Monday, January 20, 2014

Winterfest 2014

 Last fall when Amy approached me about teaching at Winterfest, 
we talked about doing a Valentine project.  
Something cheerful to work on during the cold of winter.  
I came up with this idea in my head and made a paper sample up. 

 Next I picked a palette to work with - that was the hardest part! 
And it morphed over time as I started creating.  
The brighter jewel tones really spoke to me.

 It was a delightful mess of colorful wool and threads.  I wanted to incorporate some vintage buttons and bits and bob of lace I have collected over time.  I also wanted a project that could be up year round, not just for Valentine's Day.  My heart is full of love for my family as this time and so this led me to the final product!

 The envelope is what we spent a good amount of time.  It is lined with peltex and has a sweet little crocheted edge.  You could tuck away some photos or love notes inside.  The tree has 6 hearts representing each of our 6 children.  Two velvet heart for my husband  and me.  For colorful hearts for our parents.  I had fun painting and doing a simple embroidery on an old postcard I found at a flea market inn Vienna this past spring.  On the large heart I included some special scouting pins from my sons, my husbands Air Force pin, and few other little things that needed to have a better life out of a dark drawer!  I thought it was kind of fun to clip two photos of our parents wedding day.   I joked that the button filled heart was representative of all of the adorable grandchildren I will have one day :)  I hope the ladies will fill their project with love and happy memories.

I still need to add a few dangles and get my backing on, 
but it has been such a fun project o create.  
Many thanks to all of you adorable ladies for your patience and love!

Some of the cute ladies in class!  
I know I didn't get photos of everyone - I am easily distracted when teaching!  
I loved being with each and every one you!

Riverwoods Conference Center in our hometown, Logan, was a beautiful venue for Winterfest.  It's always so rewarding to see what becomes of everyone's work.  Such creativity!  Hope I'll get to see some of the finished projects one day!  Happy Stitching :)

PS.  I also taught a hand stitched journal class and left my camera home :(  
Here is a peek at what I taught.  
They are so much fun to do and they make wonderful gifts!


Gayle said...

ACK! How did I miss this post when you wrote it? Awesome designs Leisa - the hearts can definitely be out all year long! Lots of fun stitching and other details on it. Lucky ladies who were in your class!

Cathy Harrell said...

I really love this blog! I hope to join you for some fun things when I retire in Utah one of these days!