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.

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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.

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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”.

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June 17, 2017 “The Art of the Japanese Doll” by Elaine and Doug B.

“The Art of the Japanese Doll” by Elaine and Doug B.

Synopsis and photos by Pat D.

Elaine and Doug Barr - presenters

      Members were wowed by a magnificent display of rare oriental dolls from Elaine and Doug’s private collection. Here were beautiful large child dolls, fierce warriors, silly characters all in varying materials. Doug had been raised around Japanese dolls thru family connections. Later he and Elaine began a wonderful collection together through travels and reestablishing those old connections and making new ones.

      1820 EDO Period – Very lightweight, fat baby look made from papier mache covered in Gofu.  Moosha Warrior Dolls were made of many layers of cloth and stuffed with straw.

      1920’s & 1930’s – Small egg shaped dolls represented prosperity and good luck. Big Sister Dolls or Bookmark Dolls were made from papers and had elaborate hairdos.

      National Treasure – Best of the best artists created dolls in all venues. Their processes are so time consuming and secretive that no one today can reproduce them.

      In the 1920’s the relations between Japan and USA were poor, so a project was started to promote peace and understanding. The children of the USA sent 12,739 American blue-eyed dolls to the children of Japan and they were distributed throughout Japan. In 1927, 58 dolls 32-33 inches in height were sent to Japan, The Friendship Dolls. These are not made of porcelain. The material is usually wood, wood composition or Gofu, made of oyster shell and animal glue. The best artisans created furniture, fans, special stands, passports, ship tickets, clothing, etc. to accompany each doll. The dolls were one of a kind  and signed by artist Ichi Matsu and are dressed in individual silk kimonos of breathtaking loveliness. In the USA, the dolls were placed in museums, libraries, etc. and many came to see them. Unfortunately, with the advent of WWII, the dolls were met with disdain and were hidden away or lost. Today, the dolls are revered once more for their striking beauty.

      Elaine and Doug’s large child dolls are reminiscent of the famous “Friendship Dolls”. They cannot be washed as it will dissolve, even fingerprints deteriorate them.

      They spoke of many traditions of the Japanese and the dolls, such as Hinamatsuri “or “Girls Day” occurring each March. The 1st daughter receives a set of special dolls. Rows and rows of dolls are set up on red carpet and can include Emperor and Empress and the royal court, warriors, courtesans, common folks, animals, etc.

      Other club members brought Japanese dolls to share; Barb J, Carol N and Sandy S.   All in all it was a wonderful program and display.


      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.


May 20 2017 Doll Dioramas by Becky U.

May 20, 2017 Doll Dioramas – A Room with a View

By Becky Unger

Photos & Synopsis by Pat Dutchman

Becky Unger - presenter

Ann Sereday and Becky Unger

      We were thrilled by Becky’s PowerPoint presentation showing details, descriptions and close-ups of some of the loveliest doll sized rooms, castles and furniture. Becky began with the famous Fairy Castle of Colleen Moore located at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL. A Hollywood movie star built herself a gorgeous miniature dream home, sparing no expense on the details. Then she shared it by touring the country to raise funds for children’s charities, especially appreciated as this was during the Great Depression. The photos of this sumptuous fairy castle were breathtaking.

      Also in Chicago at the Art Institute are the city’s biggest collection of the miniscule, The Thorne Miniature Rooms. Sixty-eight tiny recreations of American, European and Asian interiors represent styles ranging from 13th century to the 1940s.

      Becky then shared photos of doll sized rooms from her on-line groups. These are for fashion doll sized dolls such as for Tonner’s Tyler. The dolls enjoyed eating, drinking and entertaining at wonderful kitchens, living rooms, bars, patios and so on. The imagination and details were again so amazing in size, proportion, colors, etc.

      She then showed us many fine examples of the furniture and accessories featuring some fashion sized dolls. A diorama box was a big hit as she showed us how to create a whole scene in a living room, then a woodland scene with Sleeping Beauty and the fairies, then with a few changes created a scene from Christmas Story, with Ralpie in pink bunny suit, the famous leg lamp and the good old Red Raider B-B gun.

      Becky’s friend Ann Sereday came to share as well. She proclaimed not to be a “doll person” but showed us a whole world she had created for her granddaughter and her American Girl doll. Everything had to be foldable for storage as was stipulated by the girl’s mother. So, being engineers, she and her hubbie did just that and created an ocean and beach, foldable table and chairs and much more.

      Two more shared their tiny doll dioramas. Linda Chample made a tiny seaside diorama for her little Hitty and Carol Noel shared her itty bitty house she had made for her little ones.

     Thank you all for such an excellent program enjoyed by everyone there.

      Pat Dutchman decorated a travel doll world called Butterfly Kisses and provided them each with clip on butterfly wings and flower head wreaths.

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April 15, 2017 Hanky Dress Workshop by Carol N.

Hanky Dress Workshop by Carol N.

Synopsis & Photos by Pat D.  (4-15-17)

After our business meeting and luncheon, we cleared the tables and brought out our scissors, pins, needles, dolls and lovely old hankies. Carol had a wonderful supply of ribbons, lace, thread and trims and even provided a sewing machine and ironing stations for us to use. She had quite a few of her dollies dressed in her own lovely hanky creations. There were dolls of all sizes from 4 inches up to 18 inches. It was impressive to see the variety of dress styles and the types of dolls who could be fit for them.

4-15-17 Hanky Workshop presenter Carol Noel



Carol began our workshop by teaching us how to make a pattern from a paper towel. We used the dolls we had brought as models and began pinning and marking the paper towel. Then she brought us through the process of pinning pleats, stitching and cutting the actual hanky. Lots of laughter and chatting throughout the room as we concentrated on our own creations. Most did not get beyond the paper pattern but there were 2 or 3 who completed their dresses.

What a wonderful day with friends and such a fun workshop. Thank you Carol!




And a special thank you to Carol N. who not only did our workshop but also provided sweet little baskets for our travel dolls.

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Mar 18 2017 Cartoon Characters of Steiff by Deanna & Nick P


Program: Cartoon Characters of Steiff by Deanna and Nick P.

Cleveland Doll Club’s day with our Junior Members

March 18, 2017 was a fun filled day for all the club members, both senior and junior. During the club business meeting, the girls worked on their travel doll journals, then made a craft together. They each received a bag filled with wonderful surprises; Minnie Mouse headband, candy, etc.



After lunch we all settled down for the program and started with a Warner Brothers cartoon. Deanna and Nick P took turns giving us the history, legends, the cartoon and movie characters, the art and  the artists, the voices and behind the scenes stories of Steiff, Disney and Warner Brothers. When they spoke of a movie or cartoon, they would stop and show us their framed movie cell or original artwork, dolls, toys and Steiff characters relating to those very things.

Deanna and Nick’s collection of original artwork was beautiful and their presentation was fun, entertaining, filled with interesting facts and brought the older members down memory lane to our own childhoods. Thanks to Deanna and Nick for a terrific program.


Wrapping up the day the raffle items were awarded. And was there ever a huge selection. The girls of ALL ages were so excited. There were many happy faces at the end of the day. Thank you to all those on the CDC Junior Committee and the girl’s sponsors for all their hard work in making it so special.

> Margarete Steiff: (7/24/1847 – 5/9/1909) “For children only the best is good enough”  A German seamstress who in 1880 founded Margarete Steiff GmbH, making toy stuffed animals known for their button in the ear identity and covered with luxurious mohair. The company is still currently in business.

> Walt Disney: (12/5/1901 – 12/15/1966) “If you can dream it, you can do it” He was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer, a pioneer of the American animation industry.

> Warner Brothers: (founded 4/4/1923 in Hollywood by brothers Sam, Jack, Harry and Albert)  WB is still an American entertainment company, film studio and film distributor. It’s one of the “big six” major American film studios.