The Austin Doll Collectors Society is an organization of antique, vintage, and modern doll collectors, dealers, and artisans. We meet on the first Monday of each month and our meetings are fun and educational. We begin with refreshments and socializing, and, following our brief business meeting, there is a special doll-related program and "show and tell." The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a nonprofit organization and is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 6, 2015, Meeting

The decorations for the refreshment table featured bunnies and bears in their Easter finery.

Member Beverly Evans gave a program on how to make doll shoes for all our bare-foot bebes.   

 Beverly generously provided the all the supplies, from the sticky glue to the soft leather.  

She explained the process in detail, with ample illustrations.

Ready to get to work!

Cobbling away like the shoemaker's elves!

Showing off her new shoes (ties yet to be added).

Another pretty pair completed.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Extraordinary African Dolls

On March 8, 2015, member Sylvia McDonald set out an amazing array of African dolls for her church's Missions Banquet.

There are two unusual dolls from Uganda, one of barkcloth made from the natal fig tree and one made from the dried banana fibers from the stalk area of the banana tree. What looks like just a piece of wood with rings burned into it is a doll played with by Yoruba tribe children.

The colorful beaded dolls were made in the 1950's and 1960's by Zulu women at the Red Cross Rehabilitation Center in Durban, South Africa. Today's Zulu mothers make beaded dolls using old rags, wool and beads with a mealie-cob core for their children. 

Even the table cloth fit into the African theme. It is tie-dyed fabric from Uganda.