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Archive for September 16th, 2008

Polymer Clay Buttons?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

I worked with Polymer clay exclusively for almost 10 years, before I picked up the knitting needles again. I made all sorts of fun things, including Hershberger Art Kazoos (TM). I have made nearly 200 kazoos and I think I’m not done yet, though I’m mostly focused on knitting these days.

I still teach polymer, but now I teach it mostly to knitters who make buttons to go with their precious handknits. The techniques most useful in buttonmaking are not the same as those most useful in jewelry or sculpture making.

I’ll be teaching buttons at Rae’s again this Sunday, September 21, from 1-5pm. Learn a good solid handful of techniques. Take a handful of goodies home with you, and inspiration to make more when you get there. Email infoAT raesyarnboutique DOT com to register.

I’d love to have you join me.

Left photo is one of many trays from students when I taught at Dallas-Ft. Worth Fiberfest. Top photo is a favorite button I made myself and kept just for me. It’s still waiting for the perfect felted bag.

Fun with Felt

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The other day Rae and I had some fun at her shop putting fluffy, colorful wool around soap and felting it. It’s the softest wool, a really luxurious sort of washcloth substitute. When the soap is gone (this takes a while) the felt can still be used as a soft cleaning item, or slit on one side and stuffed with a slightly smaller soap to be re-used.

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Honestly, just the process of making these is reward enough. Choosing wool colors, how to wrap for a nice impression, and deciding which yarn to wrap the outside with, was much fun. They are so soft and lovely! Rae has these three soaps as samples in the shop now, and she got so excited about them that she made little kits for folks to take home all the supplies needed in one bag.

I will be teaching a class/gift-making session at Rae’s on this process very close to Christmas. We will enough time together so that several gifts can be created and finished right in class. I think they would make a good gift for that person in the office you drew a name for, or maybe someone who resists receiving gifts.

I know that many retirees in my life are reducing the number of possessions they keep. They do not want something that they will have to store, so something that can be used and enjoyed is a great idea. I also know some teens who would love anything colorful, unique and luxurious.

The class is Saturday, December 13 from 11-1. You can stop by the shop or you can email Rae at info AT raesyarnboutique DOT com if you want to sign up.

I am also teaching a more varied, less gift-focused wet felting class on a Friday at Threadbear, where felted soaps will be one option. That class will be on October 3 from 6-8pm. Call 517.703.YARN (or 866.939.BEAR toll-free outside the Lansing area) if you wish to register.

Or not. Your choice. You can just look at the beautiful colors here and enjoy that all by itself!