Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bottle necklaces

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Hello, I have learned a new macrame trick and am so pleased with how these bottle necklaces are turning out! I am using scraps of string discarded from a weaver’s studio and given to me by a friend to reuse.

So far I’v done an elegant blue and white:

And a multicolored crazy fun one:

But I have reached an impasse! What should go inside the bottles?

Thanks!

-Rachel

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Upcoming jewelry workshop at BICAS!

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Hello,

I am running a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at BICAS from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The address is 44 West 6th Street, Tucson, AZ 85705. 

We will be making some eco-friendly necklaces out of origami stars made from old magazines and parts from broken bike chains. It should be a fun and relaxed evening at a very cool bike shop.  🙂

Here is the necklace I made as an example. I wear it a lot, paper beads are surprisingly durable!

I first learned about these cute little origami stars from Sami, who has all sorts of loveliness going on at her writing-and-thinking-about-things blog here: http://www.herdingthedragon.blogspot.com

Felting class at Womankraft

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Hello,

I recently taught a paperweight felting class at Womankraft and the participants came up with such wonderful designs! Zoe and Grace brought some gorgeous brown wool in closer to a raw state than the combed merino I usually use. It felted up really nicely.

Ana made this lovely wet felted stone with two needlefelted amanita mushrooms on top.  Amanitas look like something out of a fairytale illustration but they are a real kind of mushroom!

 

Laura added a saguaro to hers- they are such an iconic sight here in Tucson. She also felted little wool rocks onto her big rock!

 

 

Our youngest participant, Paula, made this vibrant paperweight with an initial- P!

Zoe made this one with a caterpillar that evolved into a spirally snail.

 

Grace made this one with a saguaro on it. Love the little touches of blue and yellow.

 

Here are all of them together. Gayle’s is on the right at the end. She went straight for this rock with a long narrow shape to use as a perch for her mushrooms.

It was such a nice evening. I love crafting in groups, it’s so friendly and peaceful. People tell great stories while their hands are busy creating. Everyone had a great time and came away with new skills and a cool paperweight!