Last week I was so fortunate to escape the never-ending snow and head to Florida to spend a week with the Fiber Forum, a group of embroiderers within the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. We dyed, we stitched, we screened, we waxed, we thermofaxed, we discharged—WE LAYERED IT ALL! See some of the students pieces. [...]
Spring and summer passed in a blur of workshops, travel, and an intensive writing project. I am taking a bit of a deep breath before fall classes begin next month. In the next few blog posts, I hope to revisit some of the wonderful experiences of recent months. First up, my most recent workshops at [...]
On this St. Patrick’s Day I am reminded the photos I took a while back of a beautiful head of cabbage. Yes cabbage! I think I was taking pictures for an hour, totally entranced by the lines and textures created by the veins. Juxtapose this texture with the discharge piece done by a student at [...]
I made a quilt! Well, that is not really such news. But this quilt is for a bed, and is the first king-size quilt I have ever made. Here it is pictured on a queen size bed, as I don't have a king bed in my house. This quilt is a gift, and was really [...]
More zigzags are seen in Cade's Cove cabins and the one room schoolhouse, as well as Elizabeth's cloth...
Update: As a relatively new blogger, I am still learning my way around. Today I discovered three posts that were scheduled to post in October, but didn't! Obviously I need to learn about how to use the schedule feature! I hope you enjoy a bit of a blog blast today! So harken back to the [...]
Soft cascades of falling water and falling leaves, roots, and rivulets of color --September in Tennessee.
Dreaming of an island paradise? That’s where we’ll be during the next True Colors workshop! Those who received my newsletter know there is a special offer going on, and blog readers are eligible too! The island is located in Lake Superior, and the place-- Madeline Island School of the Arts. I've heard nothing but the best [...]
January 21, 2014
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The phrase has come into our lexicon from the 1984 movie The Karate Kid (omg--it has been 30 years!) when the mild-mannered handyman who is also a Karate master teaches young Daniel the martial arts through cleaning and waxing his car. I became curious about the phrase and wondered if it had a deeper meaning. [...]
How good are my dyes? This is a question I am often asked, and a few months ago, Kay Sorensen emailed me with just that question. She was given some older dyes, and wanted to see what she could expect from them. I outlined for her a simple process to check the strength of the [...]