOARD, PAPER MACHE AND FELT. THE PATTERN AND STORY OF “THE MAGIC ONION” ARE BY BILL BAIRD.

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MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE JOY AND LOVE IN YOUR LIFE. MAY KINDNESS GUIDE YOU IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVORS.

2015 December DDA Holiday Party

What a fantastic holiday party we had! Suzanne McGuirk hosted this gathering of very creative and talented doll artists in her lovely home that the feasthad the wonderful warmth of a country village boutique shop tucked away in our Colorado mountains.

We enjoyed a fantastic feast of ham and turkey with all the sumptuous side dishes that everyone brought to share.

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What a lovely group to exchange friendship and friendly conversation.

SECRET SANTA EXCHANGE

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Here are only a few of the lovingly handmade gifts that were made especially by and for members. Santa was good to all of us.

WINNER OF OUR DOLL CLUB BASKET

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Helen was the lucky one! So many goodies to make more dollies.

DESSERT TIME

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A chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries and
“Better than Robert Redford”dessert were especially amazing.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 ALL YOU DOLLIES!

NOVEMBER 2015 DENVER DOLL ARTISANS MEETING

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING. HERE ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR DOLL MEETING AS WE SHARE OUR PASSION, OUR LOVE OF DOLL MAKING.

AFTER A BRIEF DISCUSSION OF PLANS FOR OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY IN DECEMBER AND OUR BARBARA SCHOENOFF CLASS FOR MAY 2016, SEVERAL MEMBERS SHARED THEIR LATEST CREATIONS.

DOLL ARTIST PAT BEYMER BROUGHT SEVERAL OF HER DOLLS AND SHARED TECHNIQUES IN CREATING THESE BEAUTIFUL DOLLS.

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PAT USED HANAH SILK HAND DYED BIAS RIBBON IN CREATING HER “BETTINA THE RING MASTER” DOLLS.

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THE PATTERN PAT USED IS BY BARBARA SCHOENOFF.

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PAT’S MAD HATTER IS BEAUTIFULLY DETAILED AND THE PATTERN SHE USED IS BY JULIE MCCULLOUGH.

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PAT USED A HAND DYED TIBETAN WOOL FIBER IN A LOVELY LAVENDER SHADE FOR HER 20″ DOLL, PATTERN FROM “JEANIE B” PATTERN BY DOLL ARTIST SHERRY GOSHON.

MORE “SHOCK AND AWE”

WELCOME HOME! HERE IS DOLL ARTIST HELEN GARDNER’S LOVELY DOLL THAT JUST RETURNED FROM A YEAR’S TRAVEL IN THE HOFFMAN 2014 CHALLENGE.

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NEXT IS A WONDERFUL AND CREATIVE NECKLACE HANDMADE BY ARTIST ROSANNE THOMPSON.

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HERE ARE SAMPLES OF DRESS FORM BUSTS FOR A FUTURE CLASS.

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 THIS NOVEMBER MEETING WAS VERY CALM AND FUN. IN DECEMBER, WE WILL HOLD OUR ANNUAL FABULOUS CHRISTMAS PARTY.

LOVE, PEACE AND SEE YOU THERE!