Monday, March 02, 2015

Fingerless Gloves From Wool Blanket

Locked in the cold as I am, I am still looking for ways to stay warm.
These new fingerless gloves were a fun project over the weekend as our weather forecasters predicted we will break all records for the most consecutive days of below freezing temperatures in my part of the world.

My gloves are upcycled from an old wool blanket I purchased antiquing in the summer.
Dragging this thick blanket home in the heat was not something I enjoyed, but I am really glad I did.
As soon as I saw the label I knew I would use it to make mittens.
I washed it in hot water twice and it is virtually felted.

I can cut my pattern and not worry about hemming.  
I really wanted to include some of the original ribbon edging 
so I made sure to cut in areas where the ribbon was nice.

I sewed these two gloves in moments.

I was already working on some beading in my lap tray and thought this filigree added something extra special to my mittens.

A few more beads and pearls and I can now wear these anywhere!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stitched Has Started!

Stitched 2015 is now open!
I am so happy to be a part of this extraordinary group of instructors.

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit about how I came to know of Alma Stoller.

A few years ago I was in a bit of a sewing slump.
Now I can sew.  I have a degree in Fashion from Ryerson so really, I understand the concept of sewing and design.  However, I just didn't seem to have any interest in making anything.
That did not stop me from collecting fabrics and fibers though.
My stash of vintage laces, ribbons and all types of fabrics was quickly overflowing a closet.
I needed something.
A new interest.
That is when Alma came into my life.
I saw the announcement for her online fabric bead class and signed up without giving it a second thought.
I looked forward to each any every post and video.
Alma introduced me to the concept of hand sewing.  
Simple stitches and fun.
I was hooked.
In the last several years nothing has brought me more joy or relaxation than the act of hand stitching.
Let me share with you some of the beads and fun objects I made after learning Alma's techniques.
 Her workshop on fabric beads had me making these for weeks at a time.
I use all the bits and bobs in my stash now.
Some I make just to admire.  I keep these in an acrylic box.
This is what I sometimes do with the beads.
In this case I used a vintage fabric and ribbon to make a set that I wear together.
Felting became a favorite for hand stitching as well.
 This is what I do if I find a vintage salesman collection of ribbon.  I make something beautiful out of every inch.
There are no limits or critiques needed.  Just stitch.
I think you can see my theme here.  The black ribbon was the inspiration.
I love the green hues in this group.
I especially love one of a kind square beads.  Her pattern for them is brilliant.
Every time I finish a bead I am completely satisfied and grateful I came across Alma in my Internet travels.

If these projects have inspired you I would encourage you to either sign up for our big Stitched Year of classes or sign up for Alma's special fabric beads class that I also linked here.

Stitched 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rings By Giovanna Blog Hop

I think one of my favorite jobs is to coordinate blog hops that involve my friends.

On the Dazzle-it blog I have been sharing some of the projects featured in the new “Rings by Giovanna” beading manual just released.  This manual is the first of a series that will showcase projects featuring Czech seed beads from the Dazzle-it Collection.  For our debut issue, we commissioned bead weaving artist Giovanna Fiume to create a collection inspired by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Now that the manual is published, it was time to put it into the hands of jewelry makers. We sent a blog hop kit to mostly inexperienced beaders to see if they were up to the challenge of creating a ring with seed beads.  We were sure that the big step-by-step photos and instructions would make them feel like there were in a classroom with Giovanna herself!
All the blog hoppers received a similar kit.  Various Czech seed beads, Wildfire beading thread, Dazzle-it beading needles and our new publication.  Not one project came back looking the same.  Here are their results.
Thank you again to everyone who joined the hop!  
Cyndi Lavin Post linked here.
Marissa Decipeda-Wong linked here.
Tammy Powley linked here.
Jennifer Tryon linked here.
Lisa Pace linked here.
Nancy Donaldson linked here.

Eileen Bergen linked here.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Introducing: STITCHED 2015 instructors

I could not be happier than to be a part of this amazing event this year!

STITCHED 2015 consists of:

-seven online classes by an eclectic group of artists.
Hanna Andersson, Lynn Krawczyk, Celeste Beck, 
Lesley Riley, Lidija Miklavcic, Carrie Payne and Carmi Cimicata.

-In addition, I will post a new online class every month for the entire year.
Everything from doll making, silk ribbon embroidery and crochet, including two art quilt classes called Ladies of the Canyon and She's so Unusual.

a view of my online STITCHED class called Ladies of the Canyon

- There will also be a 12 x 12 Block-of-the-Month every month.

- and 6 giveaway prizes that any registered STITCHED student can win.

STITCHED 2015 will last an entire year. 
It starts March 1st 2015 and ends March 1st, 2016. 
It is hosted in a private site.
It consists of over 25 online video instructions for only 

Click here to view more details

Now, let me introduce you to the STITCHED 2015 instructors.

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Hanna Andersson

iHanna is a mixed media artist, writer and embroiderer who shares all of her creative adventures on her blog. Twice each year she hosts an international mail art swap with participants from all over the world. iHanna is a fan of notebooks, glittery embroidery floss and iced coffee. She paints, draws and doodles in her art journal, creates art collages and small art quilts that features acrylic paint as well as stitching. She has also published photo books and created a lot of wooly softies.
iHanna lives in Sweden and has turned her home into a creative studio.”

Hanna is teaching a class called Stitch with Love

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Carrie Payne

Carrie Payne is a mixed media fiber artist and quilter enjoying imperfect moments and embracing mistakes.  She combines fabric, thread, paper and found objects to create art quilts and other stitched fun.  Her current work is an adventure in happiness with art quilts that feature bicycles, kids playing and girls in dimensional dresses. Along with her studio work, Carrie has written articles, designed fabric and patterns and taught classes on art quilting.
Carrie lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and two cats. 

Carrie is teaching a class called
Magpie Girl Art Quilt

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Lidija Miklavčič

Lidija is a self-employed fashion designer with an interest in all sorts of arts and crafts.  
She designs and sells her sewing patterns via her Etsy shop called Tutorial Girl
She is passionate about free motion sewing and recycling.
She enjoys repurposing old clothing into functional everyday items and creative works of art.
She lives with her family in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Lidija is teaching a class called Doodle Stitch

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Lynn Krawczyk

Lynn is a textile designer and author living in Michigan. Her main focus in her artwork is using surface design to custom tailor the fabric being used in a project. She is the author of the best seller, “Intentional Printing,” and has a line of fabric with Red Rooster Fabrics called INKED. She teaches via DVD workshop through Interweave and her personal motto is that if something stands still long enough, it’s possible to try printing on it. In her spare time she argues with her rescue dog, Carter, over who gets the best corner of the sofa (guess who usually wins?).
You can learn more about her at: 

Lynn is teaching a class called
Stencil Mania Textile Collage

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Celeste Beck

R. Celeste Beck is a co-owner and resident fiber artist at Goatfeathers Studio, a mixed media and fiber art space dedicated to the creation and sharing of her love of textiles. In the last few years, Celeste has focused her artistic energies on learning new techniques.  This journey has led her to explore working with surface design in the form of rusted and dyed fabrics that have been stitched, stamped and stenciled, plus a variety of digital and fabric art manipulations that show her love for the world of whimsy.  Her pieces have hung in local galleries.  In 2014 one of her quilted creations was displayed at the Worlds Quilt Show in West Palm Beach, Florida. 
 She lives in north Florida with her two labs, a miniature schnauzer, three cats, twelve chickens and her husband and soul mate of 46 years.    

Celeste is teaching a class called
Snarky Purse and Magical Fabric Cuff

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Carmi Cimicata

Carmi Cimicata is an artist who specializes in resin crafts, DIY jewelry and wearable art pieces.  
She is a social media designer who writes daily blog posts demonstrating different craft and jewelry making techniques for several companies.  Her love of vintage linens has her looking through piles of fabrics in every antique market she goes to.  Finding the unloved and possibly soon to be discarded items and upcycling them into jewelry is a passion. It is possible to preserve and permanently showcase fibers in resin and she will show you the best way to do that in her workshop.

Carmi is teaching a class called
Preserving Fiber Arts in Resin

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Lesley Riley
Lesley Riley wears many hats. She is an internationally known artist, art quilter, teacher, writer and Artist Success coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dreamoccupassion.

Her art and articles have appeared in too many places to keep count. As former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley developed a passion for showcasing new talent in mixed media art. Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories. A second, Fabric Memory Books, combined fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking. Two more books, Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur and Create with Transfer Artist Paper, introduced versatile new materials to the quilt and mixed media art world. A fifth book Creative Image Transfer debuted in 2014 Her 2013 self-published, best seller, Quotes Illustrated, was expanded and republished November 2014 by F&W Publications as Inspiring Quotes Illustrated. Lesley’s 8th book will be out at the end of 2015.

In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for quilters and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product. 

Lesley is the former host of BlogTalk Radio’s Art & Soul show, recording over 75 podcasts on art and the creative process through in-depth interviews with contemporary artists. Her passion and desire to help every artist reach their creative dreams and potential has led to a growing specialty as an Artist Success coach and mentor where she draws from her own experience, insight, and a knack for seeing the potential in everyone to provide guidance and solutions for artists of all levels.

Lesley creates her magic on an idyllic horse farm in Frederick, MD, where she lives in an empty nest with her high-school sweetheart husband. You’ll find her in her studio from sunup to sundown unless, of course, any of her seven granddaughters come to visit.

Stay connected and inspired! 
Sign up for Lesley’s free bi-weekly dose of inspiration and motivation at:

Lesley is teaching a class called
Fragment Fabric Collage

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Collaboration and Crafty Links

For The Love Of Resin Collaboration
Post One features the heart projects from only one artist, Nancy Donaldson.

Craft and Bead Links You Will Love

Have you ever received a gift of healing through gemstones? Lisa shares her story and is on the lookout for a special finding.

Check out what happened on Ema’s snow day!

When you have a bunch of gifts to hand out and don’t want to break the bank, think of something clever, funny, or thoughtful which will fit in a handmade envelope. Here are Eileen’s Valentines for guy and girlfriends.

Cherie works on paintings to help recharge her soul.

Cyndi shares her first Bead Journal Project piece of the new year, along with a tutorial! She’s working on 3D forms this year.

Looking for a bright pop of color on a gray winter day? Lisa’s sharing her latest bead stash…hello NEON!

Winners are announced for the Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, and there is some sad frogging news as well.

If you would like to see a fabulous mold making project inspired by Paris, you will need to view part one and two of this post.

Take a peek inside the Tesori Trovati Studio with Erin, and see where her fallow season has been leading her…into the world of mixed-media art!

Eileen has gathered up her favorite handmade Valentine crafts, which have been created and published on The Artful Crafter over the past ten years.

Cyndi shares the steps to making one of her free-form bead embroidered necklaces.

Cherie starts a series of paintings with brides.