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Eye For Fiber – Canvas Painting

Last month at our monthly Eye For Fiber meeting, we did a neat painting project. A round-robin canvas painting project that involved acrylic paints (and some fabric paints), large canvas chunks, and a lot of laughter.

Deb from the group has all the photos of during the process and will post them on the Eye For Fiber blog once she has them organized (lots and lots of photos to go through!) but I thought I’d show the finished product here:

This is the one that I came home with:

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This is the one Mom ended up with:

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And these are the rest:

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Working with Clay

Tonight was our February meeting for the Eye For Fiber craft group. We met in the art room of a local school (one of our members is an art teacher) and B gave us a lesson on working with clay.

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I didn’t get a whole lot done, mostly because what I pictured in my head and what my hands created…didn’t match! But I’m pretty happy with what I did end up with.

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The pieces still need to air dry and then spend some time in a very hot vacation zone, aka the kiln. B is going to take care of that during the next few weeks then when we meet again next month, we get to work on making them prettier, and I think play with more clay.

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Now if I could only get the clay to match the pictures in my head! Time to wrap my head around a few things so I’ll be ready for next month.

Hopefully I did my snake button correctly, I’m pretty sure I followed directions correctly on it. We will find out after the kiln if the snake falls off.

Teaching Crochet

Wednesday night we had our monthly Eye For Fiber craft group meeting. The agenda on Wednesday was for my Mom and I to teach some of the other ladies how to crochet (they are all knitters). One of the ladies had suggested it at our last meeting because she wanted to be able to add some crocheted ruffles to her knitted fingerless gloves. I need to take my camera to the next meeting and get a good picture to share of her gloves, they are awesome!

We had fun and I think everyone learned the basics needed to get a decent start on things: how to do the initial chain, how many to add for a turning chain based on what stitch you are doing, how to do a SC, HDC, DC, and TR (or TC). Plus how to increase rows and how to make a ruffle.

 

Since I had mentioned our plans to my team at work in the morning before the meeting, they were curious the next day to see how things went. And I now have at least one co-worker who would like me to teach her the basics! I think I am one of the very very few at my work that even knows how to crochet, but it makes me wonder if anyone else there would like to learn. It might be fun to teach a few more people this wonderful craft!

 

 

Fused Glass – Part 2

Tonight was our September meeting of the Eye For Fiber group and we all met at Deb’s house to gather in her studio and see the results of our fused glass attempts. She was kind enough to fire the glass for us to create our beautiful glass buttons.

I think we were all anxious to see how they would turn out, especially after Deb warned us last month that they could look completely different afterwards. Last month I posted a couple pictures showing what my fused glass attempts looked like before firing.

Here is another picture showing before:

And for your viewing pleasure, here are pictures of after:

This next picture shows my favorite two closer up:

And this next one is a close runner for favorite. I’m thinking of turning this one into a pin:

What do you think? Was it worth the wait to see the finished results? I think it was!

Fun with Fused Glass

Tonight was our August meeting of the Eye For Fiber group.  I joined the group a little over a year ago after hearing my Mom talk about all the fun her and the other great ladies were having. They do projects, challenges, teach each other new skills, and more. So that convinced me to at least check it out. Here it is, actually almost a year and a half later, and I’m still a proud member! We may go completely off topic some (most) meetings, we may talk over and around each other, but boy do we have fun!

Tonight, we got to go to Deb’s house and play with a ton of glass squares, dots, and some various odd shapes. Blues, greens, pinks, reds, gold…the table was filled with an array of beautiful shiny glass!

She showed us some examples of what she has made, then released the reins and let us dig in. At first you could see we were all a bit timid, maybe even intimidated. Where do you even start when you have so many beautiful choices in front of you? What color do you start with? What object are you trying to make, a pendant, a button, a pin? Which pieces would look good together?

I started out with just a few pieces on my paper towel, moved them around a bit.  Stacked these two together, took it back apart. Stacked some other ones. Grabbed some red beads. Then some green. Then pink. Put the red back. Put the green back. Grabbed the red again.

It was a ton of fun!

Would you like to see what I came up with? If not…you’ll have to close your eyes because here comes the pictures:

Now a quick word about what you see in the pictures. These are still not finished. They need to sit for 24 hours for the tack glue to set, then be fired in the kiln (I think she said it takes 18 hours in the kiln). After they are fired in the kiln, they’ll look different. They might still look close to what you see above, only the sharp edges will be gone. Or they could look completely different.

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished button/beads! I won’t get them back until our next monthly meeting which is in September. Don’t let me forget to post pictures when I get them.