Friday, October 24, 2014
Playing around a bit more. This was done one night while I was craving a cup of tea... but we are at some bare bones supplies, as the farm house is gutted, and we were staying in an old trailer.
You can see that the blending of colours was not as smooth - this was using the Faber Castell pencils for the most part.
Also, there was a stretch of cold and wet nights. A good hot cup of tea would have helped to ease my soul.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
It is rather late Thursday night right now, and I just got home a short time ago. It was a fun-filled day!
My first workshop was with Cecelia Ho, making 3D keepsake cakes with needle felting. In it, we learned to make some decorations to make a felted cake, using a disc container as a base that can be used for storage - brilliant use of packaging that may be thrown away - and something that, since discs are going the way of the dodo, can be transferred to something like cookie or tea tins.
The above are her samples in the class, and we were given felt, a foam pad, a felting needle, various colours of roving wool, and a disc container. She worked with us to show us how to shape the fruit, with some great little hints to make the shaping easier, such as tying a knot in the fiber hank to give a firm base to start with. We were not able to finish the project in the 3 hour time span, but it was a small class of 4-5 people, and she gave us great direct attention, and the materials to finish the container. I can see this making for a cute pincushion too!
I left my top of the cake attached to my foam so I can finish working on it - I am happy how it is looking, and am thinking to add some more blueberries around my melon ball - my strawberries are thin and small because I was thinking of the everlasting berries in my own back yard which look like that - really!
Next is another 3 hour workshop with Jamie North, from Alberta. It was called Swarovski Wrap-ture - making a bracelet with wire and Swarovski beads. It is a great practice in wire wrapped loops and she gave a great demonstration and for once I was able to make about 40+ decently consistently rounded wire wrapped loops - her big hint about placing the pliers on a slight angle, and to visualize the center of the circle on the stick helped so much - hard to explain it here, but it really did help!
I was able to wrap all my crystal filled headpins and the larger beads, and get my bracelet done in about an hour! I wore it the rest of the day!
Lots of little wrapped loops in those clusters of crystals between the focals!
The floor show isn't open yet, so I killed a bit of time watching a bit of TV on my tablet. But then for the final workshop of the evening. It is called Fabulous Flowers with Joni Newman, from Ottawa. I was expecting a bit more traditional quilting, but is quite forgiving, freeform, and while a machine could be used, for the class, she set it up as a hand sewn piece. I was so happy - I have not done traditional quilting, but something free form is right up my alley since I am looking for ways to include new techniques in general crafting, mixed media!
This is her version of the little art quilt, from the site - isn't it pretty! You can't see it as much, but the edges are ruffled a bit, and it shows some lovely embellishment with novelty fibers, and beads.
Here are her two piece samples from the class. It was also three hours, but with all the hand stitching, and her speaking about the various stitches, and our general gabbing, we did not get anywhere near this. The kit contains everything to finish it though, and I have so many beads in my own stash.
This shows how to cut the frame and the edges will be hidden by the ribbon/yarn embellishment.
All I got done was marking the petals and stitching all my flowers with the running stitch to shape them - so they will be ready to stitch onto the backing and embellished. I love how forgiving it is, and I just hope mine turns out.
The funny thing also is that one of the people in that class, and there were only 7, also went to the same junior school I did when I was young, when Kleinburg was still a small town. Not at the same time, but what a small world, right?
I also ran into Maggie Vanderveit in the morning and she told me that the leaf dyed fibers I did yesterday could be unwrapped tonight - I unwrapped three so far. The first two were meh... just some colour transfer,with no discernible pattern - but the third actually turned out pretty cool - with some leaf patterns. I will post pics later. It's getting late and tomorrow is another day chock full of classes and the floor show opens at 10 - so ashopping I will go!
MIL's birthday was just about a week and a half after mine... this is the card I made her. It is a purple A2 sized top fold card. I had the patterned paper in a stash and layered that over a gray cardstock to frame it. I then made more layers of the purple and gray again, to frame a piece of white paper, which I stamped the flowers on in a gray archival ink - I think it is Wendy Vecchi's watering can by Ranger.
I made another set, in smaller layers, and embossed the sentiment in purple. After that, I used water colour pencils and a water brush to add the colour to the flowers. I then added a wash of gray across the lettering and around the flowers to soften the starkness of the white. I then glued the layers together, off center, for each of the pieces. I glued the flower layers across the patterned layer, then I used foam dots to lift the sentiment up across the bottom.
Inside I added the sentiment in silver embossing. Home Jim's mom likes it. But she seems to appreciate when we make her stuff - which is always nice.