Friday, June 14, 2013

Potential & Possibility

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

11 comments:

  1. Sending cold fighting vibes your way. Keep washing your hands (you're a Mom you know this! 8 ))
    Have a wonderful time. I check your blog every day and am so inspired. I'm a teacher (Home Ec, high school) and am facing the end of the year blahs. However, once I've had a weekend to rest, I'm looking forward to creating in my sewing room and kitchen again.
    Travel safely!

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    1. Washing hands and trying not to touch everything they touch - LOL. At least I have a day and a half to swallow vitamins and see what happens.


      I'm looking forward to the trip. It'll be great fun. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. I used to call the ending of one thing the post partum stage. You need that bit of time between this and that. Happy summer sewing.

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  2. Have a wonderful time. I have recently started to read your blog and I really enjoy your thoughts. Thanks for putting them out for us to enjoy.

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    1. Thank you, thank you, and you're welcome.

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  3. Godspeed and best wishes. Don't forget to hydrate, hydrate. So anxious to see what you learn and hope your enthusiasm seeps through the interwaves!

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    1. I'm drinking, drinking. Thanks. I'm anxious to see what I learn too - LOL.

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  4. I know you'll come back from the retreat inspired. Can't wait to see what comes out of it.

    I'm sending germ fighting vibes your way. Have a safe trip but most of all HAVE FUN!

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  5. More germ fighting vibes from me too.

    Love the post title - Potential and Possibility - perfect motto for the day.

    Sue

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  6. Oooh, sending you good health vibes!

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  7. Thanks Sue & Kristin. Not sure why Blogger won't let me reply but I guess for the next week I'll have to do it differently. I'm at my first hotel relaxing, getting ready for coffee. Feeling good so far. Everything crossed - LOL.

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