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Stitch Dancing

I met the most wonderful person at Art and Soul.  Liz Kettle taught  Stitch Dancing and  changed how I look at my sewing machine.  I must confess my sewing machine and I have had a tumultuous relationship.  That  might be my fault since I am completely self taught and I don’t like reading directions…Well, not completely self taught… Mom taught me how to twist threads into a know as a kid and I am very good at making knots in string-intentionally or not.  Pun intended, sorry.

If you ever have a chance to take a class from Liz, take it!  She is generous with her ideas & her  fibers (which was great for me to try things out since I am a newbie), she’s very knowledgeable, and patient.  Very patient. Without her patience I don’t think I would have ever figured out what I was doing wrong with that french knot!   After I finished her class I knew techniques that I can personalize and adapt to fit my style because Liz encouraged us to make it our own- add our own style to it.  My sewing machine is now my dear friend.   Thanks Liz!

 Class was a blast- full of laughing and amazing thread creations.  I wish I had been focused enough to get photos of everyone’s work!  I couldn’t convince Liz to come home and be my sewing tutor so I bought her book, Threads: The Basics & Beyond.  It is full of so many projects and she has a free book study on her website!  Just go here and under the home tab click on log in.  You’ll need to create an account and then you can access her book study.

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  • linda March 21, 2012, 11:41 am

    wow, what beautiful color!!!

  • Cynthia March 21, 2012, 1:19 pm

    WOW. I love the movement you captured! And the excitement! It’s like a journey of fibers!

  • cat @ sea.sky.stone. March 21, 2012, 1:40 pm

    My sewing machine and I have a love/hate relationship, too. But it does look like you and yours have definitely made up–this is really cool!

  • Corrine March 21, 2012, 3:15 pm

    wow, this looks like so much fun. I am glad someone else does not like to read directions, whew, now I am off the hook. Really shaking piece you made. xox Corrine

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours March 21, 2012, 10:20 pm

    such a gorgeous piece. i can’t even begin to figure out how you made it. it looks so delicate and whimsical. glad you such a wonderful time!

  • Nordljus March 22, 2012, 4:35 am

    Oh wow, this piece is gorgeous, Carolyn! Sounds like a wonderful class, and a good time you had there. I’ll have to check out the book. I’m no good at sewing, but I must admit I’ve been thinking about getting a sewing machine the past few months.

  • iamrushmore March 22, 2012, 6:16 am

    oh wow – this is a completely foreign article of mystery to me. I can’t really fathom how it’s made. How big is it? it’s simply lovely!

    • Carolyn March 22, 2012, 6:56 am

      It is just 4 x 6. It uses water soluble stabilizer that is adhesive too. Never would have known the stuff existed without Liz.

  • Valerie-Jael March 22, 2012, 8:13 am

    Very pretty, love the colours and textures! Valerie

  • Gwen March 22, 2012, 3:54 pm

    How beautiful and jolly!

  • Rita McGregor March 22, 2012, 9:06 pm

    Almost all of this looks hand stitched to me. It is a work of art! Lovely, bright colors and all those textures. Wow! Nice! 🙂

  • Pauline Leger March 23, 2012, 8:27 pm

    Oh Carolyn, this is so beautiful. I really love this – such a work of art.
    This piece made me look at textiles (and threads) very differently.
    You really have something here… DO MORE, ok? 🙂

  • Maria March 24, 2012, 12:40 pm

    I have never tried anything like that! You do SO many fun things and make me want to try them 🙂 That picture of you is PRICELESS!