Monday, 12 January 2015

Newsletter Number 1

We warmly welcome you to the first Sasha Mini Festival newsletter! These newsletters aim to keep you informed of developments and tell you what you can expect on 15th-17th May 2015

First and most importantly: a huge thank you!......
to those of you who have supported this festival by putting your names to it. With a total of 31 guests, we will have ample opportunity to get to know each other, chat, look at the displays and workshops (and equally importantly, the guest dollies!) and exchange ideas, hints and tips. The aim of your hostesses - you can meet them below! - is to provide all the guests with a relaxing, informative and fun time in beautiful surroundings, and to make you truly feel an important part of the Sasha Community.
Your Venue
Eastwood Hall Hotel and Spa, Nottingham
This lovely venue is a country hall hotel set in beautiful and extensive grounds which you are free to explore (that's if you tear yourself away from the Sasha events!). You will enjoy a comfortable night's sleep, delightful food and elegant surroundings. If you would like to view the website for the venue, go to

Your Hostesses
Janet Myhill-Dabbs is a professional artist and lifelong doll collector, whose current project is the creation of a collection of 20 studio doll inspired makeovers of serie Sasha dolls (some of them are pictured above). This collection will be on show for the last time at the festival, before being dispersed to their new owners. Janet also makes a unique selection of outfits for Sasha and Gregor using high quality felt and knitting yarns.
Lorraine Tyler is a talented doll dressmaker using the name Muriel Makes, and famously, doll "Mummy" to Henry Holiday who is a much travelled young Trendon Gregor Dark who also has lots of Sasha chums to stay at his house!

Provisional Events (in no particular order!)
Anna Page also known as Doll Mum creates hand crafted, Sasha sized toys and has agreed to teach a workshop on how to make a toy for our Sasha’s.
Brigitte Schwitter is the hostess of a popular Sasha doll Facebook page and passionate Sashaphile. Brigitte has agreed to give us a masterclass on how to restring our Sasha dolls.
Lorraine Tyler will be teaching us all how to make a crocheted hat for Sasha.
Janet Myhill-Dabbs would like to teach a workshop on how to make small, felted animals.
Other events during the day include:-
How to pose your dolls for a photoshoot: workshop
Raffle for a very special doll customized by Janet with wardrobe by Lorraine as 1st prize (for the other prizes we are asking please for donations.) All proceeds will be given to a Children’s Charity. Display of the Sasha studio doll inspired makeovers by Janet Myhill Dabbs - the last time they will all be seen together before they are dispersed to their new owners. Those dolls which do not already have owners will be on sale at the festival.
Sales tables (so do bring along items you wish to sell along with those important doll pennies!)
Possibly a display of very special outfits
Workshop: how to date your dolls
Also, while you are at Eastwood Hall, do take advantage of the pool and spa complex, tennis court and also the fabulous grounds in which to take a pleasant stroll. You might find some lovely backdrops for Sasha photo shoots!

We welcome your input and would love it if some of you could volunteer your talents and maybe teach a workshop? Please let us have your feedback and ideas, we want this festival to be tailored to your interests. You are important to us! Our contact details are below.
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Useful Links
Contact Janet via Facebook: and fref=ts or by email at jam.amy{@} - removing the brackets
Contact Lorraine: and http:// or by email at lorraine{@} - removing the brackets.
Your Friends at the Festival will be (in no particular order):
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Janet Myhill
Jocelyn Rose
Brigitte Schwitter
Tricia Jackson
Liz Sockett +1 

Kendal Hackney
Diane Duke
Doll Mum

Doll Mum's Daughter
Alice Watts
Emma Flood
Liss Camber
Angie Hale +1  

Gillian Buchanan
Lorraine Tyler
Linda Simpson
Shelly Cuff
Theresa O'Neill 

Judith (Dollydoodles) 
Lee Moore
Michaela Clark 
Shirley Stead 
Petrana Arhangelova 
Ronnie Waters +1
Jo Rolfe +1
Jane Sweetman
Jane Woodward
Paula Tottle

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