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… aaaaannnnd the winner is!

So Jan, congratulations, please email me at wordnerd411@yahoo.com and I’ll get the copy of Quinn McDonald’s Raw Art Journaling to you asap!  In fact there’s still time to join in the Artists of the Round Table workshop, because we’re in week one.

Turned out neither the much prized (by everyone in the family) cowboy hat nor the sinister black balaclava were handy, so we used my ginger jar instead.  Here’s another view:

Thanks to everyone for playing along, and do check out the book when you get a chance!

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Permission Given!

Another actually not so random page from my inspiration alphabet, a perpetually ongoing project.

P for Permission among other things, ties in with the Raw Art Journaling online class I’m taking with Quinn McDonald.

 

 

and here are two permission slips, tailor made for me!

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Fibre Arts Festival Coming Up!

 

Fibrations is a new fibre arts festival in Victoria, BC, Canada

Sunday August 21 from 10 to 4

at St. Ann’s Academy orchard, 835 Humboldt St

FREE admission

their site is www.fibrations.ca

The demonstrations will include Tunisian crochet, knitting with wire, weaving, making yarn from fabric, and Saori weaving, which sounds intriguing, because it’s somehow free form.

Cathy Miller the Singing Quilter will be performing along with others.

This festival was initiated by the owners of Knotty By Nature, who have gathered an organizing group to get this rolling.  They must live near us, because their bicycle is always parked by the hedge.  Isn’t this the coolest outsider art?

IN OTHER NEWS:

My giveaway of Quinn McDonald’s Raw Art Journaling book will close at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday morning.  Weird time, you say?  Well, yeah, but it’s midnight on the West Coast, giving local folks an extra chance to get in the fun.  When I get up on Thursday morning, Young Sprout and I will be randomly pulling a name from the hat.

 

To join in: go to the previous post and leave a comment.  I’ll be in touch with the winner to get their snail mail address.

Go for it!

 

Posted in baraka, creativity, journaling

Baraka and Spreading the Love with a Giveaway!

Baraka is when Allah/God/the universe blesses you with something wonderful.  Just coincidentally today happens to be the first day of Ramadan, although there are blessings every day, you just have to be alert.  Yesterday for example we found a perfectly good, solid, new looking wooden table abandoned (that’s it in the photo below holding up my Rolodex!)

To my amazement, today I am the grand prize winner   of a signed copy of Quinn McDonald’s book Raw Art Journaling:  Making Meaning, Making Art from tj’s blog.

As soon as I receive this, I will give away my own gently used copy of the book, which I had pre ordered before publication last week.  And I do mean gently used, it’s been opened and perused but I haven’t written anything in it.

So you know the drill, post a comment to this post and when I receive the signed copy, I’ll do a random drawing and have Young Sprout pull a name out of a hat, so stay tuned.  It will probably be a while based on recent experience with the mail up here to Canada.

Meanwhile, check out Quinn’s site here, and consider signing up for her very generous free online class working through the book chapter by chapter.  Caveat:  it starts on August 14 and you need a copy of the book plus the site through which the course is offered, Artists of the Round Table, is a moderated Yahoo group that you have to join first, so you wouldn’t want to leave it to the last minute!  There’s also a Flickr group for posting images of your work based on the book.

And most importantly, give yourself permission to create!

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Raw Art Journaling in Action!

 

Here’s TJ Goerlitz demoing raw art journaling techniques from Quinn McDonald’s book Raw Art Journaling, Making Meaning, Making Art, which just coincidentally happens to be launching today.

If I were still in Phoenix that’s where I’d be tonight!

I met Quinn in Phoenix and have taken classes, both in person and online, and know that her book is a distillation of everything she’s been working on over the past few years.  This is an exciting day!

 

Once I have my mitts on the book, I plan to challenge myself to translate some of the concepts and exercises into fibre art.

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Be sure your sins will find you out …

there, THAT got your attention, right?

Quilter’s and crafter’s sins I now realize I’m guilty of:

Not cutting across the width of the fabric (WOF).  Silly me, I thought it made sense that if you have half a yard of fabric and you need a strip that’s 8″ by 2″ you would cut parallel to the selvedge, leaving 40″ of fabric wide by 18″ long.

2010 was the year in which I had the light bulb moment and realized it just doesn’t work like that.   I needed WOF for trading at our Guild’s retreat, and I needed WOF in significant quantities to make pillowcases for the million pillowcase challenge.

Several times I pored through my entire stash only to realize what I had been doing all those years, it finally caught up to me!  This led to a change in my evil ways, a gargantuan stash busting project, and (surprise!) fabric shopping for half-metre and bigger cuts.  Although for 2011 one of my watchwords is use what you have.

Have also resolved to be more attentive to thread.  Valdani is my favourite, and I do use what I have!  Actually had to buy a second spool of Gem Symphony when Andrea Hamilton was quilting my Shattered Angles quilt.  I look on Valdani as chocolate minus the calories.

Cindy Scraba is another amazing Island lady.  Her knowledge of threads is astounding.  Trivia:  Egyptian cotton is in the process of being protected legally, just like champagne in France.   It is so superior and they need to protect it.

Cindy sells Superior thread and I’ve started tracking in the catalogue what I have in the different lines.  The catalogue is great because it tells you which thread to use in every situation.

At the Guild retreat, I won a sample set of Wonderfil threads.

And I still have threads from my grandmother’s store that go back to the forties — on wooden spools with names for the colours.  They live in a case designed and built by my grandfather.  I use them for basting and minor embellishments.  After all this time I don’t trust them for anything that has to stay together.  But back then thread colours had names, not numbers, like Apple Green, Mauve, Primrose.

 

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Elusive elastic

Unable to find the elastic I know is lurking somewhere around the house, I’ve been running around to drugstores, quilt and embroidery stores, for two days.  Everyone has Velcro but regular elastic is much harder to find.

However, Gala Fabrics came to the rescue and instead of having to buy a vast quantity in a plastic blister pack, they cut off the yardage I needed and packed it in this precious repurposed sewing pattern!

Young Sprout was in tow, behaving beautifully considering he had just missed a chance to go on the bouncy castle because the volunteers were stopping for lunch, so I didn’t push my luck by browsing their fabric sale although some bright red paisley is calling my name!

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PIEday Friday (Pattern is Everywhere)

Since much of my inspiration derives from patterns and random arrangements of things I thought I’d start sharing some of these on a weekly basis.

I’d love to be able to give a prize to the first person who correctly identifies what this is, but with a Canadian Post Office lockout that’s not practical.  But let’s see if anyone can guess.