Sunday, June 15

Clover Market

I don't want this blog to be just a big running ad for my work, but it seems that much of my focus recently has been on preparing for the Clover Market, and I am so excited to be a part of the fun. If you've never attended, and you can get there, you SHOULD! It's a wonderful open-air juried market. The vendors are spectacular. The food trucks serve innovative and surprisingly awesome fare. And it's Ardmore. While you're there, stop in and see me! Hope to see you there.

Monday, June 2

Red Oaks Book Arts

 Please join Roxanne Evans Stout and me in the beautiful hill country above San Antonio for a three-day book arts workshop October 24, 25, and 26 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the lovely home of our hostess, Laura Roberts of Hasty Pearl.

The first day of  the workshop, I will guide students through the process of creating 3- by 4-inch soldered covers for their books. At the same time, participants will learn how to coax color from leaves we collect while exploring our idyllic setting, leaving behind beautiful prints on paper.

 Day two, Roxanne will share with students her many techniques for decorating their pages -- texturing and layering, collaging and designing, attaching and stitching, adding text and even their own drawings of the beautiful oak leaves and vegetation.

 Day three will be used to put it all together. Students will continue working on decorating and collaging their pages, and then, I will show everyone how to bind their finished pages into a book, using a technique that has been employed since the second century.

 Students will go home with a beautiful and unique hand-bound book, to treasure forever.

This three-day immersion will be filled with wonder, laughter and unforgettable moments of creativity.
 The cost for this three-day workshop is $400. Cost of transportation and accommodations are not included. A list of hotels close to the venue will be sent when you have made the decision to attend. A $150 deposit will secure your spot. You can send your payment to Roxanne - via PayPal or by check to:

Roxanne Evans Stout
P.O. Box 645
Keno, OR

Your final payment will be due by September 30.

A $40 kit fee will be payable on the first day of the workshop.

 For more information, you can email us here:

Or, visit Roxanne and Laura at their blogs:

 Space is limited.

 I hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 5

Puppy Love

If you came by to see artwork, please come back another day. Today it's all about this cute puppy we got to borrow while his family went on vacation. He is a squeezable bundle of fluff that we almost didn't give back. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 3

Bunny Love

I just finished this tiny little wearable book and put it in my Etsy shop. It's smaller than most of the wearables I make at 7/8" by 3/4". 

I absolutely love the tiny etching of the girl holding the rabbit on the cover. And the bale I used is an old one, taken from a vintage piece of jewelry I had around here.

Binding these tiny books has to be done in the best light, with my strongest magnifiers, because my eyes aren't what they once were!

I used some of my favorite stones too: turquoise and chalcedony.

And a tiny little rabbit charm attached to the ring. I'm wearing this one myself . . . until it finds a new home.

Sunday, March 30

Getting Ready for an Exciting Event

My youngest son is getting married next month. And we've all been busy getting things ready for the big day.

One of the projects I've been charged with is the ring pillow. Actually, I asked, "pretty please" if I might make the ring pillow. I've been all about little pillows since making the sweetheart pincushions last month.

I started with a delicate tatted piece of muslin stamped with the name "Alice S. Hagy." I have no idea who Alice was nor why her name was stamped on this piece, but it stayed on the pillow.

Then I added a piece of jersey to the back of the muslin to reinforce it, and started stitching and beading . . . 

And stitching, and stitching, and stitching . . . 

I used a piece of eco-printed felt as the back of the little pillow, because the bride and groom are using a woodland theme for the wedding, and because I think everything is better with a little eco-printed something on it.

I added a pair of delicate silk ribbons in shades of their colors, a vintage "M" for Marsh, and it's ready to be carried down the aisle!

Saturday, March 29

Faux Union Case

Last year, my friend JoAnna Pierotti was here for a few days after she taught a couple of classes in New York. One of the things she taught was her "Little Embossed Case." I wasn't able to take the class, but she did share her techniques with me.

I fell in love with the idea and the look of her case, and couldn't wait to make one. . . 

It only took me a year to get around to it. But, I am no less thrilled with the sweet little thing.

Each panel is only 2 square inches. 

Thanks for generously sharing your creative inspiration with me, JoAnna!

Friday, March 7

Paper Roses

Well, not roses, actually.

But, as we wait for a spring that is so long in arriving . . . 

We've been making our own spring flowers . . . 

From crepe paper, yarn, tulle, florists tape and dogwood branches.

We're ready for the real thing.

Hurry, Spring!

Friday, February 14

Sweetheart Pincushions

I recently acquired the sweet vintage heart above, which started my quest to learn more about it and others I'd seen. The story I discovered made it even more precious to me!

During World War I, which began 100 years ago, these pincushions were made by convalescing and disabled British soldiers and sailors who stitched them as they recovered, and sent them home as tokens of their affection to loved ones.

I read that the tradition began in the nineteenth century with Queen Victoria, "an amateur practitioner of textile arts," who thought that the soldiers might find needlework a great distraction while far from home.

The cushions measure about 8 inches, and were decorated with beading, decoupage, ribbons, thread and trim. The materials to produce them were often purchased in kits from canteens and shops.

Mine has small decoupaged flowers on the curves of the heart, but many were adorned with ribbons that feature short mottos like "Forget Me Not," "Think of Me," or short snippets of verse. They often incorporated the name of the soldier's unit, their insignia or regiment's colors.

In a world where loved ones are little more than a phone call or email away, it is difficult for us to envision the despair of separation with little or no contact from our beloved. Just imagine the heartbreaking rush of emotion that the recipient of these tokens must have felt receiving them.

It was with thoughts of the above that I started making my own sweetheart pincushions.

My first one has an anchor on the point - a nod to the British sailor who made the vintage heart that started my obsession.

My granddaughter, who is very fond of blue, asked if they came in her favorite color, so this next one was made for her.

This one holds a photo of my grandmother, and gave me the perfect opportunity to use some vintage metal bullion that I've been hoarding for several years.

This one was for my youngest granddaughter, and is not made of pins at all (to make it safe for her two-year-old hands). Thanks to my dear friend, Monica, and her sewing skills, who embroidered O's name on this purple ribbon for me. She has been my sewing partner while we've been stuck (ha ha) inside by the weather.

And, of course, I couldn't forget K. Boys enjoy receiving tokens too.

I am not finished making these hearts. Bits of velvet, silk, pins and beads are covering my kitchen table (and floor).

I totally "heart" these hearts.

Happy Valentines Day!