Saturday, April 30, 2011

What mom did with her Butterfly Shawl.

So, I could see that twinkle in mom's eye for a few days now that she still wasn't happy with the butterfly shawl that she made in Susan Dixon's class last week.  But when she popped into the shop yesterday, I could tell she had finally figured it all out:

If you haven't seen what it was before you can see posts here, here and here.  Isn't the transformation fantastic!?!  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nicola Brown of Clasheen Returning!

We are THRILLED to announce that Nicola Brown is returning to The Tin Thimble to teach three fabulous days of felting!  She was going to be teaching at our retreat this year but sadly we did not have enough of a response to have the retreat so Nicola is going to be 'in shop' instead.  Here is the schedule:

Felted Accessories - Friday, May 13 10:30-5:00

Diana Westin just sent me this photo today so I thought I'd share.  These are a lovely example of felted flowers that you could make in this class along with a whole lot of other things!
Fun and funky or subtle and sophisticated, let your imagination run wild when designing and creating gorgeous felted accessories to adorn the body!

During this one day workshop participants will experiment incorporating glass nuggets, stones, fabric, leather, beads, buttons and found objects with wool creating unique wearable accessories. Each person will felt a collection of pieces which may include a combination of rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, scarbes, simple belts, small purses (or one large one), neckwraps, sleeveless mittens, flowers or whatever else takes their fancy.

Nicola will bring a selection of unusual fabrics with her from Ireland including metallic meshes and sequin or glitter studded polyester in addition to some of the 'mohair waste' fiber which she is currently experimenting with in her work. Participants will be free to use these as accent materials but are also encouraged to bring alongany old bits and bobs they like from their stash, incorporating these into the felt lead to truly personal one off pieces of wearable art. A materials list will be available upon registration. 

Instructor: Nicola Brown
Class Fee: $150

Special 2-Day Nuno Mosaic Workshop - Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 10:30-5:00 

Discover the possibilities of creating your own wonderful multi hued and textured fabric using the mosaic nuno technique. Working over two days participants will have the time and opportunity to plan, design and felt either a beautiful piece of wearable art or else a stunning decorative or functional textile for the home. Suggestions for wearable projects include a large ruffled wrap, mini skirt, folded oragami style top or complex panel perfect for inclusion in any one off piece of clothing, ideas for interior design include a beautiful wall hanging or an unusual and stylish table runner. A materials list will be available upon registration. 

Instructor: Nicola Brown
Class Fee: $250

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Butterfly - Day 2

Here are progress pictures of the Butterfly Shawls:

In the three photos below they're stretching little silk hankies into about 3 foot squares!!  An absolutely amazing process!  You can see the web effect that it has in the photo above.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mom's Nuno Mosaic Shawl

We're finalizing our class schedule with Nicola and in the process I realized that I never posted pictures of the Nuno Mosaic Shawl that mom made in Nicola's last class.  Isn't it lovely??  I'll be announcing Nicola's May schedule tomorrow along with the final Butterfly projects that the girls are finishing up as I type!  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Linens Sale - Quick Announcement

Butterfly Effect

Susan Dixon is here this week teaching us how to nuno felt with a butterfly wing effect.  Absolutely.  Gorgeous!  Check it out:

I'll post the finished projects soon!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Celebration and Sadness.

Last year we decided that the best way to celebrate 3 years of being in business was to host a student art show and it was a wonderful success!  So, this year we hosted our Second Annual Student Art Show to celebrate 4 years of being in business!  How has 4 years passed already??  The Friday night reception was just lovely, Lisa's food was fantastic and the ART WAS FABULOUS!!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

The sad news of the reception was that Uncle George passed away that night.  Many of you have heard us mention George, mom's uncle, who mom and dad have been taking care of for the last three years.  He was a boat-building, nature-loving, history-buff, optometrist who was a wonderful uncle to all of us and he will be missed.  Mixed with the sadness though is a wonderful joy that he is now with his beloved wife, Charlotte and his family.  We love you Uncle George - may you rest in peace.

Here's a little overview of the Art Show Reception: