Amy Hanna's Wonderful Class
The first one I made, I started with a denim base to which I stitched on bits and pieces of painted canvas that was made especially for this class by Jennifer Mercede and Pam Garrison. I started with a silver buckle but ended up changing it to a yellow buckle mid-stream.
Here is how the canvases looked before they were cut up for students to use. So cool, right? (For those of you who have asked, yes, Jennifer Mercede will be teaching again in Studio CRESCENDOh in 2013 so stay tuned to our master calendar!)
Amy did a fantastic job teaching not only how to make cuffs, but also belts and straps.
We all delighted in seeing some of the samples that she brought to class like these ...
And then we all just about died when she showed us how she applied the same principles to rock out her camera strap. How cool is this?
The second cuff I made started with a metal cuff that I bought from Amy's stash. I had been carrying around a tintype that my buddy Stephanie Rubiano had given me and so I attached it to the cuff with a bit of E-6000 and then added a little bit of vintage trim at the top. So cute, right? The third cuff I made was with a long strip of gray suede to which i stitched on a bit ob bling. I just wrap that one twice around my (freakishly small) wrist and double knot it. I love how all three of these look when worn together.
In the afternoon, after lunch, Amy's husband Todd came to the studio to help students learn how to attach grommets to leather. How cute are they?
By the end of the class, everyone felt successful. Each of us had one more more fihished project and all of us felt a new wave of creativity that had been unleashed in all of us as we started thinking of all the belts and straps and cuffs we would continue to make.
After class, it was time to celebrate. And celebrate we did with Amy, Todd, and sweet Dori who came all the way from northern California to experience this wonderful class.
What a fantastic day we all had. Not just because we made rockin' art, but because we were all made to feel very special by the talented Amy who has a special knack at making everyone feel great.