Wednesday, March 4, 2009


This past weekend was the end of another fantastic online class from Pamela Allen and the month sped by so quickly. We really had a great group with lots of camaraderie and sharing. There was lots to be learned along the way. I hope some of it sunk in. Pamela, as usual shared her knowledge and expertise unstintingly. She is a treasure trove of experience. While this class was a lot of work, it was worth all the blood, sweat and almost tears of frustration. I have tons of finishing work to be done over the next 2 months as I will not have much time to do it for a while. The final assignment was an independent study. Mine was a hair tearing, teeth gnashing, many times frustrating journey. My original vision for this piece just was not working out no matter what I did with it.... so most of it finally got scrapped and I borrowed from myself. I guess I just created my first series. It is only pinned together at this point.

On a more up beat note, I finished a small piece that will be a gift. This one I had lots of fun with and also did a lot of hand stitching. I experimented with some techniques that were all new to me. I made "lace" from a piece of organza and did some funky applique. It's called Lets Party.

6 comments:

norma said...

The pictures that I've seen of your and others who have taken this class make me wish I had taken it. I LOVE your top piece, the way you manipulated the fabric and the fabulous colors.

Judy Alexander said...

Love the Lets Party piece. Did you use a heat gun to make the organza lace? I just put a post on my blog about trying this.

Sherryl said...

Thanks, yes, I used a heat gun... and I took it outside to do since I do not have the proper mask. I am getting ready to order one because this is lots of fun.

Stacy said...

Sherryl; I really like what you did in the first piece. You may have scrapped your vision but I really like what you ended up with. It's great to try other techniques but look how beautiful it works as a blender with your own!

Alison said...

I think the top piece works well, too but I think the small yellow pin heads -are they?- are actually doing some design work and add an element of intrigue/surprise. They draw the eye up to the top right and right down to the table - maybe the hand stitching can do some of that 'work' when you get to it.

Sherryl said...

Hmm, you might have something there Alison... maybe some small yellow flowers stitched. I can try it. Thanks!