Sewing Summit was a fantastic experience that left me infused with so much renewed enthusiasm for the craft but also completely zombified! Most of us stayed up until 2 in the morning on Friday night and myself at least past 12 am on Saturday. It made me so happy to sit at the sewing machine that I took the resolution while attending to try and sew 30 minutes a day no matter the state of everything else, time will tell! It's like an exercise habit, once formed you just keep on going (I hope).
Even though I completed three sewing projects during the summit, I am still too red eyed to set up a shoot for those items at the moment. It's funny how much harder photographing quilts and garments can be compared to small hard goods. Today's entry is touches on the Handprinting On Fabric class I took from Miriam Pride instead. She taught with glowing enthusiasm and is just generally very approachable and easy to understand. In short, she knows her stuff and I wouldn't surprised if she is invited to teach again next year.
I was not very happy with my stamps (above, bag was a gift we received during the class) at the end of the class and decided to put the project aside and move on to better things but today the bug bit again and off Finn and I went to the dollar store to buy erasers. Minutes into today's project one thing is clear, the tool really matters. This Speedman (?) carver found at the bottom of the craft/junk drawer is excellent. Excellent in this case means that it is much easier to cut with and therefore more precise. The two envelope stamps (Merci and Air Mail) took very little time and came together like a charm. The erasers are so cheap and available all year long that I am thinking of carving several sets to give away.
This post getting really long winded (!) but this is an exciting discovery around here, carving erasers is tremendous fun, whether you are printing on fabric or paper. The moral of this story being "don't quit after the first try", duh!