Sunday, July 13, 2014

French General workshop in France

We had a wonderful 2 weeks in France, with a few days in Amsterdam at the beginning and end of our trip. Lots of sunshine and a few sprinkles, warm summer weather for lots of walking and visits to farmers markets and local flea markets- so fun!

Our wonderful group at Chateau Dumas where we spent a week of stitching, shopping and dyeing. We are all wearing our "woad dyed" clothing from our day of dyeing with Denise Lambert, woad expert. 
We were expertly taken care of by the amazing Meng family, Kaari, Molly and Kick and their special helpers,  Cathy and Monica.

We explored the beautiful grounds of the chateau and had our workshop upstairs in this building at the entrance surrounded by lavender and a forest of trees.

In our rooms we found a treasure bag with lots of special goods for our week of creating. Moda French General fabric to play with, a sampler to stitch of the chateau, threads, a hoop and special soap.

Everyone got to work on their fiber collages and fiber jewelry projects and in the first day of stitching so many beautiful creations appeared. The following photos are of the first days work....we didn't have time for a show and tell at the end of the week so this is a taste of what was made.

I love the wonderful creativity and variety of pieces that were made. Everyone did such different and lovely work.


This is the photo of the Chateau crew of lovely folks who took such good care of us. The food was divine and all of our needs so carefully met. Thank you to all who made our stay such an amazing experience! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

On our way to France and the Netherlands...

Colleen Darling and I are heading off to France and the Netherlands to take part in the wonderful world of French General's Chateau workshop. I was given the incredible opportunity to teach a fiber workshop in an 18th century chateau near Toulouse, France. But first we will spend a few days in Amsterdam and visit with one of our art buddies from our adventures last year. Hopefully Giova will be available for a little lunch and shopping while we are there. Then off to Toulouse to meet up with the lovely Meng women, Kaari, Molly and their mother Kick. We had so much fun in Oaxaca with them that this will be a fun reunion. We look forward to meeting all the adventurous women who come from all over the world to share a week of creating, dyeing and a bit of shopping!

These are some of the little fabric collages that we are calling "Souvenirs of France".

Inspired by Mandy Patullo...I made this piece from old vintage quilt pieces...

A work in progress....a collage of vintage laces, embroideries, and other odd pieces of fabric.

We may have time to make some fiber jewelry too...
this one is made from Liberty of London fabrics...

and some little necklaces from vintage fabric...

Some little house collages for everyone to embellish if they wish...

OH! And just before I left on my trip Syd and I had the pleasure of hosting an ART DAY at my home with sisters Carol and Mary Ann Moss, the famous creator of "Dispatch from LA" blogdom! What fun! I gave sweet Carol a rug hooking lesson and she took off and got hooking her bird right away. Mary Ann got into her sketch mode and then water colored her wonderful owl below. That hooked birdie flew home with her to join her rabbit. Super fun to have the Moss sisters in the house!


We all had  fun visiting and inspiring each other and catching up on everyone's creative activities.

Syd got some painting done in her art journal after ice cream and cake. A fun way to end a busy week.

Back in about 2 weeks...until then have a creative sun filled June!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Playing with Fiber

Some of my fabric collages from the past and a few new things....

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fun at French General

We arrived at French General at 10 am and set up the tables for the workshop. Such a wonderful setting for a place to share your love of creating with like minded spirits! Fabric, beads, yarn, paper, books, many vintage things to take in and be surrounded by and the lovely owners, Kaari and Molly Meng and their mother Kick all had everything so artfully prepared for us with yummy snacks and drinks to keep us going for the day long class. So grateful for being able to teach a workshop here with all the inspiration from everyone and everything!

Each person had a spot at the table with a rabbit pattern and supplies to get started.

The ladies began to arrive and find a spot for the day.

I brought a few things to sell and quite a few found new homes...Thank You, every one!

Just had to share a few photos of the lovely colors of French General...

Pam Garrison's wonderful Sailor's Heart for an upcoming class.

Display of upcoming workshop samples...we have signed up for Mandy Patullo's workshop in September..appliqued piece on upper left. She is coming all the way from England to teach and I love her work so much!

Fun doll kits for sale.

Sandy and Syd at the end of the workshop....Sandy joined us on our Oaxaca trip and came to the hooking class, too. We all went to dinner at a local place called "Home" after we packed up and had a fun visit, nice meal, and yummy cake for dessert.  Special thanks to Syd for all her help with the workshop and encouraging the beginning rug hookers with their rabbit pattern. And a big Thank You to all the wonderful women who came to the rug hooking workshop and were ready try a new craft with true American folk art roots.