Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I originally made my first Treasure Hunt Tassel while at the very first Art Fiber Fest, (2004-5?) put on by Teesha Moore.  For those of you who have never gone to this retreat or any of the others she puts on, there is always a room designated for everyone to bring what they no longer want.   It's called the art asylum room and as the saying goes one mans trash is another mans treasure, and so it was .....and that is how I created and named my first tassel.   Diane Briegleb happened to be in a class with me at Fiber Fest and was giving away some of her fabulous faces that she sells online.   Whenever you go to a retreat part of the fun is trading, and that was her trade!  I was thrilled.   They are called "the Face"  and you have probably seen them in many bead creations.  The first tassel I made (the small green one) has one of her faces along with several "treasures" that I found in the art asylum room.   In fact the whole tassel was made from other peoples discards and trades.  I had the idea to send in a proposal to teach it, was accepted and the next year I taught my very first tassel class at Art Fiber Fest along with another tassel called the Ethnic Eclectic tassel.  They went over really well.

As a teacher you are constantly striving to out do your last project, to ensure more classes, but sometimes you're lucky enough to have a few be a constant source of ongoing classes, and that seems to be the case with this quirky tassel.  About 2 weeks ago in a class I taught, I had a request from some new students/friends of mine about the next tassel class.  I said I didn't have any scheduled since I had just taught it but that I am happy to come to someones house or studio and make a class.  Well Claire and Barbara really wanted to have this class and so Claire is opening her home in Irvine,Ca  to do just that!  Here are the Specifics:(address will be given upon registration)

Treasure Hunt Tassel Workshop & Trunk Show
Saturday, June 19
$55 paid in advance
Irvine,CA (address TBA)
bring a sack lunch and Claire will provide beverages
Materials list will be given upon registration
no experienced needed, except an open mind and maybe some hand sewing
email me for info.  We need at least 6 people to make a class, 12 max. Click on the images to get a better look.  These pictures really don't do them justice!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

These are just amazing creations! I so wish I was closer so I could attend the workshop.

chrissy said...

ooooh. i wish o i wish i could come.
i miss you miss robin.
i loved how you played with the photos on your other post as well.
i tried picnik once but i wasn.t as successful with it.
have to try it again.
hope all is sunny where you are.
huge hugs.

Esther said...

sososososoooooooooooooooo beautiful!!

lilylovekin said...

How wonderful Robin, wish I was closer. Lorrie

Maija said...

I'm in Long Beach!! I'll see you tomorrow at the Lily for class- don't forget I need to borrow tools since I didn't pack any!!!

lindy said...

They are beautiful! I would love to take a class with you sometime! I am so missing all the wonderful souls from our retreat!


Juliette Crane said...

you do such beautiful work! i am so happy to have found your blog. so much inspiration and color. i love it! thank you for sharing your art! best wishes to you!
xoxo, juliette

Tam Hess said...

I agree with everyone! I wish I lived closer, amazing creations, glad I found your blog. Great inspiration! xoxo