Dec 16, 2017 Holiday Crafts


Dec 16, 2017 “Holiday Crafts for Santa’s Helpers” by Carol N., Michele C. and Linda C.

Travel Doll Table: Barb C.

Synopsis & Photos by Pat D.

      The morning was filled with everyone in a nice holiday cheer with card, candy and gift giving. Many were dressed for the season with red being the prevalent color of attire. Especially one person and his elf. Yes, Santa Claus came to visit with us! Ev S. brought her friend Tom and they were dressed as Santa and his elf. They cheerfully posed for pictures.

      After our official meeting and a lovely meal, the chief elf Carol N. and her helper elves Michele C. and Linda C. had us clear our tables to begin 3 different crafts. There was a cute doll sized chair made from red & white pencils, a snowy base and a comfy green seat. A glue station was set up for that project.

      Another craft was a folded booklet to show off pictures. Pat D. took pictures of members posing with Santa and his elf. She also took pictures of member’s travel dolls posing with a doll sized Santa. Those pictures were printed, cut out and glued into the little books.

      A third craft was a cute folded Christmas tree. This craft used a special punch to create holes for the tree trunk.

      There were many smiles and laughing and it helped to brighten our day even more. Thank you to all the elves and to Santa too.

     And many thanks as well to Barb C. who set up a wonderful winter wonderland for our travel dolls. Barb’s travel doll Betsy McCall had a tiny Christmas booth for she and Santa to sell teensy decorations and toys. All the travel dolls received a silvery glitter snowflake and tiny decoration.


Nov 18, 2017 “For The Love Of Sasha” by Carol N

Photos and Synopsis by Pat D.

     Carol gave a marvelous presentation to the club with a large display of her own Sashas. She described the differences, sometimes subtle, and told us of her recent journey into collecting and loving these sweet dolls. There is a great deal of history and I could not keep up with all the fascinating information so it’s detailed below from the website. Thank you Carol!

carol and dolls

     The information below is from the website and there is a great deal more, such as, tips on restoration and repair, knitting patterns, doll books, bulletin boards and links.  Sasha® Doll is a trademark of the Inheritance Community of Sasha Morgenthaler. The website is designed, built, and maintained by Susanna Lewis. © Susanna Lewis 2014. Sasha Doll website was launched January 5, 1997.

     The next Sasha Festival will be June 21-24, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota and is hosted by Diane Nyberg. The 2019 festival will be in Cincinnati, Ohio and hosted by Heidi Wheeler.

                                 What are Sasha Dolls?  
Sasha dolls were created by the late Sasha Morgenthaler (1893 – 1975), a Swiss artist and artisan. She was also a humanitarian and a keen observer of all the world’s children. Her vision was to create dolls that represented and reflected the spirit of children of all races and cultures during their age of innocence.


     A protégé of Paul Klee and a contemporary of Karl Geiser, Sasha had formal schooling in painting and sculpture, married the painter Ernst Morgenthaler, and was active in European artistic and social movements. Beginning in the 1940s until her death in 1975, Sasha created one-of-a-kind 20″ cloth, gypsum, and plastic dolls in her studio. She travelled the world extensively, studying children of all racial, cultural, and economic groups to portray in her dolls. These dolls are considered museum-quality works of art, created by an artist who turned to doll-making to portray her vision. During her lifetime, Sasha’s dolls were sold from her studio and through the Heimatwerk shops in Switzerland. In the USA, Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago exhibited and sold her dolls.

     But the dolls Sasha created for children to play with, were too expensive for most families. Her dream was to make an inexpensive play doll that would have universal appeal for all children. Her dream came true in the mid 1960s when she developed the design for the 16″ serie play-dolls, manufactured in Germany and England, that became so popular around the world during the 1960s – 1980s. These serie dolls possess some unique features: they have beautifully stylized body parts that are in quarter scale, asymmetrical, and in realistic proportion, like real humans. They are perfectly balanced and can assume many poses without a doll stand – they can even stand on their heads! Their skin colorings are blends of all skin colorings, to represent all the children of the world, and they have individually hand painted faces with receptive expressions, each one ready to reflect whatever mood its child will give it.

     There have been three productions of serie Sasha dolls, made by two different companies. Götz-Puppenfabrik GmbH of Rödental, Germany made Sasha dolls from 1965 – 1970, and again from 1995 – 2001. Frido/Trendon/Sasha Dolls Ltd of Stockport, England made Sasha dolls from 1966 – 1986. The dolls from the three productions have similar vinyl bodies and heads, with rooted nylon hair and painted eyes and lips, but differ in style and face painting. The German Sashas from both productions are marked on their backs and necks with the Sasha logo, while the English dolls are unmarked. All Sasha dolls wear wrist tags on their right wrists – a string with a little medallion bearing the Sasha logo. The early German Sashas are more plentiful in Europe than in America, while the reverse is true for the English dolls. Dolls from the most recent German production can be found everywhere.


      In the past, Sasha’s one-of-a-kind studio original dolls from her own personal collection were housed at the Sasha Morgenthaler Puppenmuseum, in the Bärengasse Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. Now, the Sasha collection has been closed, and is being exhibited from time to time at different venues, until a new permanent location can be found for the collection. The book Sasha Puppen / Sasha Dolls by Stefan Biffiger pictures the dolls that were housed at the Puppenmuseum, and also contains essays about her life and work.


And a big thank you to Ev S. as well for her delightful travel doll table display and the little moving turkeys she gave each one of the “kids”.


Oct 21 2017 Halloween Doll Artists by Pam J – Junior Meeting


Oct. 21, 2017 CDC Meeting with Juniors – Halloween Doll Artists by Pam J

Synopsis and photos by Pat D

Pam J, Barb C, Sandy S, Barb J and others created a wonderfully fun day for both Adult and Junior members (thank you to all who helped). Most of the girls and several adults dressed in Halloween costumes or attire which helped make a party mood.

There was an amazing display of table after table of Halloween dolls created by modern doll artists, most of which were from Pam’s collection, with other members filling in more dolls.

Along another wall were tables of raffle items for everyone to try their luck at winning. There was a special raffle for only the Juniors of a Wellie Wisher and some outfits. And our travel dolls had a wonderful and very fun display created by Linda C. and cute little broomsticks she made for our travel dolls. (thank you Linda!)

The Juniors arrived early to greet each other and begin a craft, a spooky black tree covered with Halloween decorations. Then Pam presented them with a darling pumpkin outfit to fit their Ginny travel dolls. The girls finished up the outfits and then dressed their dolls. These outfits were made by Pam. (thank you Pam!)

junior members and travel dolls

We all gathered for lunch after the adults finished their business meeting. Chili & baked potato buffet and chicken tenders & fries. And lots of brownies and cookies for dessert.

All settled down for Pam’s program. Pam told us how she began her collection. Then she asked the girls to find various types of dolls with certain attributes….a doll with unusual hair color, longest legs, favorite, etc.

After the program was the presentation of goodie bags for the girls and then the raffle prize tickets were drawn.

It was a memorable day for all.



Sept. 23, 2017 “Summer Finds” program

CDC members Sharing Their Finds

Photos and summary by Pat D.

            Several members brought dolls to share with a very interested member audience. Some dolls were “found” by lucky recipients at doll shows, UFDC Orlando Convention, online and luncheons while other dolls and/or ensembles were created by talented our ladies. There were many sounds of approval (ooooh’s and wow’s) from the club members. Thank you Ladies for sharing your wonderful dolls.

Carol E. – She shared memories from the UFDC “A Day In The Life Of A Doll” convention, salesrooms at UFDC and Rowbears. This was her second UFDC convention and she was still so excited. She brought home a set of beautiful Theodore and Edith Roosevelt wax dolls by Sorensen, French fashion Stobe reproduction doll, UFDC convention companion doll by Kish, two souvenir doll outfits and a wig she made at a UFDC workshop.

Pam J. – She shared memories and dolls from the UFDC and Rowbear sales rooms.

Barb C. – Barb attended the UFDC convention as a delegate and gave a full report of the UFDC and the Region 12 meetings. And told us about the upcoming July 17-21, 2018 UFDC “Passport to Adventure” convention in Phoenix, Az.

Sue H. – She created and clothed a pair of fully articulated crocheted dolls with working joints of her own design.

Linda C. – She shared her sweet doll whom she created a darling yellow ensemble.

Michele C. – She shared an accordian book she had made.

Jeanne E. – She brought her treasures from the Indianapolis luncheon; a Ruby Red Galleria resin oriental doll, a vintage hard plastic doll and the Heubach figurine souvenir by Bob Severns.

Julie D. – She shared a sweet African-American doll she had found at a house sale.

Pat D. – She shared a smooth faced Lenci which won best of show in doll division at 2017 Geauga County Fair.

Travel Doll Table: Thanks to Sue H. for her back to school treats, miniature books for all our little ones.




Aug. 19 2017 Conservation Techniques for Doll Clothes and Wigs by Deanna P.

Photos and synopsis by Pat D.

      Deanna had a wonderful display to show the ability of cleaning products, special tools and techniques for antique and vintage dolls and their clothing. She even had live demonstrations of cleaning clothing and showed us the best way to clean wigs, doll bodies and so on. Then there were the beautiful dolls upon which she had already worked her magic.

Cleaning Dolls and Doll Clothes

      Twin Pines of Maine – All of the products by Twin Pines were made specifically for dolls as there were no safe, effective, commercial products available. Nicholas “Nick” Hill was a chemist whose wife had an extensive collection of dolls and was frustrated with the lack of cleaning products for her dolls. So Nick created new products over the years developed to help with each cleaning problem. Nick has sold the company but it continues making fine cleaning products such as:

Perk is an ultra-concentrated and reusable cold water cleaner for antique and vintage clothing, doll clothes, christening gowns, stuffed animals and toys, quilts, lace, silk and virtually any other fabric. It will remove brown age stains, water marks, and most other difficult stains from about any fabric. Even taffeta retains most of its original crispness. It’s completely biodegradable.

Boost can be used when Perk needs a safe, non-bleach boost to remove those really stubborn fabric stains and browned areas.

Remove-Zit removes stains from ink, marker, mildew, mold, fungus, lipstick, food and dye. Can be used on most hard and soft plastic dolls, fired bisque and porcelain. Not for celluloid, poly, compo or papier mache.

D-Stinker eliminates odors from mold and mildew, leaving neutral odor. It’s been used successfully to eliminate animal odors, fish, fungus, garbage, mildew, mold, mothballs, nicotine, pet waste, smoke, soot, even smelly footwear.


Other ways to clean doll clothes: Use 40% Peroxide (find at Sally Beauty) – Use a very fine screen to hold antique clothing as the weight of the fabric can disintegrate the outfit. – Use tall liquor bottle to hold the clothing while drying.

Once clean and if the garment needs pressing you can use a tiny ironing board – Deanna recommends Maryellen’s Best Press found at Joann’s.

Cleaning Papier Mache can be safely done using Ponds Cold Cream, white with no additives.

Renaissance Cream from England can be also used on wood, marble, glass, etc.

Cleaning Wigs

      Deanna recommends buying the Heads Up! Hair Care Kit from Twin Pines. This includes shampoo, conditioner, detangler, brush and other tools, and instructions.

Before washing the wig, get all the rats out first, using a needle. Place a round Styrofoam ball on a rod and wrap it in plastic. Place the wig on the ball, cover with tulle, then gently wash the wig. Swish rinse in water. Set the wig in curlers and air dry a couple days. You can make curlers from a cut up drinking straw. Place a pipe cleaner piece into the straw piece and pinch closed over the wet hair on the curler.

When dry you can use a tiny curling iron on Mohair and Human Hair wigs. Never use heat on Dynel, Saran or Plastic hair as used on vintage dolls.

Storing Clothing and Paper Products

      Lavender, Cloves and Cedar discourages bug pests. Place little sachets of these with your dolls.

Regular tissue paper, cardboard doll boxes and frames are wood based and therefore acidic. The acid will fade, discolor and break down the dolls and their clothing. Deanna recommends using only archival products for storing dolls, clothing and paper products. Gaylord Archival has a multitude of products such as archival tissue paper, clear plastic sleeves and so on. Deanna had contacted Gaylord and they sent enough samples for all of us.

And finally, a place to display our dolls in our cabinets. Deanna recommended Invisible Glass by Stoner which can be found at Marcs, Lowes, car care places, etc. Use a micro fiber cloth with this product and the glass will shine.

      Thank you Deanna for such a wonderful, informative and fun program on caring for our dolls.


Before the program we had the induction of the Cleveland Doll Club 2017-2019 officers in a lovely UFDC Miss Unity ceremony by outgoing president Sandy P. Thank you so much Sandy and V.P. Becky for all the hard work of caring for our club and for the wonderful programs we enjoyed. Inducted were President Pat D., Vice-President Carol N., Treasurer Carol E., Recording Secretary Linda C. and Corresponding Secretary Becky U.

And a big Thanks go out to Pam Judd for the travel doll favors. Her Back to School display and miniature chalkboard favors were delightful.

Note to CDC Members: Please log onto our Shutterfly website so you may see all the photos of the doll display and show & share and travel dolls, plus pictures of our members enjoying the day.



July 15, 2017 “Women Dressed for Marriage” by Ranelle G

July 15, 2017 “Women Dressed for Marriage” by Ranelle G

Synopsis and photos by Pat D

Ranelle G program presenterRanelle G, Pat D and Carol N and a few other members shared their collections in a beautiful and large display of brides, grooms, flower girls, ring bearers and family wedding photos.

Ranelle gave a very interesting program detailing the different attire and customs of brides around the world. And her information boards were filled with beautiful full color brides created by paper doll artist Tom Tierney. She also included a lovely poem about bride dolls.

Bride display 10

Here is a sampling of the great variety of brides attire and a few customs:

China: At the wedding she wears a bright red silk dress with gold embroidery. The long, loose gown reveals only the bride’s head, hands and toes. At the reception, the bride often changes gowns several times. 10-12 course meals is common at a Chinese wedding.

Mexico: Bridal attire varies as to the region from simple white cotton to a colorfully embroidered huipil with Spanish mantilla veils. Spicy rice, beans and tortillas and Mexican wedding cake made with nuts, dried fruit and rum is often served.

Sweden: Summer is prime wedding season with 20 hours of sunlight each day. The bride wears a crown of myrtle leaves and she and her bridesmaids may carry bouquets of fragrant weed to ward off trolls. A traditional wedding smorgasbord can last for 3 days.

Morocco: Weddings are usually in the fall after the harvest. The bride’s attire varies by region but it is all colorful with different hues having different meaning like good luck. The brides and their attendants are decorated with intricate temporary henna tattoos on hands and feet. A traditional wedding lasts up to seven days.

CDC Members and guests

A lovely group of friends, some past members, joined the fun.

Thank you to Ranelle for a wonderful program! And thank you to Ranelle and others who shared their lovely dolls.

Travel Dolls 1

Our Travel Dolls were the Wedding Guests.

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July 13, 2017 “Dolls and Books” – A Day for Junior Members with Northern Ohio Doll Club


July 13, 2017 “Dolls and Books”

A Day for Junior Members with Northern Ohio Doll Club

Synopsis and photos by Pat D

What a fun, exciting, creative and exhausting day! So many club members worked hard to make this a wonderful, memorable day. And they exceeded their goal!

Display: Many members brought dolls and books for the display to supplement the large collection of Andrea P and Barb J. The display filled the whole end of one ballroom. The multiple tables were full of nursery rhyme, fairy tale and contemporary characters from children’s books. Thank you to all who brought their little darlings to share in the display and to Barb C who helped with setup.

Storybook Dolls Display 1

Raffle: The other ballroom end was totally filled with wonderful offerings for children and adults to buy tickets and drop them into bags for chances on winning them. Watching the girls giggle and gawk at all that was offered was precious to watch. Thank you to all who donated these and to Christina for organizing them.

Craft: Christina outdid herself as she premade individual 3-dimensional paper dolls with skirts made from 200 book pages each. The girls had a ball decorating their own doll and could use various paper punches to make butterflies, dots, shapes. The grandmas, Moms, Aunts and friends loved helping the girls in this craft.




Questionaire: The Junior Coordinators Andrea P, Barb J and Sandy S created another fun project for all in attendance. This was a list of questions, each regarding a clue to a book character. The girls and their sponsors worked together and the remaining adults worked at answering all the questions. Thank you ladies for this fun quiz.

Travel Dolls and Journalss: Each girl has a book to insert photos and comments about their Ginny travel dolls adventures and their day with the club. A table was set aside for the girls to display their dolls. Thank you Barb J for keeping track of this and encouraging the girls to keep their books up to date.

Program “Dolls and Books”: The 12 girls were lined up in a long row in front of the doll display. Andrea P. would dip her hand into a candy bowl and ask the girls if they knew the answers to each of the quiz questions. Hands would fly up and a correct answer was rewarded with a piece of candy. Andrea would then find the corresponding dolls or dolls in the display.

Storybook Program presenter Andrea P

Andrea P quizzes the girls on storybook characters

Junior member goodie bags: A big thank you to Sandy S for providing cute and sturdy bags printed with NODC Junior Member printed on them and the cuddly stuffed animals. Some sponsors had pre-purchased a “Little House on the Prairie” type dress made for 18” dolls like American Girl and they were included in the bag. And aprons to fit the 18” dolls were made by Barb P.  Also included in the bag was 3 masks, a paper doll sticker book, origami kit of Little Red Riding Hood or Cinderella, a pencil and sharpener, an American flag, a set of dishes for their Ginny travel doll from Barb J, and some had a storybook wall decoration and a crown for an 18” doll. What a grand treasure bag of goodies!

It was a day to remember fondly and we all are looking forward to July 2018 when Sandy P will present the program “Raggedy Ann and Andy”.

NODC Juniors 2

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