Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday: ... the "LETTERING UNICORN" has landed....

My "FABULOUS FEBRUARY FIVE" celebration 
continues in APRIL
 with the premier of this brand new mini class 
"Find YOUR Font" 





...a brand NEW adventure in lettering art...
it’s all about YOU!
...FIVE BIG LESSONS and TEN JAM PACKED  VIDEOS...
... it's all about YOU 
finding your own fabulous artful lettering font with your own handwriting...
...the "lettering unicorn" has landed!....

...SELF PACED...FOREVER ACCESS...SIMPLE SUPPLY LIST
...it's all about YOU
 discovering the "unicorn" of lettering techniques!

...WORD PLAY...ALPHABETS...DESIGN and LAYOUT...

...it's all about YOU
 confidently creating hand lettering art like you mean it!
JOIN US TO MAKE AN AWESOME LETTERING BOOK AND ORIGINAL ART

"FIND YOUR FONT!" online class 
Instant classroom access with PAYPAL payment
Class starts on April 5, 2017


I'm most excited, this one is a must! 
See you in the classroom


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday...SOMETHING

Create something.  
Paint or draw, or sew something. 
 Write something.
Cook or bake something new. 
 Make something outside your comfort zone this week.  
What do you long to create?



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday: "LITTLE JACK TUFFET"

Have you heard about the "make your own tuffet" craze yet?  Sewing shops all over the country are hosting these workshops.  I'd like to share my "Whimsical Wednesday" logo today.  It's art from my coloring book placed in the middle of the tuffet I made in January.  In January, the teachers at my BERNINA store in Rochester, NY had a "tuffet class" in just  two Saturdays.  Since I wasn't traveling I treated myself to the time and the learning experience.  I made a tuffet!  It' looks ridiculously difficult but it was a very simple process, you just have to make sure you have the right materials.  There is an online tuffet class on iquilt.com  taught by the creator of this particular process, Sharon Cole from "The Tuffet Source".  You can find everything you need to make a tuffet on Sharon's website.

The "in person" class was perfect for me.  Show up for just two classes and project done!   


THE IDEA BEHIND THIS WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY???  If your creative self is calling you, take the time to try something new, treat yourself to a project or class.  In my own life I personally make this a practice in growing and reinventing myself on my artful journey.  It's so good for your soul and spirit.  

I'm so proud of my tuffet and KNEW that it would be a "cat tuffet" as my bengal cat Jack demonstrates here.  At least I made some functional art!


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday: Announcing "FANCIFUL FIBERS"

It's my "FAB FEBRUARY FIVE" 
5th online teaching anniversary 
Create and celebrate in MARCH!  
 "FANCIFUL FIBERS" 
is the next BRAND NEW $29 mini class
 and is now open for registration.
TAKE A PEEK AT THE CLASS PREVIEW VIDEO!

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Stitch your art out!  Whimsical, happy textile art "Joanne Sharpe Style".....

  • FIVE BIG LESSONS WITH 10  VIDEO DEMOS!  Try your hand at needle felting, free form hand stitching and embellishing with wool roving and decorative threads.  No sewing machine required.  
  • A FINISHED PROJECT!  Create a functional journal, "midori-style" notebook cover or needle keeper with delicious texture and color.
  • SUPER SIMPLE SUPPLIES!  Pictured in the video, use what you have in your "hobby stash" and fill in with a few more treasures and you're good to go.
  • PLAY IN MY BOOK!  "The Art of Whimsical Stitching" OPTIONAL: I will walk you through my creative thought processes and the projects in the book.Not mandatory, but you'll love reading along and  my passion for textile art.
  • MINDFUL, SOULFUL and PORTABLE!  Stitching and simple felting makes you feel really good.  
  • SELF PACED, FOREVER ACCESS!  Join us in real time in March, or make it happen anytime, on YOUR time.
  • IT'S A VIRTUAL VIDEO BOOK!  Think of my online classes as little books that you can take on and off a virtual bookshelf whenever your creative fancy strikes.
  • LESSONS WILL POST on MARCH 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th.  

"FANCIFUL FIBERS" 
online mini class
CLICK THE LINK: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 
Supply list and instant classroom access*
 with Paypal payment 
*Classes are hosted on the Ruzuku.com platform.  When you register, you will immediately receive an email from ruzuku.com in my name and FANCIFUL FIBERS online class.  You will be directed to set up your own email and password for classroom access.  Keep a hard copy of your personal settings for reference and re-entry if needed.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday: "DOODLE STITCHING"



"DOODLE STITCHING" is FREE FORM STITCHING
Winter is the best time to hunker down with some colorful threads and fabrics and stitch your art out.  A mindless, but very mindful hand stitching project is very relaxing and therapeutic and is one of my favorite things to do this time of year.  It's the perfect way to "make your own happy"!!





HOOP YOUR THREADS:
A fun way to keep your threads and floss untangled and easily accessible  is to loop them over an inexpensive embroidery hoop.  I wrapped the splintery wood with washi tape to prevent snags.  Pull the desired color from the knot and the thread slides out perfectly.  Display them in your work area as decoration.  Of course my 2 bengal cats love this idea, so they don't hang on a door knob too long!
HOW TO TRANSFER A BOOK DESIGN ONTO FABRIC: 
  1. Trace the design from the book onto tracing paper.
  2. Place the image under the fabric you are using your preferred transfer tool, like a soluble fabric pen or chalk marker. To see the design more clearly,  easily, tape the paper and fabric onto a sunny window or use a light box
  3. Copy the design by tracing it directly onto the fabric.  Use a light source like a sunny window or lightbox .
  4. Here's a little freebie from my book for you to print and stitch.  
  5. PDF IMAGE DOWNLOAD: 
 For more artful textile, threads and fabric ideas, add my book 
...And if you already have the book, and are so inclined, 
please leave a review on Amazon.com  
Happy stitching!