8October, 2007

maple bags

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Pyramid Bags with Kaffe Fassett fabric and dupioni silk applique. When I saw the Kaffe fabric in the perfect fall colors, I had to get it. (I met Kaffe at a visit to the Textile Center a while back.) The leaves are a raw edge applique stitched with variegated thread. Did you know that Coats & Clark thread completely repackaged and reformulated their thread? I walked right past it at Joann fabrics! The thread is now 100% polyester rather than poly/cotton. So far I don’t seem to mind the difference. I think the poly is supposed to be less linty. Anyhow, as you may have guessed, these are for the wedding. Gifts for a couple of teenaged nieces that are helping with various jobs.

1October, 2007

The Kindness of Strangers

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On Sunday we decided to go to breakfast at a little local diner. It’s the kind of place where you just come in and grab a table. We arrived at the door, dashing through the rain at the same time as a couple about my parents age, and found that there was just one open table for 4. The gentleman looked over at us and said “Come sit with us!” We said “Why not?”. We had a delightful breakfast, drank many many cups of coffee and ended up all trading business cards and email addresses at the end. When we went to pay, he said “Let me get that. We’ll pretend like we had breakfast with the kids.” (do I hear an “awwww!”)

Then we stopped in a local yarn shop. We were heading to a friend’s house and wanted to take along something to knit, but I had left my knitting at home. Andy came in wearing his “San Jose Museum of Art” shirt which prompted a whole conversation with the yarn shop owners who came from the San Jose area. One was an engineer for Apple Computer in a former life and they had an in depth conference about various Adobe products and what was best for a slide show they are trying to make.

It was a day for meeting new and interesting people for sure.

28September, 2007

Tiara Thursday!

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Here is more done. I have put on the large crystals and started making “points”. So far so good. I have been commissioned to do some waterfall/chandelier earrings to match. Fun stuff.

26September, 2007

Full of Dragons

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You might notice that my “What I’m Reading” is full of dragons right now. Naomi Novik’s 4th book came out today. I adore her Temeraire books. I have long been a fan of anything with dragons – I think I have read Anne McCaffrey’s books almost once a year since I was 12. I am waiting just a few days to go and get my copy of “Empire of Ivory” as I just started re-reading the first three books in anticipation. This is only my second read of these and I am still loving them. I frequently reread books (unlike Andy who never does – weirdo). I like the way you can relive a good story, I don’t ever mind that I already know how it ends. Anyhow, I recommend them to anyone who needs a little dragon in their life.

25September, 2007

Project Tiara Part 2

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The Framework

This is silver coated copper wire. It is very stiff, which is great, but makes it a bit of a challenge to work with. It seemed a little heavy here or somewhat cartoonish but the more beads I add, the better it looks, as you will see.

Here I have started to add the base of beads. I am putting more color towards the band and less as I go up, so this is full of purple, amber, green and orange. I think I am probably working with about 30 different kinds of beads. I have them sorted out by “layers” – large beads and more saturated colors towards the base and smaller, sparkly and more transparent towards the top.

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