Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Felted Flower Class

I'm looking forward to teaching this fun Wet-felted Flower Class at Sawtooth School of Visual Art April 9 from 10-1! This is a great class for beginners as well as the more experienced felter with lots of great techniques included in the class: how to make pre-felt, how to add dimension to your flat felt, how to make wool beads (that can be used to make earrings, bracelets and other jewelry), and how to make curly tendrils. We'll have kits in all yummy colors...what a great gift for Mother's Day (and yes you can treat yourself!)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

What is Love Drawing

As we approach Valentine's Day this year, I find myself thinking beyond the chocolate and shiny red hearts that are shoved in my face every time I set foot in a store. Instead I'm pondering the question, what is love, really? Is it buying the biggest box of assorted chocolates you can find, or a dozen perfect red roses? Is it baking your loved ones their favorite batch of homemade cookies? How about giving your favorite aunt a surprise call from across the miles? Or calling your mom just to say, I love you.

The bible tells us, love is patient, love is kind (1 Corinthians 13:4) It also reminds us of some things that love is not: love is not easily angered, or thinking of evil (1 Corinthians 13:5) There are so many things we can add to this list: love is caring, supportive, faithful, and so on.

What does love mean to you? Leave a comment below, and you will be entered in a drawing for a free pattern of your choice one week from today, at the end of Saturday, Feb. 20 2016. Please limit your comments to 5 words or less of what love means to you (or does not mean, such as revengeful, lying, etc.) And have a loving, wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sawtooth Scarf Class

What a great nuno-felting class we had at Sawtooth last Saturday! Such a fun group of gals, and small but cozy. We were able to arrange our tables in a circle so the girls could play off each other's creative energy, it was wonderful. We had a nice mix of students from those who had never felted before to those who had taken several classes, and they all made the most gorgeous scarves! Here are a few photos of the finished scarves, most of them were still wet here but absolutely stunning.
 Suzanne's striking scarf was rich in color and contemporary in feel, beautiful and unique!
 Judy's painterly scarf was reminiscent of Monet and absolutely gorgeous!
 Becky's stunning creation was wonderfully textured, a true wearable work of art!
 Leslie's happy scarf was filled with sunshiny colors and summery flower shapes, love it!
 Judy modeling her finished beautiful scarf, hard to believe this was her first felting project!
Suzanne brought her first nuno-felted scarf to show the class, isn't it gorgeous! I love her trademark contemporary clean look. Everyone did a fantastic job, a pure joy to teach.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wooly Flower Basket Class

This week I placed my order of hand-dyed Valdani threads for my Wooly Flower Basket Class I'll be teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Feb. 27. I love how their variegated pearl cotton adds just the right vintage touch to my woolfelt basket of hand-dyed flowers! The colors of their thread enhance the dyed flowers and leaves perfectly, and they have so many beautiful hues to choose from. My students are going to love learning these fun hand stitchery techniques using their thread.
 I ordered several colorways of the pearl cotton so my students can have choices, lavenders, vintage rose, orchid, teal. I can't wait to see the spin my students put on this project! I'll be teaching how to make the hand-dyed flowers from heathery shades of Woolfelt and also how to make the sweet little Woolfelt basket. We'll also learn some fun decorative stitchery embellishments. The basket is perfect for holding fresh or silk flowers, folded napkins, scarves, Easter eggs, all sorts of things! I'm so looking forward to teaching this fun class this year.

Sawtooth Scarf-dyeing Party!

We had a very special scarf-dyeing class at Sawtooth last weekend - a girls' night out birthday party! What fun we all had dyeing silk scarves, trying out different tying techniques and using resists on chiffon and habotai fabrics.
The lucky birthday girl was so blessed to be surrounded by her friends (organized by her mom, who also brought special refreshments), and all the girls made some absolutely gorgeous scarves. Here's a pic of the lucky group, I think we all had a great time!

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Fiber Exhibit at The Enrichment Center

I was so honored to be recommended by Sawtooth to participate in a fiber and fused glass art exhibit at The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem! This is such a wonderful center that offers classes for adults with disabilities, giving them an opportunity to not only learn life and artistic skills, but to earn income with their art as well. The students have created beautiful fused glass and indigo-dyed textiles for the exhibit; my fiber art, quilts and wearable art will also be on display and much of it for sale. Grand opening is tonight, Jan. 29 from 5-7 pm, 1006 S. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC. The exhibit will run for 2 months, please visit if you get the chance! Here are a few photos of some of my work, and also the students' indigo work.
 I had so much fun creating this Nuno-felted Scarf, a class I often teach as well.
 Felted soaps with a "built-in loofah", very usable and last a long time, also a Sawtooth class.
 Lots of felted accessories in the jewelry case, representative of several of my classes.
 Some of my wearable art that is on display.
Beautiful indigo-dyed textiles created by Lindsay's students in the art department at the center.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

25-year Anniversary Fascinator Contest Winner!

We have a winner for our fascinator contest!
 Wendy's beautiful green beaded fascinator, love her choice of colors and beading!
 Wendy used the yummiest textures and hues on this autumn fascinator, gorgeous!
Wendy's prize included Woolfelt, fibers, notions, patterns, kits and more!

Wendy Buettner of Virginia was the lucky recipient of 25 items from our company including patterns, kits, fibers, notions and more. Wendy submitted these 2 beautiful fascinator photos she made using our #175 "Fascinator Fun!" pattern, I love them! She really stretched her creativity with this dimensional autumn rendition, and I love the colors and embellishments she used on the green one - my fave color! Wendy took my fascinator class at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival a couple of years ago and made a gorgeous hat in that class, she really went over the top with these 2. Congratulations Wendy, hope you're enjoying your goodies in all this snow!