Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Walking before the sun comes over the ridge is rewarded by these beautiful views.  It's why our area is called the Smoky Mountains. This morning the mist/fog rolled up the valley and soon enveloped me, other times little fingers rise straight up.  Always a fascinating sight to behold!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PTA FIBER GROUP - JAN. MEETING

PTA (Professional Textile Artists) started out the year by meeting in Georgia Bonesteel's neck of the woods.  
 First we met at Curb Market in Hendersonville where Georgia and Gen Grundy have just opened a booth.  Georgia's spirit always shines through.....see her peeking through the merchandise?  PTA member and good pal Judy Simmons featured our visit on her blog....check it out here.
 We adjourned for lunch and show and tell at Georgia's house.  Here's a new piece she's been working on.  All those curves make me shiver but not for Georgia who is a true pro with her Bernina. 
 Judy brought several examples of her recent snow dyeing...using folding methods to create the pattern.  I love the images.  Interestingly, they have less fracturing than ice dyeing and we assume that's due to how quickly the snow melts vs ice.

 Kate has been BUSY.  We have a community i-spy box of fabrics....constantly being refreshed.  Isn't this a great way of using those larger conversation type fabrics and a wonderful baby gift?!?
 She used Minky blanket fabric for the backing.....a cozy finish for a baby quilt.  However, she said it was a challenge to sew.
 Kate has dedicated a lot of time lately to UFO's.  Creating small wall art is an excellent way to utilize those large blocks that will now never make it into a big project!
 We welcomed our newest member Marene to this meeting.  This is an invitational group and gosh.....it's been about 10 years since anyone was added.
She created this stunning Bargello quilt as a gift.  Wouldn't you like to be her friend?
We all love Dort's charming pictorial quilts.  This is just another example of how well she incorporates print fabrics in her whimsical themes.

Monday, January 16, 2017

ATLANTA HERE WE COME

PACKERS 34 - COWBOYS 31
COWBOY SLAYER!!

GO PACK GO.......Our heroes

I nearly didn't survive the stress....what a game!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

WE HAVE ST VINCENT ON OUR SIDE

Well....another Sunday and another huge game......but the Packers have St. Vincent on their side.  Here's the story behind St. Vincent.....  If you are a Packer fan, you probably already know it....if you aren't you should......read the linked article.
There are no other words today except:   GO PACK GO!!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST GAME SO FAR

I've hardly said a word all week.....well not here anyway!!  But with only one day to go before the Packers take on the Cowboys....well the tension is building!!  If you are a fan, the following will be self explanatory....if not......why not?!?                                        GO PACK GO!!!


 Looks like that illegal Giants' hit will cause Jordy to miss the game....just hope he's okay and that there will be another game in his future this season!
GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

MORE FELTED WOOL VOTIVE HOLDERS

A rewarding 4 days of wet felting wool votive holders.
 Appx. sizes 3" x 4"
Close-up - votive holders still drying, fitted with yogurt containers to retain their shape.

Visit these inspiring blogs to see what other talented artists have created this week:
Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WET FELTED VOTIVE CANDLE HOLDERS

Winter finally arrived in our NC mountains.....too much snow, ice, and brrrrrrr temperatures.  What's a girl to do?  Why, stay inside and get creative!
 Thanks to 'the son & DIL' I was gifted a hefty amount of felting supplies.  This is a tool I've had my eye on for some time.....pricey enough that I didn't jump at it immediately.  BUT....gosh now I'm glad I own one. 
 The disc, with its generously sized handle and grooves in the bottom was reported to cause less hand strain plus faster felting. So far, I'd give it a thumbs up.
My first attempt to make votive candle holders combined a pre-felt batt topped with roving.  It was successful, yet I was looking for a more uniform, thinner wall.  I didn't yet own the felting disc.
Left-  white with blue stripes  -  Right - white with green squiggles 

The felting disc helped achieve what I was aiming for.  Excuse the photos, good photography is difficult with lights out to showcase the flickering candle. Though wool doesn't burn easily, each holder is fitted with a battery operated votive candle.  
Here are three more with their yogurt container forms inside as they dry.

I'm planning to develop a dedicated section in my gallery shop for wool vessels....that is, when I can figure out how to do it....ahhh technology.  But if anyone is truly interested in purchasing one....email using link on right side bar.


Monday, January 9, 2017

AARON PROMISED - AARON DELIVERED!

PACKERS 38 - GIANTS 13

 Dallas lookout here we come!!

GO PACK GO!!  GO PACK GO!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

SHOUT OUT LOUD!!!! GO PACK GO!!!!

The hype over today's Packer playoff game has been building all week......I've spared you dear readers from enduring daily posts for the last week.  But today is the day.......
 Hummm....is this shirt personally calling me?!?


Since this is a fiber blog....let's see what one Bernina in Green Bay, WI did to be part of the game.......click here.
Caricature by  Milwaukee artist - Gary Kachar

The Packer trophy room already exhibits the.....Bears, Vikings, and Lions......yippie!  Aaron suggested they were going to run table.......GREAT.....let's add the Giants to this list!!
GO PACK GO!!!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

ONE DAY TO GO

This fence located near Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI captures the sentiment for Sunday's playoff game.......  GO PACK GO!!!!!