Other background buzz has been a persistent reminder that I love making art on paper and today I said yes to this voice. I participated in a handmade book workshop at Klamath County Library with Roxanne Evans Stout of River Garden Studio based in Keno, OR.
Roxanne supplied most of the materials, and guided us through putting the small art book together. We then added mini books within and embellished the pages. Ideally, it was in that sequence, but really we all went our own way and either sewed, or pasted, or glued, or colored...Through all of this, Roxanne was the calm in this storm of creativity.
Remember. this was in the downtown library, and we had a few children asking if they could make one (No, sorry).
This is the cover of my little book.
Diane Erickson. The bead is sewn on, and I also included a lot of fabric scraps layered over one another. The book is darker than I had envisioned, and the words "hope", "direction", "dream" and "accomplish" showed up. I am apparently a driven individual! :-)
I look forward to finishing it, and making a stitching art book while taking my Craftsy class. That class does have a journal suggestion and so I am looking forward to letting both sides of my brain play together.
In other news, my husband is recovering from bronchitis and my brother Pete is home from the hospital (heart and COPD). I have been trying to complete V 8876 and I am almost, oh so close, done. I was hemming last night and took out my work twice! A caution to those who want to make this dress-the hem is faced and it helps to use the same fabric. I did not and my facing is limp and puddley. The dress also angles inward vertically and is lower in the back than the front. Pin carefully and check as you hand sew. I matched it to the band seamline rather than the suggested length. This is not an easy dress even though Vogue says it is. Pshaw-what do they know about home sewing? I promise you all a picture in a day or two. Really.
Have a wonderful Sunday and if you are a mom, Happy Mother's Day. If you have a mom still with you, give her a hug.