A most wonderful weekend

A most wonderful weekend

I visited my friend, Laura Sheaffer, who lives in the Hendersonville- Brevard region of western North Carolina. We attended the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild show at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock. At the show, we happened to purchase a couple of pads of quilting papers called, Cake Mixes. We each bought a different pad and went to her house and played!

I’m Knot Crazy!!! (My mother had me tested!)

I’m Knot Crazy!!! (My mother had me tested!)

Well, yes, I admit it. I don’t do macramé, but I love knots. Celtic, Chinese, Nautical! Here’s an extreme example of Chinese knotting that I’ll probably never achieve. I do want to learn some simpler knots, especially to make with my kumihimo cords. I started a new Pinterest board, today, “Lots of Knots.” Come visit!

Ink Lessons

Ink Lessons

inksSharpie fine point permanent markers work better on glass than Sharpie pens.

I can clean Stazon ink off glass and stamps with alcohol, so no wonder it smears with alcohol inks. I’ll have to find something else to use with them. Memento looks good, and so does Ranger Archival ink.

Metallic gel inks look good under glass and can be used to highlight images before decoupaging them. (See the navy and white gem.)

Alcohol inks can be used to color Diamond Glaze. Sharpie ink can be used on top of that when it dries. (yellow gem)

Stamps are expensive. Simple designs can be drawn with permanent ink pens. Look for Memento pens (heart gem)

The best way to stamp glass gems is to ink the stamp and very carefully press the gem to the stamp. Pick the gem straight up from the stamp. (butterflies gem)

Kumihimo Lessons

Kumihimo Lessons

red gold KumiFirst of all, I thought these cords would be beautiful together. One is red shot through with a little metallic gold thread. The other is a light gold with just a little sheen.

I was wrong. The light gold looks sand or camel colored in the twist.

Because the red is unevenly woven, the cord is, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had hoped to make a bracelet out of it, but it looks like it’s fated for a gift tie. kumi bow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, these yarns made a beautiful cord.

fuschia Kumi

Here’s what I learned from this one: It’s an 8 strand cord of course, using 4 thick and 4 thin, placed perpendicularly to each other. (+) I began braiding with the thin cords and so they wrapped themselves around the thick ones. I started with 9 feet of each, but quickly used up the thin cords. Next time, the thin cords need to be at least 2 feet longer than the thick.

The resulting cord is beautiful, but all the metal content makes it scratchy. I won’t be using it in jewelry, either.