Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Here a Scarf, There a Scarf

OK, I've been on a bit of a scarf kick. My favorite is the one in the first image. It has some silk hankies embellishing it, and some decorative holes at the ends (I felt so daring making holes on purpose-haha).
Last week I visited Ginny's Fine Fabrics. She has the most amazing assortment of silks and other really cool fabrics. This is not your average fabric store. I managed to behave with admirable restraint. My credit card did not burst into flames.
Besides some blue silk (chiffon?), I couldn't resist getting a small piece of a beautiful handpainted mesh fabric from Italy. I felted it onto a black background. I'll put a picture of it in my next post. I might have to go back and get some more of it. I haven't decided.
Until next time....

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Shepherds Harvest 2010

I am totally wiped out. I got up at 5:30 this morning to meet a bus and go with members of the Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild up to Lake Elmo, Minnesota to the Shepherds Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival . Imagine a County Fairground full of fiber vendors, classes, demonstrations, fiber animal barns and a few thousand (?) happy fiber fanatics. Sound like fun? I spent the morning happily shopping for roving, silk, books and other things absolutely necessary for my survival

Lunch was deep fried walleye chunks. Yes, it was good. I wanted to get the fried pickles, too, but decided to save my money for the important stuff.

After lunch, two of my fiber friends were scheduled to take a nuno felted bracelet class taught by Leslie Granbeck. I wandered over to class with them, and lo-and-behold, there was still a spot open in the class. So I took the class, too. We used beautifully dyed cotton scrim and prefelts for one of the bracelets, and the other bracelt was a collage (mosaic?) design using various fabrics on a prefelt base. A good time was had by all despite it being quite chilly.

We got back to the bus where there was a general show and tell and lots of happy comparing of notes about what we saw and purchased. We all agreed that the bus was an excellent way to go to the festival.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Felted vessels

These are just a few things I've done in the last couple of months. Most of them are small vessels, done on the kids' inflatable balls. The top photograph is of a vessel I made using a football. I wasn't sure how that would influence the final shape, but after a little manipulation this one decided to become a flower pot.
In July I will be taking Felt Vessels With Attitude from Pamela MacGregor at Midwest Felting Symposium.
Next post...

May Day

I had notecards printed from photographs of my fiber art. These are the five images I settled on. I like them because they are abstract and bright.
Other news...
I was invited to display my work in the retail shop of the Northfield Arts Guild. The grand opening of their newly remodeled shop was today.
I brought some new things over to the Bluff Country Artists Gallery in Spring Grove, MN. Several of my large vessels are there, as well as some scarves. I've been doing a lot of scarves lately.
There is always something going on at Crossings in Zumbrota, MN where I also have some things. There are concerts and classes every weekend. Check it out. Jill Lynn will be teaching a nuno scarf class there in June.

Next weekend is the Shepherds Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo, MN. The Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild is taking a bus up on Saturday so I will get a chance to visit with some friends.

Next post...
pictures of some things I've felted lately.

Happy May Day!