Monday, March 30, 2015

Saturday Sampler @ The Pike Library

On Saturday, March 28th, I had the opportunity to be the featured artist at the Pike Library Branch Saturday Sampler!

They invite different artists to give library patrons hands on experiences with different creative and artistic mediums. I led an activity in Cardboard Weaving.

 

           

This is an activity that all ages can participate in and in a few minutes they will have a completed product. A 9 year old young man who at first didn't want to participate made 4 and told me it was fun.  His 8 year old brother created his works of art using the letters in his name.  I especially enjoy when parents and children create, discuss and share with each other.

I like to show people that they can use inexpensive and readily available materials to create unique items.

I also share with people that weaving, knitting and crocheting are fun and creative activities that benefit children and adults in a variety of ways.

Improvement is noted in:
* Fine motor coordination
* Eye-hand coordination
* Reinforces following directions
* Math
* Comprehension
* Critical thinking and problem solving
* Offers a relaxing, tactile experience
* Helps increase focus and attention span

And in my experiences, I find that boys tend to pick up these activities quicker than girls.  I think it's due to video game playing.  Even the wiggliest child (or adult) will sit still to create once they figure out how it all works.
~Denise



Monday, March 23, 2015

Re-fresh, Re-energize, Re-evaluate


In order to catch my breath and re-organize my knit and crochet business,  I have decided not to take any orders for the month of April.

I will STILL teach and am also using  this time off to complete level 2 of my Knit and Crochet Certification.

I am excited to be participating in 3 upcoming local events.

1. March 28th I will participate in Saturday Samplers at the Pike Library Branch.  I've decided to teach cardboard weaving.  I will provide all of the supplies.


2.  The Great Birdhouse Challenge is a fundraiser that benefits Partners in Housing Indy.  It begins with online voting for birdhouses that have been decorated by artists.  The top 25 will then be featured in a silent auction.
The first time I've shown pictures of my knit yarn bombed house
3. The Avon Outdoor Learning Center will have an online auction as one of their fundraisers. I have donated a crocheted doll.


The two fundraiser events occur in the month of April.  Click on the links above to see how you can support both worthy causes.

I'm also working on a few other ventures but one of the things that I've learned in the past 5 months is to make sure that all of the details are worked out before I get too excited about an opportunity.

I have updated my Michaels class schedule for April - June so be sure to click on the calendar to the right as well as the Michaels @ Avon - Class Schedule & Projects w/Pictures tab above to see the projects. There are some NEW ones.

AND April marks 3 years that I've been teaching at Michaels :)

~Denise


Monday, February 16, 2015

I love my life!

In September of 2014, I decided to change the focus of my life.

                      Pictures from my Cardboard Weaving activity 
                      Meet the Artists XXVII @ Central Library 
                                                    2/14/15

Since then I make my living by teaching, selling and showing my knit and crochet works of art.

I have  been asked to create pieces of art to show; have participated at events where I encourage others to create their own pieces of art; have had increased opportunities to teach more people how to knit and or crochet; have had the pleasure of creating unique pieces for a wide variety of customers; have thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering with my grandchildren's schools in addition to being able to increase the time I volunteer at another school as a reading mentor; am able to knit and crochet until the early morning hours and then sleep as late as my body wants to without feeling guilty.

I have more available time to spend with my children and grandchildren; I'm able to enjoy long afternoon walks; my health has improved and the only stress I have is when I have several items due near the same time.

I am continually learning how to run a successful business.

I have met and re-connected with some great people.

I am very fortunate to have a very loving, supportive and patient family.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in the happiness that is my life!
~Denise



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Art that's truly from MY heart!

With all of the works of art that I've created there have been 3 times that I had a really strong emotional connection.  I didn't realize it until after completing them though.  I'd be excited while working on them but couldn't figure out why I had a hard time actually finishing.  Then it hit me, once I complete a piece it's no longer mine, but is then shared with others.

I first experienced this with a piece I created for the Fiber Tales art show.  The piece titled Hair had been in my head for over a year before I decided to bring it to life.

Then it happened again when I completed this doll and wheelchair for a friend's grandson.  I think it was knowing that this young man would not only have a doll that resembled him but also his form of independence.

I once again experienced this while completing my knitted quilt piece Log Cabin.  It is on display for the month of February at the Pike Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library.  I wanted to show the versatility of knitting while sharing information about the Underground Railroad Quilt Code.

 

 

  

I'm proud of everything that I create but when I finish a piece and feel like crying happy tears, I know that I've created something that very truly is a piece from my heart.
~Denise



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Trade School Indianapolis 2015 Launch

My Teaching Fellow bio
 I am excited to have been chosen as a Trade School Indianapolis Teaching Fellow. What does that mean?  I will teach a series of knit and crochet classes with Trade School Indianapolis.  If you haven't heard of them, be sure to check them out.  A wide variety of classes are offered and students provide items that the teacher asks for as barter items.
My Yarn Tasting table for the Launch Event

New this year is the opportunity
for students to become TSI members.  One of the benefits of membership is advance notice of upcoming classes.  Members can pay between $1.00- $25.00.

I have a TSI "page".  Click the tab above for more information.
Little hands "tasting" yarn