Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Bead & Button Show Class Catalog is LIVE!

...and up today.

If you clicked on my teacher link to get to my site, let me say a big WELCOME!

Follow my site to learn more about me, my classes, stuff I make and even a tutorial thrown in every once in a while.

I am teaching two classes at the Bead & Button Show in June. I love to teach metalwork and these are two of my favorites!

Capped and Dapped Beads

In this class, students will learn the joys of tube riveting. These beads are a great focal bead in a beaded design or look great simply strung on a chain.   ***Edited to add that class is full****

In addition to working with copper and sterling silver, students will also work with anodized aluminum sheet. The sheet is used in the sample above and makes a very striking piece.

Ring Roundup
In this class students will have the opportunity to create a selection of rings. From simple and stamped bands to set stones, we will cover it all!   ***Edited to add that there are limited seats available***

Check out the entire class catalog and show information at the Bead&Button Show website. Hope to see you in class and if you have any questions about my classes, send 'em my way!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Knitted Socks for me...

 I love hand knit socks... 

I have knit several pairs and consider myself pretty adept at the whole knitting from the cuff down, turning the heel, and decreasing for the toe.

My sock world has just turned upside down. Literally.

I made a pair of socks from this book, and it's changed my life.

Here's the story.

In August I spent a lovely week at GGFI. That's the Golden Gate Fiber Institute. Magic. Amazing. Inspiring. If you are into fiber, this is your dream vacation. GGFI is the brainchild of Morgaine Wilder of Carolina Homespun and Judith McKenzie McCuin fiber guru. I can't wait to go back next year.

One of the things I did that week was spend 3 hours every afternoon learning about socks from this sprite of a woman.

That's Cat Bordhi

Her superpower is to comprehend the very essence of knitting structure and to bring others along for the ride. This class was all about making socks that fit your personal footprint and in the process I learned how to knit.

Sure, I've been knitting for years. I've made sweaters, hats, slippers, an Ipod cover. Painstakingly following patterns. Never straying from the formula. That was knitting. This class taught me KNITTING.

We started by tracing our feet.

That's Cat's footprint.

Then you cast on 6 stitches using Judy's Magic cast on, toe up. Increase to 12 stitches and knit one plain round. Then we followed this pattern:

Then you try it on. And check the fit. And knit. And try it on and check the fit. And knit. Increase on the sole when you feel like you need more room. Add a stitch pattern if you want.

You record it all on your footprint.

I learned to knit intuitively. How to anticipate where I needed to increase to get a perfect fit. I did not follow a step-by-step pattern. Your foot is your pattern.

Finished. And they fit perfectly.  You can see the second pair that I started over to the left.

Here they are center stage. They'll have a contrasting toe, heel and cuff. I am using a simple knit 2 together/yarn over (K2TogYO) pattern every 6th row to make it interesting. The variegated yarn is Claudia Hand Painted, from our goodie bags and Louet Gems in Fingering Weight, Sandlewood colorway, from Cat.

If you are a sock knitter I would bet this book will change your life. It did mine.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Flying Geese Quilt blocks.

I belong to the BAMQG.

That's the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild.
More information here if you want to know more.

Our meetings usually include a demo on a technique that would be interesting to the group.

This past meeting I demo'ed the quilting technique poetically called "Flying Geese."

Since I don't think that you were at our meeting and missed the demo, I thought I'd share it here:

Kate's Flying Geese Demo:

Block Finished Size 8 ½”
To complete block, you’ll need two each of the following:
•    1-5 ¼” center square
•    4- 2 7/8” side squares

For one set of four geese:
Pick two contrasting fabrics.
Cut one large square at 5 ¼” and 4 squares at 2 7/8”

Draw a center line point to point down the center
of all four small blocks.

 Place one large square face up.
Place two of the small blocks face down on the large block. 
Sew ¼” on each side of drawn line.

 Cut block apart on center line.

Press both halves out.

 Place second set of small squares on pressed pieces.
Sew ¼” on both sides on center drawn line.

Cut both sets apart on center line.

Press units and clip extra triangles away at the center and ends.

      Assemble units as desired.

Geese also make great quilt boarders. Perfect for using up fabric scraps. This technique is the Block of the Month for the guild for the August meeting. I am going to make a few more since I have a pretty good head start.

I'll keep you updated on the progress!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Make it at home...

I make a lot of my own stuff...


Sporadically shared with you.