Monday, October 31, 2011

Check this out!!

18 Hands Gallery is hosting a great exhibit right now --Interwoven III: Fiber Extravaganza!  The third annual: "Interwoven" exhibition, showcasing the work of 30 regional fiber artists from our area. The work ranges from quilted and woven wall work to innovative wearables and even 3-D knitting!

Juried by well-known fiber artist and author, Ginny Eckley, this year's Interwoven III show includes work by Noreen Borys, Sheila Burke, Marian Carlson, Beth Dewey, Tatiana Ermakova, Lynn Sorelle Forster, Sony Hartley, basket Margery O Hedges, Veronica Helton, Susan Fletcher
King, Scharine Kirchoff, Charlene Kolb, Linda Lewis, Leisa McCord, Carmen McGee, Janice Daniel McKeehan, Sheryl Means, Tammy Minnich, Leila Reynolds, Olga Starostina, Olga Tarasova, Sandra Elbel Taylor, Linda Thiemann, David L. Vollmer, Doerte Weber, Lynn S. Williams, Hope Wilmarth and Gerry Woodhouse as well as the work of our juror.
 Pop over to the gallery but if you can not make it in person, be sure to check out their website and see photos of all the work.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Quilters Delight

This week there was a chance to visit with some favorite people--expatchers quilt group.  Even though not all were in attendance (and we miss those who are absent) we enjoyed our gab and sewing morning.  Always something new and different going on with this group of gals.
Judy was working on this delightful hanging designed by Pam Puyleart.  This is one of many from Pam's backdoor quilt series.
and here is Judy in her new studio--where we all enjoy gathering on those special days.  Thanks Judy!!
Brenda was finishing up her French Braid top.  She and several of the other expatchers took a workshop recently from this book.
What smashing colors!
And a fun quilt top is going to a special little baby soon.
Who is that peeking from behind her finished quilt top?  None other than our group coordinator --Camilla, who found the fabric this summer while attending Long Beach Quilt Festival.  We are happy to have Camilla back after a two year stint in Mexico.  Welcome Home, Camilla!!
Linda is sewing on the binding for her sweet baby quilt. 
A-B-C-D--we can sing right along with the song as we feel the softness of the flannel. 
The diaper pin quilting (by Sandy) adds that special touch.
Last, but not least, is Debby--finishing up the handwork on this lovely quilt that is a gift for a dear foreign exchange student (newly married) she hosted many moons ago.
Yes, we meet to gab, stitch, share, moan and complain; and even though into our lives sadness and trouble flow, we are there for each other. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tea Time!!

When the air turns a little cooler and the fall leaves begin to drop, our thoughts turn to TEA!
We have our favorite china mugs......................
Our favorite cups and saucers..........................
The favorite teapot that comes out on special occasions............................
Various sundry decorative teapots...............................
antique pots that are rarely used...................................but look good.
and then there is the standard everyday pot and the necesssary tea equipment..............
We 'heart' tea cosies!  and this book is certainly one of our favorites to enjoy................
And when this pumpkin cosy pattern appeared in the Ravelry group Cosy Corner, we knew we wanted to take this Wensleydale wool from Lisa Sousa and knit up this neat little pumpkin to decorate the standard pot.  Check out the weekly Blog to find your free tea cosy pattern.
Of course, this handspun has been properly 'aged' about 3-4 years; just never knew what to use it for.  Now, we know.....................................because, it's TEA TIME!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fiber Artists Exhibit at Betz Gallery

HAFA group (Houston Association of Fiber Artists) Gallery Exhibit is being hosted by Betz Gallery through October 26th.  If you have a chance, drop into this gallery and give these pieces a look.  Here is just a few photos of what you can enjoy there.
This lovely garment greets you as you enter the front door.  Entitled "Into-Me-See-The Language of Love" by Carol Watson. 

Here is the back view of the garment.
Here is an interesting crochet hanging by Fermin Coronado who used various techniques to create "Sea Scape".
This piece is not on display but Fermin showed it off at the regular meeting.  This scarf  will be sent to be exhibited in New York as a tuxedo accessory.
"Empty Nest" by Hope Wilmarth uses various quilting and surface design tecniques  for this small wall hanging.
Susan Abouhalkah wove "Yesterday's Towel-Today".  It is displayed on a modern towel stand.
Ginny Eckley has a way with color and needles.  This hanging is entitled "Koi Pond Under the Willow II".  Her larger piece that was entered in the exhibit received Best of Show.  You'll need to stop in the gallery to see that piece.
Aileen Gugenheim is exhibiting "Matrix Field", a work of layered silk, pieced collage with speciality threads and bead embellishments.
In an earlier blog, there was a photo of threads that were used to create this lovely drapey scarf.  Knitted by Scharine Kirchoff and entitled "Peace Be With You", this shawl is linen paper with silk stainless steel thread.
Brenda Bunten-Schloesser has given us this creative mosaic of painted cotton, dyed and woven yarn threads and she has titled it "Light of Morning at Sunrise"
Mari Omori with "Incubator, 2011"  Can you guess the what the incubator holds?  This interesting display in a hundred year old wooden box or incubator holds babies of .................teabags!  Yes, teabags, cotton, cotton seeds.  Stop in Betz Gallery before the closing date to see other creative pieces on display.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fiber, Fiber Everywhere!

What a treat the HAFA (Houston Association of Fiber Artists) meeting was!  Inspiring, inspirational and intriguing--all wrapped up in two hour meeting--lots of show and tell, happenings and activities upcoming with this group.  The program was presented by Emily Davlin,  a member of HAFA and shared her technique of what she called "Heat Gun Fabric".  Here is the description from the newsletter:  "Artistic Fabric Texturing", Emily will demonstrate how heat is used to form texture on polyester lining weight fabric by using an embossing tool. The resulting pieces have many possible applications from jewelry to wearable art garments to wall art.
She had the fabric ready for demo--sprists some water, brushed on some diluted acrylic paint (cheap paint, Emily recommends) and then apply heat!  Must be cheap polyester fabric too.
And the end product--she also did the back with the heat gun for awhile.  Interesting texture for sure.
Some of her samples on display.  Notice the 'burn' out hole in the fabric; a result of the heat gun.
The black was outstanding!
Emily uses her 'heat gun' fabric for many fashionable wearables--purses and jewelry.  She even uses the finished fabric as lining in garments to add that extra touch.
We all fell in love with "Emily's Book"--a creative gathering of thoughts and ideas.
She even uses machine stitching for more detail work.  This was an interesting program and gets your "juices" flowing and thinking "What if...................."  Thanks Emily for sharing your inventive way to change plain ole polyester into a useful fabric.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Weaver's Delight!

When we return from our summer away, it is always the highlight of the month to return to our regular scheduled programming and the first week of the month, we are delighted to visit with not one but two weaver study groups.  WSW (West Side Weavers) continue their study of waffle weave.  But, before we launch into that topic...................................
Our hostess, Scharine, brings out one of the towels she purchased at the recent guild show/sell.  It's a lovely towel woven by fellow weaver Marian, who just took up weaving a short time ago.  She has progressed by leaps and bounds! 

Okay, onto study topic at hand--waffle weave.  This hand cloth is the product from Penny's loom--great handle and perfect for washcloth and just the right size.
Connie's silk noil scarf reminds one of spring days and colors.  It is light and airy and she worked hard to achieve the waffles right where she wanted them.
Our newest member is on the learning curve--almost there.....and she wove this great cloth but there were some treadling errors---she is definitely going to give us a run for our money!
Dottie, who is master at whatever she sets her hand to, showed off one of her Christmas ornaments--felted fabric, hand embroidered and she recycles as well (using one of her empty yarn cones as a base).
She shows off one of her 'postcards' before it is placed in the mail to her dear friend.  Ahh, to be one of those 'dear' friends.
Scharine models one of the 'rejects' from the recent fiber artist show.  "Reject?" we say--"no way"!  Scharine uses her family tecniques to fashion this interesting fabric for her jacket. 
She has used traditional Japanese flower fabric and her fermented dyed fabric as accent.
Another reject--her lovely silk fermented dyed scarf.  She uses indigo leaves for the dye process, which takes several days to achieve.
What can you do with linen paper yarn and stainless steel/silk?  Easy, knit a scarf--that is exactly what Scharine did.  And this scarf was accepted into the fiber artist show.  Can't wait to see it in person!
Can we say color!!??  This is a warp that Scharine is to thread on her loom for the upcoming Ruby Leslie workshop.  It's all about color, which fits nicely into the second weaver study group's work for the year.
D'Anne, from the WOW (Way Out West) group has this warp for the workshop.  Ruby has wound all the warps for the participants and sent specific instructions on the threading. 
Ahh, a blast from the past!  But, now look ,this complete study session has been printed in lovely book form.  The old one on the storage shelf is on loose paper printed by the hand of Else herself.  We studied with Else many moons ago and had a wonderful learning experience.
Our faithful leader, Leigh, brought some of the yarn cones that she wants to weave with.  She was asking for suggestion of weave structure.  Oh, we had plenty of ideas for her!
Barbara had her weave draft at hand--a colorful crackle variation.  We'll see the real deal soon, knowing Barbara, who does wonderful weavings!  In all, it was a super week filled with so many ideas that could explore one's brain!  Home to weave, if only..............................why is there always that excuse standing in the way??