(Class samples for a new Needle Felted Cuff class at Artistic Artifacts)
and making class samples for display at various venues and shows.
I have also been working intently on a quilt for the Arts and Old Lace Quilt Challenge. This is another challenge created by quilt artists Cyndi Souder and Judy Gula of the Power Suit Challenge . This challenge is much more suited to my style as it involves using old lace.Cyndi received an offer of fabrics and laces left over from a bridal shop. Not wanting to turn down such a generous donation of such fabulous textiles, the Arts and Old Lace Challenge Quilt Project was born!! Cyndi is a master of such things and has a real knack for promoting and organizing such events!!
The excitement is building as the due date arrives (May 31) and I am still working on my piece! The truth be told, I misplaced my packet in my home studio and after spending two full days trying to locate it, I cried UNCLE and asked if there were any stray bits left over. Judy rustled up some scraps, I pulled out a bunch of bits to use from my stash and dove into the process.
I cannot reveal anything significant till after the show date ( July 21 at the Artistic Artifacts Annex in Alexandria VA) But I will show you a few details and teaser photos.I have been very inspired by Allison aller's wonderful new book all about embellishment and I used her technique for using Angelina (c) fibers fused to silk fabric and then cut out each floret by hand ,to create this flower. One very important tip: use very sharp scissors!! I love these by Havels! You can purchse them here, of course!!
Here I kept up with my feather stitch work that i used so much in my Coral Cacophony piece and created some feathery foliage. A few beads added to this lovely vintage doily really added some great sparkle! Ok that's it! No more for now. I may show a few more photos of tiny portions before the Big Opening , so you will have to stop by again!
Now, for a change of subject, My New Toy!! My wonderful husband and kids have gotten me a wonderful teaching tool for a combined Mother's Day + Birthday gift! It is an Asus Tablet with keyboard docking station!! Cover your ears Apple product fans , but it is much BETTER than the IPAD as it allows you to add memory and has a USB port . I can load entire slide shows of teaching techniques and examples that I can use to introduce ideas and techniques at the start of my classes. It has a large touch screen that allows you to zoom in on stitching details and it can be passed around from student to student and pictures flipped through with a flick of the finger without worrying about dropping a stack of pictures on the floor!! Brilliant I tell you!!! I used it today for the first time in one of my classes and it was the BOMB!!!!!
The tablet portion can easily detach from the key board and serve as a tablet for easy passing about. here are a few pictures to show you how I am using this wonderful teaching assistant!!
For example we talked about using the same stitch but in different thread types and sizes to achieve depth in a tapestry piece. I was able to find a spot on the tapestry where I had used the technique and describe how I had done it and what materials I had used. (All the while the actual piece is hanging in the gallery at Artful Dimensions in Fredericksburg!)
Then with another flick of my finger, I was able to move over to another spot and talk about other details, like rocks wrapped and stitched into bits of lace, for example!!!
Just could not be more useful , fun and informative!!! Now when I have trouble finding the words to describe what I am trying to explain, I can circumvent the stuttering mouth -brain connection and whisk out the tablet with the pictures that are worth so many thousands of words!!!!
I am so very lucky to have such a wonderful family to support my artistic efforts and a husband who adores setting up the new tools for me!!!