One more sleep and I'll be on my way to the workshop. The longest drive is tomorrow. I'm spending Saturday night in Oregon City and having coffee with a blog reader - Brenda. Sunday will be leisurely. It's a three hour drive from the hotel to the retreat center and I don't need to be there until mid afternoon.
Unfortunately, my daughter and grandson both have a cold so I'm taking vitamins like crazy and praying hard that I don't get sick. After waiting a whole year to attend again, sick seems like a waste but something will work out. Prayers appreciated.
While packing, I came across this pendant that I made last June using a heat gun and Fosshape. It has great potential as the focal point in a necklace. I'll work with it more when I get back. While I'm at the workshop, my focus will be on....
... dyeing, stamping, stenciling, and painting possibilities. I've packed three different batches of scraps to explore. The idea is to try surface design techniques on the scraps and then turn them into binding, piping, or cording or into bits & pieces scarves where the flaws and learning curve will be less visible. I've also packed the dress length version of Vogue 8691 and some knit yardage to make it with.
Along with the design board, I'm taking this necklace bought several years ago. The components are cheap and cheaply strung but the design intrigues me. I've decided to begin developing textile necklaces by working in series because I like the way series work allows you to build one idea on another. The starting inspiration is this necklace and the starting point is a circle. I want to look at the different ways to create, join, and break up a circle made from textiles.
This image is of the four boxes and three bags of zero waste scraps I've saved over the past year since the last workshop. It's to remind myself of the potential and possibility that exists within my own stash and to illustrate that even though this has been a rough year financially and I'm travelling with limited funds, I am coming home to plenty of opportunities. YES YES
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - zero waste and stash possibilities