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Lace Jewelry Classes with Lorine Mason

Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason

I will be travelling to the historic Quartermain House in beautiful Fredericton, New Brunswick this spring to attend and teach at the inaugural QH Retreat 2016. Myself along with three other top notch teachers will be attending and offering classes in everything from 3D sculpture, lettering to hand painted espadrilles and jewelry. The event sign up is available now with limited seating. It includes a Friday night reception as choice of classes daily and lunch each day provided by the renowned kitchens at the Quartermain House.

Hand Painted Espadrilles with Lorine Mason

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I will be travelling to New Brunswick, Canada this spring to teach two classes at the inaugural QH Retreat 2016 held in the historic Quartermain House. It is truly an honour to have been asked and I look forward to meeting everyone. For more information about my classes as well as event registration click on QH Retreat.

Chibitronics® Fabric Card

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Chibitronics Fabric Card


Supplies for Chibitronics® Fabric Card

Chibi Lights LED Circuit Stickers by Chibitronics

Fabric & Felt scraps

Stick fusible web by Fairfield Processing

Cardstock for backing


Spellbinders dies and die cut machine

Sewing Machine

Non-stick crafting sheet

Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing tools & supplies

How to for Chibitronics® Fabric Card

Following the manufacturer’s directions; apply fusible web to the back of the green felt, green, and gold fabric.

Cut the following:

Cardstock: one  4 by 6 inch rectangle,

Green felt: one 4 by 6 inch rectangle, one 1 1/4 inch circle, One Bird and Birdcage using Spellbinders® dies and die cutting machine

Green print fabric: one 4 by 6 rectangle

Gold print fabric 3 by 5 inch rectangle

White fabric – one 1 1/4 inch square

Place the white fabric behind the opening in the birdcage and fuse.

Using a 1 inch circle die, cut out the bottom right corner from the gold fabric.

Place the birdcage on top of the gold print fabric and mark the location of the white fabric square. Cut a 1 inch square from the gold fabric.

With the crafting sheet behind the gold fabric, press the birdcage, bird to the front of the gold fabric.  Top stitch the birdcage and around the edge of the fold fabric as desired

Following the manufacturer’s instructions; place the copper tape, and LED sticker on top of the green print fabric, being sure to center the LED sticker under the birdcage. The cell battery will be placed within the circle cutout on the bottom right corner. Note: The copper tape at the start of the circuit will be placed directly on top of the green print fabric and then covered with a piece of the black conductive plastic sheet, then the battery, it will end with the copper tape being placed on top of the cell battery. The cell battery will then be covered with the 1 1/4 inch green felt circle. 

Using the point of your iron, fuse the green felt circle around the outside edges of the battery to secure temporarily. Carefully stitch around the 1 1/4 inch circle, encasing the battery permanently. Press your finger over the circle and apply pressure and the birdcage should light up. Test this before stitching the circle.

Trim the edge of the green fabric using pinking shears and cutting slightly away from the gold fabric and battery, leaving a border approximately 1/4 inch wide.

Fuse the green print fabric to the top of the green felt rectangle. Fuse the green rectangle to the cardstock backing. Do this very carefully so as not to damage the circuit.

This post is part of the Designer Crafts Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on:  Designer Crafts Connection  You will see a list of designers involved in this project.  Great ideas using Chibitronics® LED Circuit Stickers.






Monogrammed Bunny Bags

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Monogrammed Bunny Bags Favecrafts

Supplies for Monogrammed Bunny Bags:

Fairfield oly-fun in a variety of colors

Stick fusible web

14 inches of 1/4 inch ribbon for each bag

Sizzix® Big Shot™ die cut machine and lettering dies

Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

How to make Monogrammed Bunny Bags:

Note:  All seams are 1/4 inch

Cut four 7 inch by 9 inch rectangles, two from white oly-fun (lining) each from two additional colors.

Cut four ears using the pattern, two from white and two from another color of your choice.

Cut out two 1 inch by 5 inch rectangles for the ribbon channels from white oly-fun.

Center white ears on top of  the larger ear cut out and stitch around the outside edge of the white. Fold the ear in half and stitch the dart closed. Repeat to create the second ear.

Place the ears onto the of the back bag pieces and baste in place. Cover with one of the lining pieces right sides together and stitch across the top edge. Turn right sides out and press.

With right sides together, stitch the bag front and lining pieces together along the top edges. Turn right sides out.

Press fusible web to the back of  oly-fun and cut out desired monograms using the die cut machine and dies.  Alternately you may hand cut monograms or other decorative shapes. Fuse to the bag front.

Center one of the drawstring channels on top of the bag front and top stitch along either side. Repeat to add the remaining ribbon channel to the bag back piece.

With right sides together, stitch the bag front and backs together along the sides and bottom edges.

Fold each of the corners together matching the bottom and side seams and draw a line 1 inch in from each of the corners. Stitch along these drawn lines. Turn the bag right side out.

Insert the ribbon through the channels, fill with goodies and tie a bow.

For a full size pattern of the bunny ears, contact Lorine directly at masoncreation@msn.com




Monogrammed Bunny Bags

Aluminor Tote Bag

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Aluminor Tote Snapshot

Aluminor Tote Bag

Aluminor Gold & Silver – 1 ½ yards each

Sewing & Craft Tape – ¼ inch wide by Prym

Snap Fastener – Size 10 by Prym

Black Thread

Plastic or other stiff material for bag bottom support

Sewing Machine

Getta Grip® Sewing Clips by Prym

Sheer Pressing Cloth by Prym

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring & Pressing Tools

Cut the following:

Gold                                                                                                      Silver

One 16 inch x 30 rectangle –  bag bottom                              Two 20 inch x 30 – front and back of the tote

One 8 ¼ inch x 20 ½ inch rectangle – front pocket

One 12 inch square –  inside pocket

Two 6 inch x 30 inch rectangles –  handles

All seams are ½ inch unless otherwise notes. Use sewing & craft tape to secure items before sewing whenever possible. Sewing clips should be used in place of pins so as not to leave marks in the fabric. Always use a pressing cloth between the fabric and your iron. Iron should be on synthetic setting.

Using the diagrams as a guide; cut notches into front and back sections of the tote and tote bottom. Diagram A

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the tote bottom along the inside edges. Remove the paper backing from the tape and turn under both edges ½ inch, pressing tape to secure. Apply tape to the top of the folded edge. Diagram B

With wrong sides together stitch the tote front and back together along the bottom edge. Use the pressing cloth and press the seam open. Diagram C

Place the tote bottom right side up onto the tote front and back, lift the top edge of the tote bottom, remove the tape and then press to secure. Repeat securing the opposite side in the same manner. Top stitch the tote bottom to the tote front and back. Diagram D

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the inside pocket along one edge. Remove the paper backing from the tape and turn under 1 inch, pressing tape to secure. Fold the pocket right sides out with the hemmed edge 3 inches below the unfinished edge. Top stitch down either side of the pocket. Diagram E

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the tote back and front along the inside edges. Remove the paper backing from the tape on one side, fold the edge over 1 1/2 inches, before pressing the tape into place, insert the top edge of the inside pocket against the fold, centering it and placing it against the fold line, press the tape into place. Remove the paper backing from the tape along the opposite side of the bag and press into place. Topstitch; 1 ¼ inches from the top edge and again 1 inch from the top. Diagram F

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the 3 edges of the outside pocket. Turn the edges in ½ inch, fold back and remove the paper backing from the tape, refold and press tape to secure. Press sewing tape to the wrong side along the remaining edge. Turn the edge in 1 ½ inches, remove the paper backing from the tape and refold pressing the tape to secure. Top stitch; 1 ¼ inches from the top edge and again 1 inch from the top. Diagram G

Center the pocket on the front of the bag, against the bag bottom. Use sewing tape to hold in place if desired. Top stitch. Diagram H

Fold each of the handles in half lengthwise, open the fold and fold each of the edges towards the center fold. Refold in half and use sewing clips or sewing tape to secure. Topstitch down either side. Diagram I

Sew straps to the front and back of the bag, placing them 5 inches in from each edge. Sew an ‘x’ to secure straps. Diagram J

With right sides together stitch the side seams of the bag. Take the time to match the bag bottom seams carefully for a professional look. Press the seams open using a pressing cloth. Diagram K

Fold the bottom corners of the bag and stitch. Diagram L

Turn the bag right side out. Measure the bottom of the bag and cut a piece of cardboard or other stiff material ¼ inch smaller all around and insert into the bottom of the bag to provide additional support.

Sew snap closure to center front opening of the bag.

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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

Embroidery Collage

Embroidery Collage

Urban Doodles

Urban Doodles Class Photo Final

Witchy Poo Boots with oly-fun*

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Witchy Poo Boots

Witchy Poo Boots

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor decorating; tuck Witchy Poo Boots under a doorway, furniture, over a cupboard door in your car trunk or anywhere else you think might be fun. Weighted base holds them in place. Happy Halloween everyone.

Supplies & Tools:


  • Using the patterns provided cut out four boot pieces.  To request a pdf of the Witchy Poo pattern simply leave a comment asking for one and I’ll do my best to send you the pattern in a timely fashion as my mother used to say. 
  • Stitch rick rack to each of the boot fronts and stitch lines along heels as indicated on the pattern.
  • With right sides together stitch each of the boots together. Clip curves, turn right side out & press
  • Insert fiberfill into boots leaving a 2” space along the top edges.
  • Pin two 8 x 18 inch sections of Oly-fun™ to top edges of the boots, right sides together. Stitch along the sides and bottom edges of the rectangle. Note: Space the boots 2 inches apart. Turn right side, press then top stitch.
  • Stitch along the top edge, leaving a 2 inch opening. Stitch a second row 2 inches down from the first row, forming a channel to fill with Poly-Pellets®.
  • Fill the channel with Poly-Pellets® then stitch the opening closed.
  • Hand stitch buttons along front edges of boots.

This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational Halloween projects.

Please note:  I was provided product from Fairfield Processing to complete the project.