Saturday, April 21, 2012

A New Workshop

Yesterday I signed up to a new workshop with Roben-Marie Smith called "Collage Construct & Affirm".
If you have never seen any of her work before click here and take a look at what she is offering in this workshop.
Unlike some workshops that offer six week classes- with this one you are given all the information right from the start (25 videos--6 hours of instructions) and you work at your own pace so you can swing in and out--no pressure--just work when you want to and there is no limit on the time that you can access the videos.
So if you wanted to do this class-you don't have to sign up straight away-maybe you won't be free for 2 months -you can sign up then-no worries.
You probably won't see too much from me in a hurry-but then who knows miracles do happen.

Friday, April 20, 2012

What's going on?

I tried to write a new post and everything has changed---what is going on with blogger?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More Beads

I am still in the process of making beads for the Creative Group which meets at the Guild once a month.
This time I have used Silk fabric from a Sari Silk Bundle which I purchased from the Thread Studio.
The colour is called Kimberly Dreaming which is one of my favourite colours that they sell.
The fabric comes in bundles of strips of fabric that are unusual widths and either tied or stitched together-in fact they look like they have been cut with a blunt bread knife but this all adds to the beauty and character of these bundles.
I rolled strips of fabric on a skewer and then I wrapped either thread or wire around them-some of them have added beads as well.

When the bundle arrived it was rolled in a hank which I unwrapped and ironed --which took me over an hour-but it was worth it.

I am going to make some other embellishments from this fabric which I will show you later.

Don't you just love the colours?--I do.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Art for Art sake

Today I was at a friends shop (she sells patchwork fabric) and she gave me this painting that Ebony did when she was 2 years old.
It had been hanging in her shop for nearly ten years and she was cleaning down the stuff off the wall and thought that I may like it back.
I can remember when she did this--it was in our back yard and she had discovered how much fun she could have doing finger painting.

She will be surprised to see this on the wall next time she comes for a sleep over.

Monday, April 9, 2012


At the next Creative group of the Embroiderers Guild we are making beads----
All different types of beads----
Fabric ones-Tyvek ones-wire ones-you name it we are going to make some from it.
I have been making samples for the demonstration and here are some of them.
The ones in the front are made from table napkins which feel and look like fabric but in fact they are paper--the chunky ones are actually made from Tyvex which I painted and then hit them with the heat gun.
There are ones wrapped with wire and some are just wire wrapped over and over a skewer to give them bulk and shape.

I still have a lot more to make out of other "stuff"--it's all in the learning.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A new family member

While I was at the Guild today a member brought in this lovely baby doll as a donation to the Recycle Table.
Isn't she gorgeous? and she looked at me and whispered "will you be my new Mama".
How could I resist?
And by the smile on her face I think she is going to like it here.

Is this what is called a second childhood?

And don't even suggest that Ebony would love it--she has never been interested in dolls.