Thursday, October 29, 2015

Iris Fiddling

Last weekend I attempted to teach 40 women how to do Iris Folding. You know, it actually went pretty well. I shared samples and passed around a magazine that had detailed instructions with photographs, so before we started everyone had an idea what it was about.
 
Right away a few women decided it wasn't something they would like to do so they took their supplies to make something else with and that's totally acceptable.  My samples were card fronts with open backs so everyone could get a behind the scenes look at what Iris Folding looks like. The one above doesn't even have the middle piece in it so they can really get a good look at its inner workings.
The other three I put in middles and jazzed up a bit so folks could get an idea of the end result. Everyone received either a black, white or red card front with a square cut out of it, their choice of two patterned papers in black and white, and either a black, white, or red middle piece (which was really just the bit cut out of the card front.

While I think everyone who participated had fun I don't think I made too many Iris Folding converts. It is one of my favorite techniques.

The Fine Print: Black and white papers from Recollections and DCWV (I had two B&W paper pads), square hole via Spellbinders die, and greeting stamps by DeNami Designs. Did you notice the sample card that the cat bit a hole into?

9 comments:

Bad Kitty said...

great cards

Leslie Hanna said...

It's one of my most detested techniques. My cards come out 3" thick. Can we still be friends?

MaryH said...

PJ, you are a brave lady to teach Iris Folding. I took a class, and liked it. Think I have a folder filled with folded strips just waiting for me. I did learn it's best to use paper, rather than card stock. I love the looks of your pieces, but I'll own up to the red being my favorite. This looks like a good design to learn on, and I guess the technique is just not for every one. Once you sort of get the hang of which strip goes where, it's actually kind of therapeutic! (until you get one strip in the wrong place..you wanna know how I know that???). TFS & Hugs. Happy Halloween too.

Carol L said...

I haven't done Iris folding in years, but I've always loved the fabulous look of the way they turn out! You have patience to be able to teach this technique too, and I love how your red, white, and grey card turned out!

Greta said...

Wish I'd been there as I just love the look of Iris Folding & haven't done it in a long time. I even have a card kit I bought at my LSS before they went out of business several years ago & haven't ever put it together, but you've inspired me, Judy--gotta go find it & make the card!

butterfly said...

The samples are so cool - I really like the monochrome ones... I bet there'll be at least one or two who find themselves addicted!
Alison xx

Craftychris said...

Lovely cards! You are brave teaching iris folding to such a large class! I haven't done it for a while, but I love it! xxx

Bonnie said...

I have trouble folding straight so I'm in awe of these designs!

chrissy xx said...

Boy! You must have a lotta patience learning lots of women how to craft!
Great cards..Great colours.
Chrissyxx