Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wearable Art by Texas Artists

Announcing the Wearable Art by Texas Artists show running from September 9-29, 2014. The  Arnold Gallery in Mason, Texas is hosting this show. Thirteen very diverse artists will be exhibiting and I really wish I could copy the pdf poster to show you who all will be there. On opening day there are special events running all day including a spinning demo in the morning and weaving in the afternoon. I only wish that I could be there. Instead I am sending four of my creations. 
 This  shawl is just lovely to wear with a shawl pin in front.
 This poncho with a diversity of yarns was really fun to knit. One of the main yarns is a multi-coloured, multi-fiber yarn that I spun myself.
Here, not only can you see the funky handspun (yes, me again with an art yarn) "collar". Not sure what to call it. I bet it would look smashing on the little black dress. I am also caught giving the photographer a lesson on how to take the picture. 
These fun fingerless gloves are in wool and were just playtime to make. Oh what comes out of the imagination on a rain day! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Winter Classes Preview

This winter I hope to have the opportunity to teach a few knitting classes. Three that have been formulated are introduced below. All designs are my own. 

 One class will cover how to add beads to your knitting. Here is a very simple beaded lace fabric used to cover a candle holder. I haven't thought of a good name for this little thing yet.
 Students who would rather make a wristwarmer, can use the same pattern and wind up with some cool accessories. I called these Goddess of the Sea Wristwarmers.
This Woodland Trail Sock was a joy to design and to knit.  The sock class is aimed at beginners who have never done a sock before. To make the heel during the duration of the class, we will be using worsted weight yarn. 

And last but not least, the poncho. This is a study in cables, for the beginner. Two very simple rectangles. The easiest little cable you can imagine. A seed stitch border. It all comes together to create the Rocky Rapids Poncho. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

So many new things

A lot of crafty things are happening. Because I am so busy in the studio, not a lot of time is spent getting online. I have started to flick and card the white Rambouillet fleece. This was so heavy with lanolin that I have washed it on two separate occasions. So far the carding is going well, albeit slowly. Stay tuned for photos of that. I will be spinning it for a fancy sweater or jacket project. 

I probably posted pictures of this quilt top last summer. At that point I had the central blue parts done.  The graphic design is called Tippicanoe. I am going with a marine theme for this quilt. It is a king sized coverlet. This summer so far I have added the narrow green frame around the blue blocks. Then I still wanted it wider, and so I found this medium brown. Plus I had just enough of the yellow and orange fabrics, from the centre of the canoes, to use in a big block in each corner. Today I did most of the machine quilting of this blanket. That is not an easy task, let me admit that right away. This is one big quilt. I will be doing some hand quilting as well. As this project progresses, watch for more updates. 

Now this colourful object is a knitted work in progress. In these three images you are seeing the same piece of knitting. It is one half of a jacket. The sleeve is the flaring portion in the lower centre. Towards the top of the photo is the left front of the jacket (to the left) and the left back (on the right). 
It is called the Rainbow jacket and is designed by Vivian Hoxbro. 

The technique used to make this project is called shadow knitting. By using simple techniques, you alternate the position of garter stitch ridges. From some angles theblack  dominates. From other directions the multi-colour rainbow jumps out at you. 

 Look how black the portion outside of the diamond shape is when viewed at a very low angle. Neat-o!

And this charmer is Helga. She went to live with a dear friend, where she lounges poolside and soaks up the rays.
These bright fingerless mitts were just something to occupy the afternoon. Eventually I hope to make a hat to match.

I have made a few other things already this summer, but either don't have pictures or I've already displayed them here. (Lithuanian socks, a woven shawl, Ribwarmer Vest ).