After the craft workshops we had a buffet lunch with more chatting, followed by a restringing demonstration by Liss. She restrung a Gotz doll which was a little loose and had been previously restrung incorrectly.
|Liss prepares to take the doll apart|
|Using a crochet hook to hold the elastic as she removes the leg|
|Examining the doll torso and how the arms were strung on their own elastic when they should have been on the same elastic as the head and legs|
|Using a hairdryer to heat up the neck vinyl to remove the wooden neck ring|
|Using long nosed pliers to carefully remove the wooden neck ring|
|Checking the length of the existing elastic. It was long enough to do both the arms and legs so did not need replacing.|
|Carefully replacing the neck ring into the head again|
|Stringing the arms|
|Pulling the elastic through to string the legs|
|Pulling up the leg elastic|
|The doll all in one piece again|
|Brushing her hair|
This year the special prizes were on a separate table and included eight dolls kindly donated by various people, a beautiful Frances Trickett dress, a smart pair of shoes, some lovely drawings by Joni, the book by Dorisanne Osborne and a set of patterns. There was a final prize - a wobbler donated by Janet (a wobbler is a Sasha baby whose legs have been straightened enough for it to be able to stand - this is done using a boiling water technique).
The other table held a mountain of prizes, including many outfits. I had made a shweshwe dress, panties and hat set for a baby to add to the pile.
Diane ran the raffle with Judith helping to keep things moving, otherwise it would have gone on for hours.
|Some of the 'special' prizes|
|The lovely Sasha drawings by Joni|
|Embroidered dress by Frances|
|More raffle prizes|
|and more raffle prizes with the blue shweshwe set|
|and more raffle prizes!|
|The wobbler with eyes repainted by Janet|
|A young lady and her grandmother looking at their tickets in amazement as the first prize is announced|
|Trisha points out all the prizes she can choose from except for the wobbler which is the last prize|
|She chooses a rerooted baby|
|Excitement as another winner of a special prize comes to claim a doll|
Another special was announced and it was one of my girl's tickets! She chose the early baby Woolly in his complete original outfit, perfect hair and gold tag. He had travelled all the way from the USA with Mary who donated him to the raffle. My girl could not quite believe her luck - last year she won baby Daisy on the raffle and this year baby Theo.
|Admiring baby Theo as the generous donor looked on with smile|
|My girl with baby Theo|
|Raffle tickets laid out on a table|
|Happy winner of the lovely embroidered dress|
|Excited to win the shoes|
|Collecting her second baby from the special prize table|
|Winning the patterns|
|The pleased owner of Dorisanne's book|
|Suspense as Janet draws the ticket for the final prize|
|And the winner was Theresa!|
|Collecting her wobbler|
|Very happy smile|
It was time for tea and chatting while the sales tables were set up.