Saturday, 19 January 2013

And looking forward to 2013...

I just wanted to post the plans for 2013, at least as far as we have decided them anyway...

January 26th  Those magnificent men in their flying machines...
February 23rd  Japanese prone figure or little animals, anything Japanese
March 30th  Garden doll - a doll based on anything in and around the garden

And other suggestions for later in the year have been....

Dress a wooden mannequin
Maraccas doll
Pop up dolls
Qaro birds
Fortune teller doll
Motorised carousel
Golly or mama doll

We haven't decided anything after March for sure. Whatever we do though it will be fun, informative and we'll have lots of laughs along the way. We'll learn along the way and generally support each other as we go.....

The rest of 2012...

I've nearly completed the catch up for last year at long last and promise to be more efficient  in 2013 so here's the news from November and December last year..

November 2012

 These four flat dolls were the one's that the girls completed after the October meeting. Because I'm really rubbish at remembering who made which one's I only know that the mermaid was made by Karen. Girls I'm sorry - I really promise to get better at remembering who made what!! In fact I'll take notes next time! And even though I've turned the picture on the right the right way round on my computer so have no idea why it's back on it's side again!

This beautiful Gypsy doll is made by our wonderful Shashi who is incredibly talented. The close up of the dolls face below shows the face detail much better and proves that the face of a doll can really give an insight into the character of the doll. To me she looks almost wistful and yet obviously enjoying her Gypsy dance.

Another one of Shashi's amazing creations and again the close up picture below shows the amount of beading and detail that has gone into making this wonderful doll.

Judith was still working on her flat doll in October. I have to say that  in this picture it looks a bit like an alien - sorry Judith!!

She looks much less like an alien when you see the whole picture complete with curly wire hair. I thinks she's absolutely fabulous.

Mavis brought this rather scary man along. She made him using the bound or wound cord method - I know that's not what it's really called but for the life of me cannot remember it's proper name. It's when something is bound round with another textile, wool or string to give a long rope which is then wound round something and attached to itself to make up a 3D character. Anyway we were all intrigued with this little character so I wouldn't be surprised if something similar doesn't turn up at some point in the future. 

Karen was still working on a miniature teddy from a previous meeting. It was made from orange mohair and had the biggest feet I've ever seen in a miniature teddy, but she did have fun trying to turn the legs inside out as it wasn't an easy job. I think she had her tongue stuck out because she was concentrating so hard - or maybe because we were all giggling at her struggles to turn them right side out. She managed in the end and it turned out brilliantly!

 December 2012

And last but not least we had our last meeting of the year on December 29th. As Karen put in the email to us all prior to this meeting


 Yep, each year we have a Christmas party. And okay there was no alcohol or dancing but there was lots of food, non alcoholic drinks, fun, laughter and good company, and even a little crafting along the way!!

Anyway I think I've talked too much for this post already so please just enjoy the pictures below and think about coming along to meet with us. We're a friendly group....


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Catch up... Doesn't time fly

Last time I updated the blog I said I would do it more often but life sometimes gets in the way and I didn't manage to do it. Life seems to be more on an even keel now so it's time for me to play catch up. There's lots of photos to look at and so today's update will be mostly photos. The next entry - due in the next couple of days - will let you all know what's planned for the next few meetings, and more photos. And then at the next meeting I plan to "interview" one or two of the girls so you can get to know us better. 

Okay - first of all photos of some of the things we've all been doing...

August 2012

Mavis brought two of her wonderful designs which make up part of a whole chess set that she was making at the time - since finished. She even has a book about them describing all the characters in the chess set as everyone is different and equally amazing

 We had been talking at a previous meeting about our first ever foray into doll making and Karen brought the first doll that she had ever made in for us all to look at. She was only a young girl when she made this so I think that she did a really good job.


Karen also brought in a bead bag that she had made (we don't just make dolls!) and at the meeting she completed her pair of very cute rabbits complete with matching outfits.

September 2012

At the September meeting Judith brought along a selection of miniature teddies and had kindly put together kits for all of us to have a go at making some like hers - although I have to admit mine doesn't look anywhere near as good as Judiths!

 This wonderful collection of miniature teddies are all from 2-4 inches tall and are all the work of Judith. They are absolutely gorgeous!

 And in preparation for the meeting in October Sally brought along some flat dolls as she had kindly agreed to teach us how to do these at the next meeting.

The variety of things that the group members make never fails to amaze me. They really are a very talented group of ladies.

And the variety of topics of conversation around the table is wide and varied. We certainly do our best to put the world to rights - but always nicely!

October 2012

October will be wordless as sadly I was unable to go due to other commitments. Judith was great as usual and has sent me the pictures from the day so I'll just put them up for everyone to see and appreciate. If someone can let me know who's work is which I can edit this and put up "credits" accordingly at a later date....

Well that's all for tonight - a quick round up of 3 months fun at Fanciful figures! I'll write up the next "chapter" in the next couple of days so keep an eye out for the next instalment.