Friday, October 28, 2011

My New Obsession

I was captivated by Cynthia Ann Dubbers article in the most recent issue of Cloth, Paper Scissors Gift magazine. The project she presented is Fabric Forest.  She had done several topiary trees, but the one I liked most was this one. I have lots of scraps and decided to try the project. Each 2 1/2 inch circle is made of five pieces of fabric and secured with a button. I knew I wouldn’t have the patience to fray the edges as she had done, so I decided to add texture with beads. I can’t stop cutting and stacking circles and deciding how to bead them. I don’t know where this project is going, but I’m finding it delightfully fun. Part of the enjoyment is remembering the projects that gave me such wonderful scraps. I have to find a way to include a scrap from my older daughter’s 7th grade shorts, and the vest with the feather print I made for my other daughter, and the red pants my husband wore out.
with beads

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Meet Alyssa

On the way to the Grand Canyon, we stopped in Fredonia, Utah at the Gas, Beer, Guns and Ammo Service station and met Alyssa. She had set up a stand selling pillowcases and toddler skirts she had made. I couldn’t resist and made a purchase. She said her grandmother was teaching her to sew and that they drove 80 miles to St. George, Utah to buy fabric at JoAnn’s.