Designing Dragonflies is the alter ego for me, Katherine D. Stein, Fiber Artist.
Please join me on my journey into fiberland as I explore with different colors, techniques and textures. Please feel free to share my adventures as I create and learn new things.
I am so sorry this posting is so late…my only excuse is that
Mars has been in retrograde since October and believe me…it’s been a challenge!
However some super awesome events have happened to make even the most challenging “Mars please
leave me alone” day a real great experience.
I FINALLY was able to get entries to the North Carolina
State Fair this year.(been meaning to for years!) I know I posted pictures last
month. The results were excellent; I won two Blue Ribbons and a Red!
This is the first time since 1982 since I’ve entered a
County or State Fair so I was quite flattered that they awarded my work.
Nuno Felt Scarf
Batik Scarf, squares, Ice Dye
Something else I’ve done is register with
Wholesalecrafts.com and I’ve stated to sell my scarves wholesale. I officially
registered my site Friday November 1 and I got my first order on Wednesday
November 6 from a lovely gift shop located in Cincinnati Ohio. The name of the
shop is “Frame House Gallery” and Kathy, the owner was kind enough to send me
photos of my scarves hanging in her shop on Saturday. Kathy was also kind
enough to alert me that the first one sold there yesterday, November13. (Happy
Dance cha cha cha!
Scarves Hanging at the Frame House
I finally got some creative flow going in spite of Mars and
I made some really neat Sun Catchers and Greeting cards using Strathmore Artist
Papers On Saturday November 9, I lead a demo on how to make these at the make
and take room at the Art of the Carolina’s event that Jerry’s Art o rama puts
on every year at the Raleigh Hilton North. My (peeps) guild, the Carolina Mixed
Media Artist Guild maintains a “make and take” room for anyone that wants to
play with products being sold at the super fantastic vendor area.
The way I made these was as follows:
Strathmore Artist Trading card (ATC) or a blank Strathmore Card (mixed media
in some way. I used water color pencils and gave the ATC’s a wash in different
is dry, I used a die cutter and punch out a pattern. (Sign your ATC at this
3)Then I took
some clear contact paper (sold anywhere where shelf paper is sold) and after
pulling off the paper backing aligned it over the ATC making sure that the
entire card is covered.
some pressed flowers I had collected in the die cut. (don’t go too crazy, you
want to be able to “see” the flowers)
piece of contact paper and carefully line it up with the card and quickly cover
the flowers. (static electricity from the new piece of contact paper will pull
the flowers off the other piece if you are too slow)
card and cut away any excess contact paper along the edges.
centered hole at the top of the card and then pull a heavy thread though with a
now have a very pretty piece of art that kids can do and looks very pretty
against a window.
You don’t have to only use pressed flowers for this. I also
cut out a rectangle large enough to insert some fortune cookie words of wisdom.
You can also use some scrapbooking punches to add more shapes to the project to
make it interesting.
I did the same thing with the greeting cards, the only word
of advice I’d like to give on this is:
* Cut out
pieces of contact paper to JUST cover your flowers, or stamps, or anything else
you are going to insert into your card. (if you cut out one large piece of
contact paper it will create a “glare”.
1 **Be careful
when you apply color (I need to follow this myself!) less is best and you can
always build up color value and intensity however it you have it heavy handed
already, it’s extremely difficult to tone it down. Pressed flowers are delicate
looking and can get easily lost if the color is dominating the eye. If you use
stamps or something else you can probably get heavier handed with color.
The ATC/Greeting card would be a great project to do with
kids, in fact I’m going to do this with my Grandchildren the next time they are
over and Papa Wonderful can’t take them bikeriding.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
PS: I have had a devil of a time getting the directions to format correctly...If you would like the instructions to make the cutout sun catchers, please send me an e-mail and I'd be happy to send them.