May 10, 2012

May 2012

Just back from diving in of the things that strikes me the most is the color of the But like no other blue you have ever seen...varies shades of blue that gracefully merge within from sandy light aqua to the deepest darkest blue...calming. We have about an hour boat ride to the dive site...all the way I over look the water with all its beauty......calm blue water.
photo by Mike Goins..notice the diver in the lower left corner!?
Blue is the coolest color - the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. A pure blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. Blue gives a feeling of distance. Artists use it to to show perspective. This is a good way to understand the energy of the color blue - it allows us to look beyond and increase our perspective outward. It contains a cool vibration that is helpful to communication.
The vibration if blue can be used to open energy flow where it is blocked. Using blue to relax will encourage feelings of communication and peace.

Right before my travels to Mexico, I was in Ohio, teaching a lovely group of students through Pam Rowe. I was so fortunate because they were all returning students!! Yeah!!
 missing Barbara- she was kind enough to take the photo!!
Chun Woo~ Spring Rain or Gift from Above was our project we created together!
She is Ling Li's sister and btw- coming to you as online classes next hold tight- they're coming!!
 Here are the girl's pieces- fabulous!!

The girls learned needlesculpting in cloth, making and inserting the eyes, and doing an overlay in cloth. Plus costuming and all those little details- fun fun fun!

~special thank you to Pam and Jim for being rockin' great hosts!

Since this E-News is about blue and water..thought I would share close-ups of Chun Woo's Raindrop Hat with you!
raindrop hat from vintage kimono fabric
Backside- gathered raindrops
Nothing is iconic as the American blue jean...I love my jeans...any Colorado girl has gotta have her favorite jeans and her pair of boots...cowboy boots that is! is such a fabulous and sturdy fabric- even well lends itself to many different forms of re-use...from delightful...
by Gary Harvey more info below...
to these blue jean coasters!
link here to make your own- easy peasy!
or an elegant necklace
link here for more information and more items!

Part of my love of dollmaking is sharing it with others..inspiring others...teaching...this month Simone, the 11 year who comes for weekly lessons, and I hand-dyed yarn...she brought in varies natural yarns.
wool and bamboo yarns. we unwrapped them
and put them into larger tied loops ready for dye.
dyed with procion dyes that Simone had painted on. drying in the sun
final yarns, rolled into balls and ready for the next step!
So we tried crocheting..not quite her week knitting! We have just got to use these luscious yarns!

Taking it further and making it into fabulous!!
Taking that extra step in the details and overall appearance to create an illusion from the all about love of the project...

Gary Harvey, a creative director put together these gorgeous eco-friendly pieces that were featured at the Estethica Exhibition at London Fashion Week in February of 2007. Gary’s stunning dresses, all inspired by the drama and proportion you find in vintage couture and all made out of recycled clothing. link here to see more

where to go?? what to do?? how to create beyond your dreams??

2012 Classes at ROotie
Classes are held at ROotie StudiO
1855 South Pearl St #5 Denver, CO 80210 303-996-0655
Class Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
~One day classes $69  ~Two Day Classes $115 ~Private Lesson  $65/hour
*Series of Classes  Traveling Dates  ROotie StudiO Dates  Studio Closed
*   Mama’s Sewing Box-Inner Boxes
May 26-27

June 11-15
*   Veg Head Dolls -Cecelia Strawberry
June 30- July 1

*   Mama’s Sewing Box-Pincushion & Scissor Holder
July 14-15
*   Veg Head Dolls- TBD
July 28-29

Personal Studio Time
July 31-Aug 3
Ling Li or Chun Woo
August 10-11
Ling Li’s Carrying Case
August 12
Personal Studio Time
Aug 20- Sept 26
Sept 27-30


Stamford, CT

Oct 1-3
October  4- 8
Oct 27-28
Piecemakers CA
*   Mama’s Sewing Box-Needlcase-2 small Needlecases
Nov 3-4

Surprise Holiday Doll!!
Nov 17-18

ROotie Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel a confirmed workshop for any reason, the following will apply:
 ~More than a week before start date: No charge
~Less than one week before start date: ½ Class Fee charged + kit/pattern/shipping fee
~24 hours or less before class start: Full Class fee charged + kit/pattern/shipping fee
All other Venues will have their own Cancellation Policies

over the next couple months... is being re-newed and re-invented!
great new things are in store for us all!
If you would like to purchase a pattern, fabric,
or just want to say hi
you can contact me here email Leslie
Change the rules...
ha! sometimes all you have to do is change your perspective!
...and a vacation sure can help!

until next month- use the color blue in something!