Friday, July 19, 2013

Grandchildren, Silk Fusion, And Jewelry

Last Monday, I went back to Art Knapps to get pictures of the shirt I'd seen the week before. I should learn to carry my camera with me. They were having a sale, all clothing was 30% off, and the shirt was gone so I'll have to work from the tickles in my brain. It's okay. There are a lot of tickles in my brain one of which is...




... silk fusion. This is a process of layering silk roving to create paper and other three dimensional shapes. You can see the range of possibilities by looking at the images on Goggle. It's tickling me as a possible way to create light weight jewelry with intense colors. Jewelry is - apparently - going to keep tickling until I discover the method that works for me.




I find myself attracted to possible shapes and combinations. Art Knapps is a garden center. It also has a bistro, ice cream, clothing, shoes, purses, and absolutely gorgeous jewelry. I've bought several of my favourite pieces there. Right now, they have...



... several pieces with larger parts that seemed replaceable with "jewels" made from silk fusion or...




... strings of cloth and silk beads. Both the pendant and the chain of this piece above could be made from textiles. I'm not sure why this idea keeps tickling but it does... so... I imagine eventually I'll create something that soothes the tickles and leads in interesting directions BUT...




... it's all just ideas swirling for now although I did pick up two bottles of the textile medium when I was at the art store in Kelowna last weekend since it's not available at home. While I'm here in Calgary, I'll check for silk roving. If I can't find it, I bought a gorgeous fucshia coloured roving last summer from Wild Rivers Wool Factory in Oregon so I'll order more colors from them.



My grandson is giving me that there she is again with that cooing camera look. He's supposed to be taking a nap in his swing - which is rather fascinating. It goes side to side instead of back and forth and plays gentle, put me to sleep, music. As you can see, he's able to resist. As soon as I took this picture, I got a big happy smile but not for the camera. Tonight, he and I are staying home together while the parents go for a movie and dessert. What fun!

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful
- swings and other baby minders

12 comments:

  1. Myrna,

    Shuttleworks is a good place to find spinning/weaving supplies in the Calgary area. http://www.shuttleworks.com
    It would be good to phone first to make sure they have what you want.
    Cheers,
    Kris

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  2. Thanks Kris. I might be able to fit it in late tomorrow but I'll phone first.

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  3. Most interesting jewelry ideas; I can see why they appeal to you. And that's a very cute baby! I had some of that baby handprints flannel; I used it to make little blankets for babies (of course). I hope that you enjoy your time with family.

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  4. Yes... LOL... he's very cute although I'm totally biased. We had a wonderful evening together when the parents went out. I loved using that particular print to make a receiving blanket because I bought the same one years ago when I had my daughter.

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  5. Hi Myrna! lots of ideas there, i can *really* see you getting a lot out of the silk fusion method. The range of colors and control over deploying them seems right up your alley!

    how fun, a little baby date, of course you had a blast!! Very glad you are enjoying your visit, and i bet it's nice for mom and dad too :) i blogged my 8876, take a look if you like - had a hard time standing still ;)

    Happy Sunday!!!! steph

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  6. Steph - did have a fun baby date. He managed to make his best poop ever and his parents were totally thrilled to have missed that adventure. Grandma took care of it - LOL.

    I was just thinking about the silk fusion going online. Too funny that you'd mention it. When I get home, I'll try it with the silk I already have and go from there. Could be the click I'm looking for. I'm off to check your blog right after I Google breakfast in Banff. I thought I might stop there tomorrow morning... early... so no blog so far.

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  7. Hey you,

    I've been out of town and just returned. Let me know if you have time to get together while you are here. That grandbaby of yours is cute as can be. Must be hard to tear yourself away.

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    1. That would have been fun only I came home today. I'm unpacked and have the fabric in the washer doing it's thing. I'll be back in September but I'm not sure if it'll work out then. It's for Daimon's dedication so the weekend might be full. We'll talk then. Yes... he's very cute.

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  8. what a cute baby! and, alas for grandmothers everywhere, like other babies he looks as if he has you figured out. babies are so clever that way!

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    1. Oh yes. He definitely does. He gives me a huge smile and then plays shy and looks to the side and then a quick glance to see if I'm coming to pick him up or not. Works like a charm.

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  9. check this out, it is linen but along the same lines of clothing/jewelry.
    http://www.secretlentil.com/cuffs/

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    1. What a fun link. Thank you. I'll go back and explore it some more soon. I can totally see that cuff idea in silk fusion.

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