Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fun Fun Fun

The needle felting workshop at Lamoore Designs was pure fun. Mom's a marvelous teacher and sent everybody home with a sweet little chickadee and ideas for more fun. The wee ones in the front are the size of my thumb. I love them. Thanks Lamoore!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January Edition

Added a little shimmer to the latest birch bark wreath for the new year edition. I hand cut some strips of copper foil and blended them in with the bark bundles. They just seem to go together. The wreaths are a result of high winds in December. There is bark all over the ground on our walks through the woods. Forest gifts. Birch bark faerie?

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Not One Knot

Well, maybe one knot to get started and one to finish. Can't say for sure what made me go looking for shells on a crisp winter day. A small rebellion against the gray sky? This is a fun technique that will enclose just about any shape. I knotted up a couple of little projects to get me going on something new. It's a great way to use a little treasure you've picked up for whatever reason. I used wax linen and some glass seed beads I had on hand to wrap this pretty piece of mussel shell my daughter had collected on a trip to P.E.I. I bought  Mary Hettmansperger's wonderful book  Fabulous Woven Jewelry as soon as it came out and have been inspired by all of the great projects in it, knot less netting being one of them. I highly recommend it. 

......got another piece finished with a leather neck cord. It's a shell from a long ago trip to a beach by my mother I'm guessing and a little bit of P.E.I. sandstone attached to the bottom.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year New Colors!

A quick look back at some old projects and a good reason to forge ahead with one of my favorite colors for weaving, the Pantone color of the year for 2010. Yup. Turquoise! It's a welcome contrast to the shades of gray outside the window these days. So, into the dye pot will go some Peacock from Cushings and some Kingfisher from Dylon. Two of my favs. Have always liked the turquoise and brown combination or turquoise and a bright green but I'll need to experiment with a new match this year to shake things up. Will turn on all of the lights I can to get the full effect of this beautiful color. It takes me to the tropics while I'm weaving.