It all starts with a pack of adhesive foam sheets. There are many different sizes of adhesive foam sheets, I bought a small size with 65 sheets so I could play and not worry about using up all the sheets

One side of the foam sheet has a white paper sheet covering the adhesive surface. If you want, you can draw on the paper sheet, marking the foam underneath

Pull the paper backing from the adhesive sheet. You can see that the adhesive sheet I have drawn on, is yellow.

First create a border by sticking a yarn all around the edges. The adhesive is very sticky and the border helps to keep your fingers off the surface. Then  outline  your sketch with another piece of yarn

Once you have edged your outline in yarn, start to fill in the background with more yarn

Continue to fill the spaces with yarns

Add as much detail as you want

you can pull out and replace any colors and yarns if you want to make changes

Yarn drawings are very forgiving, cheap, fast and simple to create. This is the perfect use for scraps of yarns and threads, even ribbons. For me, it’s a quick way to see how different colors and textures look together and even helps me lay out simple compositions. The different colored adhesive sheets help to jump start different color combos, and because the materials are so cheap and plentiful, it encourages a more playful and adventurous approach. Try it and see! Then send me some photos of your work, I’d love to showcase them on the blog.

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So there is a Hirsch Wellness art table at Wesley Long hospital, in the cancer center and on September 25, I was working alongside fellow   artist, Elaine and volunteer, Earline.  We were showing people how to make yarn drawings, inspired by the Mexican Huichol art of yarn drawing. A dozen people waiting for treatment, or waiting for relatives or friends having treatment, decided to join our free class and everyone created at least one piece to donate to the cancer center for a community hospital mobile.

Fiona promptly made about 5 yarn drawings, each designed for the special people in her life- mainly for mommy and daddy. This is one she made for my friend, Lynn

I was so inspired, I rushed home to create my own yarn drawings, enlisting the help of my grand daughter and partner in crime, Fiona.

Meanwhile I was using up small pieces of yarns and fibers and not quite as confident as Fiona that people would be as excited to get a yarn drawing from me…! I must say that it’s a lot of fun, really easy and fast

On Saturday, October 8, 2017,  at the Hirsch Wellness Silent Auction  my punch needle piece “First Things First” was auctioned, along with 120 other pieces of art to help raise funds for free art classes for cancer survivors and carers.  A lovely evening of great art, music, food and wine.

Way to go, Mona

A few days before the auction, at our September community fiber  drop-in class, Mona completed her first tapestry

Recently, it seems that words have become very slippery indeed.

To make sure that my words are clear and substantial, I thought it might help to set my words in concrete. Maybe if our words were physically heavy, we would n’t throw them around so lightly.

Then I thought since I’ve gone to all this effort of making the words, maybe I could put a couple of words together? Just for fun.

And then  I thought, maybe I could put words together so that they actually mean something. Is that such a bizarre idea?

Nona adding a red outline to her golden triangle

Wendy followed instructions on youtube as to how to weave a perfect circle- she did a great job

Weaving a tapestry is not something that you can weave up overnight- no matter how hard and long you work. It’s a process that demands that you slow down and pay attention. And for that very reason, it can be very calming and meditative. Thanks to everyone who came to our drop- in session last week at the Hirsch Wellness Network, Revolution Mill.

Almost time for the drop-in session at the Revolution Mill, in Greensboro! Looms, knitting needles and yarns available- and snacks. See you there from 6-8pm


Finally finished  my latest punch needle piece called “Open.” I’ve  always liked the idea of a secret place that was full of treasure that you could access  if  you knew the “magic words.”   Maybe we can create our own secret place with treasure and invent our own magic words, that would work, would n’t it?

Not completed in time for the show in July  2017 at the NC Craft Gallery

 

Next upcoming drop-in session-Thursday August 24th, 6-8 pm

On July 28th, we had our July drop-in session at the Revolution Mill for the Hirsch Wellness Network.

Many thanks to Clara for her weaving expertise, to Janice for her invaluable help with our knitters and to Nona who helped organize everyone!

The start of a miniature tapestry

Our next session will be on August 24th, in the evening. See you all there!

Looms available for those who want to join us!

With two long pieces of pieces of wood, and four short pieces, add a couple of nails  and you have an easy tapestry stand for your tapestry loom-great for display purposes too!

We are starting drop-in monthly fiber art classes, starting on May 19, 1-3 pm, at the Historic Revolutionary Mill, suite 1250, in the Hirsch Wellness classroom 130 Revolutionary Mill Drive in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Many of our tapestry students enjoyed weaving alongside their fellow students at our personal tapestry weaving workshops, getting support, encouragement and inspiration from each other . However,we have found that once a year is a long time to wait between tapestry sessions, especially if you have any technical concerns and have no one to ask for help.

The drop-in sessions are designed to bridge the gap between the once a year tapestry workshop, to get friends together again, and to keep everyone motivated to complete projects and start new ones!

I will be available to help with tapestry weaving and knitting and tapestry looms, yarns and knitting needles are all provided by the Hirsch Wellness Network.

I love the idea of the drop-in classes ! It gives me the opportunity to meet up with everyone again, see everyone’s progress and I get to enjoy seeing some of the finished pieces!

 

 

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