Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Class Begins

It's Monday night and I am in that exhausted-excited state that happens when class begins. Diane is - as always - incredibly inspiring and Christine, the guest instructor, equally so. Sunday night started with an opening circle and dinner out as a group and Monday was first a power point presentation about her work by Christine and then each participant shared the "stash" they had brought to work from and picked a starting point. In the afternoon, we had a draping presentation from Christine and then began working on our individual projects. I believe mine is a skirt but it may become a dress - or something else - you never know. I don't have any pictures right now but I do have some of the drive down and of the beads I made at my friend's.



 


Above left is a picture I took beside the road. The river leading to the mountains with the snow dusted peaks was so beautiful. The Canada Geese were just outside my room at the hotel in Yakima. LOL - I guess they didn't want me to be lonely.





In Eugene, spring had already sprung. I took these pictures for my husband while walking around the neighbourhood. He's in Guatemala where it's already hot but we're both looking forward to spring in our own back yard when we get home.



 


How pretty is this? Spring is always so encouraging. My plan for April is to finish up work inside the house and then I'm looking forward to working on my front yard. I don't have any bulbs planted and even so, it will be lovely to see green shoots coming through the ground.






At Sheri's we worked on fabric beads. I do not like working with glue however, this is such a small amount and applied with a paint brush that it was okay. I began with long strips of selvage that I'd cut off of a less-than-best fabric. Rolled...



 


... up they were not so bad and made interesting little cones. You can see the straws inside. Supposedly - according to the instructions I was following - they'd be easy to remove. They were not. I trimmed them shorter and left them in.



 


The beads on the left were made from rolling strips of fabric into balls. I've done a similar method before with upholstering cording inside a bias tube only rolling is easier, faster, and wastes less fabric and if I twist the strip as I go, it creates similar ridges. I played with different widths and lengths of fabric to see how the finished product varied. It's good to make samples especially as there is a fabric factor to consider as well. Gauze-like fabric results in vastly different beads than cotton or denim. I made some gauze ones only it seems I forgot to take a  picture of them. Later.

The beads on the right where rolled over lengths of plastic tubing from the hardware store. I made some with 1" wide, 1/2" wide, and 3/8" wide fabric strips and each has a completely different look. I preferred this tubing to the straws and will leave it in the beads to form a solid core.





Millicent - my dress form - enjoyed a few moments in the driver's seat before we headed from Eugene to Ashland. There are fourteen students in the class and more than fourteen dress-forms which is rather amusing although they - the dress forms - are easily managed. The window on the right is the view from my bed in my lovely room at the hotel. I can see silhouettes as the light appears or disappears and remnants of last snow falls.





Tomorrow, I'll have my friend take the picture of my outfit from a different perspective because these are not at all flattering although they are a reminder to get with my walking program when I get home. I have never had tummy rolls like this before and I'm determined that they are leaving. The pants are already too big so I guess something is happening. It's been nice to get up in the morning and walk without fear of ice and falling. The first morning, I looked at all the old houses on the side streets around the hotel and the second morning, I walked up one side of main street and down the other since I had on new boots and wanted to preserve my feet. I'm looking forward to a longer walk in the park and to my walk to Starbucks routine when I get home.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - new learning

10 comments:

  1. What a lovely trip to go look for spring, among other things. Hearing that your husband is in Guatemala made me think of buying fabric in that part of the world years ago.....I wonder if the same type of traditional things are still even available?

    Have fun, and thank you for sharing it.

    ceci

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    1. Howard has brought back fabric for me twice before and I did ask for it again if he could find something he thought I'd like. The last time was a couple years ago and the traditional things were still available then. I am having fun - thanks.

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  2. Love the purple outfit!! And its necklace!!..lookin' good!

    Enjoy the weather...windy and cold in Iowa today, but warmer weather to come....
    IaBovine

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    1. I love that purple dress too and it feels great on. I'd look at ways to make it again with more variation. It's cooler today but still quite lovely and.. no snow... no ice. This is good.

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  3. I never thought to use glue and fabric and tubing to make beads... you always find such fascinating options! Personally, when I saw the photos of you in your new outfits, my first thought was, if I saw you on the street, "that must be a very interesting woman" and I would want to talk to you. I love the proportions of the purple dress with the loose cropped cardigan over it, and I thought it looked particularly "slimming" with the way your waist dips inwards just before the cardigan width. The colors of the orange outfit are so cheery and vivid!

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    1. Thank you. Your comments made me smile both that I find fascinating options and I look like an interesting woman. I just got back from a quick walk and had a thumbs up from a woman sitting inside a restaurant as I walked by. Need to get a picture of this outfit.

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  4. Love the purple dress and anxious to see all your outfits and news of your class. Karen

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    1. We took pictures of today's outfit only it isn't on the camera so that's interesting. The class is amazing. I finished my first piece and will get pictures of it tomorrow. Tonight it was too late and I was ready for dinner and bed.

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  5. Love your outfits. Went to my first DOL last fall. Loved it!
    What pattern is the purple dress?
    Enjoy the creativity!

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    1. Thank you. Did you go to the one with Carol Lee Shanks? I'd like to study with her as well. I don't have the pattern number right now but it's Vogue and Kathryn Brenne. I am enjoying.

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