Liz Kettle
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I LOVE my Job!

I totally love my job! This last weekend my studio mate, Cass Mullane and I had the honor and joy of teaching an Adduce class at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. The Adduce Foundation funds a community art education enhancement program. This amazing program is offered to qualifying high school arts students. Classes are free for the students and cover a wide array of media and techniques.

Cass and I were thrilled to present the very first textiles class for the foundation. We weren't sure what to expect and we were totally blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of the students. It was amazing to watch them jump into a totally new medium and start exploring with no fear or trepidation.  They each brought their unique voice and style to textiles with fantastic results. Best of all they loved it!

Part of the program is an art show in May. I can't show you their final pieces (except for the little peek in the last photo) until then but I have a few photos from the class to tide you over.





me showing one student's work with a simple comb



Cass consulting with a student



Wooden printing block and textures tell a story...Wow



Fabric Journal Love

I have two cures for Winter in today's blog!

I am teaching at Art and Soul just out side of Kansas City in just a few weeks (March 19-23) and I had a request to add a textile journal book class. We put up a class I have taught previously but some students had requested more of a usable journal. I love making books and so I was able (used this as an excuse) to spend some this week creating a new fabric Journal.







Is that not awesome? I just love how it feels in my hands. I think I am going to have to make more of these.

Want to join me in Kansas City? There is still room in most of my classes. I can't think of a better way to get away from winter then to hang out in a beautiful resort making art and making friends with people who love making art. 

Students will get to choose between these two styles of fabric books...or maybe we will make up something new! You never know what interesting things we are going to create in my classroom.


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Speaking of making art in beautiful resorts...

There is still room in my Mexico Travelogue Art Adventure. April 13-19, 2014. 

Did you see my newest video? My son is helping me join the vlog (video blog) world. Nagging might be a better word than helping...he wants to come with me on these trips as my videographer. Anyway, I did a fun really short video and I had a blast making it. Suscribe to my YouTube channel to see the latest ones...I have a studio tour  premiering this week!



Mark Making Update

I just got home from a trip to the Northwest! 4 days in Portland OR cooking up plans for Art and Soul and then 9 days in Bremerton WA welcoming the newest Kettle boy into the family. I am thrilled to introduce Isaak Alexander...just as handsome as his big brothers. 1391453672392

Babies are a different sort of mark making...more of the eternal passing on our DNA type of mark making.


While I was away I didn't have much time for mark making every day. Some days were just too full of cuddling Isaak and battling zombies to pull out my sketchbook but I do have a few to share with you this week.





I have found that even though I sometimes draw more realistic elements I feel so much freedom drawing the organic shapes and lines that I come across in my daily travels.




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Some fun hand stitching!


This last one is just a little silly! We need more silly play in our life don't you think?

Have you been working on fitting art and creativity into your life more consistently? What stumbling blocks have you found?


Shipwreck Bead Adventure

I recently toured Shipwreck beads. This is the largest bead store I have ever been in. Come along and take a peek.


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Obviously I need to get Organized!

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 8:22pm 2 Comments

I post on my website blog ( frequently but can't seem to remember to bring those posts here so you all know what is going on in my world! It's not like I am not here...I am here all the time. I am sure you would at least want to know about my tutorials and giveaways! I promise to get organized!


My mom and I have a running joke about 'getting organized'. It is always someday! LOL! Hasn't happened…


Blog giveaway!

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 9:39pm 0 Comments

Hi Everyone,

My newest book Threads: The Basics and Beyond by Debbie Bates and Liz Kettle is now shipping! Yippee...I am so excited. I am having a bodacious boook giveaway on my website blog.

Leave a comment before midnight Sept 12.

A bit more beading...

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 10:29am 0 Comments

I was distracted by summer yesterday! Reading on the deck and a sudden urge to pull some weeds kept me from beading for very long. I uploaded the photo of the afternoon's progress on the beaded cuff to the photo album.

I had some trouble starting...Yikes! I said I would share photos of my progress with the world so it has to be really great! I had to shake my finger at myself sternly and accept that it would be ok if you all saw some mistakes and imperfections in my work!…


A Beaded Cuff

Posted on August 10, 2010 at 7:10pm 0 Comments

I had a wonderful girls stitching weekend in Breckenridge planned for this past weekend. Unfortunately, I had a severe allergic reaction shortly after our arrival on Friday that knocked me flat out for Friday evening and most of Saturday. My visions of a beading marathon to create a delicious beaded cuff were quickly dispelled because I simply couldn’t see. Incredibly irritating to say the least! But, I made the best of it and enjoyed…


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Where I live
Monument, Co
About me and my connection to fiber art & mixed media
I started my love affair with fabric when I was just a little girl. I just can't get enough fabric or thread. I am co-author of three best selling books: Threads:the Basics and Beyond and Fabric Embellishing: the Basics and Beyond. My newest book is First Time Beading on Fabric. Today I write about fiber, teach about it and run a fiber focused mixed media retreat!

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At 7:34pm on September 11, 2008, Donna Funnell said…
Hi Liz, How are you doing? I guess I haven't seen you since Jan and Jean. I finally bought an embellisher in May this year and I've been taking an embellishing class with Dale Rolerson of the Thread Studio. I highly recommend the online classes.Have you been embellishing? and what are the two goddesses up to lately? Donna
At 11:01am on July 17, 2008, Marilyn Weyman Kegg said…
Hey Liz! Nice to see you here. I still have not finished my Passport, but I still want to so I'll get to it! Marilyn (from Fabric in Altered Art and your 1st Passport class on QKL)
At 1:28pm on December 10, 2007, Marie Z.Johansen said…
No - Auntie is 89 and very proper.She would not know what to do with an "artsy" bag ! The Dresden's take months to complete !! I have one that is traveling with IQA - but DH wants to keep that one - so I will set out on a new one for her birthday in August-- all vintage fabrics - I love working with those !
At 12:12pm on December 10, 2007, Marie Z.Johansen said…
I just noticed that everything is Eastern time on this ! Jeez - a studio overhaul - you have NO idea how good that sounds to me! I have been very negligent in my quilting lately - it's all felted & quilted ... along with some knitting too(felted of course!) DH wants me to make a Dresden Plate for Auntie though - so I might have to change directions for awhile ! Your starlit phase was grand - Bonnie does such a good job of making us feel good !
At 11:33am on December 10, 2007, Marie Z.Johansen said…
Hi Liz! I should have know that you would be here ! I saw a photo of you on Bonnie McCaffrey's latest Vidcast. ...the one she did in Houston ! Nice work ! Hope life is finding you happy and well !
At 11:03am on December 10, 2007, Diane Harman-Hoog said…
Hi Liz, fancy finding you here! Great group of artists.
At 4:14am on September 27, 2007, Robinsunne said…
Hi Liz,
I'm at Will you write to me there?
At 10:40am on September 26, 2007, Barbara said…
thanks for looking on my new page! GreetingsBarbara
At 11:45am on September 19, 2007, Terri Stegmiller said…
Oh my gosh Liz, I'm so glad you brought up that ATC swap, I didn't put 2 and 2 together. Small world huh? I'll be there for the show, Sue and I both fly in on Wed.
At 11:30am on September 19, 2007, Terri Stegmiller said…
Hi Liz! I look forward to the chance to meet you in Houston in November!

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