Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I am sure you have heard about Craftsy.com. It is a site that offers video lessons on different crafts such as knitting, sewing, quilting, cake decorating, etc. I have signed up for a few knitting and quilting classes, some free of charge, most $14.99 to $19.99 (when on sale). I usually get edgy or bored and do not finish the class, but this past weekend I purchased the “Stitch and Slash” class by Carol Ann Waugh and actually watched the whole class and thought it was pretty good. I have not tried the stitch and slash method as that takes a bit of my “precious” fabric and of course I have the fear of ruining or wasting it, but I did try the very last lesson about “leftovers.”

Ms. Waugh described a method to use the leftovers from the project she demonstrated. You know I love scraps and have saved almost every little piece that I could—some strips and some little, itty-bitty corners and squares and narrow strips that I could not figure out how to use without an almost nonexistent seam allowance. (I did a couple of 5” x 7” art quilts with those scraps and will put them in my shop.) The method described by Ms. Waugh is interesting and easy. You can create a new piece of fabric to be used for purses, pillows, etc. I made a piece and framed it for a gift. I really enjoyed the process and am considering a large art quilt. This would be a project that would take some time to complete as I work on other things, and I am pretty excited about it.

As I have little patience and did not like hunting for each color of fabric I spent 1 ½ hours sorting my itty-bitty scraps last night, so maybe a block is in my future this evening.

I’ve also started that series of small “sketches,” inspired by Gwen Marston’s book 37 Sketches. I will not be making 37—again the patience problem—but am hoping to make at least 10. These will be color studies as I finally learned how to use a color wheel, which is also explained in Waugh’s class. I have always read that the color wheel is a helpful tool, but I never thought so. I know how to mix color when it comes to paint, and think I have a pretty good sense of putting colors together, but never knew about the way to use a color wheel for additional color combinations. Since most of us tend to go with the same color combinations, I think it is at least a great way to get some fresh color combinations.

If you are thinking about taking Stitch and Slash, just click on the link: http://www.craftsy.com/class/Stitch-and-Slash/68?_ct=sbqii-sqjuweho-qbb&_ctp=68,1. If the price is not right, Craftsy often offers discounts on their classes, so just put the class in your wish list and check back.

Baci e abbracci