Category Archives: Crafts

CIG to Amigurumi

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi (2010) by June Gilbank inspired me to design and knit out a few of my own. Although ami’s are usually crocheted, I went  a knit route for a smoother texture.

CGI Amigurumi
CGI Amigurumi

The smaller the ami, the more it should be crocheted for the cute bumpy texture. This baby narwhal is crocheted:

Baby narwhal
Baby narwhal

 

 

 

 

 

The mother narwhal is knit:

Narwhal
Narwhal

 

 

 

 

 

As is Ella Phansa and her bull of a mate Elmo Phonso:

Ella Phansa & Elmo Phonso
Ella Phansa & Elmo Phonso

 

The Joy of Zentangle

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Thanks to my wonderful partner Jo who, through our wonderful friend Sherry, exposed me to this art, I am now finally tangling on my own with the assistance of this wonderful book.

Joy of Zentangle (2013) from Design Originals is a very useful guide that shows you just a few of the many tangles(101 in all here) to make (and how-to make them) and will inspire you  in all of your tangled moments.

Joy of Zentangle
Joy of Zentangle

Here are a few of my new tangles:

Tangle 1
Tangle 1
Tangle 2
Tangle 2
Tangle 3
Tangle 3

Fine Art of Fiber show

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Jo, our good friend Jean, and myself attended this year’s edition of the Fine Art of Fiber at the Botanic Gardens. (click here for that site)

In relation to other years, we each felt this show was weak by comparison standards; nonetheless, there are always some knock-outs for our proclivity, as well as some ideas to try or store in our mental stashes.

Here are this years most memorable pictorial memories for me:

Autumnal theme continues…in cross stitching

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I prepared for Autumn by cross-stitching from a pattern I ran across.

Autumn leaves
Autumn leaves

The pattern had only the leaves, but I felt it needed a little something more; so I enhanced it along the bottom from left-to-right, each a row of each color used in the leaves.

The result of the first 6 rows made me think of corn, and what ensued will be posted in a few days…

American Craft Exposition (ACE) 2013

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Jo and I attended another of the many wonderful arts expositions that come through Chicago each year: this time the American Craft Exposition (ACE) 2013 in Evanston, August 22-25. http://americancraftexpo.org

Although the show can be a bit uneven from year-to-year (in our humble opinions), nevertheless, we are often rewarded by some artists, if not many.  The WOW factor of my wanting to possess some of these objects has waned over the years, but that is only due to the increases in my own craft abilities and investigations.

Sorry this post is later than I wanted, but many other wonderful events have held this back until today’s opportunity. So, what follows are the artists who particularly  grabbed my attention and touched my soul. Many of them spent their valuable time with us, explaing their work and techniques. Please visit their websites to view their work and artistry.

Christine & Michael Adcock: www.adcockstudios.com -I am always happy wChristine & Michael Adcockhen they display at ACE. Their strengths are in ceramic (their Spirit Boxes are a knock-out); but this year Christine’s focus is on basketry. And always, Michael is very approachable for a chat about their work.

The first of several fiber artists featured here is Ann Brauer: www.annbrauer.com -Her use of color gradation is spectacular. You’ll need to visit her site to view her many projects.

Laura Breitman: www.laurabreitman.com -Laura is another artist who reappears at ACE when we are lucky. As she explains it, Laura “is committed to expressing how light interacts with form and the task of fooling the eye. Thousands of pieces of fabric are often contained in each collage.”Laura Breitman

Cal-Ling Paperworks has a stunning paper collage booth. Unfortunately, I do not have a working link for her, but she is on Facebook.

Karen Dixon works in kiln-formed glass at www.kdixonglass.comKaren Dixon

 

The lovely Martha Fieber works in decorative fiber (pun intended?). She is also a joy to talk with. Her website, http://marthafieber.com ,posts: “Original, one-of-a-Cloud-Bank1-1024x459kind, hand embroidered fine art landscapes.  I use traditional hand embroidery techniques and apply them in a new way to create incredibly detailed and layered images of the beautiful world around us.”

I better stop lifting images from the artists sites to show you before I get into trouble; hopefully these are enough to make you visit their websites and see so much more.

Other artists I would like to mention are:

I only needed my POOH-POOH cards 4 times this year!!! That how good this year’s show was for me.

Another note: This is the 10th year out of 12 that I have attended ACE. In 2001, very few of these artists had web presence – now, it is de riguer. This not only helps to get their work out there for all to see and refer to, but it makes up for all of the past catalogs that rarely display the best of the artist’s outpourings.

Next show coming up will be SOFA (www.sofaexpo.com), Sculptural Objects Functional Art & Design at Navy Pier October 31st – November 3rd. See you there?

Quilt Expo Madison, WI September 2013

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I just returned from this years Quilt Expo in Madison; and, as always, the experience was most gratifying. You can visit Quilt Expo at http://wiquiltexpo.com

Here is a gallery  of what caught my interest: please click on each image to view a larger version, or follow the slide show…Just a reminder, you can click the upper right corner to see the full resolution version by itself.

There are 100 pictures here from the many hundreds of quilts on display (and of course there are many knock-outs at each vendor’s booth). For those of you who could not attend, I hope this will entice you to go next year. In a few instances, I do have some description under the bottom of each slide. To the best of my ability, I have left some of my impressions and personal insights. ENJOY!!!