Thursday, October 27, 2011

Calgary - 4 More fun filled days of teaching

 I have had a lot of fun teaching for another 4 days here in Calgary. We played for two days making a large sewing case, stitching circles in my Circle Play class and a day of working on any of my projects.

 The gals here are great stitchers and Deirdre has an incredible selection of threads in her store so it makes for some very fun combinations of stitches and fibers.

 Many students also incorporated many of our ribbons in the backgrounds as well as for stems. I just love the way they work so well with the wool and the appliqué.

 I taught eight stitches in the Circle Play class and then we spent the afternoon combining these stitches to make some very fun combinations.

I have had a wonderful time here in Calgary. I will be returning next year in September to teach for 8 days. This will be my fifth year teaching at Out of Hand.
It is very special retuning annually as I spend time with many of the same students and I have loved to see each students creative style develop.
Right now I am spending a couple of days with Deirdre at the store playing. On Friday I will be flying to Houston for Quilt Market to meet my daughter Kelly to shop for new and exciting goodies for the website.
Take care

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Out of Hand - Calgary Canada Pomegranate Class

 I am here in Calgary teaching for 6 days for my friend Deirdre who owns the wonderful store 'Out of Hand'. I love teaching here as Deirdre's store is fully stocked with wonderful fibers and textures all of which I use in my own work.

 On Thursday and Friday all the students worked on the Pomegranate Table Rug from my 'Crimson Tweed' book. Many started with my wool backgrounds but each personalized their piece with ribbons and fabrics of their own choice.

 We worked on many stitches giving each one its own personality.

 Many of the students incorporated Wendy and my new ribbon line which we did with Renaissance Ribbons

This is my fourth year teaching for Deirdre. I love returning as many of the students return each year and I love to see the wonderful work they are creating.
Keep Stitching

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, NY

I just spent a wonderful weekend in NY at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival with Wendy, Melissa, Cathy and Kelly. We all met in Philadelphia at Melissa's home and then drove to NY together.

 Rhinebeck is a lovely little town on the Hudson River filled with quaint stores and good restarants.

 Besides all the wonderful fiber there were sheep, lama and alpaca auctions and shearing. It was quiet an education visiting the barns filled with animals and learning about all the different types of wool.

 This was our combined purchases for Day 1. We could not resist the wonderful hand dyes and the natural fibers.

 There was also a great feltmaker who encouraged Melissa and Wendy to try on her wares. No new purchases here but a few laughs.

 Day 2's stash. We are all set for our winter projects.

 On Monday we went to The American Culinary Institute for lunch. What a treat we had an unforgettable lunch with an assortment of desserts to share.

Thanks Melissa, Wendy, Cathy and Kelly for such a fun weekend. Looking forward to seeing your knitted projects.
I am on my way to Calgary to teach for my dear friend Deirdre who owns 'Out of Hand'. I am looking forward to sharing my students projects.
Keep Stitching