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fun workshop...

On Wednesday I went to a workshop at one of my favorite places to stop by.
Stitch - A Sanctuary for Knitters, Quilters and Needle Artists.

This is an amazing place of colour, ideas, items and friendly service.

Who else has a workshop and serves hot cider, tea and homemade Cranberry Crumble cake?

Jocelyn is the owner and she is knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming.

We got to do 4 different activities.

 The first was some tree ornaments.

 I actually finished those and they await my Christmas tree....

Next was a button and bead garland. I am using beads from my friends button collection so it is kind of special to me. I hope to get some small beads to add to it because I thought I had some and didn't .

The next is a primitive reindeer.  Sadly he is just stitched and not embellished yet. He needs antlers, and legs as well as a few other touches.

Finally this is not a primitive sail boat but will be a hand stitched Christmas tree stuffed, blanket stitched together with felted Christ…

Information or Fun Overload...

Just spent a great 5 days. Different activities but fun non the less...

Grey Cup Activities:  Adrenaline Zone Zip Lining, Pancake Breakfast from the Calgary Stampeders, Bands, Dancing, Laughing, Walking, Great Bakery, Parade, Smiling, Lobster Hat Wearing.

Then a milestone birthday: visits with good friends, and a great Floyd Elsinga Sculpture from my husband.  He is currently displaying at the "One of a Kind Christmas Show" at the Direct Energy Building in Toronto at the Grounds of the Exhibition.

I will post a shot of my sculpture when it is hung.

Then Yesterday I went to the "One of a Kind Christmas Show" mainly to visit my friend Lisa Skog who is a Raku Artist.

It was great to see her work displayed! If you go say hi to her from me!

The show is on until Sunday December 2, 2012

My friend I went with and I tried on hats.

I loved this one the best.

After all this activity my mind is sw…

Instead of....

Instead of getting ready for work...
I put in my resignation about 5 weeks ago... It is good. I need time to take care of me and my family.
But instead of going in to my soon to be not my work...
I was reading blogs...
This is good and bad...
Bad because so much time goes by and nothing is done.
Good because I read Kit Lang's post of today.
I have never met Kit in person but I love her blog. http:www//

Her post today was about what she was doing while she is recovering from being under the weather...
And her word for 2012 was "Intention"

In your art work how much should be intention and how much just play?
I suppose it depends on your goals and skills.
I have always thought I have to make something functional... practical...
Now that I am trying to develop my art skills (and sometimes it is not pretty lol) I want to be intentional but I also want it to be fun....

So I am borrowing if I may from Kit's 2012 word "Intentional" and a…

Book Review ...

I bought another book a couple of months ago.

After seeing Kristal Wick on You Tube

I was interested in reading her book. Can't get stuff like this at my local library so I  did the Chapters thing and treated myself.... again.

- read lessFabulous Fabric Beads: Create Custom Beads and Art Jewelry by Kristal Wick Interweave Press, LLC | September 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback
A spectacular combination of beading, scrapbooking, fiber arts, and mixed-media techniques, this amazing handbook describes how to create 30 handcrafted beads from rolled tubes of silk, muslin, or ribbon. With more than 20 easy embellishment techniques incorporating glitter, paint, crystals, or wire, these projects result in stunning beads that can be created with inexpensive and readily available supplies and tools described in this guide. Detailed discussions on choosing appropriate fabrics and creating a variety of surface designs are coupled with well-documented instructions on how to cut, roll, dip, and dry co…

An Art Book or a Technique Book....

My husband and I belong to a small group book club. It is kind of cool we each take a turn hosting and picking a book. We have come from different reading backgrounds and so some of the choices are very different than what  we are used to reading. This months choice is a fantasy book. But that is not what I want to talk about....
In order to get free shipping from Chapters/Indigo (a Canadian bookstore chain...) we had to chose another book. The shipping was going to be half the price of another paper back or more. Usually we pick a historical murder mystery. But I through out that I had looked at this book when we were shopping in Lancaster, Penn. a couple of weekends ago... 

It is listed on the back as $35.99. I did not mind paying for the book in the quilt store but I was trying to keep my spending down and had just bought 30 yds of fabric at a price much cheaper than I could buy at home in Ontario.

So we added this on to our book order for $25.25...

S * Prices may vary in store. F…

What makes art and someone an artist?

Ever feel fragmented.. what direction to go in? In a month I turn 50. The age does not bother me but defining what I want to do for the next season of my life does.
Most of my married life I have had kids to rule and guide. They are still there but more independent than ever.
I thought I would have so much free time when they were grown. My life has been defined in how much work I get done. Meet a deadline. Make pies, bake pies! (lots of fundraisers for those kids)
I even crammed more sewing in the day when the kids were small than I do now.
Now that I am "into" art quilting I find as I delve deeper into it I can be more intimidated by presenting what I am making. Critique is good but oh so hard.
It is like I want a course outline to follow so I can check the accomplishments off of the list.
I wonder what others think of this.
Do you ever feel you need a list to check off so you can put the label of fiber artist on yourself?
If you stumble by leave an opinion.
Share my ques… a bad word in my lingo...

I keep thinking I will create when...
I don't know if when will come as "when" was going to come when

the kids grew up.... 19, 21 and 24 is grownthe kids where away from home...2 back to University and 1 staying until he is married next year. things settle down at the day job...ha,ha, haMy fibromyalgia settles down... 15 years and still going strong...and yes I have tried just about everything. When the dog died... she died and then I gave in to this....

What can I say he looked into my eyes and I was in love! He is Moe. Short for Geronimo! (Picture me out in the back yard yelling Geronimo! and you can see why I shortened it.) 
"When" came to a crisis a couple of weeks ago. I used to call them magic melt downs when the kids were small. They had enough! Their energy was shot. Whether the heat, demands, worries, concerns - I had enough. I do not have to drain myself on other peoples agendas. What is important is my family and my health. 
So... regroup. Forgive one…


Finally some time to play in the sewing lair. A whole afternoon to play!

I had made a table runner - a spiral table runner seen here

I had a bunch of leftovers and I hate to see waste so I assembled them. The colours are some of my favorites. I was excited to use them and going through my stuff I found other things to add.
The following pictures shows the process.
Now is the piece finished or do I add some more beading.
The piece will be called Harmony. Not because the lines match up because they don't. But because this is the way I would like to see the world. All different pieces coming together in a Harmonious pattern.

Comments are welcome!

March 8, 2013

Update: After making this piece and adding a bunch of embellishments I entered it into the BFA guild show last fall. It was not juried in. I was not there for the Jurors comments.
I ended up taking all the embellishments off. And just placed on…

Interesting Thought...

If you never put yourself out there, risk or try you do not grow.
If you try and succeed you feel great and will try again.
If you try and do not make it what is in people to keep trying and why do some give up.

Just thinking....

Holiday time...

Off for two weeks... but what a dilemma! What to take with me....?
The sewing machine for sure. But what projects? Quillows for neices? Hand quilting? Kanzani flowers? Fabric beads to make my earrings? Flannel to make baby blankets for friends? Odds and sods of projects half done? New projects? Art quilting projects? My new seta paints?
I wish I could take it all but my sewing room won't fit in the van....
I have to decide by 2 pm. It is a good thing I have a patient husband.

Battle Reenactment...

My DD works at a Canadian Historic Park which depicts the life of Fort George in the time of 1812. The fort is located in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario on the Niagara River. Fort Niagara (USA fort) is across the river. Saturday they had a simulated reenactment of  a Naval exercise for the British. 

After the "battle" DH and I spent a lovely afternoon people watching, reading and napping in the park.  We then got some supper from the local grocery store and went to the actual Fort George park site to take in an evening reenactment of the "Re taking of the Fort by the British soldiers, Militia, and Natives forces from the "Americans" who had taken over the fort in the War of 1812.  Lots of musket fire and cannons. The reenactors do this for free and travel around each year on the weekends to share our history. They do this on both sides of the border. If you can take in any events that go on this summer and fall and next year it truly is a fun experience and wort…

Oh what a glorious Canada Day!

Canada Day weekend. Sometimes we go to the cottage;Sometimes we stay home. This weekend we went to the cottage with some great friends. Sun, water, peaceful sounds of the forest.
And our new duck friends.
Bob and Betty were a couple who kept floating by and even came up on the dock.

We named the single mom Matilda. The three children are unnamed. When my kids were small I would have made a whole story about them and their lives. As it was we just enjoyed them. 
Thankful we live in a free country. We may have some problems as a nation. But I do confess when I am at the cottage I do not think of any. 

A few things on the go....

Been busy with lots! Family all home for the summer, work, play, etc. The spring has played havoc with my joints.

Best news is my DS1 is engaged to a wonderful girl. So a wedding next year!

On the sewing/quilting front I finally finished a queen size top that my daughter and I have been working on for awhile. It is for a great couple who have been patiently waiting for it for a year.

This is it before borders. I need to take it to be basted and then it will be hand quilted by my daughter and I this summer.

I also did a table runner with my local quilt guild. I love it and it is in my living room.

It is a spiral table runner using the 9 or 10 degree ruler.

Working on an art piece for my Fiber Arts group and a joint show being put on in the fall with 3 other groups. This should be a real stretch for me. I have been mulling in my mind of what to do and I have the basic structure in place. It is a piece that will be the first part of a series for me based on my…

Kanzashi Flowers...

I like to find small projects that are portable. In the evenings I find it hard to sew at my machine.
Though  playing with making my yoyo's with my Clover makers. A member of my fiber arts group got me hooked on making the yoyo's and from that I went to see what other things I could make.
Kanzashi flowers caught my eyes. Diane Gilleland book explains how to make these beautiful flowers. Her blog is full of examples and information.

You can buy the templates from clover but this book is very enjoyable to read and look at. It has easy to follow instructions.

Here are some of the flowers I have made.


See the yoyo's.
Yoyo's or buttons as centres. 
Hair clips, pins, quilts... of what fun! 

Fabric Beads and more

Over the past few months I have been playing with making fabric beads.
It has been fun and is something easy to do while I watch tv or when I am in the car (not driving as passenger).
After surfing  you tube to find out how to do it and watching a few video's I have made some beads. I have found that I do not like to use glue to hold them together. I have been using some double side sticky tape I bought at an art supply store. I have been using up my batik cotton scraps that I have been saving.
Here is the result.

And after adding some sparkly thread which I wrapped and stitched on again because I do not like glue.

And then I made some earrings.

And then I got hooked on making yoyo's (not the wooden child's toys) out of fabric scraps using my "Clover" yoyo makers that I bought sometime ago.  So I made these.

I am not sure what I will do with the yoyo and beads but I love the colours.  For now I will just make them for fun. 
I am enjoying wearing the earrings.  N…

Fabric Paper Play....

Making fabric paper is like going back to grade school art class! I covered my table in the laundry room with plastic and began... 
Using my Creative Explorer instructions I first did the easiest technique using muslin, fusible and tissue paper. 
Next I made the rigid fabric paper... 
I made several types of paper. 
This muslin + tissue paper with a fabric dye product called Colourvie

This is muslin + tissue paper + stamping with staz on ink.

This is muslin +tissue paper + craft store acrylic paint. 
Muslin + tissue paper + cheese cloth. (Not coloured yet)

Muslin + tissue paper + dryer sheets. (no colour) 

 I am keeping a note book with my experiments.  The possibilities are endless. And lots of fun to play with glue! 
It is fun to be a creative explorer! (Even if this is January's project! )