Thursday, December 8, 2016

FIBER JUNKIES HOLIDAY FUN

I untethered from home for a few hours to spend time with the Fiber Junkies for our holiday gathering.
Judy's beautifully decorated home was so welcoming.  She's always such a gracious hostess!
With no family close by, we haven't enjoyed a Christmas tree in our home for many years so it was so festive seeing Judy's.
A favorite activity at every meeting is Show and Tell. There's never a piece that Judy creates that I don't want to own.  This is no exception.  The realistically painted water wheel motif is displayed against a fabric stone wall backdrop.  The silk ivy leaves softens the scene. 
Judy used numerous techniques to make the leaves which look almost real!
Gen continued to experiment with the transfer papers we all created at a recent meeting.  Above and below are some of the results after pressing/transferring onto peach skin poly fabric.

Val's eco-printed hand-made paper had us all drooling.

Denny has been on a roll, making really large quilts incorporating her amazing collection of unique fabrics.
Detail
The backing is so darn interesting.....it's a print but appears as if it's vintage patchwork.
Judy and I photographed the scene at the same time, our dear Val is seated, calm and smiling as usual. 
Denny treats us annually with a stunning Yule Log.....trust me, it tasted even better than it looks.
This year we decided to exchange a 'nice' white elephant gift.  These fabulous resist dyed wool pieces were made by Val and were placed in the covered fabric box that she also made.  There was some 'stealing' of gifts as is normally the case in any white elephant exchange......however these good buddies generously stayed away from my gift.....everyone knew how perfect it was for me to take home.

Friday, December 2, 2016

FOLK ART FLOWERS

It's been awhile since my last fiber post.  My heart has been warmed by the many personal emails I've received wishing 'the husband' well with his cervical spine surgery and the long recovery ahead.  I'll skip over the drama and simply say it's been rough, but thankfully except for the tremendous pain, the other negatives/risks have been avoided.  My household duties have expanded but it's nothing I can't handle.

So.....this is what was accomplished after nearly a week sitting in a hospital room.  How very fortunate it was to have something to distract and occupy my mind.

A smallish section of a hand-dyed felted wool had been calling me for quite awhile.  I'm partial to folk art styles of design and thought that flowers would translate well.
Samples of hand dyed plaid wool were fun to incorporate.  The hand embroidery was time consuming yet very satisfying....the perfect technique given the circumstances.
FOLK ART FLOWERS  20" X 11"
Hand-dyed felted wool, hand embroidered.

Visit these sites to enjoy the work of fellow stitchers:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Friday
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

WHEW!!!!

PACKERS 27 - EAGLES 13
GO PACK GO!!!




Monday, November 28, 2016

WISCONSIN ON HIS SHOULDERS

Wisconsin Cheeseheads and those around the country are hoping the Packer's losing streak will end with tonight's game against the Eagles.

GO PACK GO!!!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

FIBER JUNKIES - NOV. MEETING

Last week was a busy week.  Generally both PTA and Fiber Junkies don't meet in the same week, never mind back to back days.

But it is our duty to have fun with our fiber friends!!
We met at Judy's.....as always we are so appreciative of having access to her large, well equipped and beautiful studio.  Denny brought her die cast cutting machines....there are several manufactures of these machines with accompanying dies that make fast work of cutting both simple and complicated shapes.  

We were all awed by her large electric one.....not to mention the huge inventory of shapes she owns.
Gen was very methodical and concentrated on cutting specific colors and shapes.  She's trying to get a bunch of kits prepared in anticipation of a huge downsizing and move.
Each of us had piles of fused fabrics ready to be cut.
Here's an example of the Ohio Star block Denny cut using her machines.  I love the unusual color & busy print combinations, the black sets it off so well.
She also worked on a t-shirt quilt for her husband.....using his collection of very unique shirts.
The backing is personalized too....he grew up in Scotland and is an engineer type.....thus the numbers and sport theme.
Kate has been on a roll creating the most charming small pieces from orphan blocks.  She has an extensive fabric collection which she utilizes with her great eye to make the blocks so much more interesting.
And....a total surprise for me.  I had a rather big milestone birthday back in the spring.  We don't normally celebrate birthdays, only the significant ones.  However, about that time, two of our members had major family matters to cope with and the time passed.  That was totally fine with me as it made it easier to ignore the big 70...unlike many who worry too much about those things.  But....the FJ's didn't forget.....and when I walked in to Judy's house I was greeted with birthday greetings and all the wonderful trappings.  The theme was beads as you can tell. 
As is tradition, each birthday girl is given a crown & scepter. I also received this beautiful eco-dyed scarf that Val created....complete with the screen printed words "Bead Queen on Board". I'll treasure these memories forever.   Thank you dear friends.....this was such a wonderful surprise!!

AND....on another personal note.....'the husband' is now recuperating from major surgery and I'm playing nurse maid and wicked witch.....keeping him from doing things he is not supposed to do.  The recovery is going to be LONG.....however with any luck I'll be back blogging and in the studio before too long.

Monday, November 14, 2016

PTA NOV. MEETING

We had another inspirational and fun filled gathering this month.  Our decision to rotate the responsibility of organizing a monthly meeting among each member has proved to be very successful and less stress free for all.  We met at Gen's, high up in the mountain in Hendersonville.

This group is more of a show and tell, chatty, foodie group.  Of course we occasionally gather to make community quilts, but mostly we each do our own thing and share how-to's and inspirations.
Dort made this clever bag for her granddaughter who loves to draw.  Easy access for markers and plenty of room inside for paper.
Mary B. showed off her hand painted shoes.  She was recently asked (obviously by a non-sewer/crafter) where she got them.....with the accompanying remark that 'they didn't match'!!  Of course we all howled at that comment.
Cathy is one of our members who is still in the workforce (not associated with sewing)...she finds the most attractive clothing...this one at a small shop featuring hand made clothing.
The label of Cathy's stunning jacket.
Oh....did I say food??  Gen made these yummy ice cream filled cream puffs.
We have 13 members in our group.....so Mary B. and Gen shared the planning this month. Mary surprised us with goodie bags filled with items that were personal for each of us.  Like many....Mary B. is trying to downsize and her loss is our gain!

Judy is displaying a tatted piece of lace that was in her bag.
And of course....this bumper sticker was in mine!  Perfect.
Dort creates clever, detailed folk art quilts....these books belong in her library.
Here's our hostess Gen.....(I speak of her often when I blog about the Fiber Junkies....several PTA members are also in Fiber Junkies).  Gen can do it all....and does it at the highest level......
I too found a piece of tatted lace in my bag.
Connie is wearing a t-shirt that she created while demonstrating how to transfer (by rubbing) indigo leaves onto fabric during a meeting she hosted.
Here's Connie again....donning an apron that she received, Connie LOVES aprons....what an appropriate treasure.

For long time readers....perhaps you may find it fun to match a face to the names that I bounce around in my posts.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

FOREST FIRES

Our area has been experiencing dry weather since the spring.....it's now officially being called a drought.  I've never really worried about wild fires before....but now one can't help but pay attention to this very real risk.
 This is the view looking East from Gen's house in Hendersonville toward the largest and growing fire in the Party Rock area.
Unfortunately, it's hitting closer to home....it took nearly 3 hrs. to travel what should have been an hour + drive home from Gen's.  Interstate I40 going just West of Asheville was down to less than one lane as another fire popped up along the highway/ridge.

No rain expected in the future.....the fires we so often hear about in the West are getting all too real for many of us.

Friday, November 11, 2016

MORE MINI BASKETS

In addition to yesterday's post, here are a couple more varieties of baskets, they are minis!
One layer consisted of this mono-printed National Nonwoven's Woolfelt.  The printing was done over a failed eco-dyed piece.
The second layer was the other half of that same failed eco-dyed piece, however this one was acid dyed, using binder clips as resists.
About 5" in diameter.
These two pieces are also National Nonwoven's Woolfelt.....I can't recall exactly what method I used that ended in disappointment, but happily over-dyeing provided a much better appearance.
About 5" in diameter.




Thursday, November 10, 2016

MORE WOOL FELT BASKETS

My work will be available at another gallery soon. This one is in downtown Asheville....details when the date is finalized.  So......in an effort to have items at a lower price point then my wall art quilts that will also be displayed, I've been making a variety of felted baskets and bowls.

The make up of each varies, many feature a layer of National Nonwoven Woolfelt, some feature layers of wet felted wool, some have been acid dyed, others have been ice-dyed, several have been needle felted.

 4.5" SQUARE
7" X 5.5"