---History of Magic (HoM): I have not failed. I have found 1,000 ways that won't work. - T. Edison
This semester in History of Magic, instead of focusing on the famous talented witches and wizards you all know, we will be focusing on the epic failures. We only learn by failing, so these are some very wise wizards. On your way to class, check out the Tapestry on the 7th floor of Barnabas the Barmy. In his time at Hogwarts, Barnabas was known for his flair for the dramatic, and persistence in the eye of failure. The tapestry features his ballet company made up of 8 trolls, dressed in sparkling tutus, surrounding their director with raised clubs. It seems that trolls make very temperamental dancers. It is unclear if poor Barnabas survived opening night, or emigrated to the states and changed his name to Barnum.
The glory is in the attempt. This semester you are encouraged to take a risk whether the project is successful or not. Alternately you can take a previous failure and attempt to repair it, or to find a new purpose for it. Maybe you can change up the ingredients in a failed potion, and this time it will work. Take that sweater you made that didn't fit right and turn it into a cushion.
this was the first time I had made a prayer flag. each person created a list of words, then each of their partners was assigned one. You created 4 flags to send, then an additional one for yourself. the fabric background was 6x8, but the materials to be used were open. paint, embroidery, beads, ribbon,..... I loved the variety of technique, and interpretation that came out of this. I think it encouraged me to stretch, and be more abstract. the results are beautiful and unexpected. This was very different then the more realistic drawings I usually do.
I wanted this to be strong and graceful. I drew the figure in a yoga pose, then a mandala on the reverse side so the color would bleed through. the lace at the bottom was hand crochet, with a glass bead to add weight.
as part of the swap, you also created one for yourself. I stenciled a hummingbird and flowers, and I liked the simplicity
For this I wanted it bright and surreal.the flower and humming bird as on the peace flag, were stenciled onto white fabric, then the face was drawn with sharpies. this seemed a bit much at first, but once it was appliqued onto a strong background I think it balanced it out. it's embellished with beads and embroidery to make it bold and vibrant.
I loved this starry night fabric when I bought it at Joann fabrics. I had this idea of the moon being in love with the stars, so I embroidered the face onto cream felt, and appliqued it onto the blue sky. I further embellished it with gold beads and yellow thread
To inspire this one, I looked up definitions of acceptance. my favorite was 'to be at rest with oneself'. I used a different section of the starry night fabric that had a cluster of buildings. I liked the idea of community. then embroidered the definitions into the sky along with gold beads.
The flags I received may have come from different partners, but there is also a connection between them. the conversations between this group of swappers was also encouraging and supportive. check out the gallery!
I've got one really clear idea that i've started, but i'm still kicking around a 2nd idea. i'm terrible at estimating how long a project will take.
i did a doctor who patch for the tesha moore patch swap and i found doctor who fabric at Joann fabrics. they had a couple prints in cotton, and a couple in fleece. i had to buy a little of each even though i had no plan for them, so the patch was perfect for it.
love love love this, but it doesn't fit with my plan this time.
Erinaquaheart- time in the hospital is no fun, but i'm glad it's such a positive step forward for you!
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My husband and I were teaching crafts for the preschoolers at vacation bible school this year. The theme was "thailand trek". the kids learned about how kids there live, and the offering went to missions there. In decorating my classroom, i created a cozy corner for introducing the craft before going to the work area, some of the kids thought it was a great nap area...
I found beach mats at a garage sale to use as my bamboo floor, colorful pillow cases at good will, and i raided my daughters room for the chandilier and tie dye sheets. origionally the sheets were going to hang from a hula hoop, but it didn't work out, so i put safety pins around the top edge of the sheet, hooked a paper clip through it, and bent the other end of that paper clip my husband used those to hang onto the metal ceiling grid. we also hung garland from a previous years hawaiian theme with paperclips.it stayed up all week! .
book recommendation-thinking exotic, tents and travel, i'm reading "the rangers apprentice" by john flanagan. it's a fiction series that is in roughly middle ages. sword fights, adventure, appropriate for middle schoolers but entertaining if your a bit older.
challenge-quidditch-prematch pep talk house-gryffindor spew-vbs project- tissue paper flowers
in high school, we made tons of small kleenex flowers for various events. to add more color to our classroom, making the work area more cheerful, we made a dozen large flowers using sheets of tissue paper. we stuck them to the wall with tape i wish i had taken a picture of all the flowers together.
opps! i missed the quidditch deadline so i'm resubmitting
class-charms house-gryffindor project-charms
My online cancer support group has a encouragment/memory book that is being mailed around. you add a page and send it on. Braide passed away before he recieved the book, so i offered to create a page for him. I used pictures downloaded from his facebook page, along with some of his posts.
my favorite was " to show this cancer who is the boss of me, I proposed.....keep living and get on with life..." the pictures are from his wedding in new zeland along with some of his wood carvings.
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Our campground has a little library for free bokks. I was donating a few , and decided to abandon a few bookmarks as well. I cut a piece of watercolorpaper into long strips and experimented with stamps and watercolors.
for the one awesome harry potter thing swap, my partner meantioned that the moving stairs reminded her of a drawing by mc escher.
i studied it to get the angles, and mixed perspective, then added details and watercolors to change it into hogwarts. it was a challenge and i was so glad she liked it.
class/challenge-quidditch, prep the pitch house-gryffindor spew-yes, acc warriors project-memory page
an online cancer support group i belong to started a project several months ago. we are creating an encouragement book, when you recived the book in the mail, you create a page to share your story and encourage others. then you mail it to the next person on the list. a gentleman from new zealand who was on the list passed away before recieving it, so i offered to create a page for him. i got pictures and some quotes from his facebook page. the picture on the left was actually in the doorway. i trimmed a 2nd print of the photo to use as a frame for the picture on the right. the center embellishments are photos of his woodworking.
my favorite quote from him "to show this cancer who is boss, i proposed on christmas day and we are geting married next month, so stuff this cancer, keep living and get on with life. don't lay down and go belly up to the beast.
He died a few weeks after his wedding, but i'm hoping that the memory of how happy he was at his wedding will be a joyful reminder of him, and his part in our group.
i recieved from legatostroke today! she had problems with the shop that fired the pieces for her, so i knew she wo8uld be sending late, and she had sent a set of bracelets on ahead.
the final piece was this set of dishes with the quote, and patterns stamped into the clay, as well as a clay pendant
the scripture is from my wedding invitation. i thought about placing them on my dresser, but the bright colors go so well with the fiestaware in my kitchen. they are really pretty, i have no skill with ceramics, so so i really appreciate your work.
i recieved this awesome awesome awesome bag from audania1 today. It's plenty big for my ipad and a notebook for work amoung the mugles, and has a couple big pockets inside. the background is silvery blue, and burgandy so it's sophisticated take on a tesha moore style, but the embroidery is all harry potter. we were really good partners because our skills are in diffrent areas. i couldn't have sewn or embroidered this nearly as well as she did.
this mermaid patch is one of my favorites, i love the tiny stitches and the beads
check out the texture on this whomping willow
and the flames on this dragon!
those are just my favorite patches, thank you for all the work you put into this!