Sunday, November 29, 2009

Quilted CD Book

Inspired to make something that is functional and giftable, I came up with this nifty little Quilted CD Holder. Really a book, but hey you don't find these at Best Buy or F.Y.E.
I wanted to use my scrapbook paper and combine it with my favorite fabric from Moda, which by the way I had scrapbook paper that matched the fabric. Daisy D's scrapbook paper worked with Moda to make the create the paper. I love them both. Unfortunately, both are out of print.
My favorite paper on the right which matches the fabric on the front. I used fabric for the whole book cover, inside and outside. Other terrific scrapbook paper used inside and a 'upcylced item'. I am offering this as a new class to teach. Fabric + paper + book making = Very Cool Quilted CD Holder.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rug Hooked Wall Pocket

Ok, So let me just say that I am, one day, going to learn Photoshop better and become a better photography....but for now, this is my post, and here is my little hooked wall pocket. It was from the burlap that I was utilizing before cutting up.
Wall pockets or door/knob hangers appeal to me, because they are so charming. During our Christmas decoration unpacking, which is while we decorate the tree, there is often an ornament or two that just doesn't belong on the tree and it ends up getting hung on a window latch or some random spot around the house. Wall pockets have that same sort of fun, home decor accent quality that I appreciate. And, yes it is a primitive, homespun feeling.
A rug hooked pocket can be tricky because transforming a hooked piece into something functional......other than a rug, usually requires attaching the hooked piece to a fabric foundation. Now, the reason it is difficult is because on burlap or (more preferred) linen, easily unravels. So, unless, you have pre-stitched (machine) you outer area before hooking, you risk the chance of your hooked design unraveling when you cut it out.
When this design was cut out I sewed a piece of ticking to the top of the piece right sided together and then folded in downward

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hooked Wool Flower Garden

Well, I finally got all of my hooked wool flower brooches loaded on Etsy. Brooch is a funny word, it doesn't seem appropriate for a piece of lovely jewelry, it sounds more like a tool you would use or some kind of vehicle you would drive. Anyway, I am having a SALE on them and wanted to make sure they were all ready to go. I still need to figure out the photography thing. Photography is simply, another one of those things on my list of things to learn. But, for the most part I think they are pretty good pictures. Some of the colors and lighting could be better, but I am just going to roll with it.
Since I was featured in her last book on collage,
Jane Davies has asked me to offer some more pieces for her upcoming book and I need to get some things off in the mail to her by will probably end up being Tuesday. With an extra hour this morning, a quiet hour as it seems now, I am headed to my studio. I am working on several things and mornings are great for creating. See you later!
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