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11 Years of Creativity
This May, Creativebug is celebrating its 11th birthday! Join in on the fun by taking time for yourself to create something beautiful. Here are three brand-new classes to try this month:
Make a Pop-Up Flower Greeting Card with Bel Mills of Scrap Paper Circus
Available beginning Wednesday, May 10
Watch paper flowers bloom right before your very eyes! In this class, Bel Mills, the book artist behind Scrap Paper Circus, will show you how to create a blooming three-dimensional flower sculpture tucked inside a colorfully collaged handmade card. Stylistically combining vintage and modern and utilizing upcycled materials, this composed art card is a timeless gift of flowers you can send through the mail. Bel will also show you how to hand-make an accompanying envelope. You can’t go wrong—everyone loves a pop-up!
Make Paper Pajaki Chandeliers with Mia Semingson of Two Hands Paperie
Available beginning Wednesday, May 17
A pajak (pronounced pie-yonk) is a traditional Polish chandelier dating back to the 18th century made of paper and rye straw. Women made them to decorate the home to bring good health and prosperity. Mia Semingson, artist, book binder, and owner of Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado, shows you how to construct two styles of pajaki (pie-yon-kee)—a traditional structure using traditional rye straws, and a more modern, geometric structure using paper straws. With the right measurements and a little math, you can make your pajak any size you wish. You’ll also learn how to create a variety of festive and colorful paper decorations like fringe pom poms, paper cockades, and polish stars or hedgehog stars, as well as fun ways to combine them. There is plenty of room for creativity in this project, and Mia will give you all the skills and techniques to create your own unique paper chandeliers.
Release the Geese Mini Quilt Top with Sarah Bond
Available beginning Wednesday, May 24
The flying geese pattern is a perennial quilt design favorite and that never goes out of style. Learn how to paper piece circular flying geese with award-winning quilter Sarah Bond. You’ll get a lot of practice sewing large and small curves while completing a complex mini-quilt. It’s composed of four identically sewn quadrants and measures up to 24 inches square. You can also use these components to design a larger quilt by combining them with other elements or negative space. Sarah loves traditional quilt forms and giving them a more modern spin. These geese may look small—but they are big fun.