Wednesday, August 23, 2017


I don't know what it is that's so addictive about buttons and beads!  I've been working non-stop on both the past few weeks and finally have something to show for it.  Yeah, I know .... one can just make the button and glaze it with one glaze, but I'm stubborn and want them to look just so.  Soooo, after three to five firings and who knows how many underglazes and glazes, some batches are starting to come out of the kiln for the final time.

Some of these are destined for knits I've been working on and some for the shop when it opens around mid-September.  

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Inspiration: Yarn Bombing

yarn bomb·ing
  1. the action or activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form of street art.

I love looking at all the ways knitters and crocheters come up with to yarn bomb and my favorites are the ones that creatively come up with a way to fit the object being yarn bombed.  Some the best I've seen are made by sisters Lorna and Jill Watt.

Story Time is at the San Mateo Library - it cracks me up how they are from books!

Buttmunchers, in San Francisco.

And their Colossal brings a giant squid to downtown San Mateo, California.

This crocheted rainbow puddle is one of the best yarn bomb ideas I've seen!  It was created by Swedish artist Julia Riordan ....

.... who also crocheted this wonderful heart dispenser!

What better way to cover those ugly, random concrete posts than an R2D2 created by Sarah Rudder in Bellingham, Washington.

And if you've ever been to downtown Portland, Oregon, you've probably seen all the bronze statues.  This lucky little otter doesn't have to shiver through Portland's cold, damp winters any longer thanks to Jessica DeVries and Claudia Martinez.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Easy Colorwork Cowl

Is anyone thinking of autumn yet?  About this time of August, I start daydreaming about the cool, crisp mornings of later September and getting my shawls and cowls ready for snuggling up in!  Last February, I made a cowl for the Rose City Mystery Knit Along that was one of the most fun projects I've worked on in a long time - lots of different interesting stitches that are exciting to see how they turn out.  I know, it looks like a complicated colorwork pattern, but it's not!  There's no carrying strands or following charts, even though it looks like it.

The pattern is Klickitat Street Cowl by Casapinka and is available here through Ravelry.  I used Northbound Knitting's Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering Yarn in Papyrus and Flotsam.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Beginnings

Hello everyone!  I've been away from Art Threads for so long, this feels like a new beginning!  I've been working at getting the studio in shape (much more work than I anticipated), helping with a new grandson's arrival, and taking a bit of time off to reconnect with something I love to do but haven't had much time for in the past ten years.  Today I have photos of the studio (it's still a work in progress, though) and some big news!

The Studio.

The upstairs of the studio is designed for fiber arts.  It's almost done - there are just a few things we're waiting to have built and a few organizing items we're waiting for inspiration on.  Ordinarily we have fantastically clear views of the mountains, however we have quite a bit of smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia.

I've been continuing to quilt, sew, and knit while I've been away and have a lot to show you all in future posts!

The downstairs is a ceramics studio!  I know .... you haven't really seen much of that on this blog except for the random button here and there.  Unless you've read the "About Me" section, you probably just thought of me as a fiber artist, however, I originally thought I'd go into ceramics.  I've studied with many fantastic ceramic artists in Oregon and Arizona and can spend hours working with clay!

The News.

Starting in September, I will be selling my hand sculpted ceramic beads, pendants, buttons, and other jewelry findings on my own website!  I'm anticipating that the autumn collection will be out sometime around the second week of September - I'll keep you posted on exactly when it it is!  You can follow my progress on Facebook and Instagram (@deborahschlegelstudios)  as well as on this blog.  Until then, here's a sneak peek at some of the goodies I've been working on:

And if you're local to me (Vernonia, Oregon area), I will also have an 8 week long beginning clay class for grades 1 through 6 starting on September 18th!  There will be more information on my website as soon as it goes live at the beginning of September.

I'm excited to be back with the blog and for all the new changes coming!  If you have any questions, ask in the comments section and I'll get them answered.  And don't worry - the blog will continue to have lots and lots of fiber art!

Happy Creating!  Deborah