Next Tuesday I go in for hand surgery. I'll be splinted for one week and then the nerve damage should begin to repair itself.
The feeling should be completely back in about a year. The last three weeks have been very upside down.
In the midst of all of the sickness and injury, my daughter and her husband (I still smile when I say that) moved to Chicago. Lots of chaos but they are settling in.
I'm thinking Yellow right now and Gray. Monochromatic (what?!). Yes. I am going to try some monochrome and see where it leads me. I need a little challenge and excitement to get me through. I had to cancel my Little Bird stitch class (heartbreak) but it will be rescheduled. I'll get up again.
In the space between running an errand that took me to Manayunk and preparing for my class tomorrow at The Ink Pad, I found a 30 minute space for a cappucino and Philadelphia Stories. Resting my back because, naturally, this is a good week to have my back acting up.
The spaces between. Between putting together class kits, crocheting more white vessels to be dipped in dye. Between thinking, writing, researching, sketching, the odd bit of sewing and the sitting on ice pack. Negative space is a positive thing. The thought of happy students making art on Saturday pushes me on. And the man who is dropping everything to chauffeur me and my big bag to NYC because the train is out of the question right now. And I do love the train but am counting (again) my blessings.
Good weekend everyone. I'll see some of you tomorrow where real live hugs can be exchanged.
I'm purty durned excited about teaching a stitch class. Outside of our library Stitch Alongs this will be my first big class and my first time at Little Bird in NYC. Two firsts! So you know I'm obsessively planning.
After years of stitching and painting (and taking other classes), I feel ready to teach techniques that I've spun into my own and take my the body of information out there.
This class will be filled with information using some traditional tools and materials of mixed media combined with stitch.
The techniques are simple as are the stitches. We'll talk about texture, color, mark making.
I've been learning from some of the best over the past couple of years: Jude Hill (online), Jan Beany and Jean Littlejohn (via DVD). My library classes have readied me for folks who can't thread a needle or make a knot. I am ready! and super excited. I hope you'll join me.
Don't be overwhelmed with what you see here. The class is quite small.
November 23, Little Bird Studios, NYC. 10-5 pm Register through MeetUp here (4 spots remain)
After being charged with creating the silk pocket squares for The Wedding, I did a bit of digging around for the easiest way to do this. I ordered ColorHues dyes and silk pocket squares from Dharma Trading but very little instruction was offered up on using the ColorHues.
Along came Juliann of The Sick Chick here. She also has color mixing tutes here and here. Really great information. About the ColorHues dyes: These are instant set, non-toxic dyes for silk (or other protein fibers). No heat, no boiling, no long set times. They aren't the cheapest option but they are the easiest. These would be great for a group or kids. Good summer fun.
After dyeing the pocket squares, I decided to see what I could do with a silk scarf, also from Dharma. So let's make a groovy scarf!
I used the pumpkin, rose, goldenrod, yellow, green and turquoise dyes, mixed up in small plastic cups and used pipettes to "paint." Lay some plastic down on your work surface and have a wiping rag (another piece of silk?) at the ready.
You may want to ease up on the colors. Mine definitely looks like Gerry Garcia was here.
This was super easy. I wet and squeeze the excess water out of the scarf. Squeeze it really hard because excess water will dilute the colors.
Take the scarf and fold it in half. Now twist it around really good and secure it with rubber bands every few inches. Simple tie dye.
Using the pipettes, move along the scarf and squeeze color onto every section. Take your time and be mindful that you will get browns and grays if you mix rose and green in the same area. I don't mind this as I like muddy color in some areas.
Your Freak Flag
Keep flipping the scarf around until everything is colored. The rubber bands will act as resist, as will the creases, giving you some white areas and distressed color.
After everything has been saturated, squeeze the roll and massage gently for a couple of minutes. Dunk the roll into clear water and squeeze to discharge any unabsorbed dye.
Now you can remove the rubber bands and unfold your creation. Hang to dry and let your freak flag fly!
PS: I will be starting a new class called Taming the Critic in a couple of weeks. This is a reformated version of last years 21 Secrets class. Soon after that, I'll start the "very beginner" art journal class. So stay tuned.
I am feeling a bit sad. A confluence of my upcoming birthday and a bit of sadness with a good friend who was just fired (!) from a job she loved and did well because she is now older and, therefore, undesirable. Why pay one person a lot of money when they can pay 5 younger people a tiny bit? Oh dear, no. I won't rant right now.
I am working on samplers right now. Tried to take some pictures but they came out very poorly. A friend going through my work last night said "A Journal of Stitch." Yes.
I wanted to thank you all for participating in the last two post conversations. Such a rich response. I keep sending out replies to you via email but nothing is getting onto the blog. What gives Typepad?
Sewing lesson today on resizing a pattern for my dress for The Wedding. More to come on this. I've been busy with craft and sewing projects for the wedding and will share with you.