Monday, November 21, 2011

November meeting

Hang on Every Word
The craft / lettering program for November used both our lettering skills and our crafting abilities. We created Christmas word hangings.  But first, Fay demonstrated how to make paper beads so that we would have some added interest and textures in our projects.

Violet's paper beads drying

Bev demonstrated a new product she found in Bellingham at Stampadoodle, a magnetic ruler and magnetic cutting mat that makes precise cutting so much easier as the ruler also holds the paper in place.  A related product is a ruler with attachable cutters which will make long decorative cuts, perforations, and scoring, all but eliminating the need for all those decorative scissors we have all dutifully purchased over the years!

Kathleen then explained what we would be doing and showed us the hangings created by the program committee members.

And then it was our turn to play and create a hanging word for Christmas...

 big discussion going on here...

 Jo making some paper beads and adding clear polish as the finishing touch.

 Eileen's almost done.

 some examples of what we did

 Frank and Wilma 


 Margot and Joyce

 Rita's in progress

And there you have it! Thank you to my faithful photographers for the pics. Thanks for the program! and we'll see you all at the Christmas luncheon at Win's. Well, I'll be thinking about all of you exchanging holiday cards, enjoying a scrumptious potluck lunch while I walk along the seaside in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

If anyone is looking for something to do on December 3rd between 2 and 4 p.m., pop by Opus in Langley for the demonstration. Bev will be showing how to dismantle and reconstruct your parallel pen and how to use it for decoration and lettering.  The demo will also feature how to create templates for envelopes using mylar. It will be an interactive demo so bring your scissors and a pencil!

October meeting

The program for the October meeting was looking at NEULAND Nan and Eileen leading the way. It is always good to learn a new lettering style or revisit an old one.  It may not be your favourite one but you don't have to like every one!

Lots of interesting projects were produced during the afternoon.

Nan demonstrating.

Val, Violet, Eileen and Louise watching intently.

 Bev, who long ago decided this was not a favourite hand...

 Jo, working on a card.

 Louise, working hard.

 Margot working on envelopes, a great way to practice.

 Muriel on envelopes as well.

 Pat working on a card.

 Violet practicing.

Win, heads down, practicing.

Thank you to all who attended the meeting and to the photographers in our midst who sent photos for the blog. My apologies for getting behind in posting! that's what a holiday in the UK will do for you I guess! This time, there was not a lot of calligraphy, except for all the work I did for the wedding we attended in Nottingham. We did visit Durham, steeped in calligraphic history with both Cuthbert and Bede's final resting place in the cathedral above the river in this photo.