Here are a couple of scarves for the 2014 season. All my scarves are hand crafted using up-cycled knits. The reverse side is often from up-cycled shirts, dresses, skirts, etc. from the thrift stores. I also use fabrics.
This red and black scarf represents about 15 hours of work because all the knit pieces were individually cut, all raw edges stitched to prevent fraying, pinned and pieced in place then sewn. The real challenge was attaching the black cording.
Embellished up-cycled wool with charmuese on the reverse side.
Those of you that have attended a workshop or presentation/trunk show that I have given know how important I think handles are to the overall look and feel of a handbag. My goal this summer is to complete my Poozles Handles pattern.
The Handles Pattern will include detailed instructions and diagrams for creating a variety of handles and attachment options.
Last week was also Meet the Teacher for NCQC – Northern California Quilt Council in Pleasant Hill. These is a place where event bookers from quilt guilds in Northern California, anywhere from 50 to 100 people, come to hear and view perspective teachers to book for their guilds. We, the teachers, each have three minutes to talk about what we offer in terms of presentations/lectures and workshops. Let me tell you, that three minutes goes by very quickly. I loved the interest and good response to my workshops. I even had my first booking of the day before the event officially started. That will make anyone happy. Here’s to a good 2015!
Three beautiful ladies and their New Yorker handbags.
It was a busy week for me last week and a most enjoyable one. I had the pleasure of being with The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild in Lakeport over the weekend. I presented my trunk show, complete with handouts, tips, suggestions and, of course, door prizes to their Saturday morning meeting. The workshop, The New Yorker Handbag, was on Sunday. These are photos from some of the ladies in the workshop. I love seeing their individual creative approach to the handbag. Thank you all for being so warm and inviting.
Another lovely lady with her New Yorker!
This beauty is a new sample for The New Yorker handbag pattern View B. The overall coral color of the fabric is accented with lighter colors for a lovely Spring look. The fabric is from a Coldwater Creek jacket that I up-cycled. The lining is a 1.5 wide striped silk in complimentary colors that is from an up-cycled shirt. After auditioning several handle options I decided the perfect look for this handbag was a woven corded handle. I made it using the Diva Cord Maker.
My infinity scarves are handcrafted using up-cycled sweaters in wool, cotton and acrylic with various fabrics from charmeuse to georgette to luscious silk velvet for the lining. These scarves are easy to wear and each is one of a kind. Click on this to link you to the information for The Crocker Art Museum’s Art & Craft Festival. I’m in the Memorial Hall, Space #125. PLEASE NOTE: This event is held at the Scottish Rite center NOT the museum.
This hat was especially fun to make. It features felted wool with a deep purple chenille band. The embellishment is a grouping of colored feathers perfectly set off with an Italian pewter medallion and beads. This has a larger crown than most of my hats to give great effect to the feathers.
These are some of the hats that I have been crafting for the upcoming Crocker Art Museum’s Holiday Show. I have been doing a lot with flame sculpted fabric this season as is evident by the flowers enhancing both the read and purple hats. The black hat and the turquoise hat have vintage applicaques as well as ribbons. The fabrics on my hats range from cotton to wool to chenille and are all adjustable for a perfect fit.
You’re invited to join the fun on October 25th and 26th at the 2nd Annual Gala at the Garden and Casa Art Boutique! It’s the perfect place to shop for yourself, your home, and for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts all the while supporting an important program and the oldest charity in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento Children’s Home. Plus I’ll be there!
Where: The Meeting Center of the Casa Garden Restaurant, 2760 Sutterville Road, Sacramento, 95820.
Tickets for the Friday, October 25th Gala Opening Night Reception, are available now at www.casagardenrestaurant.org. Come to enjoy fine wines and hors d’oeuvres AND experience the first opportunity to shop at the Casa Boutique that features wonderful local and regional artists. Last year’s event was a sell out, and we sincerely hope you take advantage of this “first come-first served” opportunity to join us this year. One of many special door prizes may be yours with your entry ticket and only available to those who attend the Friday evening event.
Or plan to visit the Casa Boutique on Saturday, October 26th. There is no entry fee to shop, and there will be live demonstrations by Open Studio at Lakeside.
Shop today for their tomorrow!
Here’s a quick pic of the outside corner of my booth at the Quilt Craft and Sewing Festival in Pleasanton. Two ladies said they thought I had the best looking both at the event. What a compliment that was!
It’s been so much fun talking with all the ladies attending the show and happily selling patterns, kits and handbag notions. My burnt edge flowers are almost sold out. Woo Hoo! Deb Cashatt there’s a booth here selling beautifully multi-colored boots and shoes.
I just finished this adorably ruffled Bohemian for the upcoming Quilt Sewing & Craft Festival that I’m vending at later this week. This is View C from The Bohemian handbag pattern. The handle is knitted I-cord with three coordinated cords and finished with tassels.