Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weaving Demonstration at the Gallery

Yesterday I showed the photo of my youngest attendee (and weaver!)  I now have a few more photos from the demonstration on Saturday.  I am very grateful to the people who took photos and shared them with me.  The event was well attended and I hope everyone there had a good time.  As you can tell from the photos, the attendees were very interested in the process.

The demo started with a bit of explanation and a few questions. 
 I think at this point (below) I was asked a question that I did not 
know an answer for.  The question was about the wood the loom
is made from.  I just know it is nice and sturdy and I never 
worried about what the wood is.  The wood is actually birch.


Sandi and her husband came in from Chattanooga to see the loom. She is very interested in learning to weave. 


 Here I am showing some of the techniques I use when weaving.  
You can see that everyone was paying attention. 

 Patti and Sandi both took the challenge to sit at the loom and try it. 

Giving some instruction

Trying it out.
Sandi asked a question and I had to see what happened.
She did a great job. As we say in Saori,
 "There are no mistakes, just design changes. 
 They both found the process fun and exciting. 
I do believe that both of them will make great weavers with a bit of instruction. 
I certainly had a great time doing this demonstration.  There were others who came in at 
various times during the demo as it was a "come and go" event. 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weaving Demo

Saturday April 22nd -besides being Earth Day-was the day of my weaving demonstration at the MVAC Art Gallery.  A number of delightful people stopped by to watch, learn and try weaving.  For now, I only have this one picture --borrowed -- from Facebook to show.  The turnout was great. The photo is our youngest "new weaver" from the event.
(photos by her Mom.)
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fast Becoming

While it isn't super fast, the Trip quilt is coming together quickly. I am still making design decisions.  At this point if appears that I will quilt it in just two sections  and then join the two into one quilt.
Here is how the top is looking.  I filled in some open places with strips that were already cut.
Just ignore the bright colored quilt on my bed beneath this top.  Once the three new sections are joined and outlined with strips similarly to the other section, I plan to make wide piano key borders for all four sides. I suspect it will look a bit wild.  But I think it will be perfect for the recipient.

Question:  Would it be too wild to add red or maybe burgundy into the piano key border?
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Another bit of "Trip Around the....Squirrel!"

After a nice weekend off, I am back at the Squirrel quilt.  I did two sections yesterday and joined them.  I have four more sections going today. I am chain piecing the strips.  You can see that under my presser foot and pulled out across the completed section.
I am doing each section a bit differently to keep it "odd" and thus keep with the name it has been given.  Since several of the fabrics were fat quarters, in each section some of them are replaced with different fabrics.  I call it "controlled scrappy" quilting.  I am trying to keep the colors similar.

I got a great Happy email today from Melissa at "Happy Quilting."  I won last week's Terrific Tuesday prize.  The prize is six fat quarters of Bella Solids and five spools of Aurifil thread in matching colors.   My Tuesday is now officially Terrific!  (and there is a new giveaway today that you may want to go check out. I didn't enter this one since I just won.)
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trip Around the .....SQUIRREL!!!!

Surely some of you think I have abandoned quilting for weaving - but that is not true.  I have a new project started.  It will be a quilt for my great-nephew's graduation.  (JT - don't look!)

I started with a plan.  I cut lots of fabric in the size I expected to use for the entire quilt.

 Then I started strip piecing sections to cut up and make a bargello/trip around the world type quilt. I had a few pieces that were pre-cut - and then after cutting LOTS of strips (and sewing some strip sets) there was a terrible discovery.  The pre-cut strips were not uniformly cut. ARRRGH.  Wait, no! I can deal with that - I don't have to have matching points. So the sections were completed.  Some match, some don't and some places I switched to a half drop method.

The decision made early on was to make and quilt the quilt in sections - even though that would interrupt the pattern, it would finish the quilt more rapidly.  We all know that there aren't enough hours in the day.

Then quilting was interrupted for a couple of days.  Somehow my plan didn't get written down and --well, I have slept since then (meaning I forgot.)

So I sewed more sections and made some mistakes, errrr, design changes.  Today while piecing and laughing at myself,  I started thinking of possible names for the quilt.  I laid it out on the bed to look at it.
I thought of names related to "trip." Since this trip was so lost, I thought "Do you know where you're going to?" aka theme from Mahogany.  Or maybe, I could call it "Life Makes a Sidetrip" but then I realized the perfect name is  "Trip around the .....SQUIRREL"  - I am sure my friend Kitty will laugh at that one as we say we are "chasing squirrels" when we switch back and forth from project to project.  Of course the "Squirrel" comes from one of my favorite movies, UP!  If you haven't seen it, you should definitely find it and watch it.  While it is a "kids movie" -- there is a strong theme about getting older too.  I consider it to be a real treasure.  

Now let me chase this squirrel for a while longer.....
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Some Professional Photos From the Gallery

Here are a few more photos from the Gallery.  These were done by my photographer friend.  I hope you enjoy them.
Please click to enlarge if you wish.











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Friday, April 07, 2017

Gallery Opening Take Two

The photographer gave me copies of some of the files - which I edited myself. He will edit his later and probably do a much better job.  But I needed them to get this post ready.

At the gallery each of the artists had people from the gallery wearing some of our work - and of course we each wore something of our own work.
First up is a picture of  The MVAC Treasurer, Artist Rita Winters, Artist Gene Black and MVAC Secretary.
The treasurer is wearing one of my creations and the Secretary is wearing one of Rita's creations.

Patti and Kim wore  some of my work and posed with one of my mannequins.  I love how Kim was rocking the No-Sew Hat. It looked elegant on her- when I wear it, I look like a clown.

These paintings were hanging in the front room near the liquid refreshments. 

The "Wild Abandon" wall hanging  which is over 9 feet long hung 
from near the ceiling to the top half of an unused door.
Here is a photo of me posing with some of my art quilt pieces.
And here is Rita posing with one of her Batwing Tops with a lovely woven scarf.

There are more photos but I will save those for later.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

Oh yes, perhaps all of this has inspired you to be more creative. I suggest taking a class from Craftsy as this weekend all the top classes are $19.99 each or less
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Gallery Opening -Take One

For the gallery opening, I had a friend who is a great photographer take some photos for me. Of course those are not ready yet.  So I am going to share some that I took with my phone while I walked thru prior to the opening.  All of the paintings, quilts and woven goods you see in these photos are my work.
You can click the photos to see them larger.
Art Quilts

Woven Vests and Painting "In Oberon's Palace"

Woven Vest, Two small Paintings
Square Neck Top and painting "Morning Magic"

Green Eyed Serena, That Look. Blue Eyed Susan

Tesseract,  Hibiscus, Wind in the Door

Mountain Blues and Ice Crystal Vest

Red Passion Vest and Cardinal Samba

Three Paintings, a Long Vest and a Top

Three more paintings. 
The opening was great fun.  I received many very nice comments.  Plus, interest was shown in many of the works.  Three people also acted as models for some other of my woven goods.  The photographer got pictures of some of them. I will be sharing those photos later.

P.S.  this Gallery is in a converted house.
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

More Sewn Garments

Sunday, I spoke with someone who will be working at the reception for the gallery on Thursday evening.  She said "I wish we could model the garments." Hmmmm....the ones that are hung need to stay on the walls of the gallery - but......  I said "Wear something neutral and I will bring something to drape on you."   She seemed excited.   Of course I didn't get measurements. So I made a variety of garments. Surely at least one will work for her and she will get to "model" as she serves at the drinks table.
Disclaimer: As my torso models are all at the gallery, these are just on hangers - they do look better on a body form. 
First up is one I call the "Slash Neck Top"
This was given to me as a hand drawn pattern by another weaver.  Hmm...that fringe needs to be twisted yet.  That will be a good "busy work" thing to do on this stormy day.

Next up is one that I designed. I confess that the design isn't quite what I had in mind. I am reserving judgement until I see it on a real body.   You get both  front and back views - although it is reversible.

Then we come to the Rocket Vest - a pattern from one of my Japanese weaving books.
If you click to enlarge you may see the label in the center back seam.  But all you can really see is the edge.  Here is what it looks like on one side
And finally the T-Shaped Top - again from one of the Japanese Saori books. And once more you get to see both sides as it is reversible also.

This is what I consider the front. 
So, there is a quick show of what I have made since Sunday evening.

I almost forgot this: the notification that the gallery sent in the newsletter:


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