We had a grand time in our Wool Beads class at Sawtooth last Saturday! I was so honored to have a family spending part of their special weekend in our class, they made some beautiful jewelry too. Also enjoyed Cat as always, she is such a joy and blessing in my class and life. And a new student Jane, a spinner like Cat and Suzanne...who knew? I'm looking forward to sharing techniques on silk scarf dyeing, nuno-felting, and yes fiber dyeing in 2016!The group made some gorgeous pieces, here are a few photos of some of their work.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
There are only 3 more weeks to get your entry into our 25-Year Anniversary Fascinator Contest! The lucky winner will receive 25 items from our company to celebrate your patronage, including patterns, kits, notions, fibers, all kinds of goodies! All you have to do to enter is send us a photo of a fascinator you have made from one of our fascinator patterns: #175 "Fascinator Fun!", #190 "Downstairs Fascinator", or # 195 "Holiday Fascinator". Each entry will be included in a drawing the first of January, 2016, to receive the grand prize; contest is over at midnight Dec. 31, 2015. Check out Nancy's adorable hat she made from our #175 "Fascinator Fun" pattern! Nancy is so talented, she starts with our woolfelt which she hand-dyes to add even more color and pattern. Then she cuts shapes and adds stitchery using her gorgeous hand-dyed threads, I just love her work. Good luck with the contest Nancy!
Monday, December 7, 2015
I was so inspired by my felting students, I had to create a new nuno-felted scarf of my own. I had planned to sell it at Sawtooth, but I think I'll hang onto it for a while to inspire my future students, I really love how it turned out! I started with a sort of raspberry/orchid hand-dyed silk scarf, and added the orange flowers and my favorite shade of green leaves and vine. Yellow and orange bamboo fibers and wool neps were used to add texture and dimension to the oversized blossoms, and bamboo and curly fibers enhance the leaves. Theses sun-shiny colors make me happy just to look at them!
We had such a good time nuno-felting scarves at Debbie's studio in Charlotte this past weekend! Several of the girls knew each other, and that always makes for more fun. They were such a sharing group too, helping each other out with tips and suggestions. And their scarves were so gorgeous! Each one was so different, it's just amazing to see how the students' personalities are reflected in their work; some like their designs clean, symmetrical and simple, while for others "more is more". They all turned out just exquisite, here are some pictures of their beautiful work.
Every year, the Sawtooth School of Visual Art holds its annual Christmas sale, assembling beautiful art from lots of local artists in a variety of mediums: fiber art, scarves, knitted items, pottery, paintings, jewelry, pastels, woodworking, mixed-media, photography, handmade soap, art dolls, the list goes on and on. I brought a few of my fiber art pieces
After an insanely busy schedule in Houston at the quilt shows vending and teaching, I rewarded myself with a relaxing vacation with my daughter for a few days. Before I knew it I was back home and right back in the swing of things teaching a class at Sawtooth the following weekend! Luckily teaching is one of my favorite things to do...I totally immerse myself in the zone of helping my students enjoy their own personal art experience. In my fiber classes I bring lots of different fibers and embellishments for them to try: bamboo, silk, Angelina, curly fibers, yarns, merino wool, and I dye my own silk scarves for the nuno classes in a variety of colors along with basic black. I like to bring photos for inspiration for design and color combinations, and I share special layout tips and techniques throughout the class. The students love creating their own unique works of art with the supplies and tools I bring, and there is nothing like seeing their success at the end of a busy class when it all comes together. This class at Sawtooth was exceptionally artsy (maybe all that extra art energy floating around in the air there?), and their scarves were just spectacular. Here are a few pictures, the scarves are still wet in most of them but they're just beautiful.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Thursday in Houston brought an afternoon of demo's at the Mixed-media forum. I had a blast showing everyone how to marble and stencil on wool fabric...yes we've used the Tsukineko inks on cottons, but wool? Why not! We also dyed our silk sari ribbon to match, and even some pearl cotton to stitch it all together and embellish it with. Here's a photo of some of the pieces I demo'd, I did use some of them later to make a special gift for my daughter.
I also taught a couple of pincushion classes at Houston Quilt Festival. Friday night was our "Daddy's Necktie Pincushion" class, and we made pincushions out of silk neckties. I took a ton of neckties for them to choose from, there was just enough really, with just a few to spare.The pincushion takes 6 necktie "ends", so they could swap around with each other if they chose. I also took some fun buttons and beads for decorative pins, gotta have some fun with embellishments! Their pincushions really turned out pretty, I know they'll enjoy them for years to come.
Yes, Saturday in Houston was Halloween, and there were a lot of folks dressed up and celebrating! That afternoon I taught a class in nuno-felting, one I normally spend 5 hrs. teaching with a lunch break I had to do in 3 hours - and we even dyed our scarves! The only way to do it was to start with a smaller scarf; normally I use 6 ft. long scarves, but for this we used 5 ft. scarves that were not as wide. We all had fun! The students loved the dyeing, and made some spectacular scarves. Here are a few pictures of some of the scarves.
Beautiful festive scarf of many colors, love it!
Beautiful festive scarf of many colors, love it!
Saturday at Fesival was a busy day! First I participated in Saturday Sampler, I demo'd how to sew the Spiral Rose on the sewing machine. I'd had lots of long sections of silk neckties from my "Daddy's Necktie Pincushion" class the night before, and made a red
Friday, November 6, 2015
The second day of teaching at International Quilt Festival in Houston had me busy as a bee teaching my Felted Lattice Scarf class to a large group of students, many of which had never felted before. But I love teaching felting, truly this is my passion, I love sharing my knowledge and experience and watching them take off down their own personal creative path. Large classes are special, as everyone can learn from each other's individual style. And this class was no exception, we had an awesome mix-up of students, they loved selecting their own "goodies" from my "embellishment buffet" of yarns, Angelina. curly mohair locks, bamboo and silk to go with their hand-dyed wool fibers. Here are a few photos of some of the scarves, so proud of each and every one of them!