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Lace Jewelry with Lorine Mason

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Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason

I will soon be travelling to beautiful Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada to attend and teach at the inaugural QH Retreat 2016. The Quartermain House is an historic bed and breakfast in downtown Fredericton. I am honoured that I will be teaching along side, Eileen Hull, Cheryl Boglioli and Marie Browning. Classes with include, 3D sculpture, hand lettering, jewelry, paper arts and hand painted espadrilles as well as the lace jewelry class. The event will open with a Friday night reception and classes will begin Saturday and continue through Sunday. Lunch will be provided by the kitchens at Quartemain House. Additional information is available at www.quartermainhouse.com

Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason

Identifying specific design elements within lace yardage is the first step in the creation of a one of kind jewelry piece. This is followed by the careful dissection of the lace to create jewelry pieces through layering techniques. Preparing the lace and adding color is the next step. Finally the lace elements are accessorized through the addition of chain, ribbon, beads, charms and more. Students will have the opportunity to create more than one piece of jewelry in class; items such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The instructor will supply a variety of laces to choose from as well as an assortment of jewelry findings, embellishments, paint and other items necessary with the exception of supplies listed below. For more information regarding class pricing and availability in your area of the country contact Lorine directly at: masoncreation@msn.com

Supply List:

  • Jewelry pliers – small needle nose pliers
  • Scissors with sharp points suitable to cut fabric
  • Optional – beads suitable for stringing such as crystals, pearls, stones etc., as well as charms, metal accents and more. Note: the instructor will be providing an assortment of hot fix crystals, studs, beads, and metal accent pieces for use in the class.

Hand Painted Espadrilles with Lorine Mason

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Hand Painted Espadrilles by Lorine Mason – Full Day Class

We will start the class by creating the espadrille tops using a style technique Lorine calls, Urban Doodles. The journey begins with the use of templates and the simple act of tracing, thus designing the art piece through the creation of layered objects. The process continues with the art of doodling; filling in, highlighting and morphing the basic traced lines. Once doodling is completed; color is applied through the application of fabric paints directly to the fabric bringing the piece to life. There are no mistakes in Urban Doodles, simply opportunities to move in any number of design directions throughout the process. The afternoon will involve machine sewing the espadrille tops together. If you are not familiar with sewing, do not worry as Lorine will be there to guide you through each step. The final step is to hand stitch the tops to the espadrille soles, think of this as a new take on the Sewing Bee from years ago; a perfect time to talk and learn about your fellow artists.

Note:  Registration will close for this class on April 15th. Register early and request your shoe size. Ladies 6 – 10 and children’s 2 – 5 are available. If you need a half size – order the next size up. The adjustment will be made during the sewing process.

Supply List:

All supplies will be provided by the instructor

Contact Lorine directly at: masoncreation@msn.com for additional information about class opportunities

Teaching Urban Doodles

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I recently had the pleasure to teach my Urban Doodles Journal class at the Bella Crafts Connection event in Minneapolis, MN this past weekend. The class went well and I would only change one thing. That change would lengthen the class to 3 hours. I found everyone enjoyed the painting so much that they practised a little too long and we ran out of time and they were not able to finish their journals. When planning a class, it is very important to second guess numerous aspects of that class. Materials, cost, instructions, class numbers, length etc. I think I got everything right except for the length of time. Therefore the next opportunity which is around the corner I will be teaching this exact class but extending the time to 3 hours.

I will be teaching the Urban Doodles Journal class at the Sewing by the Sea retreat held yearly in Ocean City, Maryland. Wish me luck.

Sterling Silver Cuddle Pillow

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 Don’t you want to just reach out and touch this textural pillow. Dimension is achieved not only through the wonderful Sterling Silver Pre-cuts by Shannon Fabrics but the 3D nature of the pillow design itself. Full size petal patterns as well as step by step diagrams will have you ready to sew in no time at all.

Supplies:

Two sets of Sterling Silver Cake Squares by Shannon Fabrics

One 18 inch by 18 inch Soft Touch® Pillow Insert

One yard of Structure Fusible Interfacing

One Half Ball Cover Button – Size 75

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring and Pressing tools and supplies

How to:

Note:  All seams are 1/2 inch. To request the pattern, please leave a comment and I will be happy to send you a pdf of full size patterns.

  1. Choose four squares each from the Sterling Silver Cake Squares selection for the front and back of your pillow. Mix shades of grey as well as textures.

  2. With right sides together, stitch two sets of two squares together, they stitch the two sets together to form a larger square. Repeat to assemble the back of the pillow.

  3. With right sides together, stitch the pillow front and back together, leaving a 8 inch opening along the bottom edge.

  4. Insert the Soft Touch® Pillow Insert and hand stitch the opening closed.

  5. Large Petals: Choose two squares for each of five petals, one lighter grey and one darker grey. Once again mix textures. With right sides together, cover the lighter squares with Structure Fusible Interfacing, following the manufacturer’s directions.

  6. Using the pattern, trace the outline of the larger petal directly onto the interfacing.

  7. Stitch along the traced line. Trim 1/4 inch from the stitched line and turn right side out. Continue until you have created five large petals and four small petals. Note: I choose to feature the darker petals as the large petals and the reverse for the smaller petals.

  8. Using a needle and thread, stitch the five large petals together. Gather and tie off your thread.

  9. Once again using a needle and thread, stitch the four small petals together. Gather the petals and then place the smaller petals on top of the large and stitch the two layers together, sewing through the center of the petals.

  10. Following the manufacturer’s directions, cover a large half ball button with the cuddle fabric of your choice.

  11. Center the flower on top of the pillow form and using a large needle and doubled thread insert needle into the center back of the pillow and come up through the center front of the pillow and shank of the button.

  12. Insert the needle and thread back down and through a button added to the center back of the pillow. Repeat three or four times, stitching through the fabric, pillow form and buttons. Pull threads taught and insert needle back through one of the holes in the button. Wrap thread around the back of the button and tie off.

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New Class Just Added – Embroidery Collage

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I just heard back and I have been asked to teach at the upcoming Bella Crafts Connection event at Mall of America in Minneapolis this September. Embroidery Collage will be just one of the classes I will be offering. The Bella Crafts Connection is a brand new undertaking by the gals over at Bella Crafts Quarterly and I am told the list of teachers is vast with experts from all areas of the creative industry. I am honored to be included in this group.

Giant Spring Flowers with oly-fun™

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Making giant flowers to use as chair back accents, to hang in trees, place on your front door or used as a table centerpiece is sew simple and a great idea to dress up your table or your home for Spring. I used oly-fun™ as it is cost effective and comes in so many delightfully Spring-like colors. Full size patterns and step by step written instructions as well as diagrams will help you achieve success from your first flower to your tenth. I would love to see these flowers utilized as wedding decor. They would look great as an alternative to the traditional pew bow, but honestly the options are limitless as changing the size is simply a matter of placing the pattern on your copy machine and creating whatever size you can imagine. Have fun!

 

Supplies:

oly-fun™ – Orchid, Lemon Drop, Bubblegum, Sea Green, Snow Drop

Floral wire & Wire cutters

White thread

Glue Gun

Basic sewing, cutting and pressing tools

How to:

A.  Using the patterns* and measurements provided cut out the flower petals, center ruffle and stamen strips.

B.  Top stitch using white thread around each petal

C.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch the five largest petals together using a large gathering stitch. Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the flower center to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread.

D. Repeat stitching and gathering together the four smaller petals.

E.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch along one edge of the center ruffle using a large gathering stitch.

F.  Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the ruffle to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread. Using the glue gun, add a drop of glue to the open edge of the center ruffle.

G. Wrap one of the  1/2″ strips around itself to form 8″ wide loops, continue until all three strips have been used. Wrap a piece of wire around the center of the loops and twist the ends together, gathering the loops together tightly at the center point. Trim away excess wire and flatten the wire ends against the back of the flower.

H. Stack the flower layers on top of each other, adding glue and pressing until the glue sets between each of the layers.

Depending on the intended use of the flowers you may want to add a tie or hanging loop. Finish your flower with a 3″ circle of matching oly-fun™ to cover the center back of the flower.

*If you would like a copy of the patterns, leave a comment with your request and I will send the pdf to you…..

 

 

Giant Spring Flower

 

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off  all things possible with ribbon.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

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Turn simple grosgrain ribbon into a gorgeous pleated pillow masterpiece. A little math and you are on your way with complete diagrams and step by step directions.  I promise it is not that difficult.


Supplies:

Offray grosgrain ribbon – 3″ wide Navy & White, Buttons,Poly-fil® pillow form or Poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing, 1/2 yard of cotton fabric plus basic sewing, cutting and ironing supplies.

How to:

Determine the finished pillow size. To do this, take into consideration the width of the ribbon ie: Ribbon that is 3″ wide when folded will create folded  designs 3″ square. Use multiples of the 3 inches when deciding the finished size of the pillow you wish to create. The featured pillow is 15 x 21 inches.

A.  Cut ribbon three times longer than the width of the finished pillow plus 6 inches. ie: finished pillow will be 21 wide , cut ribbon 3 x 21 + 6 = 69 inches.  The pillow will be 15 inches in height so you will need 5 rows of ribbon. Starting 3″ inches from one end, place marks on the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, spacing the marks 3 inches apart. Note: If you were using a different width of ribbon you would alter the length of the spaces to match the width of the ribbon.

B. Fold the first set of markings to match the second set of markings and pin. Fold the third set of markings back towards the second set and pin. This is the first box pleat. Continue folding from left to right and then right to left until you have created the required number of box pleats. In the case of the project pillow that number would be seven.

C.  Using a thread and needle; Stitch through the center of each pleat, being sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon. Note: The stitching is marked in red on the diagram.

D.  Turn the pleated ribbon over to what will become the front.

E.  Bring the top and bottom edges of the ribbon to meet at the center point, secure by stitching a button through all layers of the ribbon.

F.  Lay the completed strip of pleated ribbon over the top of another length of ribbon. In the case of the project, a contrasting color was used.

G.  Cut a length of fabric for the pillow front 1″ larger than the length and width of the pillow. ie: Finished pillow will be 15″ x 21″. Cut pillow front 16″ x 22″. Center the ribbon strips on top of the pillow front fabric. Stitch between and at the center of each of the pleated areas. Be sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon and fabric.

H.  Cut two pieces of fabric for the pillow backing. Cut one the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow plus 8 inches. Cut the second piece the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow + 3 inches. ie: The project pillow is 15″ x 21″, cut one piece 15″ + 1″ = 16″ by 21″ + 8 = 29″ cut the second piece 15″ +1″ = 16″ by 21″ +3 = 24″. Turn over 1 inch along one of the side edges of each piece and press. Turn over a second time and top stitch.

I.  With the pillow front laying face up on a flat surface, cover with the two pillow back sections, overlapping the center edges. Stitch around the outside edge. Clip corners and turn right side out. Insert pillow form.

Depending on the finished size of the pillow you may not be able to purchase a pillow form. To make a custom size of  pillow form; cut two pieces of cotton fabric 1 inch larger than the width and length of the finished pillow. With right sides together, stitch around the outside edges, leaving a 4 inch opening. Clip corners and turn right side out. Fill with poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing to desired fullness. Stitch the opening closed. Insert the pillow form into finished pillow.

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

 Pleated Ribbon Pillow

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off  all things possible with ribbon.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Microwave Heat Bowls

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With the cold weather approaching, it seems like the perfect time to stir up some of your favorite soups and stews for family and friends. Straight from the pot to my bowl is my favorite way to eat hot foods but my second favorite is leftovers. I use my microwave to heat up those delicious leftovers and I must admit I have burnt my fingers a time or two while retrieving that hot bowl of goodness from the microwave. These Microwave Heat Bowl covers fit perfectly around a soup bowl and stay cool enough to protect your fingers and your hands. I like to heat and eat my soup with the cover wrapped around my bowl. When finished I simply remove the cover and wash out my bowl. If I manage to spill a little, remember the covers are totally washable. Here’s how to make some of your very own….

Supplies:  100%Cotton everything – Two 10 inch squares of coordinating 100% cotton fabrics, Two 9″ squares of Soft & Toasty  100% cotton batting, 100% cotton thread, Sewing Machine, Iron, Fabric Marker, and Basic Sewing Supplies.

How To:

A.  Cut out fabric and batting as directed above.

B.  Layer batting on top of each of the fabric squares wrong side. Mark, then Stitch an x and + through both the layers of the batting and the fabric. Repeat using the second piece of fabric and batting.

C.  Fold the stitched square in half and place a mark 1″ out from the centerfold along the top edge. Place a second mark 2 1/4 inches down the center stitching line. Draw a line connecting the two marks, creating a dart. Stitch along the marked line. Repeat marking and stitching, creating a total of four darts. Repeat to create darts using the second piece of stitched fabric.

D.   Trim away the bulk of the darts and press.

E.  With right sides together, stitch the two pieces of fabric together, leaving an opening along one edge. Trim corners and turn right side out. Press well.

F.  Hand stitch the opening closed. Top stitch around the Microwave Bowl Cover, sewing 1/2″ away from the outside edge to secure all layers of the fabric and the batting together.

 

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Handmade for the Holidays – Holiday Apron Panel

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NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST)
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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

 

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Pre-printed fabric panels are very popular throughout the year, however they are especially pretty during the holidays. What to do with them can be a little more challenging. How about a quick apron project! No pattern needed, some easy measurements and few cuts and you are set to go. Let’s get started.

 

Supplies:

Rectangle fabric panel, Double folded bias tape, Jumbo rick rack, Sewing machine, Iron, Basic sewing and cutting supplies.

How To:

Trim the apron panel following the diagram. Note: that not all fabric panels are the same, adjust measurements as needed.  Diagram A Turn over the top edge of the apron one inch, press and repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Measure 1 1/2″ from the side edge along the top and place a pin, measure 1 1/2″ from the first pin and place a second pin. Form a tuck by bringing the two pins together. Stitch across the tuck. Repeat for the opposite side. Diagram B & C Open the folds of the bias tape and pin to the sides of the apron. Starting from the top edge, release a pin and insert rick rack and repin. Continue inserting the rick rack along each of the apron sides. Diagram D Turn under the bottom of the fabric panel 1″ and press. Repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Diagram E Cut two 60″ lengths of bias tape. Measure down 20 inches, open the fold of the bias tape and  pin along the raw edge of the apron front. Release the first pin and insert rick rack, turning under the raw edge and repin. Continue inserting rick rack along the apron front , turning under the raw edge of the rick rack when you reach the end. Top stitch down either side of the bias tape to secure the rick rack and bias tape to the apron, as well as creating the neck and waistline tie. Diagram F Holiday Apron Panel   NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST) Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop Logo Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out. WRITE YOUR BLOG POST HERE Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away! Clearsnap  Westcott  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  Ellison Educational Equipment  ICE Resin  Neat and Tangled  Therm O Web  Walnut Hollow  Elizabeth Craft Designs  Rowland Technologies  Graphic 45  Hydrangea Hippo   Pink and Main  The Buckle Boutique  Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry  Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs  Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason  Meagan – The Charming Farmer  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman   Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey  Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright  The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson  It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎ Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton  L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace  Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho Charity Wings ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins  RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Parks and Recreation Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Parks and Recreation EPIC Blog Hop! I’ve joined together with 8 other bloggers to create and share crafts inspired by the NBC show, Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler. This fall the show enters it final season! We’ll miss Parks and Rec but the show will live on in “craft”!

Check out this great Team Ann versus Team April tote bag I created, inspired by the Parks and Rec Characters

 

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Have you watched Parks and Recreation lately? It is entering it’s seventh season and it promises to be just as much fun as past seasons. Sometimes we work we people that are just for one reason or another not our cup of tea. I cannot honestly say I have ever felt this strongly about my dislike for a person but the challenges between Ann and April are what led me to design this fun tote bag. Yes, of course I was influenced by the popularity of the Team t shirts worn by teens and adult ladies alike who outwardly declared their loyalty to one or the other character from the teen vampire movie a few years ago. It’s all in fun so let’s get started……

 

Supplies for Parks and Rec Team Tote:

 

  • oly*fun™ Kelly, Black, & Snow White
  • HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive
  • One yard of 1″ wide woven trim for handles – cut in half to create two 18″ handles
  • Three 1/2″ black buttons
  • Sizzix Big shot machine and Alphabet dies of your choice
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread etc.

 

Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™

 

Kelly – cut one 20″ inch x 4o” rectangle for the tote body

 

Black – Cut one 12″ x 40″ rectangle for the tote bottom, Cut one 2 1/2″ x 40″ rectangle for the tote top band

 

Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  Black and Snow White oly*fun™ and cut lettering using the Sizzix Big Shot and alphabet dies of your choice.

 

Instructions for Parks and Rec Team Tote:

 

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. All seams are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.

 

A.  Round the two right corners of the Page fabric, cut out. We are looking to create a page right out of your school binder. Using different colors of thread stitch the borders and lines on the Page. Cut out lettering to spell out Team Ann and Team April. Follow the instructions above, carefully fuse the letters to the front of the Page. (Note: The buttons are shown as stitched on at this point in the diagram. It is much simpler to stitch the buttons on after applying the Page to the Tote front. Do as I say not as I draw (oops).

 

B.  Center the Page onto the front of the Tote and top stitch around the outside edge.  Sew three buttons to the left side of the Page, stitching through all layers of the Page and the Tote.

 

C.  Stitch the Tote Bottom Band to the bottom of the Tote.

 

D. Fold the Tote right sides together and stitch the center back seam.

 

E.  Fold the Tote so that the back seam in centered and stitch across the bottom of the Tote.  Carefully press the Tote flat, creating creased lines along each of the sides.

 

F.  Box the bottom corners of the Tote by folding the bottom seam line flat matching it to the sides (creased line made earlier). Stitch across the bottom fold on either side, measuring down 4 1/2″ from the point.

 

G. Fold the Tote Top Band right sides together and stitch.

 

H.  Pin the two Handles to either side of the Tote.

 

I.  Stitch the Tote Top Band to the Tote right sides together.

 

J.  Turn the Tote Top Band to the inside, aligning it with the seam line and top stitch along the top and bottom edge, stitch through all layers of fabric and the handles.

 

Parks and Recreation Team Tote

Finally add lettering to spell out Parks and Recreation on the front of your bag using die cut letters. Remember to add a pen to your tote bag so that if you meet someone who would like to cast a ballot, you will be prepared. 

Now head on over to the other 8 blogs in the hop to see what Parks & Rec inspired crafts they created!

Jennifer Priest

Lorine Mason

Katie Priest

L. Grace Lauer

Tatiana Allen

Rina Gonzalez

Jessica Wilson

Nicole Waldron

Scrappin Madge

For more Parks and Rec inspiration, follow our Pinterest board.