I had the most wonderful weekend attending Birdsong at Karla's cottage. Karla is such a wonderful hostess attending to every little detail and making each one of us feel right at home. It was an event that felt like a gathering of friends.
We had a great group of incredibly talented women - from the teachers right on down to the students. The classes were awesome - I learned lots of new techniques that I can't wait to try again. I just can't say enough good things about this whole weekend!
The first class was an adorable crepe paper tree taught by Carol Spinski. I need to tweak mine a little and add a few decorations but Carol was just a complete delight. Not only did she teach us the technique for the tree but also showed us how to make a wreath, a corsage and several flowers too. I can't wait to make more of these trees in different colors for upcoming holidays.
Our second class was to make two lampshade/sconce shades taught by Debbie Dusenberry. Debbie supplied us with wire frames, the linen with the vintage pictures and all kinds of embellishments to use on our projects. I only completed one shade and I *may* embellish mine a little more but I really am happy the way my shade turned out. I wish I had taken pictures of some of the more elaborate shades - each one was so different and so beautiful!
Debbie also brought along her beautiful sidekick Pearl.
Lisa McIlvain taught the third class of the weekend. She gave us a loom and supplied us with all kinds of fabrics to use to weave this adorable bag! I love, love, love mine! I still need to add a handle but I just think it turned out so beautiful. (I can say that about my project, right?)
The sample she made had a grapevine handle, and other embellishments as shown here in a picture that I'm using from Karla's blog.
The final class for the weekend was a Nest Banner taught by Karla herself. I finished all my letters but haven't quite made them into a banner just yet. These too, I just love!
I wish I had taken more photos during the event but honestly, I was just enjoying myself too much and trying to take it all in. Be sure to click on all the links and visit the other blogs - you won't be disappointed!
Next post I will show you the bird I made for the frilly bird swap and a picture of the sweet prize I won!