theresa mARTin

mixed media art


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A $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway from Paperwhimsy


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IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER
giveaway

DETAILS:

  • The first part of the giveaway is for a $25.00 Gift Certificate to spend at paperwhimsy.com
  • For everyone who comments here there will be a $3.00 off coupon on purchases of $20.00 or more at paperwhimsy.
  • Five collages by me will also be given away. See the photos below.

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment below and if you haven’t already, we’d love to have you sign up for the PaperWhimsy Newsletter here.  For signing up you’ll receive a bit of weekly whimsical news that is sure to inspire, info on new products, fantastic inspirations, announcements of sales, freebies and coupons.

WINNERS:

The giveaway prize winners will be chosen at random and announced on this blog on Friday, June 7, 2013

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Thank you to Gale of Paperwhimsy for the gift certificate and coupons. 

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Paperwhimsy Glove Reliquaries

Glove Reliquaries

Glove Reliquaries

Fortune - Glove Reliquary

Fortune – Glove Reliquary

 Fortune Detail

Fortune Detail

To read about the method of making the Glove Reliquaries, please visit the inspire blog post at paperwhimsy.com. There will be another $25.00 paperwhimsy gift certificate giveaway coming up later this week along with a chance to win coupons and collages so be sure to watch for the post and giveaway details.


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Never again, although I’m glad I tried. A tale of embroidery, sheep and the search for texture.

An important element in my artwork is showing the sense of hand. Recently I’ve been working toward gaining skills to increase this aspect of my work. I was lucky to find an embroidery class at Artistic Artifacts  with Ruth Chandler of Textile Evolution  where I learned an incredible 18 embroidery stitches in one day. Last year I learned how to dye fabric and fiber at Artistic Artifacts. This all feeds my love for fiber, texture and color. I also love sheep, their wool, texture, and color and all were in abundance at The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, Inc. and held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Maryland last weekend.

There were over 1000 sheep and 40 different varieties.

Sheep

Sheep

Sheep

Hello Face

Lamb

Such a sweet face

The following photos are some of the different types of fleece.

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Curls

Beautiful White Fleece

Waves

Beautiful Textured Fleece

Curls and Waves

I absolutely LOVE the colorway of all the yarn that was available. The yearly show is a knitters paradise.

Yarn and Fleece

Yarn on top of Fleece

Yarn

Magical skeins (because they remind me of the broom in Fantasia)

Beautiful color way yarn

Vibrant Earth Tones

Rich Jewel Tones

Rich Jewel Tones

It’s a fun filled weekend of live animals, arts, crafts, supplies and more. Vendors were selling food, sheep, yarn, and everything one would need to make yarn including….

Sheared

Sheared

Bags of Fleece

Bags of Fleece

…fleece straight from the backs of the sheep.

WHAT IS THE ARTIST’S EQUIVALENT OF EYES TOO BIG FOR STOMACH? This is! I purchased a small Teeswater X fleece and a Merino fleece with the idea I would make my own fiber for embroidery.

It’s an arduous process to wash and dry the fleece without ‘felting’ it. Apparently, any agitation during the washing process binds the fiber in a way that causes it to felt. The goal is to keep the strands separated so the wool can be spun or used as locks.

I worked a long time getting a small amount of clean fleece by hand washing and rinsing. Water must be kept to a certain temperature and agitation must be avoided. My fibers didn’t appear to bind into felt, even though, during the drying process, the washing machine spin cycle accidentally threw rinse water on the fleece. I stopped it quickly as I’d read that agitation of any kind was a big no no.

At the end, when I saw the clean fleece, I decided it was definitely worth it.

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The never again part comes because this requires a better set up to do properly. I washed and rinsed the fleece in a small bucket which is not the best scenario for this type of intensive process.  I will send off the larger merino fleece to a mill to be washed and processed.

I gained a huge appreciation for the spinners and the dyers who make their own yarn.  I’ve been playing with new ideas, yarns and fibers and the direction is intriguing. I’ve tested the extreme end of trying to make my own yarn and I’m happy being somewhere between making my own yarn, dying fibers myself, hand stitching and using a sewing machine for stitching. It will be interesting to see where the new knowledge and skills takes me.

Experiment in hand stitching

Experiment in hand stitching on hand dyed fabrics


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The Winner of the $25.00 Paperwhimsy Gift Certificate is….

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The Paperwhimsy Gift Certificate winner is:

KAREN SUE HOPPLE

Congratulations Karen Sue! You can expect an email with your gift certificate from Paperwhimsy within 48 hours.

The winners of a collage are:

LEE W

SUSAN REANEY

MCSTAMPER

LESLIE ANDERSON

STEPHANIE GEORGE

Collage winners will receive an email from me requesting a mailing address.

THERE’S MORE!!!

 A $5.00 off coupon on purchases of $25 or more will be emailed to these additional winners:

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Mary Boggs

Doreen Cosenza

Dorthe

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Another $25.00 paperwhimsy Gift Certificate and five more collages will be on offer in about one month. Sign up to receive an email from me whenever a blog post is made so you won’t miss it. I post once or twice or month on this blog. Sign ups are on the upper right hand side of this page.

Thanks to everyone who entered!