Well, I guess no one would ever accuse me of not having an attitude. What I really mean is forging ahead with projects with more confidence and surety in my abilities. Mixing it up a little bit more getting a little daring. Taking some fiber chances... Here are some shots of my newest shawl and the Show in December.
I have been getting ready for the Block Street Art Sale this year and am busily weaving up some rugs for the event. Mirabel has been helping me with the final handwork such as tying knots. Here she is helping and there is a shot of the rug without her. Here are several of the new ones for the sale. I am putting in my wool runners, too hoping someone will just have to take one home...
I received quite a nice surprise this past Saturday. I had entered three of my weavings in the Ozark Folkways Fiberfest event which took place this past weekend. It was the third year for the event. Ozark Folkways has a long colorful history with NW Arkansas and the new director Rebecca Buchanan has been doing a top notch effort of promoting Ozark Folkways to the world. ozarkfolkways.org
I was fortunate to take some honors in the weaving category, 1st for Ozark Autumn and 2nd for one of my Sunflower series looper rugs as well as Grand Champion or Best of Show for my weaving Ozark Autumn. Pretty cool, huh?
Early morning inspiration here in Wedington Woods...The gardens are exploding and these lovelies greeted me this early summer feeling morning. Thunder rumbling somewhere in the background I couldn't get the song Tapestry by Carole King out of my head..."My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever changing view, a wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold, a tapestry to feel and see impossible to hold." That kind of sums it all up doesn't it? Things are constantly moving, changing and shifting and yet when we give up the idea of holding on to it it becomes even a greater gift than we could have ever imagined.
Hard to imagine from these photos what this is going to look like. The green is so unusual in this it was a natural gray, dyed blue then over-dyed with a sage color. There is no way quite to describe how the colors kind of shimmy depending on what light you have on it. The end result will be a nice surprise.
Finishing work still remains and decisions abound. To Ghost Ranch or not to Ghost Ranch? The show opens May 1st, not long enough from now... The top two rugs, Ozark Fusion and the Signal have not been to the Ghost Ranch Show. I am thinking of taking them, a couple of looper rugs and the new wool one. I of course, kind of liking to work under pressure am hoping to whip out another wool one in under 10 days. We will see...
It must be almost Spring. Here are my newest offerings.
A shawl made from from Debbie Bliss Cotton and Noro blend. it is only about halfway done but I had to show how cool the colors are turning out. If you aren't into this shade of green, you just aren't into it.
The newest rug is a blend of blue, green, cream and wheat. the first picture shows the beginnings of the rug and then comes the shading in cream and green followed by the pick and pick and "New Mexico Blue Sky" yarn from Rose Vigil. I will be putting and interesting something in the middle of this rug, I just haven't figured out what yet...
Once upon a time there was a woman who was totally in love with fiber. She knit, she spun, she wove, she crocheted and she dreamt of fiber things, too.I love fiber, color and texture and all things handmade. In addition to weaving the looper rugs I knit wool hats and shawls and continue to follow my tapestry weaving path.