It seems like the weather is finally warming and things are all green. It is the perfect time to get collect inspiration for my art and design projects. Some leave stamps and screens for printing are in the works. I have several classes coming up around the Tidewater area, so check out that page for all the locations and dates.
This coming Saturday April 23rd I will be doing some embroidery and hand stitch work demonstrations at the Oak Level House in Isle of Wight as part of the Virginia Historic Garden Week. Make sure you visit my studio in the Arts Center @319 in downtown Smithfield.
I have a new hand stitching class in Smithfield next week. We are doing a holiday bird theme, and stitching a beautiful fabric panel. Come and join us, November 18 and 25, you can find out more at the web site Art Center @ 319.
Sewing away at Blue Skies today. Some new work in progress.
Holiday Ornaments now available at Blue Skies or contact me directly.
I have my last sewing class with my younger students tomorrow. It is so exciting to see new young people being creative and their interest in sewing. We have great discussions, I think they all relax when their hands are busy and the thoughts and words just flow. We have talked a lot about sewing machines and how they work, in my research I found this unique machine. I love when design is always a part of function.
The Alto machne is made for non/beginner sewers. Easy threading, and the speed is controlled by your hands moving on the fabrics-no foot pedal. This could be great for students.
Happy New Year, looking forward to much creating in 2013.
A great chance to get some handmade gifts this weekend. J and I will be in downtown Norfolk with my shirts, bags and fabrics. This is my last show for the year, some of these items are leaving my inventory. Many other artisans will be there to showcase there work. Hope to see you there.
A friend ask me last week about hand quilting. She had received a donated, unfinished quilt and needed it for the Art League fund raiser auction. I do some had work, but have never completed a whole quilt. I started looking about on line and found some beautiful examples of hand quilting in modern design form.
The time involved seems daunting to me to do a a large quilt, but I will included some hand stitching and quilting in some of my smaller projects. It is great practice for all sewing skills and I use it in my teaching. This summer in turning out to be full of inspiration and new up coming creative adventures. More ideas coming soon.
This beautiful detail is from Victoria at Silly BooDilly. I have followed her work for a while and really love her color sense, and the hand quilting is equally amazing. She has a beautiful collection of work quilts as well.
I have some classes coming this summer at my studio. Please let me know if you are interested, space is limited.
Sewing for Beginners and Intermediate
June 26, July 3 12:30-4pm Teens 12-18 $40 each class all materials included Students will work on projects to help enhance their sewing skills. Focus on seam allowance, edge finishing, pleats, darts, hemming, etc., will be covered in this class. New and unique material uses included.
Creative Fiber Arts July 31, August 14 12:30-4pm $40 each class all materials included Teens and Adults Students will work on projects using different types of fabric embellishment techniques. Focus on surface design on fabric, dyeing, stencil, print, hand stitching and embroidery.