WOW! AFF was amazing! I don't know where to begin... I'm sure it's gonna take more than one post to cover it all.
Why don't I start with this photo, one of my favorites. I was painting backgrounds in Lisa Englebrect's class and noticed that I'd smeared some pretty stuff on my hands. Sort of symbolizes what AFF is about -- getting to dig in and create!
My first class was Alma Stoller's Fabric Oddities. She taught us a lot of cool little goodies -- she has so many ideas popping from her brain! I had last-minute sewing machine troubles, but Alma graciously let me use (and abuse) her Bernina to do the free motion embroidery for the chunky beads.
These are beads that my table mate, Carol, and I created. The chunky beads have the caps on the ends, and the eye candy beads are "slinky" fabrics that are simply wrapped and then dolled up. My eye candy bead is the super-long blue one, and my chunky bead is at lower left.
Alma showed us a lot of other stuff, but most people went to town with the beads. Here are Tracie Lampe's beads (what a fast worker she is!):
Don't you love the mushroom?
After class, I went out to the bead store and made sure I bought earring findings (among many other goodies!) so that I could make earrings that night. (I'd forgotten to pack some earrings, and I wasn't about to go "naked" at AFF!)
Somebody (I wish I'd written down who!) made a spectacular chunky bead after class, and displayed it at show-and-tell Saturday night:
I'm pretty sure the caps on the tassels are felted wool. And notice the yo-yos! Now that's taking the ball and running with it!
Well, I'll post more later. Gotta go return the rental car now....
P.S. Ross came down with the chickenpox last night. He's feeling fine, except for being itchy. The rash isn't very large or widespread. He had the vaccine, so I assume this'll be a mild case. At least he had the good sense to wait until I came home!