Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Sun is Shining

In contrast to last week, the sun was out and shining for Tuesday. Maybe that's why we had a busy meet-up! It started off normally but we had other Makers drift in throughout. Which means there's a whole bunch of pictures!

There's everyone (except me, but there's my stuff right in the front) getting off to a rolling start. From left to back to right there's: Pearl, Marg, Cindy, Mia, Laurie, David. Later on Jean, Deb and Louise visited! Good show.

Cindy is putting together her large pop can tab purse ever - it will be double the size of her usual ones (like the green one in right corner of the picture). I would be sincerely SICK of pop can tabs at that point. And black crochet yarn. In the background there, Mia is unpacking her wool to work on her needle felted sculpture. She also made a neat little mask with a lump of polymer clay I gave her. I think she sculpts anything!


Marg is painting her next piece in this pic but earlier she showed us what she plans to have printed up for some of her upcoming shows where her photography will be a part. If I were bright I would have moved along the table edge and photographed the pretty purple sweater that Pearl was knitting up but I didn't get a very good shot of that!



Here's what I made Tuesday. Well, here's the redo of what I made since someone bought the one I made on Tuesday afternoon! There's a little pearl, turquoise, antiqued brass wire and a few of my polymer clay beads. This was part of a challenge Cindy and I had to show how very different results can be achieved with similar materials. You can see what Cindy whipped up in her matching post.

I snapped a picture of Louise to use as I work on her website - that's at www.skysweptdesigns.com - but it's fair game since it was on Tuesday and the t-shirt is from her most recent snow dyeing day right? We'll assume so!

These are Jean's finished transfer, mixed media canvases. Deb, who's helpfully holding the canvas for me, was knitting too. Some day I will ask the nice knitty folks to teach me. My very sweet and patient Granny gave up ages ago!


And here's our mascot (sorry Laurie!) for the group. She's got this little pouf of fluff added to her bun and other small finishing details added that I can't see in the picture. Laurie nabbed one of my orange lily beads to add to her bodice, so we'll see the update next week.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

When It Rains

This weeks meeting was unique in that I walked over in the pouring rain and left in snow. That's been the theme for the weather the last few weeks though! Here's hoping we eventually escape into spring and summer.

Because I'm eternally optimistic, I brought my bird project - a customer requested bird shaped, flower covered beads which are in progress here (finished pics here):


Louise was showing off one of her projects from the Quilts Canada convention she attended in Calgary last week. The book has pages with all sorts of techniques in it:


Mia was working on her needle felting. She brought along her first completed sculptures, little tribal or caricature type figures. From wool. Very neat.

Later she was taking advantage of the machine that combs wool Laurie brought in to play with. If you think it looks like a torture device, you're not the only one:

Jean was working on a transfer based collage, slowly washing and rubbing off the paper backing from the transfer that she'd applied to a prepped canvas. You can see it in progress here (the white parts of the picture transfer clear, so the canvas colour shows through):


And we have Laurie's wood fairy with the sparkles - I should say, Angelina fibres - mixed in with her outfit: