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Saturday, August 18, 2018

American Sewing Guild Conference 2018

We were fortunate to be asked to participate in the American Sewing Guild Conference that was held at the Westgate Hotel and Casino on July 12th through the 15th.  Mary Ann Racheau, one of our newest guild members and who is also a member of the ASG suggested our Guild to the Marie Trevino, President of the ASG to be an exhibitor in the conference.

What a great experience it was!  So many notions, buttons, patterns, fabrics, and machines to look at.  It made our eyes glass over.   

Besides all the sewing related mechandise, there were different classes in making apparel, bags, batik, and more.  Mary Ann taught 4 classes during the conference.





The last time the conference was held in Las Vegas was in 2009, so it was a treat to be able to be a part of this one. Here are some of the pictures from the conference.







Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Holy Crafts! An Exhibition by Members of The Las Vegas Crafters Guild - Summerlin Library Art Gallery


 
We are so fortunate to be invited once again by Darren Johnson, Curator  and Bee Aspinall, Gallery Coordinator to show our works at the Summerlin Library Art Gallery.  Our exhibition opened on June 14th and will be on display until August 26th. 
          
Crafts as a whole are not considered "fine art" but a creative process is still involved.  Crafters are artists seen through a different lens.  Our art is more utilitarian and may not withstand the test of time as great masterpieces.  Nonetheless, thought, skill, design and technique are incorporated of our finished pieces.
                                       

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 Spring Boutique Craft Show Pictures

 Denita Whitehead and Teri Felts
 
Baby Boy Wreath
K & S Collage
Hand Puppets by Puppet Cottage - Teri Felts
Knitted Bag - Little Mi
Merriam Olds
Merriam Olds and Beth Pollock at
Central Checkout
Hand Knitted Scarves and Cap by
Uneekcaps - Maria Moya
Music Box with
Detachable Flower Brooch
High Style Boutique- Cathie Godges




 
Marilyn Goo and Cathie Godges
Cindi Clark - CinSiri Glassworks
Lynn Meetz 

Kristin Petronek and Sharon Takahashi
 
Evan Hyde - Former Member and Friend with
Megan Mayes - Jig Organics
Handmade Organic Soap
Jig Organics - Cari & Megan Mayes

Customers Waiting in The Man Cave

Fused Glass Plate
CinSiri Glassworks- Cindi Clark
 Cindi Clark - CinSiri Glassworkds
Vegas Golden Knights Zip Pouches
Purses by Linda - Linda Clark


Pincushions
Stitch Divine - Teri Felts
Handmade Necklace-Lyn Meetz
 
We had to eat
 

Wood and Vinyl Signs
Pearlized Designs - Denita Whitehead



Handmade Card Set
Craty Girl - Beth Pollock
Hand Embroidered Card
Crafty Girl - Beth Pollock
Maria Moya
Uneekcaps
Fabric Bag - North Shore Collection
Gerry Hackney
Dana Russell Writing Up a Purchase

 
Our next show will be in November.







                                                                                      


Friday, April 6, 2018

Rockin Raku and Wine Party - Clay Arts Vegas



On Saturday, February 24th, members of the Las Vegas Crafters Guild got together  at Clay Arts Vegas at 1511 S. Main Street for a Raku glazing and firing party. 

Lynn Meetz put together the gathering for us.  It was a private party for Guild members and invited guests.  The cost was $18.00 per person.

 
We made our selection of vases and bowls that were already pre-fired.  At the glazing table, Peter explained the different glazes provided sample clay chips of what the finished piece would resemble but with raku thereare lots of variations with the finished piece.    Instructions were given on glazing and the firing process. 



Here's a link to  Merriam-Webster's definition of raku: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raku


After glazing our pieces, into the kiln they went.  While they were being fired, we enjoyed wine, sandwiches, Chinese chicken salad, cookies, cheese and crackers. 




Tim did a demonstration on throwing clay on the potter's wheel.


We also worked on making animals using air dried clay with Brandy.
A bit more challenging than just glazing a pot.  The results were from pretty ugly to pretty amazing. 


It was so exciting when the pots came out of the kiln.   They were covered with a mixture of sawdust and paper. 






 
 
Once they cooled off and were washed, it was time for the  big reveal. We did not know what to expect but the results were lovely.


What a great experience!  Several of us are thinking of doing it again.  They have a raku party every month, the second Saturday.  

Here's the link to the shop:
http://clayartsvegas.com/


American Sewing Guild Conference 2018

We were fortunate to be asked to participate in the American Sewing Guild Conference that was held at the Westgate Hotel and Casino on July ...