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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

"THREADS" - Very Cool!

This is one VERY cool book.  Seriously cool.  By Debbie Bates and Liz Kettle.
A WEALTH of information... tips... creativeness abounding.  You can find it on Amazon for $22.36, by clicking on this LINK.  Or you might like to put it on your list for CHRISTMAS gift giving...
And while looking through this book a couple evenings ago, I remembered about something else that is seriously cool... that would be the 3 Creative Studios website.  And there are SO MANY terrific tutorials, and resources you can print out for your own ... click here.  And you'd better put it on your 'to do list' right away, because Terri and Vicki are shutting down the site at the end of the year!  Sad, but true.  Understandingly so.  They are both wonderful artists in their own right, and are moving on to building their businesses, blogs, sites and more, and I know I'll look forward to enjoying what they will do in the future!  Not only are they fun and knowledgeable artists, but they SHARE.  And from what I understand from their recent newsletter, they will both transfer things from 3 Creative to their own sites.  But nonetheless... go check it out, while it's all in ONE PLACE.  

You will be really, really.... REALLY glad you did!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chenille Lucille!

With Blogger problems last few days, I just found that Blogger took this initially published post off, so here it is again!

Hi!  First, Lucille has nothing to do with this post.  I just liked the way it rhymed!  So this post is really about Chenille, not the fabric - the crafty stems.  I don't think anyone calls them 'pipe cleaners' anymore. 

Don't know where I saw this technique ... wish I could.   Since I'm over 50 memory is becoming more like "that dog won't hunt." Regardless, go out and get yourself some chenille stems at a craft store.  Pretty - silvery shiny ones, colored ones, iridescent ones, too.

Here's  a few minutes entertaining myself wrapping  with some interesting textural yarns.

Almost any yarn will do, I would say.  As for me, I'd try anything, anyway.  It's a great adventure!

This is how I began...
I chose the pretty silver chenille stem to start.

And then a pretty pinky mango 'flimsy' type of yarn. Easy to wrap... not so much if you want to unwrap!

It's  a bug!  A plane... No! It's a fishing lure?! Ummm... ok, maybe not.

Wrap 'em any way you want.  Build up the yarn, or spread it out. Or make a combo (see below)
Switching to a different color; this is a flat ribbon-like yarn. I sometimes like to place the end of the yarn down the stem a ways, and then begin wrapping at the top, overlapping the end.
 Twist and wrap.  Add another color on top of the first!  I also like to let some of the silver sparkly stuff show through - otherwise what's the point of buying the pretty chenille stems?!  But you can let as little or as much show.  It's your party. (No crying allowed). 

So now what do you do with them?  They would be great as stems for flowers... stems for pom poms, or yo-yo's... I bet you can think of lots of ideas.  They're easy to couch on with a zig zag stitch.

Here is one I placed on a pin.  (sorry the photo is cut off).

I also used one as a hanger on a little bit of an art quilt. I loved the 'popcorn' look of this yarn! 

It's the hanger of the little art quilt: "Play With Abandon."
I added another chenille wrapped stem at the very top too.  One of those 'frilly' furry ones.

Twist 'em, turn 'em, wrap 'em, couch 'em...  I think you get the picture.

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