I am back from my excursion to Tucson and have had a moment to step back and examine everything I have learned. Although I work as a professional "crafter", there are many crafts I know little about and am certainly not an expert in. It was extremely nice to attended the Crystallized Elements workshops and learn from other crafty working professionals. It was also really sweet to meet "the audience"—many of the women in the classes are the people that watch Martha's show and seeing how passionate they are about making was very special for me.
While I was there, for only 2 days, I learned 3 completely new techniques. It felt good to be a student again, to play with new materials, and go home with a final product, whether I did a good job or not!
Here is what I learned and you don't need to travel anywhere to see!
2. A lesson in wire crocheting. I actually found that doing a chain stitch in wire is easier than in yarn!
3. A lesson in Nuno felting. A felting technique that blends silk and fine wool fibers together, creating a whole new fabric.
Click the pictures for more information and the how-tos.
How great is the first picture? The mountain view, from my hotel—rolling hills of cactus! It looks so different from the landscape I am used to here in the North East. The cactus look so funny!