Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
This month was filled with deadlines for show applications, and I am attempting to get juried at the state level. My jury session is scheduled for March 31st in Lancaster, wish me luck! I have fleeting moments of confidence interspersed with long stretches of trepidation.
I also moved some of my equipment over the last two weeks. The loom that was on the downstairs enclosed porch is now upstairs in the loom room. The sewing and yarn processing station had to move across the hall to make space for the loom. The downstairs porch is now available for seed starting. (I still need to place my seed order!) The trick now is to remember where everything is so I spend less time spinning in a circle.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
This odd looking pile is natural dyed wool drying on the coal stove. It actually got too hot so I had to move it over to the edge. It is a coarser wool than the type usually used for felting, but it is what I have available. I scoured it, dried it, carded it, cooked it in a mordant bath and then finally dyed it. I also dyed some red from Brazil wood and orange from coreopsis, but I couldn't stack any higher!
Last evening was 'Art Walk' in Bloomsburg, where artists are paired with downtown businesses and the public follows a map to visit everyone. I was a participating artist in a clothing store called Kricket Square. The weather was cold and blustery so the event was more lightly attended than in the past. We did have some wonderful visitors though, especially the BU art students who hung out for a while. Hi guys!
Today I am heading to NJ to investigate freelance designing of handbags, drop off my painting "Blue Moon"to it's new owner and go to a tea party with Alice at my former guild.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Here are some of the colours I have been natural dyeing this week. The yarn is from white alpaca that I spun. I washed the fiber several times before I spun it and washed again afterwards. Then I simmered it in an alum and cream of tartar mordant bath. This helps the dye adhere to the fiber. The yarn pictured (top left) was dyed with madder. The lovely green came from goldenrod with an indigo overdye. I extracted the goldenrod in the fall, and stored the dye in plastic milk jugs. The pink is from cochineal. There is purple someplace too, from overdyeing the pink with blue. After the yarns dry I will put them back through the spinning wheel to ply them together to make unusual multi colour yarns.
A special thank you to the lovely Lucy Lane who, through her kind words, has encouraged me to perservere with my hat. It is looking better. More to come on that next week! In the meantime I made two more alpaca felt hats but broke my plastic bucket while doing the last one. That is the end of hats until I can find another form to work on. The two new ones are much thicker, sturdier and 'hat like'. Now the real fun begins, decorating them!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I usually cry at weddings, births, funerals... Yesterday was the first time I cried watching an inauguration. They were tears of joy on a day filled with hope. I don't have television service so I invited myself to my parents house for the momentus event. There was not a dry eye in the kitchen. So much possibility, so much resting on the shoulders of an eloquent and capable young man. For the first time in a very long time, I feel proud to be an American.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Last night was our monthly meeting at ArtSpace Cooperative Gallery in Bloomsburg. It was snowing heavily when I left the house, the beautiful kind of snow that coats every branch. At the gallery a crew spackled and touched up the myriad of holes we made over the course of the past year. We hung our show which opens on Thursday with a reception on Saturday. After the meeting I sat in for a few minutes at the River Poets monthly gathering in a building around the corner, a thoroughly enjoyable event.
Update on the rabbit; she looks better without a fur tutu, but her mane still needs some work. I simply ran out of time. Harvesting fiber from a bunny cannot be rushed!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I discovered I can't purchase the dip I wanted to print on fabric until the weather warms up. It can't freeze and temps across the country are heading sub zero for the next little while. Patience Linda! In the meantime I've ordered some prepared sheets to try.
Last night I started painting on fabrics that I natural dyed with marigolds and brazilwood. I've been planning this project for so long I can't believe I'm finally doing it. At some point I must pause the painting and finish shearing Blimunda (English angora rabbit) She is almost done but looks like she is wearing a skirt at the moment. Don't worry, the little darling is snug and warm even without her angora coat. She has the electric radiator that is usually in my room. I have to count on the cats to keep my feet warm at night for awhile!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I hooked up an ink jet printer to my PC this morning in preparation for printing some of my art onto fabric. I still need to order the special fabric dip so I can't get any further on that project today. Yesterday I washed some white and cream alpaca and I am waiting for it to dry so I can card it.
If the weather eases up in time I'll be the presenter at the Susquehanna Valley Spinners and Weavers Guild meeting in Lewisburg tomorrow afternoon. This was my first foray into power point, and my first ever blog in the same week! I must not be too far over the hill yet. Must bake some cookies now as I am bringing refreshments too.