Thursday, February 6, 2014

Guild Challenge Results

In November we handed out brown paper lunch bags to those who wanted to accept the challenge of creating a piece out of 5 items in a bag brought to the December meeting with final pieces due at the February meeting.  Since the winter has been so brutal and awful here in West Michigan this year, we didn't have a January meeting and so while our fabric was dyeing in the buckets for the MLH swatches (see previous post), we had time to look at everyone's pieces.  Not everyone was able to make it to the meeting but seven of us were there.  Here are the results:
Jennifer Gould's "Flower Seed Packet Book" of items
from Alexa Urquhart (dark forest green sweatshirt
fabric, green heathered paper cards, her fused lamp-
work beads, copper metallic cord, and blue seed
beads, and copper seed beads.

The full length of
the accordion
book opened.
A sample of work done in order to test out how to make the book.

The copper metallic cord is encased in freeform machine
embroidery of ferns (done on Solvy water soluble
stabilizer and Solvy Heat Away) along with Alexa's own
fused glass beads as seeds/fruit, and then wrapped around
book to close it.

Barbara Norlin made a doll from Jennifer
Gould's printed pink lame (dress),
upholstery fringe (hair), postage stamps
(eyes),  flower rosettes of pink thread warp
and printed/painted paper towels (shoes).

Here's what Barb started out with.

Jeannie Emery made a container for
sewing tools from Barb Norlin's items:
beads, fabric printed with zebras (from
DeVos Children's Hospital caps), buttons.

The surprize on the inside of the l id is the pin cushion
attached inside so that scissors, etc., can be laid on the lid.

Zebra fabric is the surprise bottom.

Jonetta tried hard NOT to make something functional
but this beautiful handbag resulted from Pris Lynch's items.

Jonetta worked with wet felted and shibori dyed wool, beads,
yarn, and lace.

Inside is the lace made into a pocket just for her cell phone
so it won't roll around in the bottom.

Pris Lynch worked with Wendy Rice's items to create
a book cover for her drawing journal: printed fabric
was hand stitched, UltraSuede was used as the book
over edge, yarn was unraveled to create a furry
adornment between the suede and fabric, cording
keeps the book closed, and the beads created a
book mark string.

Wendy Rice worked with Jonetta Brown's collection
of many different kinds of fabric.  Cutting the fabrics into
strips and weaving them into a colored warp created her
beautiful hallmark "mug rugs."

Sue Vegter worked with Arlene Tiemeyer's collection of
fabric, buttons, yarn, and pink Chinese frog closure to
create a pillow with cats and wild stitching.

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