Enjoying the company of a jewelry artist who specializes in fine metals.
I spent the better part of my weekend barefoot in a beautiful park, with my wares on display again. This time there were: hammocks, fabric nesting bowls, handmade notebooks, fabric fortune cookies, tote bags and bottles of maple syrup produced locally by a friend of mine.
The weather was beautiful and the people were wonderful. Fellow artists inspired each other and those who were there to hunt for treasures eagerly shared their stories with us as they licked their ice-cream cones.
I shared a booth with jewelry artist and friend of mine, Jenna Dupee, of Picturesque Jewellery. She’s a woman who knows her fine metals and can appreciate a quality product. She works with anything from dinosaur bones to diamonds, and titanium to silver with copper accents. She recently did a custom piece for me and I am so pleased that I happily recommend her work.
Here are a few of the things I had on display.
This birch tree duvet cover is inspired by years of living up north and camping
These cookies are made of raw cotton canvas but I found that they didn’t hold their shape as well, so I switched to felt.
The notebooks were very popular, particularly the ones with doodles of vintage looking camper vans, trailers, and burnt marshmallows.
Tote bags made of re-purposed curtains, outdoor upholstery fabric, and indoor upholstery fabric
Once again, I would like to extend a thank you to those who shared their homes with me and lent me sewing machines, projector screens, workshops and their support!
I had so much fun, the art fair was a great success.
For a tutorial on how to make the fabric nesting bowls, see earlier post “Fabric Bowls”.
Another batch of hammocks!
I’m happy to be making things with my hands, and extra happy that people are finding a use for what I’m making. This may sound like an obvious statement but you just never know if people will get as excited as you do about what you like to do.
I participated in a local art festival recently. Here are my wares on display: up-cycled table cloths and curtains which are living a second life as tea-towels, a hand-painted duvet cover, and a pile of hand-made hammocks.
At the end of the day, a woman’s name was drawn and so a hand-painted duvet cover was won. She was enthusiastic and appreciative to win the hand-made item. So excited was she, that she insisted that we have our picture taken together with the prize in hand. What more could I ask for?
For details on how this was made, see the previous post about duvet covers. I found this tree limb image online and added birds to it. It’s simple and bold.
I am happy to report that most hammocks went to friends and their families. How flattering it is to have their support. Also, I can be sure that whomever I visit next, I can count on them having a hammock for me to swing in.
Strung up between a street sign and a tree, my adoring boyfriend hung around for the day to model the goods. He had many visitors, including countless photos taken by passers-by and a crew from the local news who were eager to capture this relaxed festival go-er.
I had a great time surrounded by friends and was inspired by so many other local artists. I walked away having recovered the costs I invested in this project and with a mental list of more creative things I hope to make this summer.
I’m hoping to shift my focus to duvet covers this summer and work on some new designs. I would like to extend a big thank you to all of my supporters who walked away with fabric creations and those who lent this wandering seamstress a sewing machine, or basement, or kitchen table to work on.
Ropes and Knot Book
A Knotty Gift
This is a gift for anyone who spends enough time outdoors who ends up needing to tie knots in things, or for anyone who has ever tied their boat to a dock and had it float away!
- Securing tarps, tents
- anchoring a boat
- Securing boats to vehicles and racks
- Emergency situations
- Joining ropes together
- Teaching knots to children
The list goes on…knots are handy. People who know how to tie efficient knots can be handy people! Once you learn how to tie a few basic knots, you will be surprised at how little rope it takes to secure something, and you might even think back to how much rope you relied on before.
The book was only $14.50 (Chapters) and I picked up the climbing rope (1 meter each of two different colours) at an outdoor store for about $1.30 a meter. You can use any old rope lying around to practice knots, but if you invest in decent rope, your gift receiver will have something worth adding to their collection of outdoor gear.
- Find yourself a book on knots. Some books are more comprehensive than others. Pocket-sized are handy and portable for travel. For the knot enthusiast, maybe a thicker, more comprehensive knot book will keep them more entertained. Try to find a book that has good pictures or illustrations.
- Go to a store where you can buy lengths of rope off a spool (or cut rope from an available spool). Many outdoor equipment retailers will have a section of their store devoted to rock climbing, and here you will find plenty of decent rope to choose from. They may also have scraps of rope that come off the end of a spool that may be sold at a discounted rate. I bought 2 lengths, 1meter of rope each. 1 meter is a nice length to work with. Two different colours can help because some of the diagrams in the knot book show how to join two ropes, which is easier to figure out when using two different looking ropes.
Go ahead, get tying 🙂