Thursday, September 29, 2011

Expanding My Creativity

By Diane of Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Design

I have finally removed all the dust from my beautiful sewing machine a couple of weeks ago in hopes that I would soon find just a little glimpse of time in my very busy schedule to finally learn to sew. I thought I could teach myself but it just did not work for me so I signed up for a class at The Eliot School where I work for a beginner's sewing class. I love it! I have made a pillow and a bag in my first three weeks of class. I am now taking on the challenge to make something by using a pattern. I am truly thrilled about the future prospects of sewing my own clothes the way I want them to be designed. With that being said, I believe, as artists it is very important to not only be skilled in your own crafted but also to take the time to explore others. You never know what will come of it!

My yarn bag that I made is truly a giant tote bag. I am looking forward to filling it with my beautiful hand dyed yarns for the winter!

My pillow I made during my first day of class and now it's on my bed as my reading pillow.

This is what I will be working on next for my friends who will be expecting a bundle of joy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Eliot School Fashion Show

Friday, September 30, 8:00 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM
First Church UU, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain MA
Tickets $10 at the door or at

Celebrate Fall Fashion week with a community flair. The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain fetes lead sewing teacher Carol Price with an array of her sophisticated designs and exotic prints. Her students will also show their work. The Fashion Show brings the community together, featuring local models and businesses. Local hat purveyor Salmagundi will contribute hats and accessories.

The Fashion Show builds on the successes of the Sewing and Fiber Arts Department this year at the Eliot School, which offers classes for all ages at its Jamaica Plain schoolhouse. Carol Price grew up in Dorchester and learned to sew at age 8 from her dad, a tailor. Thin and tall, she excelled at altering, then creating her own clothes. She has taught at the Eliot School since 2005.

What sets her apart from this year’s Fashion Week designers? “I like to say that the ability to sew empowers me to express my individuality. Being able to sew frees me from the mainstream.” Ms. Price designs apparel, handbags, drapes, pillows and dolls.

This event is sponsored by The Boston Foundation through its Action Fund.
A reception will follow next door at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot Street, with live jazz by The Handy Experience. Refreshments will be served.