Recently I attended a class to further my education on Gourd Art. It was taught by two very patient, talented and passionate Gourd Art teachers.......
Margaret Sullivan moved to Rio Verde with plans to retire and visit with her three daughters and grandchildren. She wanted to travel and her husband wanted to play golf. However, her life of leisure was disrupted when Margaret stumbled upon a gourd centerpiece at a cocktail party. Fascinated, she borrowed books about gourds and traveled to a gourd farm in southwest Phoenix. Her daughter bought her first bag of gourds for Mother's Day. Thats how her passion started. Now known to be one of the best teachers of Gourd Art in the area. Take a look at her website,
Shelly Fletcher has been working with gourds since 1992. Coming from a 4th generation Arizona farming and ranching, which influenced her choices of artistic materials. Even though her Father, a cotton farmer, viewed gourds as weeds, she found them to be the perfect medium. She likes the earthy and natural appeal of gourds and often leaves much of the beautiful gourd surface showing in her work. You can read more about her on her website www.r2gourds.com, where she sells supplies and materials for "Gourd Art".
Our class tuition included all materials for the project except the beads/stones, which we were told we could purchase outside of class or that would be available during class to purchase from Shelley. I purchased mine in Bellevue, Washington while I was there for the holidays.
|We started with a cleaned and cut gourd.
|I first used a pencil to measure and mark about 1/2 inch from the brim and 1 inch apart. Then I used an "AWL" to make an indentation into each mark.
|I used a drill to drill the holes.
|Step 4, we stained our gourds, how we wanted our gourd to look, with leather dye.
|After counting the number of holes in my gourd, I decided what color round reed I wanted to insert for the spokes.
|Well soaked reed spokes were inserted then the weaving commenced. We continually soaked our gourds in big tubs with water and fabric softener, to keep the reed from drying out and breaking. We also used spray bottles to help with this process.
|After the reed base is established, we used seagrass, various beads and began to create our vision. This is not a precise art.
|Step 9 is to weave the top border, we used a simple rolled border. Step 10 is to fill in with jute or yarn the voids you created.
Here are a few more pictures of our creations.............
Well, did I get you excited to learn more about nature's container?
Here are a few more pictures of gourd projects I did before Christmas.
|I used my Zentangle art on this on....Wee Bears favorite!
|Back side of Santa gourd.
|My friend Fawn was thrilled with her gift, which made me very happy........
It is bone chilling cold in most the country right now, I am hoping you all stay safe and warm. Here in Scottsdale....well don't hate me.....temperatures are ranging from 70-80F, I am wearing shorts and flip flops again. Winter lasted about one week, enough for me to make some chili and a few other cold weather dishes.
Next up, Amy and I are gearing up for Superbowl with some fun foods to serve at YOUR party. Followed by.... Valentines Day! Last night I set the stage and served Valentines dinner to Wee Bear, he loved it! Said,"Is this our Valentine's dinner? Can I have more sauce?" Followed by, "Mmmmmmm this is so good, Mmmmmmm will you make this for me more often? Mmmmmmmm." He is my favorite and best supporter, just love him!
Love this Life!