Monday, June 17, 2013

Fun with Fonts.

Every time I do a class, I try to come up with a coordinating idea for name tags. I think they are not only fun, but important - for my "short term" challenged brain and for the students, who may or may not all know one another.

In keeping with my upcoming class, which is Primitives, I decided to make somewhat primitive tags. With a little something extra. I printed out the names on printable fabric - in my new favourite font "sunshine poppy" - and then ironed them on to some "upcycled" wool.

Then, I made a little wool sandwich with black wool and blanket stitched around the outside, stuffing some dried lavender in at the end. I added a button to each one from my button jars and tied some hemp string around the button, so it can be worn lanyard-style.

Here's a close up of mine - the prototype with too light floss - and a tad blurry.

And here is the group shot - with the hemp string tied around them.

I was very happy to come up with a practical idea for the lavender, which I dried and saved in the garage for "someday". I will do some plain ones with the rest of it when this is all over. (The blank is in case someone shows up at the last minute.)

And this project was not the only fun with fonts I was having in the last while. In deciding on a design for my "challenge" mat for Rug Beat, I spent far too long on a great website called dafont
It is a website where font designers put their wares on display. They are available for free download for "personal use" - or you can make a donation. (Note to self: go back and do that.)

Be warned, this place is incredible and you can get stuck there for a LONG time. I had so much fun looking at so many fonts. Can you believe there is such a thing as a "cat font". Yep, there is indeedy - and I used it in my "challenge" mat. Here is a little sneak peek:

I was grinning like the proverbial Cheshire you-know-what the whole time I was hooking this. Hopefully, you don't have to look too hard to see the fonty felines. Hint: in the O's, the head is on the left and the front paws and tail complete the circle.

It is an incredible resource for rug hookers who use words in their mats and don't have great "penmanship" LOL.

When you have some time to spare, go and and have some font fun yourself.

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