Friday, December 30, 2016


My studio time continues to be somewhat limited as 'the husband's' recovery moves along slowly, but definitely in the right direction.  

My pal Helen gifted me 2 boxes of black and white fabric which I've played with several times over the last couple of years.  A small stack of cut rectangles were just the incentive needed to jump start some simple patchwork.  But first, several design options are being considered.

Stay see the result.......


Sunday, December 25, 2016


 Wishing you all a very Mooooory Christmas!
It's been such a pleasure sharing my love of fiber with all of you this year.

Saturday, December 24, 2016





Everyone KNOWS The Green Bay Packers hold the designation as "America's Team".......

Look at the support they hundreds of folks help prepare the stadium by shoveling the snow from the stands for today's MAJOR important game.

But wait!?!?  What the heck???  About 80%+ of the country will be able to view the game live on TV.....NOT SO here in Western NC.....oh no.....the 'meaningless Atlanta vs Carolina game will be aired here instead.  Boooo hiss....  (sorry Panther fans)

Perhaps the Packers will continue their winning streak as I listen online to the 5th untelevised game in a row.  Maybe they don't need me jumping up and down or pacing in front of the TV to help them win.......  GO PACK GO!!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Studio time has been infrequent but it hasn't disappeared all together!
With a little extra time on my hands, some beautiful Merino wool roving was calling.  I've actually become fairly comfortable with the process of wet felting (or so I thought).  I set out to use up a small bit of coarse brown roving, topped with this multi-colored Merino.  The problem was the top layer would NOT felt to the inside layer....I worked and worked and worked at it.  

My conclusion was that the inner layer felted so quickly, the outer one didn't have a chance to bond.  Yet, it didn't do a great job of bonding to itself either.....  The result wasn't a total disaster as I now look at drying above.
 Throwing caution to the wind, I embarked upon another small vessel using just the blended colors of Merino roving.  My upper arms still WOULD NOT felt....the product came from a reputable supplier.  It simply fell apart as I took it off the hard rubber ball I was using as a form.
Giving up is NOT in my I tried using some of the still wet strands of roving for highlights in a larger wet felted bowl.  This view shows the's still wet....but at least I now have a use for the fibers.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Here's my last piece of 2016.  It was inspired by a small dyed piece of wool felt.....using hair clips as the resist.

It was paired with National Nonwoven's Woolfelt...detail above. 

 FURROWS  13" X 11.5"  © 2016
Resist dyed felted wool, wool felt, hand embroidered,
machine quilted & beaded.

NOTE FROM MARY:  Kathy inquired about how I prep my pieces for hanging.  A long ago post addresses my method for wool pieces....with an extra step if for some reason I feel the piece offers two hanging orientations.  Click here to learn more.  
Traditional fabric sleeves are still my preference for cottons/most woven fiber projects.

Sunday, December 18, 2016


WOW.......though my heart nearly stopped many times.....our team did it.  We had to listen via internet again but my Packer Backer pal Lynn who has Direct TV knew the status minutes before I did....kept me informed by text.  I don't know if I'd be more or less stressed if watching on TV.  GO PACK GO!!!!


My friend Lynn is already in the mood to cheer on our Green Bay Packers as they go up against Da Bears today.  It's a MUST win on so many levels.  The teams have a huge rivalry....really HUGE.  WE LOVE BEATING DA BEARS!! 

This year it's even more vital.  'The Pack' needs to continue their late season winning streak.....a loss would knock them out of the playoffs. They've been in the Playoffs every year since 2009.

 Thanks for modeling Lynn!!
Say it with me -   GO PACK GO!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2016


Last night I captured this view from our front porch at dusk.  Beautiful no?

Friday, December 16, 2016


At the most recent girlfriend ice-dyeing gathering, I overdyed some cotton prints that no longer interested me.  Naturally a 'before' photo of the pale blue print with white stars didn't occur to me at the time.
 These two after photo show the bizarre results....each side of the fabric was completely different than the other and we are still puzzled how/why that happened.  The color and pattern on this - the wrong side of the print - was successful.
I considered this one - the right side - to be a mess.  Some sections along the edges (not shown) were only spot dyed.
 However, those barely dyed sections were brought to another Fiber Junkies meeting where we printed with thickened dyes/textile paints/and generally just played with our failed fabrics.  The two leaf prints above were made that day....  At home I pinned them to my design wall where they were forgotten for a long time.
 As I was gathering handwork projects to do while hospital sitting, they yelled out loud....pick me, pick me.  Scooping them off the wall, carrying to the closet where I store my altered cloth.....suddenly that ugly yellow ice over-dyed fabric,  caught my eye.  The rest as they say is history.
 There actually wasn't a whole lot of handwork on the piece, though I had originally planned to hand embroider the background.  The busy ice-dyed fabric needed more texture and definition so it was machine quilted instead.
SUN DAPPLED  20" x 14.5"
Ice-dyed & eco-printed cotton, hand embroidered, machine quilted.

Get inspired by viewing what other artists have been up to this week:  Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.


Monday, December 12, 2016

3 IN A ROW!!!!

Living in the state of NC with 3 NFL teams in the vicinity, the Packers are rarely featured on TV hiss.  My friend Kay who lives in FL has the same we've missed watching the last 3 winning games.  After the blowout yesterday, she wondered if we would be willing to give up viewing the rest of the season if it meant they would continue to win.....

So, from the bottom of my Packer loving heart.....thanks for the win....GO PACK GO!    Packers 38 - Seattle - 10......

Friday, December 9, 2016


You'll see just how much 'seat' time I had during 'the husband's' hospital's another semi-prepared project finished off with hand stitching during this time.
 My pile of deconstructed screen printed silk noil is slowly shrinking.  It's one of my favorite methods of altering fabric.  When planning to mount a project on a canvas wrapped frame, it's helpful to baste reference lines to ensure ample turn over margins are available. 
 Awhile ago I prepared this background and played with featuring an Asian design.  It just wasn't hitting the mark for me so I put it aside.
The fall season brought my attention to a beautiful Japanese Maple tree located at the entrance to our tiny subdivision. Large scale, richly colored leaves made using commercial batik fabric was a better design choice.
 The veins were hand embroidered.....a bit of a challenge due to the number of layers (plus stabilizer) that had to be pierced.
JAPANESE MAPLE  14" x 11.5"
Deconstructed screen printed silk noil, machine appliqued,
hand embroidered, mounted on canvas wrapped wood frame.


Thursday, December 8, 2016


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.
The backing is so darn'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 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


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.
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