Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Craft Parties added to Summer Schedule! Even Angry Birds have invaded!

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Classes at Wild Sage, Delmar NY

August 21: Blooming Necklaces
August 22: Angry Birds/Star Wars/Robots/Aliens - make your own collectable stuffie
August 27: Upcycle Tshirts into Accessories!
August 28: Angry Birds/Star Wars/Robots/Aliens - make your own collectable stuffie
August 29: Doll Clothes

for general info see "Summer Session"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guest Teaching at The Center Square School in Albany, spots still available

* atelier modeled studio: each student may address the materials and projects based on their own interests and abilities (older students and younger students will not be expected to complete the same projects)
* Small group setting, no more than 8 students per week
* Students share and discuss their work
* Gallery shows at the conclusion of each week
* Students build + keep a portfolio of their work
August 12 – August 16: 9 am – 12 pm                                                                                                                                                         
Fabric is amazing stuff: we wear it, we sleep in it, we sail with it, and we make art with it. In this class we’ll investigate fabric through drawing, collage, painting, sewing and printmaking. Students will work with felt, muslin, canvas, vintage pieces, and even design their own t-shirts.
The wonderful Amelia Dombrowski, costume designer and teacher will be guest teaching during Fabric Studio Week

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Craft Party: Designing Fashion Accessories

In this week's craft party the girls made some really cute necklaces and bracelets with beads and fabric blossoms. The perfect accessory for these summery days!
Some even made hair blossoms and belts decorated with buttons.  Each flower the girls made was unique as them.  Not only were they making all the design choices, they were learning how to thread a needle, knot off at the end, sew on buttons, and make fabric flowers.  The ages ranged from 7-10 and four different schools were represented. 
A lot of chit chat about summer fun was shared.  They also jumped in to help others or show each other techniques they had just figured out moments before. Though a few girls had sewing experience, many did not, so it was satisfying for them to master a new skill. Especially since many went home with scrap fabric so they could keep designing and sewing at home!  I am looking forward to the next craft party with them!

She even made one for her American Girl doll!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

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Fashion Accessories: Beads and Fabric Blossoms into Necklaces, bracelets, belts...infinite variety

I had a lot of fun making these samples for the Craft Party next week. The flowers take some time but designing the layout of each necklace base don the materials in front of me was really satisfying. They are so easy to make to suit anyone's style. A great project for scraps - and beginners as well as sophisticated designers.
The flower on this blue fabric made it so easy to cut out the layers for the petals. Must remember to buy more patterns in the right scale for this project - no tracing templates! Also the petals made the best fan shape on the other blue necklace.
A wearble garden!

Another favorite thing to do is to use both the "right" and "wrong" side of the fabric. Great for making coordinating strands, or for a belt or bracelet. This adds a lot of dimension to the flowers as well.
The "beads" in the center of the purple flowers are rubber grapes. Found them in the 99 cents store and thought they would be the perfect fake jewels for a toddler necklace!
For the girls who adore pink and sparkley!

My toddler. It was so hot we were playing with ice cubes in the kitchen.

My 4 year old. He loved the necklace too. Even put it up on his head and said, " you can wear it like this too!" He then asked for one for his ankle. I thought they did look Hawaiian but he intrinsically knew to "go native!"
Decorating the body is as old as man.

I now find this necklace all over the house.  My son sees no problem wearing his necklace with his fireman helmet.

My daughter likes this pairing as well.

Here is it again with his Superman shirt.