12 Days of Shopping Local # 6

On the 6th day of shopping local I’m returning to a place I’ve featured before, but this time to show you something new. Robin Paul at Madhaus Gallery has been very busy the last few weeks making shibori silk scarves with various materials and techniques, as well as an array of lampwork glass jewelry. You will be amazed at the selection! They are available for sale in the gift shop right inside the door, or if you long for the days of giving and receiving handmade gifts, Robin can teach you how to make your own, to give to someone special.

The scarves pictured above all began as a piece of white silk, in this case chemise. The silk was dyed with a base color, wrapped, tied, dyed again with a second color, and each one eventually transformed into a dressy scarf with a permanent folded texture and a natural shimmer from the fabric.

By contrast, these scarves are made of chiffon, which is softer and more flowing than the chemise. Some of them have been nuno-felted in patches to add texture (above), or dyed to create a pattern (below). Robin can teach you to do all of this!

These handmade, torch-fired lampwork bead necklaces have a contemporary vibe, but are easy to wear with just about anything. Each one is unique.

But if you need something even more fun and artsy, you can find that at Madhaus too!

These are nuno-felted beads, which you can learn to make in the studio.

Robin is excited about this new class offering, and would love to share it with you!

This Saturday, the 13th, there is a Christmas class being offered from 12:00 to 2:00 at the studio: Glass Ornament Blowing. There is still space available! If you’d like to take this class or another one, just contact Robin at 515-707-4309, or glass ideas@mchsi.com. And if you’d like to give someone the gift of personalized artistic instruction, to make their own jewelry, scarves, or a whole host of other expressions, gift certificates are also available.

Classes are available for kids and adults, and are also a great thing to experience together.

Say Merry Christmas to “that special person” from “thoughtful you!”
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… six pretty scarves

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