Tuesday, February 22, 2011

An Artful Journey Ends and Begins

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
~William M. Thackeray

I'm home from An Artful Journey where I stayed in a cabin that felt like a tree house. The little sunroom had a large paned picture window looking out at bare oaks and evergreens. We gathered here in the morning for tea and coffee and in the evening after class for a glass of wine.

I was pleased to learn several new techniques in three days of classes I took with Nina Bagley even though I chose not to attempt the wire wrapping and metal parts. I had the tools and I bought the wire but remembered my last attempts and thought "I don't think so". Nina was gracious enough to give me some clues on how I could work around not doing the wire wraps and I am very grateful.

Learning to crochet beads is something I know I will be getting hooked on (pun intended) and knotting silk cord and making these little stuffed hearts that are so precious. Everyone in class did such wonderful work!!!

I took a little valise full of dyed and vintage ribbons wrapped on cards and practically sold out. Now I will need to have some dye days to color more ribbons for Etsy.

My big project I'm starting though is for this challenge from Altered Couture magazine: Altered Wedding
 For those of us who have bridesmaid’s dresses we don’t know what to do with, we challenge you to take the occasion out of the dress and make your wedding attire into something usable. Everyone in the wedding party can get involved. Consider revisiting a flower girl dress or bridal wear and accessories as well. There’s no better way to keep a memento from such a big day than to incorporate it into wear for any day. Or, if you are an ambitious bride and have recreated your dress out of another one, we’d love to see that too. Save the date and alter away!
 Deadline: March 15, 2011.

Here are some pictures of the wedding dress I will be altering. It is dupioni silk with an organza top that has ripped a bit and a full nylon petticoat flounce. It is in the washing machine as I am writing this. When it's washed and dried I'm going to cut it up. I do have a plan but I'm not telling. The deadline isn't very far away so I have hopes of getting it finished but I'm not making any promises. I will post my progress if it happens.


Joanne Huffman said...

Don't know what the beautiful heart you made in Nina's class would look like if you wire wrapped it, but it's gorgeous as it is. I also love the little heart with the knotted stiff cord. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with the wedding dress.

Angie in AZ said...

Sounds wonderful and everything is beautiful! And OMG, as soon as I saw the crocheted beaded necklace I remember learning to make them when I was 9 living on Okinawa! I made one for my grandmother which I now have in my jewelry box!!!! Can't wait to see what you are doing with that dress! Love the sheer top on it.

jackie said...

What wonderful creations you made in Nina's classes! Love them all!

Can't wait to see the results of the wedding dress redo! With your talent I know it will be spectacular!

jan b. said...

I'm sure you can guess what I'm thinking. Talk to you soon ... I'll call tomorrow (Thurs) morning.

Diana said...

Your hearts are gorgeous, Lorri! I don't think I saw that last one in class, but it's just dreamy!

The Creative Beast said...

Lorri, it was wonderful to meet you i Nina's class and to see your beautiful ribbons and buy some from you =-) I'll be sure to send a picture when I have finally finished my necklace so you can see the velvet ribbon you gave me worked into it...I can't wait to see what you whip up for the Altered Wedding Challenge!