Posts tagged ‘Project’

January 6, 2011

Threads::One World One Cloth

by heatherkp

Back in 2001 shortly after 9-11 The Thread Project’s founder, Terry Helwig had the vision to collect and weave together threads for panels representing the 7diverse continents of the world,.  Her vision was quickly turned into reality when a weaver friend offered to weave one of the first panels and help her to get the word out to find other weavers.  I was lucky enough to be invited in 2002 to be one of the weavers for this fantastic global peace keeping project.  The first cloth woven “Hope Materializing”  consists of 7 purple warp panels (each woven by a different weaver) and the weft threads came from across the globe.  I also worked as a “thread ambassador” and along with a local social studies teacher we collected threads from his students and the project was used as a teaching aide for Dave’s class.  I then wove these together with other threads collected from around the world.

Each of the 7 cloths is a different color, has a different title and represents a different message all signifying the overall message that there can be unity in diversity.  “This fabric of humanity, woven from the bits and pieces of people’s lives, offers a rich and textured experience. The cloths, imbued with a resonance analogous to the great tapestry of life, identify the common thread running through humanity: All people love, hope, dream and hurt.”-Terry Helwig, Founder

I am sharing this now because this year marks the 10 year anniversary of 9-11 and I hope that this project can be a symbol of how such a global world can be united in diversity.  A new Facebook page has been created for the project in hopes of connecting with those many people who were weavers, thread ambassadors, contributors or viewers of this powerful project.  Please share this project with others and help us to connect the threads.

The Thread Project: One World One Cloth still needs a permanent home, if you know of an agency or organization that might be a good match please get in touch through the website, the Facebook page or here in the comments.

 

December 7, 2010

Take Out Tuesday: Snow Globe Holiday Cards

by heatherkp

In today’s take out I’m sharing a behind the scene of my holiday cards this year.  Every other year I make all my cards, usually between 50-75 handmade cards so I try to keep it pretty simple.  I had the idea of making snow globes and here are 3 photo’s that illustrate how simple this project really is!  There are a lot of variations on this idea that would work so enjoy and make it your own.

What’s a snow globe without a snowman?  I didn’t have a snowman stamp and I didn’t feel like cutting out any more circles so I carved a quick snowman rubber stamp.  I keep a few blank rubber stamp bases around to use for these sort of projects.  The other tools include a pencil or pen to draw the image on, an xacto knife to cut the stamp down to size and to outline around the drawn image and linolium block carving tools to carve the block.  I start with the smallest tool and outline the image and move my way outward and use the larger size for the large blank areas.  Remember the image will be in reverse!  I once carved the word “celebrate” in a linoleum block only to realize half way through I didn’t reverse it, wow what a waste of time!

For the snow globes I cut circles a little smaller than my card base.  I am using a card that’s 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, the globes are 3″ diameter.  These backgrounds are can be anything from a plain solid color to magazine images, scrap booking paper or photo’s of your family or pets (that would be cute!).  For the base I kept it simple and cut out brown rectangles about 2 1/4″, then I folded them gently in half and cut a small angle on the ends to give them a wider base.  Simple!  Glue down the globe pieces first, then the bases and your ready to add images, embellish etc.

Once you assemble the basic globe have fun embellishing them.  Here I used my snowman stamp, added some words to the base, some sequins and beads and little fuzzy balls for the buttons.  I’m also making some with embossed images, glitter and whatever else I can come up with.  Have fun and if you make some cards like this I’d love to see them, please let me know!