HandWork

As some of you may know, I have not been able to work at my sewing machine for many months now. However, my hands have not been idle. Today I took some of my handwork to our local food co-op. These consist of small things I can work on (usually propped up with pillows!). In these short sessions, I’ve had great fun making “jewelry” items from unusual objects. And it’s good to use the “stuff” I’ve collected, giving it new form.

Below is a bracelet I sold today. First, using a knitting spool, I made a denim-colored cord from blue wool, then used beads and springs, (as in hardware from your toolbox), and finished it off with tassels.

Springs and Wool Bracelet

Springs and Wool Bracelet

IMG_1309 Springs : Wool DetailAs I create these little things, I will share some of them here. Then perhaps someday they will have their own page.

Here’s a teaser. Next post: the tiny terrarium necklace.

IMG_1330 Moss necklaces

Earth Pages ~ Altered Book

Back in March, I promised to send photos of the altered book I started months ago.

Earth, Water, Fire and Air ~ what you see below are the Earth pages. The book is made from an altered child’s board book, with stamping, collage, painting, chalk, and more. The tabs on the right are part of the original board book; they’ve been perfect for labeling each page. The photo of St. Francis was taken in the garden of a place I stayed near Asheville, NC.

The Water, Fire and Air pages are almost complete, so eventually you’ll find those here as well. In the meantime, backed-up custom orders absorb my time.

If you have made altered books, please leave a comment with a link. I’d like to see your work!

A sneak peek at a book

While working on a tunic, the Temple of the Cosmos, and planning for a chasuble and preaching stole, I have been sneaking moments here and there to work on a book I’m creating.

Above is the beginning of the “Earth” page. It is made from a repurposed children’s board book, assembled with a collage of maps, a salvaged library pocket, paper napkins, ink-jet images, stamps (rubber and postage), and  more. The page is not done yet, so watch for another post  –  I cannot guarantee when that day will come. It’s a busy time in the studio!

And for fun:

Repurposed Felted Sweaters = Lunchbox!

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Lambswool and cashmere felted and semi-felted sweaters, stitched and decorated entirely by hand, a labor of love for a child or grandchild. This playful and colorful lunchbox helps keep contents warm or cold. There is a container for a stainless … Continue reading