Saturday, August 2, 2014

porch time at Barb's

It wouldn't be summer, without a lazy day, sitting on the porch at Barb and Harry's home; which is exactly what our weavers group did for our 2nd Monday gathering. Lots of projects to share, laughter and of course great food. Barb is as inspired of a cook as she is a weaver. I'm still trying to recreate the ricotta zucchini pizza that was so memorable.

Is that cat winking at me?/ Denise weaving on the porch
And what would summer be without a jaw dropping tour of Harry's garden. From the endless row of tomatoes supported by recycled walkers, to the beautiful white cucumbers I gladly brought home, it is wonderment to me. Suffice it to say that my gardens at home do not compare. It is always good to have goals to aspire towards.

Susan's curtains and square scarf in Swedish lace
This is Denise modeling my collapse weave scarf in tencel and bamboo and the shawlette Bolt knit with my hand dyed Bambino yarn. Anna is trying on one of Susan's,of Avalanche Looms, square Swedish lace scarves.

Elin's vest fabric/Bonnie's yarn/Barb's sweater in progress/and Jan's tee shirt rug
Here is a happy birthday shout out to two good friends, whose birthdays are next week. The above mentioned Barb and my Seattle (lurking) bud, Nance. Kick up your heels and whatever you do, don't act your age...

 
 
 

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Artspire in LaCrosse

Early June found fellow weaver Kathy of Riverweave Studio and I sharing a booth at Artspire in LaCrosse, Wi

Friday night kicked off with the unveiling of La Crosse’s newest art piece, The Trompe l’oeil Mural by nationally-known artist, John Pugh. This is on the west wall of the Pump House.

With 5 different stages of music, performers and storytellers, there was a lot going on. This was such a fun event that I will look forward to doing it again next year and it was even more fun to share a booth with my talented friend Kathy.

Our booth
Mural painted by John Pugh
 

Riverweave
Kathy's vests scarves and table runners
 

Painter Ken Deward
 

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

of pie and peonies

Catching up on some springtime pictures, on the hottest day of the summer so far. It was glorious fun making my daughter wait for her piece of her favorite, strawberry rhubarb pie, while I took some(lots) pictures.

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

of tornados and yarn shops

After last months fiber fair, in Mineral Point, I decided to take some of my hand dyed yarns and cards to show the lovely ladies at de la Pear. Such a fun shop to explore and I hope to go back often. And now that they are selling my yarn and cards, all the better.

While exploring the area with my hubby, tornado sirens went off, and listening to the radio it sounded like we were right in the path of a severe storm,with tornados sighted. His solution was to head north and try to get out of its path. Who hoo...nothing like a little danger to spice up your yarn shop hopping. Our little carriage house B&B had a note warning you to take shelter in their basement tornado shelter if sirens went off and that they would check on you but not until there was an all clear. ....does this happen here a lot? And no way was I going in their creepy tunnel shelter.

I hope you enjoy the pics of this quaint little, former Cornish mining town, in southwestern Wisconsin.

De la Pear
I loved combining a yarn shop with architectural salvage
Lots of arty little free libraries all over town
Would you go in there?
 

Monday, June 23, 2014

sweet summer gathering

Our weavers group recently shared a beautiful summer day at Olga's lovely country home. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer day, than enjoying fiber friends while surrounded by lush gardens, great food and calming prairie vistas. Thanks Olga for sharing your home so generously with us. Your home is such a reflection of the artful life you have lived and I am looking forward to hearing many more stories of your travels.

Barb's newest rep weave.

solitude

Shadows
Food is always a highlight. Maybe we should be a foodie group, not a fiber group?
Susan's tape without measure
The top pic is of a willow that was brought over from Slovenia 40 years ago


Denise


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Driftless Area Fibre Faire

This was a fiber fair unlike others that I have done, in that it was a smaller show and one I was trying sight unseen. It seemed pretty likely that a fair taking place in the scenic Shag Rag Alley of Mineral Point, WI, would be a pretty safe bet.
I am so happy that I tried it and that my friend Nan was there to help me. It was a great mix of varied fiber people and arts in the form of jewelry, natural soaps, prints on fabric,etc. Throw in a couple of alpaca, baby sheep, demonstrators and music; and you have something for everyone.

Another thing that amazed me about this fair was the wonderful connections that we made with fellow vendors, customers and the organizers. The lovely Mo who felt like a friend by the time our conversation ended, to the jeweler Lauren who we chatted with at Kusaka (an incredible Japenese restaurant). Turns out she is the board president of the Mineral Point Opera House. I would love to go back and see a performance.

The warmth showed to us by the fair organizer Christie, and Arlene and Annie of the wonderful yarn shop, de la pear; will not soon be forgotten. Nan and I are already looking for a reason to go back and I am betting we could get a car full. There are far too many galleries and shops we missed and of course ther are a few more pictures to be taken. Hopefully I will get some time to play with more my pictures from this weekend and share them here. Here is to a life with more fiber adventures...


Our hotel was great
Hometown roasted Kickapoo coffee to get me going in the morning.
Sandy's Palette Booth
My booth
Gabrielle Cols Azocar, textile designer, demonstrates a haute couture sequin and beading technique
 
Gabrielle Cols Azocar, textile designer, demonstrates a haute couture sequin and beading technique
Yea! for Habu
 
The wool gatherers