I am so excited to have moved into my new shop location. handmade &found is now open inside When Pigs Fly Magic Happens in downtown Smithfield. The open house will be in February so be on the lookout for the invitation. New space, new designs.
I have been inspired the last few weeks, by a little bird. SA made some new lights for the front porch. The old ones rusted and everything we saw at the stores were not interesting(this happens to me a lot). So this little bird decides to build a nest-this late in summer-inside the light fixture. We have two lights on the porch, but she had to use the one near our front door. So not we are dive bombed every time we go out the door, and we cannot turn on the lights. It is a testament to the dedication, in the beginning we tried to move the nest before it got to big. But the birds never gave up on using this exact spot. I guess we should use this lesson, even if things don’t quite work out you can still keep going. Still trying to figure what type of birds they are, anyone know what they are?
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.
I have some new classes coming in the next couple of week, at the Art Center @319, in Smithfield. Hope you can come and create some beautiful gifts. It is such a great experience and being close to the Holidays makes it a fun social event as well. Older teens and Adults.
Silk Painting and Shibori, we will hand paint and do wrap resist with silk fabrics and dyes.
Tuesday, November 27th 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, December 4th 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
You can sign up by contacting the Center.
I have a silk painting workshop coming up in Smithfield at the Art Center@319, contact them to register. This is a day long class at the new location of Isle of Wight Arts League we will learn and practice several techniques and complete several samples and a finished silk scarf. The class size is limited due to space, so sign up early to try out this beautiful art form. It has been a couple of years since I offered this class, so I look forward to working with everyone.
Finished and new vest/tunic for myself. I found this unique fabric, and the design works with skirts or pants. I get inspired for clothing, is spurts, working on a top now, more for summer.
Do you have any weekend, craft/sewing projects going on?
It seems like scarves are the thing for this season. They have been selling as quick as I can get them out there. I have a few left if anyone needs a great last minute gift, please contact me and I can get it out to you.