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October 2007

Farewell to Maine for Summer of 2007

Bistol_1_edited3 Frank and I had our final summer kayak trip on September 8...a blissfully beautiful day on Biscay Pond in Bristol Mills

We paddled for two hours/four miles, something I'm very proud of! 

We saw scores of turtles sunning themselves on partially submerged logs, herons and heron nests, ducks, and beautiful islands and shoreline scenery. 

Can't wait til next summer and more exploration!


Happy Sox

Drb_joy With our idyllic summer of 2007 in Maine winding down to a precious few days, I visited my knitting buddy Joy in Freeport and gave her a pair of what I call "Happy Sox" (www.mollyhutchins.com of Boothbay Harbor, Maine).  They're made in Vermont of cotton and nylon and always bring lots of comments.  Joy immediately put her new pair on and here we are modeling them.


Bracelet_1 Bracelet_w Here, too, are my latest creations, my Sea Urchin Bracelets.  They're actually macrame (remember that from the 70's?  with scores of vintage beads (lots of leaves and flowers) and each has some very special handmade lampworked (torch fired) beads, too.  The closure on one is a large ceramic bead and the other is a button I purchased last year in Galway, Ireland. They look like you're wearing this multi-faceted ruffle on your wrist.  Lots of fun. (Click on the photos to see larger versions.)


Fiber Tours ... read all about 'em!

This October will be our third annual trip to the west coast of Ireland where I'll be teaching a 3 day workshop on knitting as part of an 11 day tour of Ireland.  A big highlight of the tour will be our visit to the huge Knit 'n Stitch Show in Dublin.  This is about the biggest fiber/stitchery show, having venues in London and Edinburgh as well.  Our tour is full but if you'd like to read an article from Belle Armoire magazine about our 2005 trip, click on  the "Articles about Tours" in my categories section.

You can also read an article from Knitting Style magazine about our trip to Australia and New Zealand.  I had 23 people on the trip...quite a handful!

Am already starting to get excited about next year's trip/tour/workshop which will to be Isle of Skye in Scotland (September 2008).  Stay tuned!   


My fall classes at Star's Beads

I will be teaching two classes this Fall at Star's Beads, 139A Church Street in Vienna, Va.  (www.starsbeads.com) Tel. (703) 938-7018.  Learn to make your own special creation!
 

Frothandglitznecklace

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Whip up a concoction of fun fibers and vintage beads and weave into a funky necklace. Use beads from your stash or even old jewelry. Great for all levels of beaders. Simple beading and fringing techniques are used. Funky fiber combos will be available for purchase from instructor or bring your own. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

Oct. 5 Fri. 10:00-4:00 $60.00
Donna Barnako, instructor.
Call 703-938-7018 to register.


Wireworkedbangle_2 Wireworked Bangle – O39
Learn basic wire working techniques and so much more. Students will make several bangles during class in copper, brass and sterling. Techniques covered include coiling, making coiled focal beads, coiling around a focal bead; making jump rings, making dangles in triangle and heart shapes, antiquing with Liver of Sulfur, hardening wire and making a beaded ruffled bead for use as a spacer. Kit fee of $25 will make one sterling bangle and two in copper or brass. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

Oct. 8 Mon. 10:00-4:00 $60.00
(Columbus Day Holiday!)
Donna Barnako, instructor. Kit fee, $25.00
Call 703-938-7018 to register. 

Here's a link to the Star's Beads store Web site.