Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FABRIC SCRAP COLLAGE AND OTHER PROJECTS

Plans changed...so I am home today. Probably a good thing because it is raining and has been for quite a while. It's also a bit cold...heat is on.

So back to my fabric scraps workshop. I wanted to show you the collage I did while at my Monday meeting...
Again, I want to add embellishments to this piece also, but I want the folks to see what it would look like before embellishments.

I do have another project for them to work on. It's something that everyone has made at one time or another...even children. A bookmark.
This one is easy. I have already applied a fabric adhesive (Heat & Bond) to one side of a precut bookmark form made out of card stock. Participants will be able to use their small fabric scraps to cut out shapes that fit with one another and simply iron them on. A hole punched at the bottom will allow them to add some decorative yarn.

Another project that I am working on is braiding...
No sewing for this one. I simply ironed the raw edges to the back and braided keeping the finished side always to the front. This one will be used to secure a journal. By making it longer, it could be a necklace or lanyard for keys, a hairband or even a belt. Make it shorter for a fabric cuff or bracelet.

Tomorrow, the eye doctor for scripts for new glasses. I feel that my eyes are fighting one another right now because I have nothing that fits both eyes and works. Either one eye is favored or the other eye is. Interesting, to say the least.

Hope you are staying warm and dry, unless you need the rain...
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Monday, April 24, 2017

ARTEXPO, MORE SPRING FLOWERS & TODAY AND THE STRAND BOOKSTORE

ARTEXPO

What a busy weekend...On Saturday, the ArtExpo which was great.  Sorry, no pictures. They didn't say no to taking pictures but they did discourage it so I choose not to take any. If you have never been to this event, let me tell you, it is LARGE!

The venue was Pier 94 and it was crammed full of hundreds and hundreds of artists. To give you an idea, one of the folks I wanted to visit was Seth Apter. He was number 618...number six hundred eighteen!! Both individual artists and corporate representation booths were set up. I stayed with the individual artists mostly.

There were several aisles which ran the entire length of the pier with booths on both sides. The artists represented a wide range of paintings, assemblage, sculpture, etc. Toward the end of the five hours, I begin to experience sensory overload. I think next year, taking two days rather than seeing it all in one day may be better.

It was wet and rainy on Saturday so on the way back to the subway, I stopped by Starbucks and even scored a place to sit which was crazy because the place was packed. I have discovered their cold brew and I love it. So I sat back, enjoyed my cold brewed coffee along with a cranberry/orange scone and people watched.

Another wonderful event was the Science March. The rain didn't even make a dent in the enthusiasm!


MORE SPRING FLOWERS

Sunday was sunny and warmer but not hot. So after church I walked about the Court Street/Atlantic Avenue area which, of course, included Barnes and Nobles and Michaels. Lots of folks were out and about and the spring flowers were beautiful...





TODAY AND THE STRAND BOOKSTORE

Today was Auspicious Stitches day. I finished adding beads to the quilted weaving project. And I finished another fabric scrap collage. Photos of both tomorrow...

Because the 23rd Street stop is having some construction issues, I usually get off at Union Square on 14th Street and walk up to 20th Street to the library where we meet. On the way back to the subway, I stopped at The Strand Bookstore which is probably the largest used bookstore in Manhattan. They had an outside sale going on...an entire block of carts full of books from $1 to $5. Cart after cart after cart. And it even went around the corner!

Tomorrow is a Bronx day for lunch at the restaurant. Wednesday, I have my last doctor's appointment from my cataract surgery. I will finally get the scripts for my new glasses.

One of my goals this year was to walk a minimum of 15 miles a week, Sunday through Saturday. I have managed to do fairly well with this, except right after the cataract surgery. I already have 7 miles this week. With two more trips this week, one to the Bronx and one to Mid-town Manhattan, I will easily get to 15. And that doesn't count the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens on Saturday!!!

I hope all of you had a wonderful, restful weekend...
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Friday, April 21, 2017

NEW DOOR DECORATION, SEWING TO GO BOX & WEEKEND PLANS

NEW DOOR DECORATION

I don't think I posted this before but this is what I put on my apartment door for summer. I did have the Welcome Fabric Collage sign on, but decided to change. And although these silk flowers look beautiful in the picture and in real life, this is probably their last year. I've had them for several years now and most of the stems and leaves look pretty worn so I just took out my trusty glue gun and took the flowers off the stems and glued them to an old styrofoam wreath, also on it's last legs. Who knows, I may get another season out of them but if not, I have well gotten my money's worth out of the flowers because I purchased them at the end of the season when they were dirt cheap! 

SEWING TO GO BOX

After I finished my morning chores, I decided first to clean up my studio area before beginning another fabric scrap example. Well, one thing led to another...am I the only one who winds up doing this...and the next thing I realized was that not only my studio but my sewing to go box was in complete disarray. Thus, I decided to straighten that up because I use it every Monday now when I attend Auspicious Stitches. 

My box is really an old stationery box that I picked up off the bargain shelves at Barnes and Noble at least a dozen years ago...

There was a heavy plastic covering over the stationery. I simply turned it upside down and placed it in the bottom of the box. By the way, under the ribbon above is a hook and loop fastener. The only other thing I did was to cover the outside of the box with a good grade of contact paper. The one I used had a frosted effect. And, it has stood up well all this time.

Because this is sewing to go box, all the work is handwork. First up were my nine-patch squares. I have about twenty done so far...

Followed by my charm size fabric...

And then my larger pieces of fabric which I roll rather than fold. This helps a lot if I want to use the fabric but don't have access to an iron to take care of the wrinkles caused by folding...

I have a ton of one inch squares and I have sorted them into colors. I know, I know, a little too organized!!!

So in went the one-inch squares plus thread and scissors...

Finally, the completed work. I am working on a folk art piece with different size blocks and pictures...

The top of the box has an elastic web and that's where I keep my pins and needles in my pin cushion, plus a few of my 'business' cards for my blog...

WEEKEND PLANS

I am excited about this weekend. Tomorrow I will be going to the 2017 NYC ARTEXPO. It's at Pier 94 on the west side of Manhattan. The easiest route is the R Train. (Let's hope there's not a repeat of last Sunday! I checked the weekend subway updates and there's not supposed to be!!!). The Expo is big and crowded (A bonus for me!) with lots and lots of artist's displaying and leading workshops. I plan on being there all day. Hopefully, I can snap a few pictures here and there.

I hope you have great plans for the weekend...
If not, make some, even if it's reading a favorite book...
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