Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
We'll have fun new critter stones coming for this spring along with a whole new collection of inspirational message tile stones. Here are the first samples from each of these groups.
Hocker the Owl stepping stone
Listen to the Flowers Sing message tile stone
Mr. "Green Jeans" the gardening angel kicks off the line-up of new stepping stones featured at our upcoming sales event, Hollyhock Days. This type of stone works well as a starting or ending feature of your garden path.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Robin Mackintosh demonstrates how to begin the head of the bird we made in our needle-felting workshop. Wool is an amazing material with interesting properties. It begins to form a dense mass when poked repeatedly with a barbed needle.
The wool used for needle-felting is called "roving". Roving is cleaned, carded and sometimes dyed wool that is ready for spinning. Betty used two tones of green wool to make her bird.
Robin shows Phyllis how to begin her bird's body by wrapping a foam ball with roving and then poking it with the barbed needle.
Here are two shots of the owl I made; one in progress and the other, finished. I used tips of pheasant feathers for my owl's chest feathers.
Davey and Blaze got into the action too. Blaze made a crow from natural black sheep's wool and Davey made a wren from natural brown wool. It came from the flock of Bill Jones, the very talented and gifted Renaissance man from Liberty, Mo. Bill makes the wonderful natural soaps and skin cremes we sell at our spring and holiday sales events.
Sarah is a fibers major at KCAI. She has worked as an assistant in my studio for five years and has a very promising career as an artist. She loved the wool roving that was dyed with multiple shades of green. Her bird was the hip type sporting the tie-dyed look! Linda loves red and was happy there was plenty of red roving for her bird.
Friday, March 12, 2010
The Handmade Paper Studios provide the opportunity to explore the craft of handmade paper making using natural elements from the garden and recycled materials. It's fun to experiment in the creation of beautiful papers and using them to make bowls, cast ornaments, memory-keeping books and paper-mache figures. You'll have the choice to make guided projects or branch out on your own. The cost for the two-day session is $65.00 with most materials included.
SIGN-UP BY SENDING YOUR DESIRED SESSION DATES TO firstname.lastname@example.org OR BY CALLING STEVE AT 913-579-5395.
All sessions for 2010 Hypertufa Studios are filled. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event there is a cancellation, please email Steve at email@example.com.
The Hypertufa Studio offers a collaborative experience where you learn to make Steve's "green" version of HYPERTUFA, a mixture of cement, sand and recycled paper. It is a fascinating medium with great creative potential. You will mix, mold and sculpt cement and hypertufa into unique and functional garden art including planters, platters, bird baths, stepping stones...if you can imagine it, we'll try to make it! Studio sessions are open to both beginners, who may prefer specific projects, and experienced hypertufa makers with a project or two in mind. Most participants happily take home 4-5 finished items from each session. Each session is made up of a Saturday and Sunday morning.
The Johnson County Rose Society held their March meeting at the studio of From the Summer's Garden. I demonstrated and discussed the steps in making my recycled paper hypertufa. Click to view the content of this presentation The Summer/Fall Hypertufa and Handmade Paper Studios have been scheduled. See the specific post for more information on what is involved and for sign up information.
Participants taking the Hypertufa Studio can make up to five complete projects including a box planter, a leaf platter, a sculpted gnome head, a patio votive holder and a free-form garden stepping stone.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Erin Dennis was our guest artist leading our beaded bug workshop. The possibilities are endless and Erin did an excellent job of simplifying a pretty complex activity.
The studio was humming like a bee hive with activity!
Jessica is positioning the beads that will form the body of her dragonfly.
Examples of our finished beaded bugs.