Ojai Artisans Member Lori Zimmermann will teach a new class at Artful Living on September 19 from 3-5 p.m.
In just a couple of hours, you can begin your own garden of colorful embellished flowers made from recycled wool sweaters. Learn to needle felt layers cut from felted sweaters together, add some simple hand embroidery stitches, and top it off with a vintage button or purchased felt embellishment.
These little gems will add a touch of whimsy and spice to a hat, purse, clutch, headband, lapel, glasses case, scarf, pillow, or lampshade. Once you get started, you’ll dream up endless possibilities for adding these wilt-free beauties to your life.
Cost: $35 Optional $8 materials fee (for more felt and things to take home!)
Please bring to class:
Good fabric shears and pinking shears (if you have them) Ruler Black Fine Point Sharpie Any favorite buttons or embellishments you want to use
To sign up, stop by Artful Living at 107 South Signal Street (across from the post office) or call them at 640-0080.
Musoma, Tanzania is a city of over 100,000 and is wracked by ignorance, poverty, malnutrition and disease. Most people live on less than $2 a day and struggle to provide the next meal for their families.Theirwater comes from a contaminated lake as does the main industry, fish.There are few paved roads and little electricity.Women typically cook over a few pieces of charcoal if they can afford it.
In March 2010, Ojai Artisan, Peggie Williamson visited Musoma and foundfew working artists and that many of the traditional arts are no longer practiced.Williamson metthree basket makers trying to support large extended families, and bought everything they had made.There is no market for art in Musoma, due to the extreme poverty. She presented their stories and baskets at the monthly meeting of Made in Ojai and the idea of a sister co-op was born.
Ojai Artisans now support the basket makers by selling their work in the store.If successful, the sister co-op will include other artists in Musoma.Not only will this make a transformative difference forpeople who desperately need food, water and shelter, but will help re-establish some lost arts.
Stop by Made in Ojaiat 323 E. MatilijaSt. to see baskets from across the world and learn more about how you can participate in this new project. Store hours are daily from 10:00 a.m.-6:00p.m.
I just finished some of these fun, funky, bright and happy cards and placed them in the store. The flowers are pins that can be removed and worn on a lapel, sweater, hat, or anywhere your mom needs a bit of funk and fun.
Also available are some felt flower magnets to create a spring garden in your kitchen:
At our second Sunday artisan fair! Join us in person at the shop to see some of our artists at work every second Sunday of the month! Our next artisan fair will be April 11th. Here are some photos of our March second Sunday event....
Kristen Droney. Guests making wish flags for our "Wishful Thinking" event.
We are both an artists' collective (Ojai Artisans) and a gift shop exclusively selling local products (Ojai Mercantile.) Everyone who works in our shop is one of our 36 member artists! This will be a place to let you know about us and our goings on!