Annie’s Class Sale!

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I love learning so much that it’s my goal to learn something new every week. I’ve taught myself Java, HTML, iMovie, Photoshop, some CSS, and InDesign. French is next on my list!

I strive to learn new stitches every chance I get because it widens the design possibilities that I’m capable of producing. I also enjoy conquering a technique that has baffled me in the past. Plus it’s just plain fun!

I’ve taken several of Annie’s online classes. They are very well done and I love that I can watch them whenever I want. I can also ask questions if I don’t understand something. They come with projects so you can make something as you learn – it’s a great way to ensure that you remember the technique!

Right now Annie’s is offering 10 classes for just $10 each! Click on over and enter the keycode FLASH17 to get started today.  It’s that easy! But hurry because the sale ends Friday!

Inspiration Wednesday!

Vivid color is always my biggest inspiration.  I will be that colorful little old lady who wears whatever she wants 🙂 much to the embarrassment of my kids. It’s already starting to happen and I really don’t see it toning down anytime soon!

Isn’t this Tencel lovely? It’s a bold and beautiful one of kind hand painted yarn. The fiber artist is from the Eugene Textile Center. She had so many gorgeous choices – it was hard to pick just one! With 550 yards of silky softness, I’m going to have to come up with a design that really shows off the gentle color changes. The yardage is perfect for a shawlette or a pretty infinity scarf.

When working with a variegated yarn Ive found that light and lacy stitches work best. The color changes seem to be more natural and blend better. I know planned pooling is really hot right now but I love the simple beauty of subtle color changes, too!

For now, I am swatching with this beauty – hopefully, I’ll have a new self-published pattern using it soon!

 

Yarn Fest!

I admit  I am a diehard yarn market, fiber festival junkie! I have been dragging my sweet hubby to them all over the country for years. Yarn Fest just happens to be up the road from my home every year so, of course, we have to go!

I love all the colorful possibilities! If you spin there are always beautiful rovings to choose from. Some are already dyed and ready to go, while others are freshly sheared fleeces that need carding and cleaning before beginning.

Affordable silk in fingering weight is always a huge temptation!

I stumbled across these adorable tooth fairy pillows. How sweet are they?

Free punch embroidery classes were even offered in one booth! Who could resist making such a stunning wall hanging?

This card stating his yarn bowls at Linkin Flames are gluten free made me literally laugh out loud. (P.S. I am Celiac so if this offends you please lighten up – we should be able to see the humor in life.)

I couldn’t resist this stunning shawl! I’m not normally a fan of green but this sure caught my eye.

My photo doesn’t do justice to this gorgeous felted shawl. The colors were showstopping!

I can’t wait for Estes Wool Market coming up in June next! There’s so much inspiration and the colors are mindblowing! If you have a chance to visit a local yarn market near you, don’t let the opportunity pass you by!

Horsehair Braiding

I admit before my brother started braiding I had no idea what on earth horsehair braiding was. It’s exactly what the name implies – braiding with fine horsehair! It’s a very western art – go to any rodeo or cowboy apparel shop in Wyoming and you might get lucky enough to see the work in person. Several museums throughout the west probably carry examples of this old tradition, as well.

Mentors are usually how this technique is passed down. They work diligently with the apprentice to ensure that the proper process is passed along. It took my brother months of intensive practice to master this art. Aren’t his keychains lovely? His use of highly contrasting color really makes his design motifs sing!

Keychains

I adore the bracelets he makes. These beauties easily slide to adjust to the perfect size! I love that the more you wear them the softer they become, too!

Bracelets

Horsehair braiding and hitching are a dying craft. I’m proud that my brother is doing his best to keep this tradition alive.

Bracelets

In a future post, I’ll share the horsehair belts he’s hitched for us. They are gorgeous works of art!

Songbourg on Pinterest

I love bright and colorful pictures! They get my creative process moving faster than any other method I know of! If you are the same way or would just like to have something uplifting or encouraging to peek at click on over and follow me today!

Why the name Songbourg? Mostly because it helps people pronounce my last name! 🙂 It’s Bourg as in Berg. Very French! I’m always surprised when someone pronounces it correctly – it’s usually because they are European or speak French or German.

I also love birds so it’s a word play on that, as well. Once the meadowlarks start singing I know spring is here! Speaking of which, I heard my first meadowlark sing Friday morning! Spring is early here in the Rockies and I’m ready for some backyard crochet!

 

New Blog!

Hi everyone! I am still working out the kinks and design for my new blog, please hang in there with me as I do. I am hoping to feature new knit and crochet stitch tutorials, as well as, fun everyday encouragement!

Thanks for visiting and please check back soon!