Sunday, January 31, 2010
One of the spinning circles.
Another wearer of lovely handwork.
circular shawl--out of print pattern--Christmas gift from sister--don't you wish for that sister?!
Art yarn spinner from Sarasota, FL.
Industrious spinners at their vendor booth (Skyloom Weavers).
Wearing a Twisted Sisters pattern shawl.
Tonni looking great in her lovely knitted shawl.
Fran, not only wearing a smile, but handspun silk crochet necklace.
Melissa with a happy face!
Char, from Illinois, showing off her illusion pattern knitted sweater.
Cheryl, from Oregon, showing off her Nuro sock yarn knit shawl.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
more photos tomorrow!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Okay, here is how you begin. Find your center medallion block. It must be 12.5"--well, that should be an easy task, but which block to make? It needs to be quite the focal point. Here is the block that was decided upon:
The first few sew arounds went along fine and dandy. Then one month slipped by and another and guess what, you are off schedule and there is the need to hurry to catch up with the group's progress. Chug, chug along is what this one was being called after a few months work. Stretch...... fit those blocks around the best you can. Then there was the month when there were bias blocks, lots of bias blocks and if you have to ripe (as in this case two times) the bias becomes slightly off--well, actually, big time off!
Finally, yes, finally, the whole was complete and bundled off to the quilter. Out of sight, out of mind, right? NOT! The quilter is having a rough time getting the top to quilt--why, well, it's because of all those mistakes in measuring and bias riping. My advice to her--just take out what you can and make the best of the quilting. Well, she is a saint! There was no swearing, no cussing, and hopefully, no talking behind my back about this quilt.... whisper, whisper..did you hear about that one medallion quilt she made?
The final project was an experience and the quilt along or chug along (in my case) turned out pretty good--thanks to one good quilter! and hopefully, if and when another medallion quilt is considered, the quilter will not shy away and say "never more".
Friday, January 22, 2010
Well, look what showed up in my mailbox one day!
A SOCK MONKEY! by way of dear knitter friend Judy in Colorado--what a surprise and a treat. And look what badge he is wearing:
Is that not a hoot?!! Good ole sock monkey will be the hit of the party and he is bringing along his game "Who's got the monkey?". Maybe, we can give away some 'monkeys' that are in our baggage to others. Well, just 'SOCK IT 2 ME'!!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This is Olga. And this is her latest piece--Titled "MELT"
which was accepted in the exhibition "The Climate is Changing !", a juried traveling exhibition of felt textile art on the impact of human actions on the environment.
The exhibition will be opened at the Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum), Prato, Italy on May 7,2010 and then will tour Germany and the United Kingdom and possibly other countries during 2010 & 2011.
Her tools are her hands, bubble wrap, wool, some silk and lots of hard work. Of course, her design idea came first.
The back of the piece and close-up of brilliant blue locks. Her scarves were featured in Harper's Bazaar online holiday gift guide "Luxury gifts for women who have it all". (#9 on slide show)
ART-FELT by Olga--an up and coming new international designer and talented artist. Yes, there are those artistic people who walk quietly among us.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Purchasing length same as width for the top, add contrasting fabric for backing with right sides together, sew around (leave small opening for turning), turn, press and you have a nice blanket. Combining these fabrics along with a couple yards purchased from the bolt, three blankets were sewn. The pink plaid has been backed with a solid pink. The other two blankets will need a backing.
Take #5 perle cotton (there are many cones in my weaving supply closet!) and do a blanket stitch around the sides. This adds a nice finish to the blanket.