Sunday, August 17, 2014

Taking a minute to exhale...

Our signatures on my Sweet Dreams piece


I didn't take any pictures at the Flava Fresh XI Artist Reception on August 8th at The Indiana Interchurch Center but it was a really nice event!

The next reception is this Friday, August 22nd at  Clowes Hall on the Butler University Campus.  Flava Fresh XI Gallery Tour from 6-8:00.

I have been very busy in the past few weeks and it doesn't seem to be letting up, but I'm not complaining.

We had a family get-together last weekend that was a lot of fun.  Four generations from 6 different states.  Great!

I finished the last of my 7 original pieces for the  Flava Fresh XI show and let my 5 year old granddaughter decide the order of the Granny Squares.  I was going to put them in a random order but she decided to put the like colors together.  I even let her sign it!  (see pic above)

There's a chance I may be participating in 2 upcoming art shows. It depends if I can meet the deadlines.  I have LOTS of ideas on what to create.  More details later on those :)

I finished the 2 hats for an artist/customer and today hope to complete a head wrap/scarf for an artist/friend/customer.
I need to finish the Spiderman blanket for my grandson and some food items that will be used for Outreach activities for The Children's Museum.

I had a new student at Michaels yesterday. I'll have more info SOON on the new upcoming classes and changes to my teaching schedule there.

Oh, there's a chance I may be returning to teaching at one of the IndyPL locations.  The new manager said I could return anytime that I want to.  I need to make sure there's an interest.

AND I'll be offering a FREE arm knitting workshop in October in conjunction with a solo art display at an area business.  WHEW!  

Monday, August 4, 2014

If it doesn't fit, you must unstitch!


The original size before being mounted
That's exactly what I had to do for my latest piece.  I originally made it with 16 Daisy Squares and the canvas was 48 x 48 inches.  Well, that's just a little too big to fit into my Rav4, even with the back seats down.  So I had several choices... Not have it in the show, find someone with a bigger vehicle or make it smaller.  I chose to make it smaller. That meant running to Hobby Lobby on Saturday because they're closed on Sunday to get smaller stretcher bars.  Then the piece had to be taken off of the larger canvas.  I chose to make an all new canvas which meant buying more burlap. I didn't want to take any chances of the burlap tearing and me not having enough.  I decided to make the canvas 38 x 40 inches which meant removing 7 of the squares.  I had to remove the edging first.  Once I had it down to 9 squares, I had to re-do the edging and mount it to the new canvas.  I like how it turned out and now it fits in my car.  I measured several times and put it in before I mounted the piece to be sure.

One square
4 squares combined
I named this piece "Imagine...".  The theme for the location is Peace and to me that can be in many forms.  I wanted to show that this one piece can look different depending on how you look at it.  Just like peace means different things to different people.

This is the 3rd in a series of 5 exhibitions for the FLAVA FRESH XI, 2014-2015 Art Show. The location is at The  Indiana Interchurch Center in Indianapolis. The Artists Reception will be held on Friday, August 8 from 6-8 pm.  It is a FREE and family friendly event.  It is open to the public and offers a chance to meet the artists. There are also refreshments :)
The gold flecks don't show up in the picture
My assistants
So now what to do with the leftover squares?  I'm thinking a nice shoulder bag.  I'll post pictures when I finish it.

The lesson in all of this... don't make anything bigger than will fit in your car!
~Denise

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Peace, Love & Yarn!

The Peace Festival Block Party was a lot of fun.  I estimate that I taught 20 people how to finger knit.
3 young ladies comfortably finger knitting
Busy hands

My display table
A hat box full of yarn

Kids (and adults) said how much fun finger knitting was and they could make gifts for family members.  One little boy said "whoo, whoo, look what I made!"
~Denise


Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Different Kind of Stitchin'

I gave my crochet hook a brief break so I could work on some sewing projects.  First, I made my own portfolio that is large enough to hold my bigger art pieces.  It wasn't that difficult.  I bought vinyl fabric and used a smaller portfolio as a guide.  I used a regular sewing machine but did use a strong needle and thread.
  

I also worked to finish modifying quilt blocks for artist LaShawnda Crowe-Storm. She is finishing the last of her series for the Lynch Quilts Project.  If you haven't yet, be sure to check out her website.
The Lynch Quilts Project.


I'm also participating as a vendor for the Circle Up Indy Youth Against Violence Peace Festival.  I will offer information about the benefits of knitting and crochet as well as teach how to finger and arm knit for free.
  

My son is part of the organizing group and I'm proud to participate!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Good News and Bad News...

The bad news is no one attended the Yarn Night on Saturday, July 19th at Michaels.

The good news is during that time that I waited, I was able to work on new fliers for the Michaels kids classes.  In addition to crocheting Michaels is now offering Weaving classes for kids.  Be sure to check the calendar to see when I'll be offering those.

 

Also, at the Flava Fresh XI reception at the Fishers Town Hall on Friday night, one artist expressed an interest in learning how to crochet and another asked me to make him 3 hats.


To those of you who missed it, it was a nice relaxing evening with the opportunity to meet many of the participating artists.

I have finished my "Peace" piece for the next exhibit, I'm waiting for the stretcher strips to make the canvas and mount it.
A piece of the Peace piece.
I'm making 3 new pieces for the 4th exhibit location and one of those is finished.  I have been very busy crocheting!

I need to take a short break to finish some work I'm doing with another artist. I'll be modifying some quilting work.

Be sure to click on the Flava Fresh tab above to see behind the scenes pictures of my progress for this art show.
~Denise