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New Items

New Items at the Shop

Check out the history of some of these new items

Strip Dyeing

Strip the Colors Enjoy Easy Art and Love Your Life

Reverse Dyeing to create art to wear.

Circular Economy Means More

Circular Economy For Colorful Tees

Reverse Dyeing to create art to wear.

Trends of Summer

Summer Trends and a New Class

The colors of summer and beyond.

Classes next week

Two Paper Classes Next Week!

I hope to see you at one of them. 

California Shop SmallCalifornia Shop Small

New avenue for seeing beauty! 

Paper Journals

What are Paper Journals and More

I do love making these journals
and hope you will join me. 

Fun Festivals in June

Fun Festivals in June

It is time to get out and enjoy

the summer with fun festivals! 

Unique Tin Jewelry

Upcycled Gift Giving

The class is on May 16. 

What better way to give gifts than with Tin containers
And then reuse them to create jewelry
to give for a family celebration?

Unique Tin Jewelry

Unique Tin Jewelry Upcycled

The class is on May 16. Do you 

remember that most foods were stored in tins?

Let's see what other foods were stored in tins. 

Yellows and Blues

Yellow and Blue are Perfect Hues for You! 

As winter moves into spring and summer, 

we come back to our signature pieces to tie our outfits together. 

Here are three suggestions. 

The Three Rs ReImagined

3 Simple Free, Easy Ways For an Exciting Earth Day

There are more than three ways to Recycle for Earth Day

Yet these are some of the simple and free ways to do so. 

Metal Mania Moves

Learn how to create beautiful metal jewelry with 

Solder and design a new pattern. 

Fun Class, Great art

The last meeting of Surface Design had fun

with creating art glass effects.  


Fun Class, Great art

Beautiful and Amazing art to wear and hold
My students created art

The Greens of March with March Metal Madness How the metals keep inspiring me

March Metal Madness Brings Spring The terms for creating metal jewelry

March Metal Madness Brings Spring
New Class and Old Favorite
Making metals shine 

Amazing Workshop
Being with Creative people in a workshop
Allows the information and ideas 
to flow. 

Three Happenings
Jewelry Class, Art Show, and Workshop 
Through the SCTA

Art Show and Sale
What better way to celebrate than with
your family, see art and talk to the artists?

The Best Free Event for Black History Month This event will be the start of the art shows and festivals
coming to the area. I am looking forward to this one! 

UV Resin Class

You Can Make Exciting Jewelry for Your Love

Learn to enjoy using UV Resin in this new class on February 21. 

Free Workshop with SCTA

Free Workshop with SCTA and Surface Design & Mixed Media Study Group

We will be creating a stunning coffee cup coaster using decoupage techniques. 

Fabric Beaded Class

Create Your Art to Wear Necklace

Using your warm or cool colors to create a fabric beaded necklace. 

Fabric Beaded Class

Creating a Unique Fabric Beaded Necklace

Complementing an outfit by creating a unique necklace in the first 
class of 2023.  

Year in Review

2022 Year in Review

A look back of last year as we move forward to the new one. 

Classes of 2023

Classes of 2023: New Classes and Old Favorites 

I will have some new classes and some favorites too for the new year.  

The Color Trends of the Year

Sustainable Is the Important One Goal for Color Fashions

Which color do you think you will use most in 2023? 




Nubian Crafters and Color of the Year

Fun Event and Fabulous Color of the Year

The 12th Annual Show and Pantone's Color of the Year! Plus, a palette for everyone. 

Unique Nubian Crafters Good Gift Buying for All

Unique Nubian Crafters Good Gift Buying for All

This is the 12th Annual Show, and I hope to see you there! 

Crocker Holiday Artisan Market Booth #166

Crocker Artisan Market Booth #166

I am so excited to be at this Market this year. 

Trends of Fall and Winter

Trends for Fall and Winter Color Palettes

Great similarities in the two fashion weeks this year and some differences. 

Art to Wear Show & Sale

Art to Wear & More Fashion Show and Sale

It is back, bigger and better than before! 

beautiful bag

Beautiful Bag Made of African Mud Cloth

It May Protect You and Certainly Will Elevate You

River Street Quilt Show! 
Happening this weekend! Come on by. 

Exciting Events!

Exciting Events for September
So Many fun events happening this September. I hope to see you at one of them. 

Trunk Show

Truck Show Video

Now Available to watch and see what is happening this fall. 

Being Happy

How to Be Happy About the Change in Seasons

Some ways to be happy about the changes of the seasons.

Creating Lace Textile

Creating Lace Textiles in Collaboration with Sister Quilting Collective

This class learned how to create with their own ribbons, yarn, and threads. 

Blues for Now

Cool Blues for Now, Shibori Fabric Dyeing Class

Learn about the different blues from cool to warm before the next class.

Find Your Palette

Finding Your Palette In the Fifth Saturday Sew Along

You can use the colors of fall to help you find the perfect colors for you. 

Feeling Good Creating Art

Fifth Saturday Sew Along

Beat the Heat, Stay inside for a Zoom Sew Along

Feeling Good Creating Art

Feeling Good Creating Art

Art Relieves Stress, Artist Learns from others to increase her creative flow.

Spectacular Upcycle

Spectacular Beads Created By You

Create those beads from something you loved. 

Bold and Bright Beads

Bright Beads Beautiful Summer!

Here are some of the jewelry fashion trends for the summer! Bold and Bright! 

Art Elephant Sale and Curtis Fest booth

This weekend is packed with events! 
Art Elephant Sale on Saturday and Curtis Fest on Sunday! 

Heritage Oak Art Fair

Heritage Oak Art Fair This Saturday! 
Another exciting event happening in June. 

Fun Art Fiesta

Art Fiesta this Weekend!
This is just one of the festivals for the exciting month of June

Fabulous June of Fiestas and Festivals
This June is turning out to be a fabulous month for festivals! 

Metal Mania, different metals
Metal Mania with Copper, Brass, and Sterling Silver
What the different materials are like for making jewelry. 

Art Journal
ReUsing Good Creative New Journaling for You
The Class and Art Journals to help inspire you! 

The Eight StepsInteresting, Sophisticated Art Journal Creation Class
The steps to create an interesting, sophisticated journal 
to help inspire and empower you! 

Unusual Happy Art

Creating Unusual Happy Art

Creating an Art Journal 
to create your happy.

Creatively Repurposed

Fun Fabulous Full Class Learned to Create Repurposed Jewelry

Past class at Crocker Arts Museum
was a full class of beginners of the jewelry making.

Spring in to Joy with classes

Spring In To Joy with Found Free Bits for Workshops

Spring Clean to find bits and pieces for the
Junk Drawer Hearts Class in March!

Fill Your Hearts With What You Love

Fill Your Heart and Love the Empty Junk Drawers Class

Junk Drawer Hearts Class in March
Fill your hearts with what you love! 

Two Exciting Classes
Two Exciting Workshops in March 
 One is a beginning class at Crocker Art Museum 
One is an advanced class at my studio.

Amazing Class
Amazing Class with My Students

 Creating art with students makes this artist proud. 
 I loved seeing what my students made in the class. 

Gelli Plate Printing
 Art Therapy in Gelli Plate Workshop

 Different ways you can layer your backgrounds, 
Can make you happy on this Presidents' Day! 

Gelli Plate Printing The Terminology of the Art Form: Gelli Plate Printing

Terminology of the art form with ideas for the tools to use.
The tools you use can be all different. 

Gelli Arts and Printing What is Gelli Arts and Gelli Plate Printing?

New Class to create some beautiful and unusual printing. 

Creating an Art Journal Creating Art Journals: The What and the Why?

Some create as a stress reliever, some to create art. Whichever works for you 
Is what I suggest 

Online Class this winter 
Exciting News for a New Class! 

Mixed Media Art Journal Online Class coming this winter! 

A Year in Review The Year in Review in Pictures and LinksA Year in Review

 Here is a look back on some of the news and articles of the past year. 

Pantone's Color of the Year Pantone's Color of the Year 2022: Very Peri

 What does this color mean to you and me?

Nubian Crafters of Sacramento11th Annual Holiday Expo with Nubian Crafters of Sacramento 

 Where to go to see beautiful handmade African American art to wear, holiday gifts, and more! 

Teal is the Real Deal!

Calming Teal Deal: Pop with Zeal, Feel the Steel, Move the Wheel! Come visit the store online or in person. 

 Teal is a trending color right now. Come in and check out products made using the color teal.


One of a Kind Sale, Weekend Sale: Bags, Totes, And Purses, One Left Sale!

 Check out these bags soon! 50% off November 26 to 30, 2021 only. 


Art To Wear Show and Sale

 Art to Wear & More Fashion Show and Sale is BACK! 

 And I think it will be better than ever with 17 vendors, beautiful creations and more!

Kimono Jackets

 How Do I Know the Colors of Spring?

 Pantone has come out with the colors for 2022,

And this Kimono Jacket has four of the top trending colors! 

Teenie Glorietta Bags

 Teenie Glorietta Bags Oh So Usable

 Very Stylish Teenie Bags to use with a larger purse or alone. 

Funky Bucket Bag

 Unique Uptown Bucket Bag On Demand Mud Cloth Sensational

 Learn about this great bag and the Mud Cloth used! 

ReUse and UpCycle

 ReUse and Upcycle Clothing Truths, How To Do It

 Check out the great links and information in this post! 

Sacramento, Hipster City

Sacramento One of the Hipster Cities

A little about me and news of the coming season. 

Creative Art Sale

Sacramento Colorful Creative Art Sale Smart for You to See

Get your Creative juices flowing again by coming to a Sale! 

Little Lipstick Bags
Lovely Little Leather Lipstick Bag for Love to Luxuriate

These lovely little leather bags are perfect for lipstick, a small phone or cards, and keys. Why do I think little is so prevalent now? 

One of a kind Kimono
Luxury Versatile Wearable Autumn Art Kimono One of a Kind

The Kimono Jacket: created by me using T-shirts to repurpose and design wearable art. 

Free Event For Fabulous Art
Free Event, Gorgeous Creations, and Recycled Art This Weekend

I will be at the fiesta this weekend, and here are a few items you might see. Plus, colors to look forward to this fall! 

Creativity creates Sacramento Tote
Sacramento City Tote brings Creativity and Uniqueness

This tote inspires me and works great for those fiestas and festivals! 

Summer Sessions Create Fall FashionsOur Red Hot Summer Creates Fall Fashion

This In Between time of summer and fall can create something new.

Summer Vibes
Artistic Summer View and Bright Colors

Before we head into Fall, let's take a moment to enjoy summer's bright colors.

Happiness is a fabulous class with students

Thank you, students, I loved teaching this class! 

Painted Purse Class
Relax, Renew and Recycle at the Painted Purse Class

A little more about the Painted Purse class and surface design techniques. 

Painted Purse Class
Create Your Exciting Painted Purse Bag

You will love this Painted Purse class for your exciting and creative art therapy. Bring your friends and make something unique! 

Painted Cuddle Bag of 2021
Painted Cuddle Bag of 2021

Painted Cuddle Bag of 2021: A security blanket of painted canvas and fluffy elements to make it huggable, very Vogue. 

Shepard Garden and Arts Center

Sharing is Caring and the Art Elephant Sale

The picture shows the front of the building as of February 2021. Unique Architecture and a great community abound.

How Do I Create?

How Do I Create?

With a few videos, I explain what to do on summer days. 

Sewing Sustainable

Appreciate Summer with Sale to Begin Crafting Afresh!

Supplies on Sale for your crafting needs, helps the community and artisans in Sacramento and the surrounding area.

Making Necktie Necklaces

Recycle or Reuse to Create Your Beautiful Jewelry

Making Neckties into Necklaces is a fun summer activity

Sewing Sustainable

Sewing Sustainability into the Fabric of Your Life

Creating New from Something Else and Keeping it Long Term

Color Trends “Summer-ized” By You Making Beautiful Gems

Color Trends “Summer-ized” By You Making Beautiful Gems

Creating Gems of Ivory, Coral, and Amber using polymer clay

Polymer Clay for buttons and gems

Metals Recreated Better Surprising You to Create Jewelry

Hardware stores are not just for home projects!

Polymer Clay for buttons and gems

Polymer Clay A Clay Like No Other for Happy Hands

How Polymer Clay came to be and other types of clays

New Materials are Created with Shibori Cloth Dyeing

Shibori Cloth Dyeing and Shibori 101

The perfect class to make Shibori Cloth Dyeing materials.

Cloths Become New with Dyes

While Going Green, Sustain, and Create New Mixed Media

The fashions of today use sustainability and upcycling and you can too. 


Gorgeous, Valuable and Long Lasting Shibori Cloth of Indigo

Learn about the Indigo Color throughout history and why it is perfect for Shibori 

DyedCloths Trending Now: Shibori Cloth Dyeing is the newest trend
A blog post about Shibori Cloth Dyeing and the trends of 2021 

Something BIG is coming

It's something I've never done before and something I thought I would never be able to do
Read more »

Nubian Crafters of Sacramento Holiday Gift Expo

The Nubian Crafters of Sacramento
Read more »

August Technique Tuesday

Learn to create the look of metal with polymer clay
Read more »

Quilt & Fabric Art Festival

Festival Days: Friday, September 27, 2019 10:00am to 5:00pm
Read more »

Jewish Food Faire

Sunday, September 15, 2019 Congregation Beth Shalom 4746 El Camino Ave
Read more »

Curtis Fest

13th Annual Artisan Fair Under the Trees 10am to 4pm
Read more »

Nubian Crafters of Sacramento

8th Annual Holiday Expo
Read more »

Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts presents the 2019 ART TO WEAR & MORE SHOW

Dates and Location: November 9 & 10,2019
Read more »

Past Newsletters

Jewels and Fiber
What's Happening at Jewels & Fiber

 Covid - 19 Update

How are you all?

Hope you all are well and safe. Just a note to let you know that I have not forgotten you. I also want to let you know what’s happening at Jewels & Fiber Art Studio. When I left the shop March 16th, due to the Stay-In-Place orders, I took home all sorts fabrics and other craft projects that I thought I was going to have great fun creating with all the time I was going to have. Only to find out I did not feel like doing anything. I did not feel creative. I was uninspired, and in a funk. My May, June, and July classes have been cancelled. Like many of you, I started Spring cleaning, (more on that later) cooking fabulous dinners and even a little gardening.

I was not even inspired with all of the mask making frenzy. I must admit I only made them for family and friends. I have to apologize to all my sew sistahs. Thanks for stepping up. I am doing fine these days in these crazy times as each day goes by. It's important that we all stay connected. You may be by yourself, but you are not alone.  I hope you all are taking advantage of this time to re-connect and stay creative.

I promised that something great was coming to Jewels & Fiber.

I am super excited to announce that Jewels & Fiber will have a new website. It seems like I've been building it all by myself. Little did I know, I was responsible for all the data entry for the whole website. So, it is taking just a little longer than I anticipated. It is going to be great! I can't wait to share it with you. The new site will offer my unique designs as well as the ability for you to sign up for in-store or social media workshops and classes.  New line of products like mixed media and surface design art materials, new and used craft books, Marcia Derse fabric, kits, gift cards, and you'll be able to even earn reward points. I'm hopeful and optimistic to be back online around the first part of June.

Please stay tuned. You will the first to know when it is live.

And finally, I am feeling inspired to work on a new line of handbags and wearable art, hopefully for next year’s art shows.  My artists events have either been rescheduled or cancelled. I will have more time to work on things. Right?

If you registered for the Metal Mania Workshop, this class will be the first class rescheduled when things get back to the new normal.

Although we are not able to connect in person right now, we're still in the midst of this. We will be back together soon.

Continue to create and stay safe everyone.


Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

So I was cleaning one of my craft rooms and look what I found. Martha Stewart Jewelry Glaze. Does anyone remember this?

When Martha Stewart Brand was heavy in the DIY crafts and scrapbook industry, she offered a line of jewelry findings, chains, charms, glaze and enamel paint with no firing or kiln. Using Martha’s enamel and brass metal blanks you could apply the enamel with a toothpick. Let it dry in fifteen minutes  and create professional looking enameled pieces. Some of the colors it came in was Martha Stewart Sea Green, Pool and Beetle Black. When I came across them all, and I have a lot, I could not believe they had not all dried up after so many years. So I decided to try them out. I painted metal tin pieces I had cut from candy tins. Here are the results. I also painted aluminum foil beads. A video about that later. 

I am happy with the results. I can't wait to share this technique with you.   

I am grateful I am able to inspire and teach what makes people happy.

          Martha Steward's Glaze           painted metal pieces       Art for your ears   

Check out my First Video

I made this video to show how I make these flowers. I have been trying to keep up the Instagram #100dayproject. You are to create one craft project for 100 days.  I don't know which day it is in the project because I don't always post every day. And some of my posts have been my mixed media and tin metal earrings.  I thought I would improve my skills on the two methods I have learned but never had time to master. 

I plan to have all of the materials on my web site and in the shop. If there's a craft item, tool or technique you would like to see me demonstrate, send me a comment.