Friday, November 20, 2009

Folk Art Bird Brooch Wine & Cheese Craft Party

Wednesday we had our latest Wine & Cheese Craft Party! Margaret Hluch taught a Folk Art Bird Brooch. The samples were so popular at the Muse that she is now selling them in the store. But twelve lucky people got to take the class and learn how to make it themselves!!!
We learned how to make the bird form and how to embellish the felt with needle felting.

After our bird was needle felted we got to choose from the beautiful threads that Margaret provided for us. Many of the threads were hand dyed by Margaret! Narrowing down the choices is often the hardest part of a project!

After the embroidery, we put the bird together and finished it off with a pin back. As you can see, they all turned out beautiful and unique!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mini Collage/ATC Mimosa Make & Take

Sunday we had Courtney Prahl back to teach the Mini Collage/Artist Trading Card Momosa Make & Take. Her work is so beautiful that she could teach this class over and over again and I will never get tired of it! This time, she showed everyone how to add transfers to their collage.

The transfer method she taught was using contact paper. This method was quick and easy and very versatile. All you need is contact paper- what an easy technique!
Everyone was anxious to get started after they picked out their chosen image.
After we learned the transfer technique we moved onto the collage! One fun thing about Courtney's collage classes are the interesting papers she brings with her for us to choose from! It's sometimes hard to not use them all. She's very big into phone book pages!
After selecting materials we got to work, layering, stamping and embellishing. You can tell by this messy table that we had lots of fun!
One of the criteria to this class is that you must make two mini collages and at the end of the class we draw numbers. You get to take home another persons collage as well as your own! Here are some of the finished collages up for trade...
Here is what I got to take home with me- a collage that I created as well as Marlene's mini collage. I love the happy colors she used and the butterfly transfer. Thanks Marlene!