"Hi Charlotte, I am not very good at this computer thingy, but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed looking at your cuffs. I also make bracelets, but they have a button/loop which makes a more limited fit. I think yours may be velcro, is that right?…"
I make MANY crazy quilt and denim fully beaded and embellished totes and hanbags, some for the Symphony, most for shopping at Wal Mart! I use old and new fabrics, seeing art in many ways, especially recycled clothes, turned into my totes...the bottom of a well-used pair of jeans: taking out the hem, and using the whitened area to contrast with art beads, hand dyed lace, and antique buttons. Many are embroidered, and all beads, double sewn with quilting thred, sealed from the back with Fray Check.....these beads/buttons do not fall off!!!!! When one looks at discarded clothing, one sees the lining, pockets, and buttons as stash for an art project. Yard saling is a necessity, especially jewelry, taken apart, and arranged with the beading; couched chain looks wonderful!
Where did you learn your textile skills?
I started to sew when 21, making clothes for my baby girl. Curtains, napkins, quilts (have a finished crazy quilt top, all fabrics from the 1950-60's). At this point in my life, I sew about 6-8 hrs a day, when I am not practicing the organ/piano.
Is there anything else you'd like other members of Stitchin' Fingers to know about you? Please feel free to tell us a little bit about yourself by way of introduction.
I am a professional, classically trained organist/pianist; however, when not working on music, I sew. Am slowly getting used to the computer, still needing to 'take those pictures' with the fancy new cameras!
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Hi Ann Louise - Just read your note - Many thanks for your wonderful comments on my little quilt "A Song for the Maasai" - You m-a-d-e my day!! In answer to your question re: have I visited Kenya or Tanzania - I'm sad to say that no, I've not visited anywhere in Africa. However, my husband, while still based in Canada, spent some 20+ years working in a variety of countries in Africa. He would go for 5 wks. or 3 mos. or, or or several times each year and, during each trip, he would make a point of visiting local markets and bringing home treasures from Africa - incl. my entire stash of gooooooooooorgeous, authentic African fabrics!! They really are...faaaaaabulous!! I'm esp. fond of the Kangas from Kenya - something I've never seen here in shops/galleries that feature African Arts - they're possibly too humble for the West? They are lengths of really quite flimsy cotton which are invariably printed with allllllll manner of brightly coloured designs, advertizements (!!), photos (!!), etc.,etc. Their traditional uses are so many that there is actually a book entitled: "1,001 Things to do with a Kanga"!! In any event, the Maasai have fascinated me since Joel - my husband - brought me 2 of their glooooooorious traditional necklaces quite a few years ago now. And so, when I was thinking about what to make next, I decided to gather alllllllll of my African fabrics together and let them - the fabrics - make a quilt!! I had SUCH fun with it, SUCH fun!! Oh! About the squashed lighbulbs - if you look at the photo "A Song for the Maasai - Detail" - the middle photo of the 3 I posted, I believe - you'll see the little lightbulbs sort of at the bottom middle. I decorated each with an X of embroidery floss and a bead. Many thanks, again!! Cheers! Charlotte
Thank you for your lovely comments on my work. I thoroughly enjoyed stitching Karahana and I think when you are having that much fun it reflects in your work, that and an excellent teacher, who taught me how to do it. Knowing a few tricks and tips make something like gold work easier.
Thank you for your kind words about my beaded fairy CQ. Not all of my crazyquilt items are totally beaded, but even the ones with thread embroidered seams are all trimmed somehow with beads. Sell the quilts? Unfortunately I have not yet come to the attention of J.K. Rowling, who is the only one I can think of offhand that could afford my price (although that may change as one of my future projects will be a Harry Potter wallhanging - VBG). The only pieces I sell successfully are Christmas stockings ($100). I'm glad you enjoyed looking at my pics.
I have not been able to check into this site due to going back to work and other obligations. I appreciate your suggestion for the labels. I have had to take break on the handbags but plan to get my act together soon.
I have found a local shop that wants to carry my handbags and now I am looking for ideas for information cards to attach to the bags. Also some kind of business cards.
Thanks for your suggestions. . Janet
WOW, haven't meet anyone that knew where Libertyville IL was. I'm a transplant from Michigan. Yes, I moved from one frozen north location to another.
Gotta love pups, especially the rescues. They do need a lot of exercise, gets us up and going.
There is not a CQ guild around here, at least that I have found. I know there are quilting guilds, but haven't checked to see if they include CQ. There is a stitching/needlepoint guild but they don't meet very close to where I live. And until a few weeks ago, I was busy with an active teenager. My youngest daughter started college the end of Aug. So other then the pups we are "empty nesters". I'll have more time to check out stitching/quilting groups etc. Haven't gotten there yet, still adjusting to extra time.
I am involved in CQ swaps through the HGTV message boards. This group is why I started the crazyquilting.pbwiki.com site. We are planning more lessons/projects now that summer is ending and people will be spending more time indoors etc.
I have just started exploring "stitchinfingers", a LOT to look at here.
Thanks Ann Louise. I was really pleased with the way it turned out. I cut the original panel apart as I wasn't happy with the shape and then spent many hours thinking about how I was going to put it back together, as none of the measurements were easily divisible for block borders. The pioneer braid came to mind in the middle of the night and then I was able to sleep ;-)).