Tuesday, May 6, 2014

wrists and fingers and twining around

Dear bloggers, it's not that I don't love you, but I get so involved, that I forget to write! I'm probably, at least three posts behind, but hope to chat with you again, later in the week. April was a busy, learning and refresher month for me. I took a few evening and weekend classes at BeadFX, but I'm only going to discuss one of them, with you today. I seem to be getting deeper into jewelery mode,so I'll show you two fibre cuffs, I made before starting to play with something entirely different. The first is a felted cuff, made in a class with Dawn Liu-Smythe, who's easy humour and casual teaching style, made for a very pleasant day. The second, a sari silk cuff, hand stitched on water-soluble stabilizer, and then embellished with hand embroidery, and freeform beaded netting. I dreamed it up, after last weekend's spending spree at The Creativ Festival, as I just had to justify those $$'s with a possible class sample! Nothing's firm yet, but I'll keep you informed.
My next foray into fibre, was a result of a blog post about Scrap Fabric Twine, that I found somewhere on the internet. A great little stash buster, very easy, and also quite addicting. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but I do seem to be twining fairly regularly. Dare I say that I'll make it a daily task? Probably not, but weekly is a definite possiblility! Of course, my next challenge will be finding something to wind it on, while waiting for inspiration. I know that my friend Kaite in Australia is planning to coil baskets out of hers, and Sue in Arizona, may wrap a chubby doll (LOL!). My ideas = a total mystery!
If you're interested in "twining", please play along, and share your results in the comments. As usual, more later.......

5 comments:

Beth said...

I think I am going to try the twine... thing, maybe next week... or the week after... It would be great to wrap on an 'antique' spindle/spool. Not exactly an arty thing, but they are large enough to wrap on for a few yards.

kaiteM said...

Oooh love your coloured fabric twine, think i have twinelust, lol!
Did i tell you i've decided to buy a new spinning wheel? hee hee....

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Yeah, Beth!!!! I do have a vintage spindle, but don't think that it will hold enough. I'll try and find something else when I visit one of the big flea/antique markets. Driftwood would work as well, but I like to use my favoirite pieces for display. Must find more!

Kaite, the batiks are wonderful to work with, but eventually, I'll need to start working with the other quilting cottons. I do love the colour and texture of the batiks best! My other wuestion is, what are you going to do with your old spinning wheel? Do you follow the one in, one out practice?

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I can 'see' the twine made into one-of-a-kind placemats - looks like great fun to do.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

MA, perhaps not placemats, but I'm still thinking about it. The obvious choice would be couching, but I've already done that.