The Passing of Loved Ones

The Passing of Loved Ones

I am so saddened to share the news of my husband Michael’s passing in early May, 2019; and my mother Dortha’s death in mid-July, nine weeks later.

Michael has been my lover of 45 years, husband of 42, my dearest friend since the day I met him, and the father of our son for 34 years.

You know him as the driving force behind CarvingPatterns.com, ArtDesignsStudio.com, LSIrish.com and major participant in the numerous books, tutorials, and teachings that we have shared with the carving, pyro, and craft communities.

In 1997, Mike, an experienced woodworker and woodworking tool collector, created our first website and took my art and my love of teaching out to the world. He created the opportunity for us to share our lives – both as partners in love and partners in business together here in our home studio.  His empty desk is just ten feet away from the kitchen coffee pot,  twenty feet from our sitting spot on the back porch, and ten feet away from my craft table.

Mike was the one who answered the phone, at 11 pm, and talked you through your first experiences in downloading from the internet.  He patiently walked you through so many exasperating problems – how to open a zip file, where you could get a free graphics program, and why you couldn’t download to your IPad – we all experienced as new computer users, new carvers, and new home business people.

He would help anyone with any problem, and if he didn’t know the answer he would stay with you on the phone until the two of you figured it out.

I can still hear him in the early hours of the morning, on the phone, talking with someone on the US West coast on how to set up and use their new printer … his laughter filling the house as he freely shared his knowledge with you as well as your emotional ups and downs as a new computer user.

His voice is still here in my posts to the forums, Facebook groups, and my blog where he is in the background dictating, editing, and adding juicy little tid-bits of information as I frantically try to type fast enough to keep up with him.

Mike once stopped me in my furious typing to ask me which finger I used to type with … he was holding up his two index fingers.  I laughed, and had to explain to him that I used all ten.   After that if he need to type anything longer than three sentences he summonsed me with a “Susie!

Often, without complaint and without any envy or jealousy, he had to take the back seat to my growing career and my public face on the net and through publications.  He did so with a smile and with constant encouragement to me.  And he is the only man for whom I would drop anything I was doing just because he needed another cup of coffee.

He would have been 64 years old this week, but he passed far too soon … I could have done another life time with him.

 

My Mom’s death followed Mike’s nine weeks later.  She made it one day past her 94th birthday, a major feat considering the pain and illnesses from which she suffered.  Mike and I were blessed that she was able to share our home and our lives for 12 years.

It was from my Mom that Mike and I learned the craft trade through her home ceramic business, Dottie’s Art Corner.  I have often shared that while Gloria Steinman and Barbara Milkuski were burning their bras on campus in protest to women’s equality my Mom was already doing ‘It’.

She took her love of crafting from her kitchen table in 1968, when Dad lost his job because of government rifs, to become the largest tri-state ceramic/crafts distributor by the early 80’s.

Her dedication and her selfless efforts totally supported our household, put three of her children through college, at one time employed eight people, and paid for my parent’s retirement home.

Beyond being a great Mom, she was a great role model for whom I am deeply appreciative for all that she shared through her life with me.

 

 

Both Mike and Dot died at home through the help and support of the Frederick Co., MD Hospice, who’s program they entered in late February this year.  My son and I are so grateful for their support, and knowledge as we as a family worked through these experiences together.

So if I have been overly quiet this entire year, please know that it was because my focus had to be on them to help them through this last stage of life as easily and comfortably as possible and not because I was ignoring you, my friends and craft companions.

And if I have been slow in sharing this with you, please forgive me as sometimes life does become a touch overwhelming.

Hopefully I am ready to pick myself up and get going again …

Thank you for letting me share this small part of my life with you today.

~Lora “Susie” Irish

 

 

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Wire Wrapped Copper Jewelry Designs

Wire Wrapped Copper Jewelry Designs

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Even a wood carving – pyrography – line art artist needs a hobby.  Something that
is quick, fun, and inexpensive.  something that you can work in the rec room,
and something that will make fantastic easy gifts.

My extra hobby is wire-bent, wire-wrapped copper jewelry!

The Wire-Bent Links Bracelet, shown above, is a fun design created from a selection of the over 300 bent-wire links that you can create featured in Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry, published by Fox Chapel in 2011.

As you practice the wide variety of copper wire bent links that you can create you will end up with a wonderful pile of small, bright, shiny links – ready for your next jewelry project.


By creating a simple straight loop beaded link chain, you now have the bracelet base on which you can hang those links, using a jump ring or split ring.   This is one design where the more the better, so let your creativity run wild.

 

 

Supplies include a few simple tools –

flush wire cutters

round nose pliers

nylon grip flat pliers

long nose pliers

18-gauge copper wire

20 – to 24-gauge copper wire

assorted bright, shiny, bling beads

assorted jewelry findings

 

Books by Lora Irish

Lora Irish Copper Jewelry Book

Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry

How to Create Beautiful Fashion Accessories from a Few Basic Steps

You can make affordable and stylish copper wire jewelry with a few simple tools, some wire and beads. Learn over 300 different link styles and how to create your own with step-by-step instructions and outstanding instructional photos!

 

Wire Wrapped Copper Jewelry Book

Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques:

Tools and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Fashionable Jewelry

 

This comprehensive guide to wire-wrapping jewelry covers all the techniques beginners need to know!

  • 30 expert wire wrapping techniques step-by-step, including simple loops, cluster wrap, adding beads to wrapping wire, adding a coil element, wrapping sequential layers, and more
  • 8 stylish DIY projects for statement jewelry like necklaces, pendants, hairpins, and earrings
  • Comprehensive guide includes step-by-step instructions, lists of materials and tools needed, and helpful tips and tricks
  • Beginner-friendly for anyone who is new to wire wrapping or just wants to brush up on techniques

 

 

 

 

copper jewelry bent wire links

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Wood Spirit and Greenman Carving and Wood Burning Patterns

Wood Spirit and Greenman Carving and Wood Burning Patterns

Colored Pencil Portraits, Adult Coloring

Adult Coloring Portraits E-Book
Exclusive Downloaded E-Book; 146 Page, 62 Patterns E-Project (.pdf Format)
Visit our two step-by-step projects –
Greenman Leather Pyrography Bullet Journal
& Pyrography Greenman Purse

 

 

 

Lora Irish Carving PatternsFun Wood Spirits Pattern Pack
14 Line Art Patterns, 14 Shaded Drawings
Seven Wood Spirits and Greenmen make up this Large Pattern Package. Each is shown as outline patterns for both front facing and profile carving of the face. This package also includes the detailed pencil drawings for each outline pattern. That’s fourteen patterns with fourteen matching drawings! Great for Wood Burning & Pyrography!

 

 

 

Leaf Eaters & Greenmen Patterns
14 Line Art Patterns
The classic Medieval Greenman often had long stems and branches of thickly packed leaves coming from his open mouth or nose. Called Leaf Eaters, this pattern package includes fourteen traditional wood spirit and greenman designs that can be used for wood carving, laser engraving, and pyrography. Leafy corners and a new profile design are included.
Visit Relief Carving the Wood Spirit on our blog at LSIrish.com to learn how to carve your own.

 

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Free Chip Carving Projects by L S Irish

Free Chip Carving Projects by L S Irish

Let’s take an in-depth look at the chip carving technique by creating several chip carving practice boards, and working a classic needlepoint sampler layout, shown above, that you can use to carve multiple chip carved projects.  The pattern and photo sampler for this  Needlepoint Layout is available in both our  Chip Carving Pattern Package and in the Chip Carving E-Project.

Here is the link list to our Chip Carving Seminar by Lora Irish.

Chip Carving Seminar
Chip Carving Supplies
Chip Carving Graphed Patterns
Chip Carving Hand Positions and Grips
Chip Carving – Triangles and Square Chips
Chip Carving – Straight-Wall Chips
Chip Caved Game and Chess Board
Chip Carving Sampler Pattern Layout
Chip Carving Common Mistakes
Chip Carved Shortbread Cookies

 

We will explore:

free Irish chip carving patternSupplies needed for chip carving
Creating basswood chip carving practice boards
Wood preparations
Knife sharpening
Transferring a chip pattern to your board
Knife angle
Common problems
Positive and negative space
How to cut the different styles of chips
Learn triangles, square, straight-wall, curve-edge, free form, and accent chips
Using chip styles in your patterns
Work a set of chip progressions
How to turn a corner

 

Learn how to prepare your wood board, three methods to transfer your pattern, and how to set up a chip carving practice board.

Please stop by Art Designs Studio, (a.k.a. CarvingPatterns.com) Lora Irish’s wood carving, pyrography, and chip carving pattern website.

Chip Carving Basics E-Project, Everything from this Chip Carving Seminar and more!  Learn how to create a wide variety of chip carving designs using different styles of easy-to-cut chip motifs, by Lora S. Irish.  37 page, PDF file format, easy to print e-project and the full cp015 Chip Carving Pattern package with 110 ready to print chip carving patterns.

On sale through March 31, 2019 at only $7.95

 

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Small Pyrography Patterns

Small Pyrography Patterns

 

ArtDesignsStudio.com

Free Doodle Pattern #052

Free Doodle Pattern #053

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Doodle Pattern #055

Free Doodle Pattern #054

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