April 3, 2013 · 4:17 am
Hi! We just recently wrapped up our Finally Friday Paint & Stitch Get-togethers! Jake and I have been hosting these gatherings all winter long and now will take a summer break and come back in October. Every month, on the 2nd & 4th Friday evenings, people from the community who share common painting & stitching interests gathered at the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, downtown 5th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska. It’s a beautiful Art Gallery and so cozy in the back where we meet. Thank you Jana for letting us get together there! So Jake’s (Kurt) the painter and I”m the stitcher.
Our First Gathering
It’s been a lot of hard work but soooo much fun and rewarding! Almost every gathering we’ve had different people come and join us along with a small core group that formed. We also have a potluck and that has been really nice because we start at 6pm and many come straight from work and we all share our goodies together while unwinding from the hectic week. We all share our talents too and I’ve learned so much and made friends.
I saw painters who started as beginners become experienced and awesome painters! I saw crocheters who began to knit! I saw friendships develop and blossom! I’ve known some of the people for a long time but got to know them better. The buzz was always “what are we going to bring to eat and work on this week?” I saw the excitement each time we all came together, excited to share and learn. I have a hard time around people (I fake it pretty good) but everyone made each other comfortable and was accepting of each other. Even though we were all different ages, we were like one big family! It was so wonderful to experience that! I love each one of them.
We even shared things that we made, like I bought a beautiful pair of earrings from Cathe! And Nicole brought handmade felted soap! Jan and Joni bought some of Jake’s paintings and Angie showed her cute crocheted baby onesie & hat sets along with her Angry Bird hats she sold at Christmas. We all watched Sarah work on her darling crocheted mushroom until she completed it. Funny, I never did really complete anything because I always got side tracked looking at everyone else’s projects:)
The last Friday the stitchers convinced me to show them how to locker hook and before I knew it I had a FULL class! I honestly wasn’t prepared for a class….thought it was just going to be a demo! But everyone, having stitching experience whether it was knitting, crochet, tatting, felting, weaving, embroidery, jewelry, sewing, and etc. all caught on fast. It was a great class and I am so proud of them:)
I know we are going to miss our Friday gatherings but it always seems that when spring & summer come we all are out doing other things. In Alaska we take advantage of the good weather! But we will all come together again in October and share more projects, fun, food, laughter, and friendships. Hope everyone has a great summer and Jake and I can’t wait to see you in October!
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April 21, 2012 · 6:15 pm
Hi! Years ago rag rugs were made from old clothing, stockings, etc. and rugs were used on beds to keep families warm and then went down to the floors and on walls to insulate their homes. I’ve crocheted rag rugs for a long time but I’ve always used new store-bought 100% cotton fabric. I even have several rag rug crochet patterns that I sell. But the prices for cotton fabric has gone sky-high here in Anchorage and I simply can’t afford to make rag rugs anymore. So I got to thinking that I should give recycled sheets another try and succeed this time! So I’m RECYCLING FOR EARTH DAY (tomorrow) and beyond!
I absolutely love going to thrift stores and looking for treasures! I’ve never told anyone this, but my Senior Prom dress was from a lovely second-hand store and it was gorgeous, definitely something I’d never be able to afford if I bought it new! So I’ve been having a blast looking for recycled bed sheets and I’ve found some nice colors and designs. There’s not a huge selection to choose from but it’s a start. I got a BIG SHOCK though at the cost! I had no idea they cost sooooo much! The lowest was $7.95 for a twin and then jumped to $12.95!! These are used, and some with holes! But then I remembered that some thrift stores have different colored tags–50 % off weeks. Last week it was yellow and this week is orange. And the Salvation Army sheets cost less but usually only have one or two, maybe.
Recycled Sheets for my Rag Rugs
I started my new recycled rag rug in my usual spiral fashion with crochet hook size Q and it was terrible! The color joining was horribly uneven! I couldn’t figure out what I was doing so wrong? And I was so close to being done!
Spiral Rag Rug and Uneven Color Changes
I ripped it out and tried and tried again and again. Nothing worked! So I ripped it back to the second red circle and joined each round. But it still didn’t work, so I ripped it back to the center red circle and it still sucked! So…….I guess the lesson is, rip it ALL out and START OVER! I knew that!!
Rag Rug with joined rounds and even colors
And this is how my recycled rag rug FINALLY turned out! I can live with this one, OK 🙂
1. When working with such contrasting colors it’s better to join each round to minimize color changes. With similar colors you can use the easier spiral method just fine.
2. When it doubt, RIP IT OUT!
3. Trust your gut and do it right the FIRST time! I knew that!
4. Happy EARTH DAY 2012 and hooray for RECYCLING!
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