Diana Shawl!

img_1205_final

We ran a special mystery knit (MKAL) on our enVision group at the fiber forum, Ravelry, in August. It featured my latest shawl design, Diana, along with Dye Diana Dye yarns specially dyed for this MKAL by my good friend, Diana, as an exclusive Celestial Kit. Now that the MKAL is over, the Celestial colorways – Sol, Luna, Venus, and Mars, and the Diana shawl pattern, are available as individual sales.

Moreover, I am able share pictures of Diana!

img_1198_2
Diana in Dye Diana Dye PurBamboo Heavy Lace, Sol Edgy
img_1305
Diana in Dye Diana Dye TussaLin Heavy Lace, Venus Edgy

 

img_1293_complete

 

 

 

Advertisements

Thomas Mann Workshop

I had the opportunity to take one of Thomas Mann‘s workshop at the Mendocino Art Center this summer (after visiting his gallery and studio in New Orleans the month before!) and it was fantastic. Tom was a very generous teacher and shared with us all the different facets of his trade. We did various exercises – some basic, others thought provoking.

His book, Metal Artist Workbench, is an excellent resource for those who are interested, as well as experienced, in metalsmithing.

During this four-day class, we learned the mechanic of sawing and did a quick exercise (left). We learned and practiced soldering and did two skill-building exercises. The first was to solder a piece of six-gauge twisted copper wire seamlessly (right) – this was my second try and still was not done perfectly.

A more complicated project was Wire World – not only did we learn how to solder well, we did it in the most timely manner thus understanding how it was in the “real production world.”

img_1745_wireworldWe learned various cold connection techniques using rivets, machine screws, nuts, tubes, and “stitching” with wire.

After two and half days of demonstrations and exercises, Tom gathered a plethora of found beach debris and rocks down the nearby cliff and challenged the class to create a jewelry object utilizing the techniques learned using some of these found objects.

I picked a piece of broken shell that was etched by the ocean. While I was sawing it lengthwise, one of the halves cracked leading to a pair of asymmetrical earring using the shell pieces, sterling silver, brass screws and nuts, and base-metal findings.

img_1698_thomasmannclass

NEW! Enchantment Series…

 

img_1743_web
Enchantment Series

Hoping to have our first online bench sale next month, figure it should coincide with a new series so I have been working hard to creating something … ummmm… enchanting! 😉

These tiny worlds of shimmering swirls, bubbles, crevices, sparkles, millifiori, dichroic,mesh, etc., all encapsulated in a glass sphere, will hopefully be both enticing and mesmerizing! Some feel like an underwater oasis, others like hidden treasures… let your imagination take you into these tiny orbs and be lost in their mystical depths.

enchantment1
Enchantment Series
enchantment2
Enchantment Series

If you are not on our email list  and are interested in joining us for the first online bench sale, sign up on our website! We send about four email blasts a year and never share our list.