Friday, August 11, 2017

New Beginnings

Hello everyone!  I've been away from Art Threads for so long, this feels like a new beginning!  I've been working at getting the studio in shape (much more work than I anticipated), helping with a new grandson's arrival, and taking a bit of time off to reconnect with something I love to do but haven't had much time for in the past ten years.  Today I have photos of the studio (it's still a work in progress, though) and some big news!

The Studio.

The upstairs of the studio is designed for fiber arts.  It's almost done - there are just a few things we're waiting to have built and a few organizing items we're waiting for inspiration on.  Ordinarily we have fantastically clear views of the mountains, however we have quite a bit of smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia.

I've been continuing to quilt, sew, and knit while I've been away and have a lot to show you all in future posts!

The downstairs is a ceramics studio!  I know .... you haven't really seen much of that on this blog except for the random button here and there.  Unless you've read the "About Me" section, you probably just thought of me as a fiber artist, however, I originally thought I'd go into ceramics.  I've studied with many fantastic ceramic artists in Oregon and Arizona and can spend hours working with clay!

The News.

Starting in September, I will be selling my hand sculpted ceramic beads, pendants, buttons, and other jewelry findings on my own website!  I'm anticipating that the autumn collection will be out sometime around the second week of September - I'll keep you posted on exactly when it it is!  You can follow my progress on Facebook and Instagram (@deborahschlegelstudios)  as well as on this blog.  Until then, here's a sneak peek at some of the goodies I've been working on:

And if you're local to me (Vernonia, Oregon area), I will also have an 8 week long beginning clay class for grades 1 through 6 starting on September 18th!  There will be more information on my website as soon as it goes live at the beginning of September.

I'm excited to be back with the blog and for all the new changes coming!  If you have any questions, ask in the comments section and I'll get them answered.  And don't worry - the blog will continue to have lots and lots of fiber art!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Thursday, December 15, 2016

It's Not Looking A Lot Like Oregon .....

The weather around here has been getting progressively snowier ever since we entered December!  While this is usual for many places, it isn't so much for our area of NW Oregon.  Yes, we do get a snow storm or two each winter - usually one day affairs of an inch or so that goes away after a nice day off from school and work.  Not this year.  And it appears we're not done yet!

So I've been doing a lot of knitting!  The snow's made it hard to drive the 50 miles to the nearest fabric store for supplies, so there hasn't been much Christmas crafting.  And that combined with my computer deciding that half of the keys on its keyboard will no longer work has meant not many posts have been getting out.  I do have a hat pattern almost ready to publish and just finished a wonderfully warm, squishy item I'll have to wait until January to tell you about since it's a gift for a family member.

So I'll just snuggle in by the fire and continue knitting, while awaiting the next addition to our snow piles!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Inspiration - The Dolls of Mimi Kirchner

I wasn't particularly doll crazy as a child - I did have a couple of favorites and liked to plan outfits for my Barbie, but that's about it.  I watch Charlie with hers and marvel at all the back stories they have!  She is seldom without one of them as a companion.  My fascination with dolls began in my adulthood.  I have sketches of dolls I plan to make someday - however I've been gathering these sketches for a few decades now!  Maybe next year I'll make it a priority to get at least one actually made .....

I also love to look at what doll artists are doing and one of my favorite is Mimi Kirchner.  This Boston artist has a talent for bringing her fiber art to life - one can imagine her creations carrying on with a full lives after their photo shoots.  Not that they're photo realistic, because they're not.  It's more that they are so full of personality and have wonderful little details that give you clues as to who they are, what they do .... maybe what they're thinking!

An good interview with Mimi is here on Bibelot that gives some insight into her processes.

And Purl Soho has a free pattern and instructions for creating a doll she designed here.

Be sure to check out her website here for a blog, links to where you can buy her dolls, and announcements of classes she teaches.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, November 11, 2016

Acts of Kindness

"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.  A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1935.

Kindness without any intention of benefit has become known as a random act of kindness.  There is an intention to be kind, a desire to brighten the day of another, to show others they are valued.  It is the opposite of selfishness and shows what is possible.  Kindness can reshape negative emotions.  We can all take a stand for kindness.

I was once given a beautiful glass heart by someone I didn't know - in fact, I never even saw this person.  Almost every day I looked at it and wondered who they were.  It never failed to make me smile.  After 15 years, I in turn passed it on to someone else - she probably knew it was from me, but that's okay too.  It was someone I knew I would most likely never see again - an acquaintance someplace I was moving away from.  And I smile when I think of her looking at it ....

While I would love to make glass hearts, I'm not a glass artist!  In case you are also not a glass artist, I've found four free patterns for fiber hearts you might like.  And maybe you'll make one and give to somebody who will then smile whenever they look at it - and feel a little happier than before.

A crocheted heart from Red Heart.

A knitted heart from Anna Hrachovec at Mochimochi Land.

A quilted heart by Emma Thomas-McGinnis.

A felt and fabric heart from Beverly McCullough.

Happy Creating!  Deborah