Renegade Craft Fair

Franke Machine Garden near the Renegade Craft Fair

For the Chicago folks, looking for a really refreshing show, there's still time to go to the Renegade Craft Fair.  Rick and I went today, and it was really fun.  I ran into several people I knew including Sara McIntosh from the Chicago School of Shoemaking who showed me … [Read more...]

Amy Lemaire Bead Class

Amy Lemaire demonstrating techniques

I took a fantastic class in making and using stringers on glass beads.  I found the torches at Lill Street Art Center were running a lot hotter than my home hot head, which resulted in some problems to my production of beads, but, I look forward to using these techniques at … [Read more...]

Lill Street Stone Setting Class with Susan Franker

Bezel set pendant

Tonight I just ended a wonderful class at Lill Street (Chicago area), in metal smithing.  I finally got a bezel setting done that I've worked on for most of the 10 week session.  Here it is.  I can't wait to wear it, but it's in the display at Lill Street right now.  For … [Read more...]

Suffolk Lace, Lace convention at Ithaca New York

Beautiful gorge in Ithaca area

I attend the Ithaca Lace Days yearly, and this year I only attended for one day instead of three because Rick, my husband had a 43rd year high school reunion in Rochester New York.   Though I had debated if I should go or not because of the time it takes to drive to Ithaca … [Read more...]

Judith Baker Montano Workshop

Landscape building at Judith Montano Workshop

Our North Suburban Needlearts Guild had Judith Montano teach a two day workshop on landscapes at the beginning of October.   I was the guild hostess, so got quite busy with some of the logistics to make things run smoothly.  Some interesting new techniques were taught … [Read more...]