Sunday, December 01, 2013

OOOH! I like this technique

Fun.  Fun. Fun.

We had a great weekend at Bedecked and Beadazzled, with the oh-so-fun Sandy Arthur.

Sandy was gracious enough to give up part of her Thanksgiving weekend to come and teach us her rendition of Brenda Stofft's Wizard of Paws.  We had a full house!  Thank you all for coming!

Every inch of this canvas is packed full of fun stitches and special threads.

There's a face shining through the moon in the stormy sky.

 This is my favorite of the pumpkin stitches.

Sandy patiently goes through all the details of the class making sure that you know exactly how to execute them.

The wow factor of the class for me was needle felting.  This is  a technique that is right up my alley.  It's fun and fast.  OK, maybe fast is a misnomer but certainly faster than Basketweave or Long and Short.  I've got a lot of stitching to do, so fast is good.  I also love, love, love the look.  It's smooth and furry.  No stitch pattern to distract.  You can sculpt, adding thickness and depth.  You can create shadows with an alternate color of roving. All so cool.

Sandy demonstrated how to use the needle and not draw blood.  A useful technique.

The most important thing is to use only the lightest wisps of roving, adding just a little at a time.

Here's the start of my cat.  Mine is probably a little heavier than it should be, but remember, I'm used to fluffy cats.  I can see more needle felting in my future.  I've got ideas!

Sandy's cat is super cool and ready for magic.  

Sandy is super cool too and ready for more fun and games.  If you have the chance to take a class from her I highly recommend it.

Thanks again everyone for joining us.  Perhaps this is just the first of many Thanksgiving weekend events.

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