Monday, December 1, 2014

Theme-a-licious November/December



Well, I sure didn't do any Xs in No-Xs November!

November started off for me with an Alison Cole class in Tampa, Florida, which had MUCH better temperatures than Atlanta had been having! Here was my dessert one day at lunch:

Cannoli for now, cannoli for later. ;)
We got a two-hour lunch break! Excellent.

The project was a stumpwork/goldwork piece.

I've done some stumpwork before, but I've never done any goldwork. It was a lot of fun working with some of the more exotic threads, like the super pearl purl. Plus, it's fun to say "super pearl purl". =)

This was a shot of my workspace.
Actually, this shot makes my workspace look a lot less chaotic than it was. I was spread out all over the place (I got lucky to be at a table of 3 rather than 4) and it took me forever to find anything. But the class was simply amazing. Alison is a fantastic (and fantastically fun) teacher, and if you ever get the chance to take a class with her, DO IT! She is one of those great teachers who never tells you anything is difficult; she just explains what to do and what to watch out for in a very straightforward manner and then comes around to straighten you out if you go wrong.

Here's a shot of the model she brought. It's not the best since it was under glass (and fluorescent lights!), but you can get more an idea of the dimensionality the stumpwork has.

She brought some other models, but it was hard to get a great shot with everyone crowded around ooooo-ing and aaaaah-ing! I will show you a couple shots of one of her 3D butterflies:
The little bell jar is only about 5 inches high! Amazing stuff. She had some other great goldwork pieces with her, including a dragon she taught at EGA convention.

Oh, what's that? You want to see what *I* did? =)

Here's where I was at the end of class. The crazy gold fringes will be the stamens in the clematis flowers, and that paper at the side will be basted over the dragonfly while I work on the rest of the piece, because his wings are SHARP!
They are actually brass mesh. Here's a closeup:

And here's a closer shot of the bud and leaf, where you can kind of see the super pearl purl:
Can you tell that the leaf is sticking up from the fabric? I should have done a side view, too.

The other pieces we did in class were a tendril (I have one Alison did, too, since she demonstrated with my wire =) and a flower petal. Only 23 more to go!!!!

Sadly, the only other stitching I did was to finish the branches on this squirrel.
I did the Xs sometime earlier in the year. ;)

I have been knitting a little, and I finished this lace cowl.
It's knit in Handmaiden Sea Silk yarn, which is 50% silk, 50% Sea Cell (think rayon), so it's really soft.

So, I know that I said I'd announce the theme for December around the middle of this month. I won't bore you with the details, but there have been all manner of work- and health-related crises here (everyone is OK!) and something had to give. That something was the blogging. And a lot of the stitching. And all my mojo is still suffering, so I'm calling December...



Do What You Will December
Do you have gifts you need to finish? Projects you're sick of looking at that you want done? Or maybe you just want some nice, relaxing stitching for a hectic month? Anything goes this month!

So, it's not technically a theme, but we'll have one last post together on December 31st to share what we managed to work on during the holidays (or do a year-in-review). I have decided not to run Theme-a-licious next year. I have really, really enjoyed stitching themes with all of you and seeing all the creative things you have been doing with the themes! However, there are a ton of great SALs to participate in out there, and participation here has been waning. Perhaps I'll start back up in 2016; who can say?? Or maybe I'll get bored halfway through 2015 and need themes to push me along again. ;) I'll more than likely do March Madness again, anyway!



So how did your No-Xs November go? Was it a challenge going "off the grid"? =) What will you do with your freedom in December? Please add your link below (to your latest Theme-a-licious post), and visit some other Themers if you can (everyone loves comments and encouragement!) Our last post will be on December 31st.

12 comments:

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What an amazing time you had! It sounds absolutely wonderful. Those butterflies are fantastic, so beautiful. As is your little dragonfly.

But no Theme-a-licious in 2015! I am sad now :-( What will I do with my shoehorn all year?
Thank you for the fun this year anyway.

KimM said...

I haven't been part of the Theme-a-licious gang, but would love to participate in the fun of posting about my December…..
xxx

thegreytail said...

oh, you must have had a BLAST! that super purl purr thing sounds so good!! :P and it looks fantastic, WOW!
I got caught in all sorts of traps this month, with very little time to stitch (but hey, No-X-November! see what I did there? :P)
anyways, I'm glad you're alright, everybody's alright, and it's OK if you hold the Theme-a-licious for a year. just one, though, alright? :)
big hugs and thanks for the super-duper stump-work post, I loved it!
chiara

Jackie said...

Your progress in class is nothing short of amazing! You are a very talented needleworker. Love the instructors projects too. I used to live in Tampa - really enjoyed it too.

I'm so sorry I haven't participated in Theme-a-licious. Things went south for me a while back and I'm just now beginning to feel like my mojo is coming back. It's been a struggle.

I hope everyone is fully recovered and well. No more of that for the rest of the year! K?

Jackie said...

Your progress in class is nothing short of amazing! You are a very talented needleworker. Love the instructors projects too. I used to live in Tampa - really enjoyed it too.

I'm so sorry I haven't participated in Theme-a-licious. Things went south for me a while back and I'm just now beginning to feel like my mojo is coming back. It's been a struggle.

I hope everyone is fully recovered and well. No more of that for the rest of the year! K?

Julie said...

WOW!! stunning stumpwork, well done.

rosey175 said...

o goodness, stumpwork looks so amazing and it looks like it requires a level of neatness I'm likely to never obtain!!! Worth it though, wow. :D I love your cowl too, was the yarn slippery to work with?

Melanie said...

Such amazing work! The stumpwork stuff always blows my mind. Lovely little cowl, as well. And just in time for the cooler weather.

If you ran a 'Do What You Will' theme-a-licious theme for the whole year, I would totally participate. Ha!

woolwoman said...

WOW Heather - I am thrilled you got to participate in the Allison Cole, I think you were the only member representing duClay Chapter - YGG - your progress looks great! I thought about the class since I have an interest in learning stumpwork but I thought I better start with one little bug instead of a whole big project like that. Your cowl is lovely - I love handmaiden yarn - hope you are enjoy the season! Hope you will consider coming down to the SR seminar in May. The deadline is coming up to register. Cheers Mel

Erin said...

Hope everyone is well! {{{hugs}}} I've sort of fallen off the face of the blogging world, and I'm not sure I'll ever get back, but I try. The model pictures from that class are absolutely amazing! I love your tendrils, so curly and fun and perfect. I think we're coming up on needing to get together, aren't we? It's been 2-3 years (despite the fact that we live in the same town), so we're probably due! :-)

jocondine said...

I was speechless reading your post on stumpwork. Just incredible work. I just discover Theme a licious this year
and it brings me so much fun. Thank you for all the various projects you have given me.
Mystery, Surprise, Challenge, a good cocktail for a prolific stitch. Amicalement. Kisses.

Jaret said...

How sad. I found your theme-a-licious site late so really didn't get a chance to participate. It looked like a lot of fun and would have kept me motivated. That's kind of typical of me though--day late and a dollar short.

Your stumpwork is beautiful. That has always impressed me, but I haven't been brave enough to try it. Your cowl is gorgeous, too. You definitely have many talents.

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