Monthly Archives: April 2013

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnan

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon

After a long gestation period this lovely spiral bound book arrived in my mail box. Along with some sweet ‘extras’ which Kate very kindly included. A tube of candy which I ate absolutely immediately – no hesitation. A tube of delica beads and an eraser in the shape of a small donut! Plus some postcards and a signed book plate to stick in the front of the book.

Actually, there is a very good reason for the donut eraser. The simplest way to crack out a bead is to slip a thumb tack through the bead into the eraser. None of the other beads get damaged, the thread stays intact and the bead pops out easily. Continue reading

Safety Harbor Library ‘Chair-ity’ Fundraiser

Our lovely library in Safety Harbor, Florida is having a fundraiser. They decided to get local artists to decorate a chair to be raffled. So here is my chair before:

Safety Harbor Chair-ity fundraiser chair

Safety Harbor Chair-ity fundraiser chair

And here it is after:

Front of decorated chair

Front of decorated chair

 

Back of decorated chair

Back of decorated chair

I rough cut some of my hand dyed fabric into squares. Using Paverpol I layered them onto the chair using the traditional nine-patch quilt block pattern. I cannot tell a lie – some of the fussy cutting to fit pieces into awkward places….. well, language please.

Do go and look at all the brilliant decorated chairs for the Chair-ity Fundraiser. The drawing for the raffle is taking place on April 19th during Library Week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curved Blade Perfect Scissors by Karen Kay Buckley

Curved blade Perfect Scissors by Karen Kay Buckley

Curved blade Perfect Scissors by Karen Kay Buckley

Well, colour me stupid but I didn’t realise Karen Kay Buckley had brought out a third set of Perfect Scissors.

I already knew about the large and small serrated edge ones but these have curved blades as well as being serrated. Well!

Good for cutting away stabilizer and clipping close to fabric.

I do love these scissors.