Sunday, January 25, 2015

2nd Monday weavers

Our weavers gathering for January was a rather large group , hosted at fellow weavers, Katherine's lovely restored farmhouse.

My weaving contribution was the final bamboo m's and o's scarves off the loom, leaving me only a few days to weave something for a group show at Viva Gallery. My idea for an image transfer onto a weaving that looked like birch bark was only partially successful. It was lots of fun to think of my weaving in an "out of the box" kind of way. My next post will be about this weaving.

Judging from the amount of work that I photographed at this gathering, not everyone was suffering from the same, post traumatic Christmas syndrome; that I was. I should be over it any time now. There were so many projects flying about, I am lucky if I saw half of them. Thanks Kathleen and Bob, for hosting our gaggle of weavers. It is funny though, how the husbands and sometimes the dogs disappear into the nether regions of the house, while we are there. Appearing briefly to do their outdoor chores, dog in tow. I am thinking that en masse, we are a bit fiber fanatical to seem entirely "safe" to those not similarity afflicted.

Wall hangings by ELIN using linen, cotton, prairie grass,beads and a photo/ my birch bark 8x8 weaving

Beautiful needle felted barn owl by Kris
Pomegranate pear salsa, maple syrup pie and a lovely cake that for some reason looks fiberyish to me

Barb B's overshot, both on the same threading/ Barb M's shadow weave/ rigid heedle plaid by Barb B/ potholder by Susan on Elin's rug and monks belt? Scarf by Denise
Barb B's felt bag full of weaving. Great idea for a bag with interchangeable woven panels

My bamboo M's and O's scarf



Friday, December 12, 2014

neither rain nor snow...

So, although it was a small and perhaps foolhardy group to brave the icy road conditions, we sure had a good time at our December weavers gathering. Bonnie's home was so warm and inviting, it was a pleasure to sit by the fire on such a dreary day.
We met a new weaver; Barb who drove all the way from Wauzeka. She pulled one beautiful weaving project after another out of her felted bag, ala Hermoine. The one that really took my breath away was a bamboo/tencel overshot table runner in warm fall colors. I don't know why I think that I don't like overshot. Guess I have always had it in my head that it is too "old lady"; disregarding the fact that I fit squarely in the old lady category. Now I am excited to give it a try.  The same for crackle weave after seeing how beautiful Judith's sampler yardage turned out. So, bravo ladies for turning what could have been a gloomy day at home, into a day of fiber inspiration and extremely well fed tummies.
Lamb brats/ homemade bread and springerle cookies= YUM

Barb's overshot table runner/shawl and triangle wool plaid shawl

Bonnie's wool sweater and fleeces

one of Susan's pillows/ one of Elins  iridescent scarves of hand dyed rayon warp/ Judiths crackle weave

Judiths crackle weave and her knitted vest/ my bamboo M's and O's scarves with my new hang tags.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

artists spaces

One of my favorite artists lives in an old stone house straight out of Hansel and Gretal. Surrounded by her lively chickens outside and with her woodblock print artwork displayed throughout her quaint house, it is a treat getting a glimpse of her life. Audrey Chritie and her Short Horse Studio are part of the Fall Art Tour near Dodgeville WI in October and I find it hard to pass up a chance to visit her and her artful home.

I hope you get a chance to see her work and some of the other featured artists at next years tour.

My fair lady by Audrey Christie






Wednesday, November 19, 2014

gathering at Judith's

While the November winds have blown winter in a little faster than I am mentally prepared for, our weavers group enjoyed our newest weaver friend, Judith's, sunlight filled home. All of our homes, I am sure reflect a lot about who we are, and Judith's was so welcoming and filled with art (alot of it hers) that it was just a pleasure to be there and get to know her better. I especially loved her weaving space. I do have a soft spot for Glimkra looms and her Julia is the perfect loom for her space. One of the many things that I love about our group is the inspiration that it provides and this meeting was no exception.

Crackle weave


Monday, November 17, 2014

2nd Monday at Barbs

Tomatillos from Barbs garden


Barb's newest rep weave warp


Well it seems that I am a little behind in my blog posts. So here is a whirlwind tour of our October gathering at Barbs house. Barbs beautiful rep weave warp is probably a finished rug now; so I can't wait to see it. Kathy shared the felted pieces that she made at a workshop with felter Janice Arnold. Judith showed us her knitting from the Pop Knitting book. Susan inspired us with her woven crying towels and her coverlet. I got to show off my knitted Habu paper mohair jacket. All in all a very fibery gathering.
My Habu paper mohair jacket


Susan's coverlet


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fiber on the Farm

So how did the fiber fair that our 2nd Monday weavers group sponsored, turn out? Well, first we froze our butts off; oh wait that was last. First Elin and her husband Bob agreed to host the fair at what I consider the most beautiful ridge top farm around. Then we were fortunate in having a masterful organizer like Denise who managed to pull it all together in a very short time span.
There was everything from a fleece skirting demo table, a display of heritage sheep fleeces to hands on apple carving and a trellis loom for the young and old to give weaving with natural objects, a try. Along with our 11 vendor, Olga, Jan and Judith organized a display area featuring the woven and knitted items of our fiber group. Judith's beautifully written poem put into words some of why the fiber arts are an important part of our lives.
Elin's natural dye workshop and Bonnie's Sheep Raising 101 were both well attended. I wish I had been able to join in, but I was busy introducing a few lovely ladies into the world of spinning and hopefully gave intermediate spinner Jessie some help with improving her long draw technique. For me spinning is one of the most relaxing and magical of the fiber arts. You handle every fiber that goes into the creation of a thread, that becomes a yarn, that can turn into a woven or knitted garment, that wraps you or someone you love in wooly warmth. Of course as beginners, that thread concept takes awhile to achieve. At first it is more like you are trying to shove a sheep through a really tiny hole. Not so relaxing. However lumpy, bumpy, crazy over twisted energized beginner yarns are some of the most beautiful and are rightly cherished. Paitence grasshopper, it eventually gets easier.
For me personally, my expectations for this fair were, to have a fun day with our fiber group and share my love of spinning with some fellow fiberholics. However despite the blustery cold day, people actually came to share our fiber adventers in ELin and Bob's cozy barn. So hopefully, as our group inspires our creativity with each other; we were able to share a bit about why the fiber arts are important to us. Until next year????
Elin's dye studio

Elin's handwovens and yarns
Char at her great wheel/my spinning class/Judith's poem

Elin/Denise and Jan/Kris and Bonnie

Jaali/ Phyllis and Carolyn
Kris's felting
chars booth
Katherine and cutie
My booth

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Driftless Area Art Fair

This year's fair was a whirlwind of...well...wind, lots of great music, food and the best part, great people. Both friends, returning customers and fellow artists whose works never fail to inspire. It's probably good that I didn't have much time to walk around, at least from my pocketbooks standpoint.
My booth
Alpaca, wool, cashmere cowl
People watching while I spin
One of my favorite artists; fellow Viva member, Mark Herrling

Another incredible artists meal Saturday night


Kids art