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Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Local Polymer Clay Workshop

Meriel of Anwyn Yarn Studio hosted our Polymer Clay workshop and what a lovely space it was too. A small group (one of whom is taking my Machine Knitting Weekend workshop next month) it was busy and fun as any larger one I have had...and Anwyn is in my neighbourhood, two blocks away!

Work and Creation.
You can see that when we get going coffee and herb teas fuel the day and for this workshop I had lovely large tile work surfaces.

Some great work.
In demonstrating I sometimes get some buttons done, the purple ones are mine after demonstrating the 'Skinner Method' of creating a coloured roll.

Lunch was so convenient with Tim Horton's right across the road and a sushi place around the corner!

A great match!
One of our number had wanted to take this workshop for years and kept missing it for one reason or another but I was so pleased when she walked in the door. She had brought with her a jacket she had been working on but had ground to a halt with no inspiration for what buttons to use. Well...beautiful set of eight was created! Half with a red base and half with a black base...don't they look great?!

Stylish but inexpensive!

Someone asked me about something that led me to talk about my bedroom curtain rods. Back when I was putting up the curtains on the three windows there I looked at rods and finials...however it would have cost me $$$ I didn't want to spend. My solution....curtain rods from Kmart or Zellers, two to a pack, Anthracite coloured Fimo and a matching colour auto paint from Canadian Tire. 

I took apart the rods, plying off the knobs on each end and building the finials, six different ones,  on those with the polymer clay. While I did that I hung the rods out in the driveway and spray painted them with the auto paint. When the finials are baked I stuck them back on the rods and ... voila... chic curtain rods that have been there for years...through two sets of curtains!  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Working towards this fun and well attended event. It's half way to the One of a Kind Show in Toronto so it will get me in show mood!

Here's a new little felted hat... back to some knitting.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Winter Sun and Fun

Finally some warmer weather! Stepping from my front door to my studio door the other day I actually though 'oh how warm it is'.... I guess minus 1 Celsius is warm after weeks of minus what seems like a squillion!!!!!

While hunting for something in my studio (that can take weeks!) I came across a file with my old 'cut and paste' mock ups for one of my first brochures. Long before computers that is what we did to do posters, brochures and such if you did it yourself....then headed on down to MailBoxes Etc to print them out (BS - Before Staples).

Woo! Check out those prices. I think this was the mid '80's. I started doing a brochure when I did the Festival of Canadian Fashion, which ran for a few years. I didn' need to earn much as I lived in a small apartment and in those days there was no car to pay for (I lived in Toronto), no internet, no computer, laptop,  cell phone, and a lot of other things I find essential now! Then also cost of materials has gone up and now I not only knit but work in polymer clay and felting....more stash!

I enjoyed a delightful evening at our local Knit Traders at a Yarn Tasting. We were all given a plate of yarn finger windings and a set of needles and set to knitting them up. We were asked to rate the yarns as to if we would buy them or not. My favourite was  Estelle Fino....beautifully seemingly hand dyed Wool Silk yarn. I didn't have enough but might get some to try on the knitting machine, I think it would work well.
A snowy afternoon was a great day for  a planned get together of some knitter and textile friends.