Monday, September 7, 2009

Back to School

Well, my two month break is over, but I've been keeping busy with the craftiness. And I've already got an entry for Michelle's latest Crusade! A couple of things for it, actually.

Took a class with Tim Holtz this summer... Oh. My. GAWD. He's a total rockstar. I had so much fun! The class was on bookbinding and creating covers with embossed metal and of course Tim's own findings. In one afternoon, we learned a simple bookbinding stitch, metal embossing, the use of alcohol inks, and what the faun to do with all his little findings and details. This is what I took home, along with a head full of ideas:

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Since coming home, I've been doing a lot more stamping and paper art. Don't have much to show yet, but I'll give you a glimpse soon... :)

I've finished Ishbel, too, finally. I had to put it down for a little while sometimes, but I got it done!

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Extreme closeup!
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And I've had the chance to start the much-awaited Raven Shawl!
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That's just the first three colors, accomplished while I watched the Ravens vs. Jets pre-season game. Oooooh I'm so excited for football season!

And, it being Monday, it seems like a good time to show off my most recently spun yarn. Yep, I've been getting back to spinning! This is what I've done with Mountain Colors targhee in Copper Mountain:
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Spun on my Traveller, chain-plied for a good stripe effect.

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I've decided that targhee goes on my list of favorite fibers to spin. It might actually spin easier than merino. Definitely a good fiber to learn :)

So, more on the learning front, I'm finally taking a rare books librarianship class. It promises to be super hard, but I'm really looking forward to what I'm going to be learning this semester. It's going to cut down on my crafting time, that's for sure, but given certain financial restrictions I'll have to make a lot more Christmas presents this year, so I'll definitely be finding or making time to get some crafting in. Nevertheless, crafting must needs take a backseat to academia sometimes. We'll see how the trip goes...

18 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

Ooh so much pretty in one post! That book is awesome! The shawls look very pretty too. =)

Trillian42 said...

Ishbel came out fabulous! And the spinning looks terrific - can't wait to see what it turns into.

And when did you take that class? That book is absolutely darling!

Marlynn said...

I am so impressed with your ventures on several fronts. The bookbinding is splendid, the shawls are absolutetly FANTASTIC. Can't wait to see Raven.

Marlynn said...

WOW...... your bookbinding extreme, your shawls to die for, can't wait to see your raven! Thanks for leaving a comment at the Honeysuckle's. Michelle does keep us hopping with her Crusades! LOL.

michelle ward said...

Yay! Carrie is back! Bravo for all you have accomplished girl! Thanks for sharing with the team your projects, and the class project. Someday I'll *learn* how to work with yarn. YOU are a master :)

maz said...

So much creativity and patience to produce such wonderful work. Beautiful.

Maj said...

That book is awesome! And your shawls look complicated... I wish I could do something like that! I stick to the more basic crochet for the time being.

Maj said...

That book is awesome! And your shawls look complicated... I wish I could do something like that! I stick to the more basic crochet for the time being.

Runningwave said...

Carrie, the extreme closeup of the shawl is amazing.

Your book turned out very well. I'm still very pleased with mine. It has a place of honor in our living room where I pass and admire it everyday. It's hard to believe Tim got us all to make those in 4.5 hours!

-MD

Aimeslee said...

Such gorgeous yarnwork and bookbinding. Thanks for sharing the crusade. xoxo

Rosie said...

Wow! What beautiful yarnwork... love the shawls and that Tim Holtz book is just stunning! Good luck with the rare books course. =)

jgr said...

WOW! The book is totally cool! and the shawl is stunning. Thank you for showing us.

Julie Prichard said...

I agree..WOW What beautiful projects!

belindaschneider said...

the book looks great! and i love the woolwork, well done!

Darlene said...

Gorgeous book. I love your fiber arts work too. You have been very busy.

Regina said...

All your projects are so pretty. Like you, I like to do so many things, but have learned that I need to focus more than I did when younger. Best to you with your class.

LaY hOoN said...

Whoa !! Your book turn out beautifully.

efmclean said...

where did you find a class like that to take on the books? Why did I not hear about that and get to do it too? details are to be provided, please.

awesome work.