Information on one-step dye products, crocheting with plastic bags, and tie-dye cake decorating will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.)
Jann Johnson is a designer and crafter, and she will show how to use a one-step dye product for making a graduated tee-shirt. She represents Duncan Enterprises. This technique is a table-top one so little equipment is needed. Johnson lives in New York city.
Sewing instructor, Nancy Lovett will demonstrate a technique called “Playarn” which means crocheting with plastic bags. It is a great idea for recycling left-over plastic bags in the house. Lovett is from Albuqueque, NM and teaches at the University of New Mexico.
Cake decorating expert, Nancy Siler will show how to bring the inner flower child out in all your party guests by decorating cakes with retro tie-dye effects and neon hues. She’s with Wilton Brands in Woodridge, IL.
Information on saving money on vacation packages online, selecting area rugs, and drawing faces on fabric will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. Sturday. (All times are Mountain.)
Kendra Thornton is a travel expert with orbitz.com in Chicago, and she will tell how to save money on vacation packages, as well as share some other tips for getting great travel deals online.
Kathryn Sellers is with the Carpet & Rug Institute in Dalton, Ga., and she will talk about what is involved in selecting area rugs for the home, and what questions we should ask before purchasing the rug.
Carolyn Dahl, an artist and author, will show how to draw faces on fabric — even when you say you can't draw well. She discovered this method when she had eye surgery and couldn't see well enough to draw. Dahl lives in Houston, Texas.
How to Select an Area rug
To give your rooms an exciting new look, start from the ground up with an area rug. Besides providing warmth and comfort, rugs come in a versatile array of styles, colors, patterns, and textures. They allow you to express your unique style and can establish the design scheme for a whole room. Choices may range from Oriental, Persian, Berber or Native American designs, traditional to contemporary, novelty, and children’s patterns. Select a large or small size, a solid color or patterned design, rectangles, circles, or unique shapes. The choices are many, and quality rugs are available in nearly every price range.
Before you select a rug:
• Visualize the look you want to create. Do you want a room that’s uncluttered and monotone or a room rich with colors or textures? If you start with a totally empty room, choose a rug, then paint or paper the walls in colors found in the rug. Consider how the room is used, how much traffic the area gets, and who will view it under what light. For high-traffic areas, such as hallways and foyers, you may want a durable, patterned rug. Choose furniture that enhances the design or colors found in the rug.
w If you start with furniture, choose a rug that picks up the colors used in your furnishings or in a painting. Patterns can be mixed if they are coordinated by color. Elements of a rug’s design can be further incorporated into the overall design scheme. For example, if the rug is floral, add framed prints or flowers in similar colors.
• A rug with a bold, overall design can be the focal point of a room with a chair and sofa in solid or subdued patterns. This can be a real asset over solid color carpet in rental units where the carpet cannot be changed.
• Light colored rugs make a room look more spacious, and deeper colors lend coziness to a room.
• Choose a rug that will perform well, with the right combination of density and fiber. The denser the pile, (with closer tufts or stitches), the better your rug will wear. Synthetic yarns - nylon, polyester, acrylic, and olefin - and the naturals - wool and cotton - are durable, soft, and easy to clean.
• To have a better idea of what will complement your existing decor, take with you a swatch of any fabrics you would like to match.
• Select a reputable rug dealer with a knowledgeable staff, wide selection, and a guarantee that the store will stand behind its merchandise. A good choice would be a Seal of Approval dealer.
“Creative Living" is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.