Ladies night out: Do you need to relax?

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As most creative people, I have a ton of interests, and want to get my hands on everything, and a few years ago that’s exactly what I did. My studio was brimming with yarn, jewelry making supplies, paints, cameras, and really anything that you could think of. And while my studio is still packed to the gills with who knows what, I realized that if I wanted to be really good at something I needed to focus.

 

I settled on weaving, and off I went. That doesn’t mean that I don’t ever play with other materials, when I need a new piece of jewelry, I make myself some, I spend a lot of time photographing my work, vacations, and events, but I had put the paints away.

Then the other weekend happened. It was one of the first nice spring weekends, I wanted to create, but I didn’t want to be inside, and my loom, isn’t going to see the light of day until we move.

I had a strong urge to paint, but was trying to ignore it, then I asked myself why?

 

Here were a few of my excuses:

– I didn’t feel like spending the money, because in my head I needed a giant canvas

– It had been so long since, I’d painted, did I really know what I was doing?

– I should be spending my time weaving, or putting my laundry away ( still haven’t gotten around to that one)

 

Well the urge wouldn’t go away, so I gave in, got in the car, bought not one but two giant canvases, set up a table out on the deck and went to town. And can I tell you something? I had so much fun.

It was relaxing, fun, freeing. Painting has a wonderful way of calming you down, making you forget everything that you have to do, and making you feel more like a child.

I didn’t want to stop , so I didn’t , I kept adding layers. That’s the other great thing about painting, if you mess up, you can just paint over it, it doesn’t matter. It’s finished when you say it’s finished.

 

When it comes to painting, or making any art for yourself, you probably have a lot of the same excuses that I did.  I’m here to tell you , ditch the excuses and give yourself a chance. It’s like taking a mini vacation, without having to pack, drive, or sit in traffic.

It doesn’t matter if you ” know” what your doing. It’s about the process, the experience, the freedom. The finished piece is just a bonus.

So while I was at the craft store buying my giant canvas, it was the last day of a huge sale on ( you guessed it) canvases. So I went a little crazy, and filled my cart, really I would have bought more, if more would have fit into the cart. ( Note to AC Moore , get bigger carts, and I”ll give you more money)

And while I”m sure that over time I can cover them all with paint,  I’d rather share them, and the experience with you. So toss all of your excuses out the window, grab your favorite bottle of wine, and let’s paint. Let’s relax, laugh, rejuvenate.

When: Sunday June 22nd 4-6pm

Where: 154 N Prince St, Lancaster

 

This is an evening of wine (BYOB) we’ll have cups, snacks, and bottle openers, painting, and friends. That’s right, what can go wrong when wine and paint are involved?

Ladies this one is for you, it’s your night out.

Feel free to look cute if that’s your thing, or put on your yoga pants, a t-shirt, and slippers if that’s what will get you out the door. I’ll supply everything that you need. ( paints, canvas, instruction, snacks, and wine) And don’t worry, if you want to come out for an evening of fun, but  prefer to sip water, or tea, that’s fine.


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“Every child is an artist, the problem is remaining one when we grow up.” Picasso

As a teacher and an artist, I firmly believe that buried deep down inside of you, you have both the desire and ability to be creative, you just need some help setting it free. You may not paint like Picasso, then again you might, but no matter what you feel have fun, feel free and relaxed, and we could all use more of that in our lives.

This is an evening of wine (BYOB) we’ll have cups, snacks, and bottle openers, painting, and friends. That’s right, what can go wrong when wine and paint are involved?

Ladies this one is for you, it’s your night out.

Feel free to look cute if that’s your thing, or put on your yoga pants, a t-shirt, and slippers if that’s what will get you out the door. I’ll supply everything that you need. ( paints, canvas, instruction, snacks, and wine) And don’t worry, if you want to come out for an evening of fun, but  prefer to sip water, or tea, that’s fine.

Where: 154 N Prince St, Lancaster Pa

When: June 22nd 4-6pm

I’ll be your creative instructor:

 

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Paint night with amber kane

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The Gift of Making time stop, and blurring the lines between work and Play

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While working in the studio I spend a lot of time listening to podcast, and often listen to interviews about people’s creative and business journeys to success. A common theme is that, at least in the beginning, they spend a lot of time working.

I found myself questioning if I “work” enough to  have that kind of success. What I realized was that I do in fact “work” a lot, but it doesn’t feel like work, because I love what I do. See while these thoughts were going through my head, I had just spent the last 10 hours working on a crochet project, which to me, meant that I hadn’t worked at all that day.

Intro to crochet cowl from amber kane on Vimeo.

So what’s this have to do with you? The reason that I was crocheting all day, was because I was working on some new patterns for a crochet workshop that I’m teaching Sept 7th. When I create a new pattern I usually do it 3-4 different ways, playing with various yarns, crochet hooks, and sizes. I like to truly understand the pattern so that I can make it easy for you to understand. Plus I don’t follow directions or patterns myself, counting rows, and stitches makes crocheting feel like work to me, and well than I don’t want to do it . My goal is to understand a piece inside and out, so that I can make it super easy for you to understand and create. I want you to love crochet as much as I do, I want to give you the gift of having something that blurs the lines of work and play, and stops time.

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I”m in progress of creating crochet lessons that you can take from the comfort of your home, while your curled up on your coach, in your pjs, with a glass of wine. But until those are finished you’re just going to have to come and hang out with me and some other fun people in person.

To register and get your supply list, click here. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to send you a response.

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DIY Crochet for you and your kids!

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Sometimes I just want something easy and fast to make, and these dish towels are the perfect thing. You can make one while watching your favorite show.

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 What you need:

– The Sugar n’ Crackin brand it good for dish clothes, but you could use whatever you like.

– crochet hook size 10

Crocheted Dish Towels

I wanted to make this nice and easy, so I used chain and double crochet. If you already know those stitches, here’s what you need to do. Chain 25 stitches then do double crochet for 12 rows.

If you don’t know how to do the chain stich or the double crochet, please watch the videos below.

While you’re working on crocheting your dish towels, have your children pull up a chair with a ball of yarn and learn how to crochet. It’s really simple. Watch the video below for instructions:

how to finger crochet from amber kane on Vimeo.

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How I make a Scarf : Welcome to my studio

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I don’t know about you, but I love getting to see into the offices and studios of people’s work that I love. Last week, Marie Forleo pulled back the curtain and let everyone see her office space… or her living room and kitchen! It was really cool to see that she is running a hugely successful business  by sitting with her laptop in the comfort of her own home.

So today, I’m welcoming you into my studio, and giving you a little weaving lesson. No worries, you won’t be tested at the end. Grab your coffee, and get ready to watch what I like to call, my muse and I workin’ some magic!

amber kane handwoven cotton scarf

 

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My tools:

I wish that I could say that I have an extremely organized system, but I don’t. My main go to tools are or course my Nilus Leclerc floor loom. Other tools that I use a lot, a shuttle, bobbins, yarn (lots of it) and crochet hooks.

I make an effort to keep a basket on the floor right beside my loom that has the main essentials for weaving. I keep my shuttle, empty bobbins, a comb, scissors, and my crochet hooks in the basket. I like to have everything out in the open where I can see it and grab it as I go. Why a comb you may ask. When putting the yarn onto the loom it tends to a get tangled. The easiest way to smooth the tangles is to simply comb it like you would your hair.

I buy almost all of my yarn from a local shop called The Mannings. It’s a dream come true for any yarn lover. I also pick up random materials here and there as I see them and think that they could add an interesting texture or design to a scarf

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So Tell me what surprised you? What did you learn? No really, tell me!

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DIY Fabric Surface Design with Discharge Paste

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A few months ago I was introduced to the wonderful process of discharge dying. The basic concept is that you paint discharge paste onto the surface of your fabric and can create fun patterns. You can either leave the area where you painted the off white color that is left behind from the discharge paste, or you can introduce a new color. ( I haven’t tried this adding new color yet )

_DSC0034 I wanted to add some fun surface design to this piece. I used packing tape to create a pattern. Well not really much of an organized pattern but some guidelines no less. So wherever the fabric was exposed I painted a nice layer of discharge paste.  Make sure to use a lot of the paste, you want the fabric to be soaked the whole way through with the paste, otherwise your design will only appear on one side, and will leave small random marks on the other side. This can be done with a sponge, stencil, or free hand with a paintbrush. But I found it easier to use the tape and have to pattern laid out of the whole the piece. The discharge paste, really is that, a paste, so it works well with stencils, as it is thick enough that it doesn’t spread under your stencil edges.

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Next you have to let it dry. This is the part that is hard for me. I get excited to see the result and don’t like waiting for it to dry. But it does work much better if you give it time to dry. I painted this  piece in the evening and then let it dry overnight, so that it was ready to go when I woke up the next morning.

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The packing tape worked well as a mask. It was sticky enough that it didn’t allow the discharge paste to seep under it. But it also came off of the fabric easily, without leaving any marks, or pulling on the threads.

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Once the piece is dry, it’s time to add the heat, and see your pattern emerge. I love this part! ( warning, it does not smell good ) The longer the heat is on the piece, the more the fabric will discharge. I use mine on the setting to steam cotton. You will need to make adjustments based on what type of material you’re working with. If this your first time, I also recommend that you try a small sample piece. Not all colors and fibers discharge equally, so you want to be sure that you’re going to be happy with the result.

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Check out this video to see me in action. This is super fast paced, but you should be able to get the feel for the process.

 

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