Artists helping each other make wonderful dolls & fabulous memories!
Hurray for the Red, White & Blue!
To Be Announced!
Hilton Garden Inn
Galveston Bay Tour April 20th
Universal Doll Society's purpose is to promote Porcelain Doll Making. One way we accomplish this is by having a Festival each year. We gather as Doll Makers for three fun-filled days to enjoy two yummy luncheons followed by a special UDS sponsored workshop, and our Awards Banquet on Thursday night. Together we share our expertise, enjoy workshops carefully prepared & presented by members, lots of goodies, surprises, and laughs along the way! Helper Raffles and Silent Auctions help defray expenses and are so much fun!
Universal Doll Society Festival includes 2 free lunches with free workshops afterward! The workshops are a huge hit with our members - it's so fun to make the exciting projects, and enjoy our time together. Here you see the fabulous Miniature Trunk we made in 2019 for our project. Each person was given a plain wooden, humpback, mini trunk. We created a tray, lined the tray and inside of the box with a darling small print paper & lace, adding decorations from Jean Nordquist's fabulous reproduction Paper Graphics as we went along. The boxes and supplies were provided by UDS, Darlene Grant, and Sherri Barstow.
We look forward to this years' TOP SECRET project!!
We welcome input on the Festival Workshops and would like to hear your suggestions. What would you like to accomplish for our 24th annual UDS Festival in 2021? Please send info to:
All Workshops are relaxing, informative, fun, and you walk away with completed projects! "Prepaid Workshops" are not included in your registration fee. The listing for these workshops can be found under the Workshops link. Be sure to register early & pay each teacher. Some may have a limited number of kits available, classes are limited to 10.
The prices for these classes are very reasonable, as we believe in sharing with each other and encouraging participation as much as possible within our group!
Each workshop has a list of what the student needs to furnish, please be sure to prepare these items before Festival, so as to not slow down the progress of others.
Applications for 2021 Festival Workshops are requested to be presented at the 2020 Festival
Information & Rules found in the
2021 will be our SILVER ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL!
Our Silent Auction & Raffles are so much fun, with a diverse assortment of wonderful things to bid on and even better, take home with you! This is a great opportunity to show off your handiwork! Or perhaps you bought two of a fabulous item? Donate them to UDS and help out our club financially. We appreciate all items and know you want to receive fabulous prizes, so make sure they are in like new condition.
As facilities, food, & the cost of our workshops rise yearly, they exceed what is paid with the registration fee. It is very important that each member provide at least 2-3 items for the Raffle and 2 items for the Auction - or even more - to help defray costs. Besides, it is fun to see what everyone brings and gets to take home with them!
Marta Reiner accepts the Best of Category Award in the Half Doll Category for her fabulous
Flapper Half Doll.
Patsy Meyer accepting the Best of Category Rosette Award in the French Doll Category for her perfect, diminutive Steiner doll.
For info on entering Competition,
click the "Competition" link.
Shirley Ann Taylor accepting the Best of Category Award in German Dolls with her gorgeous German "Parian" dressed as a
NEW! - Share with Us Year Round!
Let us know what you are currently working on, what shows are you getting ready for, what seminars or workshops have you participated in? What project has totally swept you away from reality!
We love to have our club members show off their work both from the Festival, and outside of our group - so let's keep in touch all year long! Simply email a bit about yourself and what you have created, learned, or a helpful tip.
Be sure to send clear photographs of your project to our web page coordinator, Stacey at email@example.com for publication.
Doll Makers: noun; artists, & collectors that share a love of dolls, mostly those that are handmade by themselves and others. Unable to pass a porcelain doll without pausing to study, admire, touch clothing & hair.
This is us - you and I, many with years of specialized training and skills. Most of our members are certified doll makers through the Doll Artisan Guild. Several have gone on to become Millie, Maggie, even Triple Crown winners through the Guild. No matter our expertise or background everyone is eager to share and learn from others. This is the true spirit of porcelain doll making! This is UDS!!
All are welcome to join us & share their doll passion as each of us have our own talents and heartfelt love for this amazing hobby. As we come together for 4 wonderful days each year, to create, share, & complete doll projects, enjoy food, have fun, make lots of memories and form new friendships!
Our fabulous trip to Snowbird Ski Resort found one bus full of women stranded on the roadside after the engine overheated climbing the steep mountainside roads. Never fear, Sherri is here! She had us laughing so much, it was hard to focus on the problem at hand.
Great opportunity to admire the steep, granite mountainside, rugged terrain, white pines galore, and it also gave passing motorists a great reason to stare at a group of women standing along the road, when Sherri hiked her pantleg with thumb in the air! Beautiful sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for our visit high in the Wasatch Mountain Range. Most rode the tram 7 miles up to Hidden Peak with a panoramic view at 11,000 feet above sea level. It was breathtaking, but overwhelming for our friends who live at sea level. We enjoyed lunch, relaxing in the gardens- some even catnapped a bit! Then headed back to the hotel to register and begin the Festival.
Jean Castille1134 Hebert Ln. Hwy.
St. Martinville, La. 70582
Patsy Meyer 2011 Cypress Bend Lane. Sugarland, Texas 77478
Shirley Ann Taylor, Sylvia Greer & Carolyn Delahoussaye
Shirley Ann 316 Winding Oak Lane N, League City, Tx 77573 281-554-3695
Luncheons: Patsy Meyer 2011 Cypress Bend Lane. Sugarland, TX 77478 281-491-7989
Banquets: Liz Winn Talsma 1630 Solon, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 firstname.lastname@example.org
Souvenir Book: Kay Meador 184 Crystal Ln, Ragley, La 70657
Competition: Darlene Grant 657 East 700 South Clearfield, Ut 84015 801-643-2185
U.S. - 1 year $20.00
Additional Family Member or Spouse $8.00
Canada & Mexico $25.00
Other Countries $35.00
All funds in U.S. Dollars
Please make checks payable to:
Universal Doll Society 1134 Hebert Lane, Hwy. St. Martinville, La. 70582
SHARE Your Favorite Dolls!
This years' theme: Hurray for the Red, White & Blue!
Each year we sponsor
Doll Challenges. This is for members to present Doll Entries based on the Festival Theme,
and also a
Half Doll Competition
The winners are determined by Popular Vote by those in attendance.
For more information, click on the "Competition" link above.
Miss Tommie Jean Castille
Founder & Coordinator,
Universal Doll Society
Porcelain doll maker since 1977
Owner: Dolls n Things,
Master Eye Beveler, Inc.
from Breau Bridge, LA