Most of you know that there is a very dangerous fire burning close to Colorado Springs. I live 1 mile south of the mandetory evacuation zone. On Saturday night Greg and I decided to heed the authorities and have 72 hours of clothes, medicine and valuables ready to go at a moments notice. Then we had to decide what were the most valuble things. I realized in that moment that I could walk away with a few clothes, my meds, and my electronics ie: computer,Nook, and cell phone and I could survive. Perspective is a wonderful thing to look at sometimes.Now I really can understand those people who say Me and my loved ones are alive and it can’t get bettter than that.
That being said, I did pack my hand stitching stuff, and my Bernina
I will post a tutorial on straight stitches this week so be on the look out for that. I am also working with several companies using felt and Multi Purpose Cloth. It is a challenge but I am enjoying it,
I want to talk about some hand stitching threads that I have been using that are simply wonderful. If you have never used Valdani threads, floss and pearl cotton you are in for a treat. I first used the silk floss 2 years ago after I purchased a box at sample spree in Houston. The silk floss comes in 6 strand 21 mitre balls and is variegated. The colors are just beautiful and I find that the strands do not tangle much. It is a delight to work with and I urge you to go check them out. They are a small family owned business located in Canada. Check out the photo of Liz Kettle and Carol Ann Waugh at their booth at market in Kansas City!
I just got back from spring market in Kansas City. It was the first time I had been on a trip since I have been sick. I did better than I thought so that was very encouraging.
I will be working on a hand stitching book and some bag and purse patterns all summer. It is exciting to get back into things. I have missed the creative juices flowing more than I could imagine. I will begin posting a monthly tutorial starting in June,be on the look out for it!
I feel like I have been in a cave for the last 10-12 weeks. Greg’s mother passed away on Christmas day so we made a mad dash to Mo. for the funeral and then we spent 2 weeks with his sister and family cleaning out his mom’s house. I came home with pnuemonia and that was all she wrote for January, Febuary and part of March! I have never had to just lay there before and it makes me so thankful for my health. I take so much for granted.
I have been able to gradually spend more and more time in the studio but feel like I am playing catch up and can’t quite get there!
I am working on some patterns for the bags I have been making. It is exciting to think about finally getting them published. I am also working on a hand-stitching book with Landauer. I love the funky new fibers and am having a ball playing with them.
I am going to spring market in Kansas City in May,can’t wait to look for new products to play with!
I am very excited about the launch of several teaching opportunities.
Liz Kettle and I are working together on a year long Art Quilt Workshop concept. This series of workshops is designed to help you explore the world of art in fabric and stitch. The first class is on February 10th – 1 pm – 5 pm. Take one class or take them all. Classes do not need to be taken in order. Each month we will explore an exciting range of art design and composition basics, fabric embellishing techniques, work with specialty threads, mixed media techniques and more. Detailed information can be found on our class page at http://www.textileevolution.com. Each listing on the calendar outlines what will be taught at that specific session.
Also, I am teaching a bag class (see photo) on February 10th at 9 am. You will make an envelope bag learning deconstructed crazy quilting from the book – Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond (instructions found on pages 28 - 29). Liz and I are co-authors. The base of the bag will be multi-purpose cloth decorated with your scraps of silk, hand dyes and all the bits you have been saving.
Finally, Liz and I are offering open studio time. Bring your unfinished projects and we will assist, troubleshoot and even rip seams for you. Open studios are offered each month so check the calendar for dates and times.
I made it to Houston safe and sound in spite of the first snow storm of the season in Colorado.I am looking forward to teaching and meeting new people. Can’t wait to see all the new products! I will let everyone know about all the great ones.
I had 2 of my long suffering friends come over last week to make new bag patterns and work the kinks out. Thank you Linda and Deb! The bags are really great and I am working on the patterns. Look for them at the end of the year and early 2012. Linda is working on a yoga bag and Deb made a larger purse. We added a few little things like ribbon and appliques. I still keep coming up with more ideas! If any of you out there have an idea just let me know and I can work on it. Who knows,you might have a bag pattern named after you.:o)