|Close-up of the New World Rose - Santa Maria Block by Mercy Arrastia Savage|
First the BIG news. I am honored beyond words to have been invited to The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy (TESAA) as a Guest Artist in 2014. I will be teaching my original, Baltimore-style block, The Santa Maria.
|Santa Maria by Mercy Arrastia Savage|
|Ultra-thin stem - part of my TESAA Workshop|
Personally and professionally, I am very blessed. This has been an incredible year. In a few months, my office will be relocating to a bigger, better facility one county north to accommodate expanding business. This required my husband and I to move or I would have been stuck with an unbearable commute. We found that perfect home for us. It's still in Miami but in a much more central location. Plus, it's much smaller so for me it's a dream. Way less upkeep and responsibility! So much more time for the fun stuff!! Of course, this dream needed a lot of work - new floors, new appliances, new laundry room, new A/C, new electrical, new...well you get the idea. There are still quite a bit of projects but they are all my husband's domain. I finally finished the unpacking and organizing and am in my new sewing room!
|Wreath I began in class with Elly Sienkiewicz at TESAA 2103|
|Rose made from gathered french wire silk ribbon.|
Made in class with Elly Sienkiewiz at TESAA 2013
The second block was also started in class with Elly. It will be a basket filled with flowers. Right now it's just a basket. I made the slats by appliqueing down lengths of shaded french wired ribbon. I left the wire in while I basted the strips of ribbon down. I then removed the wire and appliqued the edge.I made the brim by braiding three different colors of Hannah silk ribbon. I love how it turned out.
But, I must confess it was not my idea. It was my friend Faye Labaneris' idea. If you are not familiar with her or her work - check out her website www.fayelabanaris.com. She has authored several books for AQS and is a very talented needle artist. She will be vending and teaching at TESAA 2014.
Well, that's all for now. Hopefully, I will be able to get into more of a routine quickly and find even more time for stitching and keeping up with all of you.
Until next time...
Mercy in Miami