Hi! It is really hard for me to believe it has been one year today when I was in Providence, Rhode Island, at CZT Seminar 17. After 4 days of intense instruction, I graduated and received my Certified Zentangle® Teacher … Continue reading
Hi! I’m sending you all a short message just to let you know I have recently changed my blogs name. It is now called “Tangle Alaska’s Blog“ (but same address). And I have a new website: www.tanglealaska.com Since becoming a CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher), I have been teaching lots of Zentangle® classes and thoroughly enjoying teaching again. I’ve been so busy this last year since my certification that I haven’t done a very good job of keeping you posted and I’m sorry about that! Look for my next post as I will be celebrating my 1 year anniversary as a Certified Zentangle® Teacher!
Hi! I’ve recently returned from Providence, Rhode Island. I know, pretty amazing for me! Those who know me, know that sometimes I can’t even get out of my house :) It happened very suddenly when I got a newsletter from … Continue reading
HI! Last summer I discovered Zentangle® which has changed my life! I came across it at www.zentangle.com and was mesmerized by the beautiful art and I knew that was something I wanted to do. I ran out and bought as many Zentangle® books as I could find. Zentangle® is an easy to learn, fun, and relaxing method of drawing repetitive structured patterns. It only requires a 3.5″ x 3.5″ white paper, 01 Micron Pen by Sukura and a pencil. No eraser because there are no mistakes in Zentangle…just opportunities for new patterns. This was my first attempt at tangling (before I took a class) :)
Now, I CANNOT draw but it said it’s easy and anyone can do it and so I took a beginning class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher and came out with two beautiful pieces of art that I DREW!! Yes, I can draw Zentangle Art! There were 6 students and we did 2 Zentangle® tiles each. Each tile had 4 different tangles (patterns) on it. The most fascinating thing to me was that we were each shown how to draw the same tangle BUT each of our tangles were totally different and so creative!! It was our own art we were drawing that came from our minds! Just like in life, each person’s handwriting is different. We each have different personalities. Since the first time I saw Zentangle Art I secretly wanted to become a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. I was convinced if I could draw such beautiful images, then anyone could and I wanted to share this magic!
I recommend taking a class with your local Certified Zentangle Teacher and explore www.zentangle.com
Hi! I have a lot of fabric! And I really mean A LOT! So what do I do with my fabric scraps? I LOCKER HOOK my scraps into functional and awesome things that I can use or give as gifts :) I also crochet with my scraps (that’s another subject).
What in the world is LOCKER HOOKING, you say?
It is a long forgotten art, an “old rug hooking technique” thought to have originated in England in the early 1900’s. There’s very little documented history about it. Locker hooking uses a locker hook, which looks like a 6.5 inch long steel metal crochet hook with a LARGE needle ‘eye’ on the other end (to thread the yarn through). Also used, is latch hook rug canvas, yarn, and fabric strips (or thick yarn or wool roving).
The locker hook needle ‘eye’ is threaded with yarn and from the top of the canvas the hook is pushed through a square (with one hand), and from below the canvas a fabric strip is wrapped around the hook part (with other hand) and pulled back up through the same square to the top of the canvas again, making a fabric loop. Keeping the loop on your locker hook, you continue to pull up fabric loops until you have about 10 loops on the locker hook. Then...the locker hook and yarn are pulled through ALL the loops, thus “locking the loops in place”.…. And that is it!
What do you use the scraps for, you say?
Well, you can locker hook all kinds of awesome things like rugs, wall hangings, blankets, clothing, baskets, bags & purses, pillows, lots of home decor, personal accessories, and much more! Anything your imagination can dream of! In 1999, I wrote and self-published a book entitled, Locker Hooking With Fabric Strips, which has tons of examples and ideas, along with teaching you how to locker hook. Right now I’m updating the book and one of my 2014 goals is to get it out there as an ebook THIS YEAR!
Where are my scraps, you say?
Let me show you a few out of the book that are very easy to do, have instructions, and you can do them too!
More locker hooking to come :) In the mean time, available is my Beginning Locker Hooking Kit with an instructional booklet, canvas, steel locker hook, steel tapestry needle, and “Mug Rug” Pattern. All you need is the yarn and fabric! Oh, and you can purchase just the book if you want :) For more information and shopping go to my website www.lockerhooking.com :)
Hi! OK, my 2014 New Years Resolution has started! My goal is to get back into blogging again! I spend so much time on my facebook pages that I have neglected blogging and I’m sorry about that! I’m going to try to keep you posted with my current projects, experiences, and thoughts :)
Right before Christmas I suddenly got this idea to decorate hanging glass balls. I’ve actually wanted to do this for the last two summers for the tourists, cutting and painting “Alaskana stuff” on them. They’re so pretty and can be hung all year round. What nice little gifts they make! A long time ago, my sister gave me a friendship ball (painted glass) which hangs in my living room and I think of her every time I look at it :)
I’ve been having soooo much fun making them and selling them at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center (where I work). I either use clear glass or plastic ornament balls. I got mine at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store (use your coupon!). I cut small pieces of paper or fabric and paste them on using a small sponge paint brush and Mod Podge. WOW! I’d forgotten how much that glue stunk!! But I kept on and after three days of horrible headaches, I took a break, and when I went back and got headaches again, and I realized it was the Mod Podge. What a huge bummer!!! I switched over to “Golden Gel Medium”, which is a lot more expensive but I don’t get headaches and so it’s worth spending more :)
Let them dry between coats. I used “Golden thick Gel (Matt)” on the ones in the photos but found that it was just too thick. I really love and recommend the “Golden Regular Gel (Gloss) Medium” because it’s a thinner and shinier coat! I think it’s the best!
Interesting…I found that when I put them on a green Christmas tree that the lighter ones stood out so I need to make more of those.
Wishing you much love for 2014 and lots of fun projects!
Hi! We just recently wrapped up our Finally Friday Paint & Stitch Get-togethers! Jake and I have been hosting these gatherings all winter long and now will take a summer break and come back in October. Every month, on the 2nd & 4th Friday evenings, people from the community who share common painting & stitching interests gathered at the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, downtown 5th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska. It’s a beautiful Art Gallery and so cozy in the back where we meet. Thank you Jana for letting us get together there! So Jake’s (Kurt) the painter and I”m the stitcher.
It’s been a lot of hard work but soooo much fun and rewarding! Almost every gathering we’ve had different people come and join us along with a small core group that formed. We also have a potluck and that has been really nice because we start at 6pm and many come straight from work and we all share our goodies together while unwinding from the hectic week. We all share our talents too and I’ve learned so much and made friends.
I saw painters who started as beginners become experienced and awesome painters! I saw crocheters who began to knit! I saw friendships develop and blossom! I’ve known some of the people for a long time but got to know them better. The buzz was always “what are we going to bring to eat and work on this week?” I saw the excitement each time we all came together, excited to share and learn. I have a hard time around people (I fake it pretty good) but everyone made each other comfortable and was accepting of each other. Even though we were all different ages, we were like one big family! It was so wonderful to experience that! I love each one of them.
We even shared things that we made, like I bought a beautiful pair of earrings from Cathe! And Nicole brought handmade felted soap! Jan and Joni bought some of Jake’s paintings and Angie showed her cute crocheted baby onesie & hat sets along with her Angry Bird hats she sold at Christmas. We all watched Sarah work on her darling crocheted mushroom until she completed it. Funny, I never did really complete anything because I always got side tracked looking at everyone else’s projects:)
The last Friday the stitchers convinced me to show them how to locker hook and before I knew it I had a FULL class! I honestly wasn’t prepared for a class….thought it was just going to be a demo! But everyone, having stitching experience whether it was knitting, crochet, tatting, felting, weaving, embroidery, jewelry, sewing, and etc. all caught on fast. It was a great class and I am so proud of them:)
I know we are going to miss our Friday gatherings but it always seems that when spring & summer come we all are out doing other things. In Alaska we take advantage of the good weather! But we will all come together again in October and share more projects, fun, food, laughter, and friendships. Hope everyone has a great summer and Jake and I can’t wait to see you in October!