24 April 2015

Design Wall

I have a small design wall about 4 feet wide and 5 long but it just wasn't big enough for large pieces. I live in an old Maine farm house with windows everywhere. In the entire house there were 2 walls that would hold an 8X8 design wall. The guestroom wall was just too close. I could only get about 7 feet away. The other wall was in the apartment I made for my parents - downstairs. Judith said it should be by my sewing machine but my studio has 4 ft knee walls with a pitched ceiling. I decided on the apartment wall.

I ordered two 4X8 sheets of 1.5" thick Styrofoam from the lumber yard down the road which they delivered. Near the door to the garage was a bumper on the baseboard which I installed to keep the doorknob from damaging the wall. I propped the first sheet of Styrofoam up on the bumper after trimming about 6" off the 8' height. I only used one sheetrock screw at the top to keep it in place. I had another bumper so I installed that one on the baseboard 4 feet from the first one and propped to second sheet of Styrofoam on it, locking in the tongue and groove on the Styrofoam then using a second sheetrock screw to keep that in place.

I had some 60" felt so I covered the sheets with that even though the Styrofoam was showing at the top and bottom.

Sorry about the unfocused picture. Since finishing I have left the ladder against the wall for pinning up high.

Next I used 108" wide muslin to cover everything.

I had to use pins with the muslin because the fabric wouldn't stick. Later, Joann had a sale on flannel and I covered it in flannel which worked a charm. Everything just "stuck" to it - no pins.

I LOVE this design wall and even though I have to walk over 100 feet to get to it, it is SO wonderful to use.

22 April 2015

This past weekend

A woman I met through the blog asked if I would consider coming to her house for a bookmaking workshop. It was quite a ride but it sounded like fun to me so I did. She very graciously put me up at her house on Saturday and Sunday we had our workshop.

I am always so wound up hoping I don't forget anything  important like paper (smile). Much to my delight the women I met were lovely, no one got hurt, and the books came out wonderfully. I of course made sure I charged my camera battery and brought the camera but I was so involved I forgot to take out the camera and take pictures. The best I can do is show the type of books we made.


Long Stitch with a leather cover

Inside a long stitched book

 Accordion Fold

I have tutorials for the Coptic and Accordion fold but there is nothing likes "hands on" and personal instruction. Some folks can learn from a picture and others learn by watching.

The bottom line was everyone learned and the books were all so unique. Thank you ladies for a wonderful weekend!

20 April 2015

Holy Cow!

I knew I hadn't posted lately but a MONTH!! I had no idea.

Well, I have been busy. I am just getting ready to put a quilt under the needle. 

I also made a beautiful piece months ago and couldn't decide how to quilt it. I mean I was in angst about it. Suddenly the thought occurred, "Don't quilt it at all". SO I will get some wood for a frame and stretch and frame it. More about that later.

Meanwhile I will have to get some posts together about what I have been up to.

20 March 2015

What I did yesterday

I have been making things for my new online store, Necessities or Not, and one of the most popular items are bags I made from a failed quilt.

I have now used up the entire quilt and thought to myself, "Why not make another quilt like the failed one?" Great idea self. So I started out yesterday dyeing a piece of cotton 45" square purple. It seemed very dark but ended up not as dark as I wanted it but what the heck, this is supposed to be a failure. 

I made the phases of the moon just like the other quilt then sandwiched it up with warm and natural (a bad idea) and put on a white backing. I pinned it and started free motioning  leaves and had the entire quilt made by dinner time. I actually can't believe I did it all in a day!

18 March 2015

This summer at the Art Greenhouse

I now have all the workshops schedules for 2015 at the Art Greenhouse in Searsport, Maine. Some of last years workshops are gone but in their place are book making, adding art to your journal as well as a revamped mark making workshop.

Please stop by and check out the workshops. You can contact me by using the contact form at the bottom of the page. Any of these workshops can travel to your location on the days you would like them presented.

I do have lodging available at the Art Greenhouse for a modest amount. The new apartment sleeps five with room for one more. So plan a visit the the Great State of Maine and a workshop on the coast. I'll even tell you where to get the best lobsters.

16 March 2015

A few odds and ends

I am always surprised where some of my most beautiful fabric comes from. I have 2 huge "table covers" 45" wide cotton by 8' that I used in the past to cover my table. I am making a new piece in my timeline series out of one of those covers.

This last couple of play dates with Judith, I decided to put another white cotton cover on the print table. The table is always covered with a flannel sheets which is quite beautiful now so I thought, why waste all that color. Am I right?

When we were done, this is what the white cover looked like. That was after 2 days.

I let it dry on the table then threw it in the washer and dryer without washing it out in the sink first. Judith discovered that if you let it dry completely, you can do a cold wash followed by a hot wash without pre-washing the now dry dye out of he fabric. Being the Queen of Lazy, I embraced her discovery.

Just before I put it back on the table for "next time".

Oh, and this is a paint brush holder I made for Judith. I am making a lot of them for my retail site which isn't open yet but these long bags are great for paint brushes, knitting needles, pencils, rulers and are just plain cool.