Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Clay and CHA

We’ve all just returned from CHA where we not only had a wonderful time but also lots of success.

Michelle and I, together with Frank were chosen as finalists in the Amoco Bottles of Hope challenge and I won the Most Original award!

We got to hang out with lots of clay people and, at our hotel, we were next door to Gail Richie, Leslie Blackford, Kim Cavender and just two doors away from Donna Kato. Since we were all on the ground floor by the pool we got to hang together which was great fun.

Here are some of Donna’s photos too. Check out the right hand side (5th image down), left hand side (6th image down – it was Australia Day after all!) and (right hand side second to last photo)

You can read about some of our discussions with Donna Kato on her blog, including that we seem to have talked her into a competition for CHA next winter – Yeah!

I also met Claudine Hellmuth who had done a commission piece for Michelle and me so that was fun too.

Took a class with Tim Holtz on inks which was great fun as his classes always are.

The show really was wonderful and Anaheim sure beats Las Vegas!

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Cool stuff from Artgirlz

I just have to say, I love Artgirlz stuff. I found them at CHA this year and took a class from them to make a wonderfully funky felt, bead and charm necklace.

The result is just so wonderful. I’ve already added some bling to it so it sparkles deliciously and, as soon as I get home, I’m going to find other wonderful things to hang from it.

Their felt beads are imported from Nepal and they have the cutest little pewter charms. Look out for the crown which has four holes across the bottom and two at the top so you can hang things from it and have it hang from other things!

There are other cool, “must have” items in the range including felt flowers.

My plan is to incorporate some of the leftover beads I have (and some the girlz are sending) into the binding of my next mini book project. I can’t wait to have the felt beads dangling from the spine… they’ll look so cute.

I think you should go visit Artgirlz right now and lust after some of their wonderful stuff!

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Great Decoupage Glue

I always thought that ModgePodge was the be all and end all of decoupage glues, that was until I met this new glue from the company called Decopatch.

The company is French and the glue is absolutely wonderful. It lasts and lasts, it goes on really easily, it doesn’t get gobs of dry bits in it and thicken up – instead it stays workable for hours. It is truely beautiful (if you can say that about glues!) and you keep your hands so much cleaner. It dries well and I just love it and I know you will too.

Tuesday, June 8th, 0201

Recycled Clothing Price tag weaving project

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Use a recycled clothing tag as a simple weaving loom

Today I am turning an old clothing tag into a weaving loom. I started out by choosing a stiff tag that would stand up to the treatment it was going to get. You don’t want anything that will bend too easily. I then punched a row of holes across the top and the bottom. These holes will take the warp threads so they don’t need to be very big.

recycled clothing tags simple weaving loom fluffy tag 1 Recycled Clothing Price tag weaving project

Next step is to thread the warp threads. This loom is double sided so the weaving goes all around it so you need to thread it to account for this. Start out by threading enough thread to go around the tag the number of times it needs to go (and a bit extra). In my case I needed enough thread to go at the very least 12 times around the tag. Start with a knot that won’t pull through the hole and go in a hole and then down and around the tag. Continue until you have a set of warp threads both sides of the tag. These threads need to be firm but not tight. You need to be able to weave through them but you will be adding some extra puffiness so you don’t want to bend the tag so it has to have some give in it. For my warp thread I used some white fiber with some silver through it which was fairly simple – I saved the really fluffy stuff for the weft.

recycled clothing tags simple weaving loom fluffy tag warp threads Recycled Clothing Price tag weaving project

Now grab the fiber to use for the weft. I chose a white fluffy fiber which was bumpy and uneven. Start at one end and thread the fiber onto a needle with a large eye and a blunt end. Now ‘weave’ in and out of the warp fibers across the top of the tag, continue around the back doing the same and then keep going around and around the tag. This process is pretty forgiving as you don’t have to worry about the edges pulling in because there are no ‘edges’. I did about 3 rounds and then I added a second fiber – this time a thin one with metallic bits. I threaded it and then went around a couple of times.

Next I continued with the fluffy white thread and did a few rounds of it. You don’t need to cut the threads when you start working with the other one, instead just let it hang off the piece as you work with the other one. If it bothers you, you can twist the fibers each time they come together so you catch them up together.

If you run out of fiber just sew the end back into the weaving, thread the needle with some more fiber and sew through the already woven bit to anchor the thread and keep going.

Continue to alternate the fibers with 3-4 rows of fluffy thick weaving and then a couple of rows of the thin sparkly one. Makes sure to do an even number of the thin sparkly fiber as it won’t show much in the weave and you want the thick fibers to look correct because they show. As you weave each row, make sure to push it up tight next to the previous row so the weave is fairly firm.

recycled clothing tags simple weaving loom fluffy tag woven finished Recycled Clothing Price tag weaving project

When you are done, sew the loose ends back through the woven piece to secure. Add a piece of fiber or string through the hole in the tag and you are done!

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