Sunday, January 29, 2012

Have You Ever...?

So I'm taking this online course... well, truthfully, I'm taking a few

it's an addiction, apparently...

I signed up for Stephanie Lee's Handbook of Elements class last Fall, even though I knew I had no time for it when the class was actually happening... but the beauty of online classes is that they are usually available for a a three month or more time period

so I knew I could get to it, eventually

and eventually is now
 it's a course on making books, with covers of metal and the pages of plaster
and the button string you see above and below is just one of the things Stephanie showed us how to do

I'd never made one before - never even heard of them but now I think I'm addicted...
I've made 6 so far and had to force myself to stop
have you ever made a button strung?
Stephanie said it was the first craft she learned, other than finger painting...
the first craft I learned other than finger painting was to knit

I would have liked this much better!

I added a charm to to one and love it
and so I am looking at everything with fresh eyes now, wondering how it could be worked into a chain - so addictive!

the plaster gauze arrived this week and as the class expires on the 31, I have been busy making plaster pages and getting things ready so I can bind at least one book before the video is gone

I didn't make the metal covers - I'm brave enough to attempt it but my DH is a tad nervous of some of my artistic escapades (he warn't all that impressed when I wanted to burn canvas with a heat gun - although in his defence, it was only two days after our house fire - he relegated me to the fire-pit with a 60 foot extension cord )

we'll leave soldering for another day....

and for those of you that were asking...
the above fabric is called "Communique" and is by Graphics 45 for Wilmington prints.
If you can't find it where you are, the shop I work at will mail order to anywhere in the world; you just pay for the fabric (15.95 per meter) plus postage (they will only charge you the exact cost of the postage - nothing extra). The shops blog with contact info is here, and you can email your request to them.

and, just for fun - how about a giveaway, from me to one of my Followers?

1/2 metre of the Communique fabric shown above,
just leave a comment here and I will draw a name on Wednesday at 6:00 pm Pacific time
Good luck everyone!


Deb Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Love the button strings Jillayne, they are so pretty! It looks like you've braided the floss/cording together and added the buttons? Too cute! And I can't wait to see your books; metal covers and plaster pages, never have heard of such a thing but coming from your heart and your hands it will be beautiful I am sure. That fabric is absolutely beautiful, I may have to make a wee trip down the highway to Salmon Arm to pick some up! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway for it, thank you so much for your generosity! Deb

Createology said...

I am totally intrigued to see your button and charm strands incorporated into...What are you making? Plaster pages? Books? I must see more please. Such a generous give my dear. Is Graphics 45 the same as the paper designs available? Fabulous fabric...

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Jillayne
That book course sounds just what I have been looking for also. I will investigate!
I was just about to click on ordering the fabric and kept reading to your very generous giveaway.
What a treat to win some of that gorgeous fabric which I will go ahead and order anyway as I so love it.
Thank you so kindly for thinking of us all!
I wish you luck with the course!
very warm wishes,

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Jillayne,

How much fun the course sounds and love the button string you have been doing. Thanks for showing and telling us about this.
Also how pretty the Communique fabric is and how generous of you to be giving some to a lucky follower.
Thanks for sharing and wish you a happy week ahead


oldgreymare said...

I have 2 courses I signed up for and have yet to get to.. Thank goodness they are for 3 months! :D
Love the button string and count me in for the giveaway please...Iove that fabric<3

Whytefeather said...

Those button strings are gorgeous! Hmmm... might have to try that idea soon!! Can't wait to see some of your plaster gauze pages, that intrigues me :)
Oh it would be lovely to win some of that gorgeous fabric, please count me in the give away!

The English Romantic said...

I am so pleased that you are able to comment again. i changed th commemting format to try and iron out bloggers glitches.
The workshop looks amazing and i'm signing up for the e book, very exciting.
Have a great day,
Hugs, Angela.

Marj Talbot said...

Plaster pages hmmmmmmm looking forward to seeing those.
he button strings are also very nice and I'll be checking into those.
It's good that we can order the Communique fabric online. I'll check their blog.
Thanks for your offer and thanks for sharing.

Bead and Needle said...

Thanks for the info on the delicious fabric...and the plaster gauze has me intrigued now. LOVE the button strings...those would make fabulous necklaces or bracelets, Jillayne! Have a great, creative Monday - Tanya

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne, I could fall in love making those button strings also, and the plaster gauzed pages looks very interesting, wonder what you are going to do with them, and am very exited to see.
I hope you have time to finish some, before the videos dissapers.
Hugs to you from Copenhagen- I`m here with Mathilde, and will travel home again tomorrow.
Smiles, Dorthe

Michelle May said...

Love, love, love the button strings! Sounds like a really fun course girlfriend!

Anonymous said...

Jillayne, this sounds like a lot of fun, both the plastering and the button chains. I purchased ready-made button chain trim and it was $14 a yard! I bought a mere 1/2 yard. LOL! I still haven't found the perfect item to put it on.

Can't wait to see your finished art!

XO Diane
PS: AWOL again for awhile

Patty@ Time to Boom said...

I've never made button strings either but they are so beautiful. It sounds like an interesting class.