June 18, 2018 “Artist Dolls” by Judy Rankine


June 18, 2018 “Artist Dolls” program by Judy Rankine

Synopsis and photos by Pat D.

          Judy is a baby boomer, born in 1940, who played with paper dolls as a child. She had a friend who made cloth dolls and later on, when her 2 sons were little, she bought a sewing machine. In 1971 she made cloth long legged “Ganglys” for them. When she made a Red Riding Hood of cotton materials and stuffed with nylons, she piqued the interest of The Enchanted Doll House. They commissioned Judy to make limited editions. Her creations could be ordered from their catalog which included A is for Annabelle, Little house on the Prairie and more.

Judy passed around several of those Enchanted Doll House catalogs. It was fun to see her “beginner” dolls. She continued to develop her skills and loved trying out new ideas. She remembers the heyday of craft shows in the 1980’s and she eventually opened a miniature shop named Bramble Bush located in New London, Ohio. There she carried her own dolls plus miniatures and dolls made by other doll artists. She loved having mothers come in to buy Lee Middleton dolls for their children or themselves. She stopped carrying some dolls when their production went to China.

She and her sister sold dolls under the name of “Jesse Bishop” for years. This was the name of their grandfather and they wanted to honor his name.

Judy has continued her craft and still sells at doll shows. She relies on her husband to drive her to them due to her bad eyesight. She has won many awards such as Doll of the Year and has been featured in most of the Doll and Craft magazines, such as Contemporary Doll Collector, Doll Reader, etc. She passed around several copies and it was so fun to recall those beautiful photos and interesting articles.

She also shared with us her sweet little fairy chairs using masking tape over wire or pipe cleaners. They were painted and festooned with tiny flowers and ribbons. And her little fairy houses and elves are so very charming.

Then she took us through the progression of her craftwork   1) Cloth with embroidered faces and stuffed heads    2) Jointed Cloth with Styrofoam head stuffing    3) Paperclay faces using Tamia Acrylic paints    4) Repainting Monster High dolls     5) Small paperclay elves and houses

Judy calls herself a “craftsperson” not an artist. She feels she learns her craft and repeats it many times, where an artist usually does a particular doll or artwork only once or twice.

She encourages all of us to make things. There are unlimited ideas on line. Some U-Tube editorials she recommends are: Celadonia Studio (promotes clay and sculpting), Shabby Chic, Donna Masey (repainting), Cinderella Moments and Creative Mom.

Her display of dolls, elves, houses and more brought us through the years of her wonderful and constantly developing talent. Club members also brought their “Judy” dolls and she got a kick out of seeing them again.

Thank you Judy and club members for such a lovely program and fun day.

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 19, 2018 “Alice in Wonderland” program by Sandy P

May 19, 2018 “Alice in Wonderland” program by Sandy Pelphrey

Synopsis and Photos by Pat D.

It was an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party! Everywhere you looked there were wonderful hats worn by club members. And there were some very special large ones created and worn by our presenter Sandy, her daughters Tommie Jo and Angela and granddaughter Mattie. The family had all worked together to make the hats, put together an enormous and beautifully displayed variety of dolls and “Wonderland” accoutrements, plus every guest table had a unique “Wonderland” centerpiece with delicious cupcakes.

Sandy presented her program with an educational audio program from UFDC president Loretta Nardone about author Lewis Carroll. This was a fascinating history with lovely pictures. Sandy then told us about all the dolls on display. It was truly amazing to see how many doll artists have created Alice and Mad Hatter dolls over the years. Several club members had brought their “Alice” or “Wonderland” dolls to share as well.

We concluded with a hat contest, won by Dee C., which was jolly good fun! And we loved the yummy special cupcakes made by daughter Tommie Jo.



Sandy gave each of the club members a sweet Mad Hatter hat in doll size. These were made by daughter Angela. They also had a photo op seat to pose with a 36” Virginia Turner Alice doll with her pet flamingo.

The travel doll table followed in the “Wonderland” theme with a black and white checkered table cloth and tiny Alice favors from Carol N. Many of our travel dolls wore Alice or Wonderland ensembles.

Thank you to everyone who made this a very special club program.

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.

April 21, 2018 “Pin Dolls” by Cynthia DeHoff



April 21, 2018 “Pin Dolls” Program by Cynthia DeHoff

Synopsis & Photos by Pat D.

Pin Dolls are tiny dolls with an attachable pin fastened to its back. This is Wearable Art. Usually the dolls are handmade, dressed and created using any theme desired, in just about any medium you can imagine, using cloth, clay, paper, wood, bone, beads, tiny gourds, papier mache, vintage photos, mixed media, feathers, unique fibers, etc.

A doll pin is something different. Those are the small brooch like pins, usually made of metal and having a logo enameled onto the front. It is wearable and fun but not considered art or a doll like the pin dolls. Years ago, it was great fun to swap doll pins at UFDC Conventions or luncheons and other doll related activities. Most clubs had or have doll pins with their club logos.

Cynthia DeHoff has been making and selling pin dolls for many years. As a 7th grader, she loved French Fashion Dolls for their attire. Later on, she decided to make her own 12” fashions and copied Godey patterns. “Can Can” lady was her first cloth doll. Then she tried paper clay and then polymer clays as they were introduced. She had not liked the seam down the face of cloth dolls and that’s why she had gone to the clays. But she still loved cloth and kept at her designs.

She went to an ODACA event. They loved her little doll in the arms of a larger one. It got so much attention and that was the beginning of her pin dolls.

She got ideas for Santas from a soft sculpture book. Eventually her Sugar Plum Fairy of soft sculpture and a polymer face ended up on the Ohio Govenor’s Christmas tree. She got more attention and began making specialty dolls fashioned after real people.

She begins with a 2D drawing and an ink jet printer for printing on the fabric. She created a mathematical equation so she ends up with a perfect stitch line. She uses Gesso on the faces for painting the faces. This she learned from a Tole painting class. She uses a bubble jet set and soaks the fabric for 10 minutes. After wringing it out she air dries the fabric. With shiny side up, she irons it on ironing board parchment. A glue stick is used on the edges and trimmed.

Then it is time to put the treated fabric in the printer. It is air dried for 30 minutes then washed in mild soap which removes the sizing. It’s then dried in the dryer. The pieces are then cut out, stuffed, sewn and trimmed.

She makes custom clothing prints and special unique colors as well by using her computer to do this.

Contact Cynthia for more detailed directions for printing ink jet patterns, using Miracle Mess and for pictures of her Pin Dolls. You can order Pin Dolls from Cynthia such as Alice in Wonderland, Raggedy Ann and Andy , Pilgrims, Angels, Golly Boy and Girl, Witches, Miss Unity and many, many more.

Email: DehoffCL@cinci.rr.com

Our Travel Doll Table was so pretty with our little kids dressed for Spring. We received the cutest little painted wooden dolls from Michelle Brown.

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.

March 17, 2018 “On The Big Screen” by Betty L


       March 17, 2018 CDC Program “On The Big Screen” by Betty L                          

Photos by Pat D, Carol N & Betty L / Report by Pat Dutchman

      Betty created an amazing day at the movies for Cleveland Doll Club members and our dolls. Not only did she have boxes of popcorn and a candy for the members, but she created a darling goodie box for our dolls which included miniature movie ticket, popcorn, soda pop, napkin and candy bar.


Then Betty took us down memory lane with a fun look at dolls related to many famous movies as we munched on the popcorn and candy.

There were characters from Star Wars, Little Women, Gone With The Wind, Alice in Wonderland, A Little Princess, Snow White, Cinderella, Annie, Wizard of Oz, Shirley Temple, Mary Poppins, Anna and The King, Harry Potter, Frozen, Chicago, Wonder Woman, Twilight and more. She filled us in with little tidbits about the movies, the dolls or the actors.

What a wonderful and fun day at club. Thank you Betty!

It was St. Patricks Day and our travel doll table reflected this well.

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.


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.

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.

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 sashadoll.com website. Thank you Carol!

carol and dolls

     The information below is from the Sashadoll.com 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.