About Us and History

The Cloth-A-Dollics of Victoria is a cloth doll club started in October 1997. Since then membership has grown to over 50 members. The Cloth-A-Dollics is run by volunteers usually for two year terms.

PDF of Cloth-A-Dollics History
Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month in the basement of the Hope Lutheran Church at 1924 Carrick Street (corner of Dean and Carrick), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Door opens at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm meeting start. Generally, the meetings go from 7 to 9pm. There is a Program Committee responsible for the program at each meeting. e.g. demonstrations, hands-on mini workshops, cloth doll challenges, show and share.

Full Membership is $27/year, due by the January meeting. Associate membership at $13.50/year is available for those living north of Duncan or off Vancouver Island who expect to attend up to 4 meetings in the year.

Members receive:
  • Club Membership Booklet which gives extensive information about the Club
  • Club history
  • General cloth doll making instructions
  • Information on fabric and stuffing
  • Membership list,
  • Discount cards for local shops
  • Exclusive Cloth-A-Dollics club pin
  • New Member Beginner Cloth Dollmaking Kits are available to purchase
  • Members have access to an extensive lending library of books, magazines, videos and patterns
  • Members may attend club sponsored workshops. Cloth doll designers are invited in once or twice a year to present two to four day workshops.
  1. Foster cloth doll making by sharing ideas, expertise and a passion with fellow doll making enthusiasts.
  2. Hold regular public doll shows displaying the talents of our members.
  3. Sponsor doll artists to teach workshops from time to time.
  4. Pursue the opportunity for Club members to attend doll conferences
  1. The maximum number of books, magazines or audio-video’s that can be borrowed at one time is no more than three.
  2. Library items must be returned after one month. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please give them to another member to return them for you. The librarians will send a reminder prior to the meeting.
  3. All books need to be returned in order to borrow more.
  4. If, after three months, a library item is still out standing, you will be required to reimburse the cost of replacement and, if warranted, the cost of shipping. It should be noted that the cost of replacement is not always the original price at the time of purchase. Items that have gone out of print are often more expensive. Further library privileges will be withdrawn for a period of six months.
Our Program committee puts a lot of effort into arranging and presenting programs to the membership. Typically our meetings consist of the following:
  • Mini workshops or demonstration
  • Show and Tell of members’ new creations
  • Cloth doll world news
  • Upcoming Club sponsored challenges and workshops
The Cloth-A-Dollics endeavour to participate in a cloth doll display every one or two years. We have displayed our cloth dolls at the Victoria Quilters’ Guild shows since 2000. Other shows we have participated in were at the Christmas in the Village at Heritage Acres in Saanich, the Westshore Quilters’ Guild show, the Victoria Sewing Show at the Conference Centre. We hosted our Club’s first Gallery Exhibit and Sale at the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood in November 2010.

For information about the Cloth-A-Dollics of Victoria contact:
Michèle Ashmore, 250-598-5816, clothadollics@gmail.com