A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi




Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Artist within me.... Winterie Pennant

The making of the Winterie Pennant

This telling of the making of the Winterie Pennant is based on true life occurrences.  Some scenes were added for dramatic effect.   (Saw the gist of that in the Credits of Great Balls of Fire Movie… one of my guilty pleasures)

This is by no means a tutorial.  It is just the trial and tribulations of how this project came to be.  The success and road blocks.  There weren’t any failures just different avenues taken than originally planned.

So I planned the Winterie Pennant in my head.  I was going to use my duck clothe (canvas), sew some lace on it and paint over it with a white wash.  

My laziness kicked in and I nixed the white wash. I decided to go with the creamy winterie look. 

First off all before I continue I want to state the following accomplishments … techniques or supplies I rarely use.

I used a sewing machine – I did not break the thread or the needle

I used a hot glue gun – I did not burn my fingers

I used beads – I did not poke my finger and I did not bleed

So I checked the file section to … we interrupt this blog post because I have a dog looking at me with great anticipation for me to throw his nasty grody ball.  On the other side I have a dog looking am with the PLEASE PET ME LOOK.  I threw the ball … at least he will go away for a moment.  The other one would try to climb in my lap.

Back to file section of artfortheCreativeMinds group … you can find a nice link to the right of this blog if you are interested in joining (that was not a shameless plug, that was an opportunity for you to join a wonderful group of peeps) I looked up the details for the pennant.  It says 5 inches wide and 7 inches long.   Well since I don’t follow rules I made my 5 inches wide and 8 long.  I am such a rebel.  Ha ha.  I folded the top over so it could slide on to a stick or whatever so the finished product is the 5x7 size.

I started to gather my materials.  Well I started searching for my materials.  I looked upstairs in my chest of materials.  It was practically bear eer bare.  I must have moved the items elsewhere.  So the search continued.  I looked in the shower and under the bed and in the trunk of my car and in the oven and under the porch.  All the usual places one would hide fabric so others do not know how much you really have.  I finally found what I was looking for (U2 hasn’t though) it was in a suit case… which cost more at the thrift store then the newer ones that come with handles and wheels go figure. 

Ok So I got my duck cloth aka canvas, my lace and my thread.  I measured once and cut once.    Like I said I’m rebellious.   Well that was just the template out of card stock.  So much for my rebellious act kind of fizzled huh?

I used the template to cut out the lace and canvas.  I was going to sew it with white thread but I did not want to wind a bobbin (I forgot how to) 

So I thought why not use what’s in the machine which was black…
 
IMPORTANT WATCH VIDEO BEFORE YOU CONTINUE



 Thanks Sponge Bob Narrator

 So I searched on youtube and found this excellent tutorial and you know what … it wasn’t so hard after all.


Bobbin now threaded and I am ready to sew.   I finished that sewing up and moved on to the focal embellishment.

 I wanted to use a whatchamacallit flower things which I don’t really consider flowers but you use a score board for and Tim Hotlz has a die for… when I typed that in the search field of you tube it said

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No results for I wanted to use a whatchamacallit flower things which I don't really consider flowers but you use a score board for and Tim Hotlz has a die for.
So I refined my search.  Oddly enough they are called Rossettes.  Do they look rosy to you?   In my opinion NO

 Here is the one I found

 
So I made one the size I wanted.  I did use a frisker punch to jazz up the ends.  Though I don’t think she glues the rosettes together but I didn’t argue with the video.

I needed an image for the rosette so I did a Google search and found a nice one with two brothers in a snowy scene that would be nice cut into a circle.

I saved that on my hard drive.
 
I decided I needed dangles.  I got tons and tons and tons of beads.   Why  not use those.  I bought them one time thinking I would get into beading.

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I do not have the patience for such small detailed work

I NEEDED a beading needle and some beading thread.  So went to wallyword and bought more beads.  WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY

Does it look like I need more beads?


 

 

     



I got the supplies home and the cording was too large and would not go through the needle eye.   

 Walmart trip part II

There was no thinner cord, there was no larger needle eyes…. I went on a search

I wandered into the sewing department, they had larger eyes but they needles were way to big

I kept on going and found myself where the embroidery threads were.  AH HA!  Tapestry needles, big eyes small needles. 

I use to have a real beading needle where the eye is the size of the needle but that’s like trying to find a needle in an artsy fartsy room.

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I'm so funny!

Well I still needed the cord or thread or whatever.   The cord went up in size not down.  So I am thinking sarcastically well done Wal-Mart. You sell beads but you do not have the proper cording to string them on.
Nylon thread was too thin, embroidery thread just didn’t seem like it would do the trick.  Fishing line.  So I wonder into the outdoorsy section.   At my eyes vision all the lines cost 8 bucks.  Do I really want to pay that much for just a itty bitty bit of fishing line and probably not use it again.

But I know Wal-Mart and I let my eye wonder south….. well down not south and there was a whole bunch of it for 2.97.  That’s more like it so I bought that

Since I returned the cord, needle and beads and just bought the fishing line and tapestry needles it should be enough right?  Well the Milk and V8 juice (YUCK… for Uncle Wendell) did that idea in.

 I got it home and started beading.  

Well not immediately I put it off a few days because I am a HUGE procrastinator.  HUGE BIG THE BEST QUEEN.  I should have my own crown.

Finally I talked myself into it and I got it over with.  Beading sure is hard on ones thumbs!

I did not prick any body part so I thought I was doing good until the last string had to be strung again.
 
Minor setback I suppose.

Now it was time to print that focal image I found on Google.

I turned on my Kodak printer and the following conversation took place with the printer.

Printer: I have a jam
Me: No you don’t
Printer Yes I do
Me No
Printer Yes  
Me No
Printer Yes  
Me No
Printer Yes  
Me No
Printer Fine I don’t…


I hit print
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 Thanks sponge bob narrator

 No print I looked in and the paper was stuck
 
Printer: Told you so
Me: I will replace you
Printer: No you won’t
Me: Yes I will
Printer: No you won’t
Me: Yes I will
Printer: No you won’t
Me: Yes I will
Printer: No you won’t
Me: Yes I will
Printer: You can’t afford too.
Me: My car will be paid off in 4 months
Printer: Oh, Ok I won’t cause another jam
Me: Much better
 
I hit print and Print comes out

Printer: BTW I am out of color ink
Me: (Rolling eyes)
Printer: Can you see your brain?
Printer: Touché

 
So I use the laser printer it never runs out of ink eer toner.

 After a few prints I get the right size

 


I hot glue the beads to the back of the rosette.  I use a tape runner to put the brothers on the rosette then use the glue gun to glue the whole piece down. 

I slide a skewer into it for photo purposes only and it has its modeling debut and that puppy is done!

 
NOTE: my Kodak printer keeps giving me a warning that it is jammed when it is not, even when I just hit the power button



  
 


 

 

1 comment:

  1. I love the way you tell a story Karen!! And your pennant rocks!
    ~Susan Mc

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