Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year, New Commitments

Now that the school semester is put to rest and the holidays have come and gone, I've had time to take a breath.  I've take a few days off to rest up, but for the most part I've been working.  It is hard to rest from work that calls to your body to return.  I've been weaving, sketching and hatching some ideas for work that will take me forward into the new year.  

I can't believe the end of the year is once again upon us.  That means it is time for me to look back at my past commitments (or goals if you like) and and set some new ones.  See past commitments: 2011, 2012, 2013

Completed 2013 commitments

  • Submit work for a juried show 
  • The year of weaving
  • Continue to learn and explore indigo dyeing
  • Continue to explore quilting 

Still need to do
  • Learn to make paper
  • Pursue noncredit courses to strengthen drawing skills

I was able to complete most things on my list.  It has been a busy year with a lot of unexpected opportunities.  Working at the yarn shop has been a tremendous boost to my art practice.  It has offered a chance for me to teach once again, and I learn a lot from my students. 

I also made networking and building a community of artists another goal.  I'm so glad I did.  Having a community offers a lot to a largely solo career focus.  It is important to have people that understand what you do and can offer support and cheerleading when it gets tough.  

I expect this next year to be a year of a lot of changes.  My husband is defending his doctoral thesis late in January and beginning his job search.  Of course I cannot predict what that might for our lives - moving certainly a possibility.

With all the potential change in the air, I'm going to narrow my focus to two big commitments.
Keep submitting work for juried shows and sales.  Continue to network and expand my community - hopefully by attending the Handweavers' Guild conference in July.


I'll spend this last day of 2013 at the loom.  I cut a piece off yesterday (above) and now I'm beginning a new one.  Weaving is a great way to mark the passage of time.

Happy New Year!






Monday, November 25, 2013

Art Quilting Studio is out!

This week a friend alerted me on Facebook that the new issue of Art Quilting Studio had hit the magazine racks here in St. Louis.  I hadn't expected to see it until the publish mailed me a copy and until December 1st on newsstands.



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Time Squared

Double weave study has been my semester long quest in my research in fibers class.  The class is arranged for independent work amongst a group.  We come together as a group for workshops, critiques and discussions.  It has been an amazing class!  I'm continually inspired and encouraged by my colleagues.

I did not imagine that I would study double weave, but that all changed right before the semester began.  The weekend before the semester started my husband and I went to the annual YMCA book fair.  We said we weren't going to go as we had donated eight boxes of books just weeks before.  What can I say?  We love books; off we went!  While Mark found many books to replace the ones that left the shelf less full, I only found one.  That one made all the difference!

The book is New Designs in Weaving by Donald Willcox copyright 1970.  The author took a tour through Scandinavia and profiles their work, technique and some history.  When we got home Mark and I settled in to read our finds and soon the time and I realized it was 2 AM!  On of the many features of the book is the work of many Finnish weavers including Maija Kolsi-Mäkelä.  The work was stunning and though most of it was completed in the 50s and 60s, still seemed contemporary and fresh.  I had to know more about her and the work of other Finnish weavers.  I Googled, I emailed a friend who had lived in Finland and still has ties there.  I even posted the a Finnish Handicraft board on Ravelry.  I'm still researching and trying to find out more about her.  There is a beautiful example of Maija Kolsi-Mäkelä's work posted on Flickr. Iltarusko (Evening Glow).


My mother's side of the family is Swedish and Finnish.  Both of my great grandparents were first generation Americans.  Though the immigration was relatively recent, few traditions of Scandinavia remain in my family.  It is sad and something I've always longed for.  I do know my grandmother's Swedish side had copper smiths and perhaps other craftsmen.  However, I know little about my grandfather's Finnish side. 

Finnish weavers have offered a lot to double weave.  The imagery and color choices are unique and inspiring.  My first double cloth piece is finished.  I've been showing photos here and on Facebook of the piece on the loom.  Now I can share the finished piece. 

Time Squared
Time Squared
Double Weave Pick Up Wall Hanging
21" x 22"
Indigo ikat on cotton

Time Squared Detail
Time Squared - detail

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Power of Feedback

When I embarked on  journey to pursue art, I didn't have a good idea of where it would take me.  The gifts and the happiness have been continuous.  It has been hard, and scary at times too.

This past Sunday I had a booth at Hawken House Christmas Market.  It was beautiful weather, great fellow vendors and a thick crowd all day.  I had many friendly faces pop in to say hello, and that is always lovely to have the support of friends.  A customer from the knit shop stopped by to see my work.  She was excited for the day and just giddy about what she had seen so far at the market. She expressed her excitement at having a new world to her after coming to the shop, learning to knit and getting to know the different regulars of shop life.  She went on to say how much she had learned from me as well and how she couldn't wait to learn more.  

Sometimes it is nice to be reminded that art has not just changed my world.  Art causes ripples and can change people around us and then go on through them.  I love that.  Our community is powerful and I'm glad to be reminded of its potential.

Booth Set Up 1

Book Set Up 2


Pictures of my booth November 10, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Art Quilting Studio

A few months ago I received an inquiry at Art Quilt Studio magazine expressing an interest in my indigo quilts.  I'm very proud to announce that I will have my quilts and an article about working with indigo published in the Winter 2014 issue.  The magazine will be on newsstands on December 1st and I'm eagerly awaiting my copy.

Take The Time
Take the Time
Mandy Pedigo, 2013
Hand dyed shibori cotton fabric and embroidery thread in indigo, machine pieced and hand  quilted 14 1/2" x 20"

Linking up once again with Off the Wall Friday

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Double Time

I've been thinking a lot about time lately.  I feel like I don't have enough this semester and I'm constantly feeling hassled by the lack of it.  Each day there are at least two places that I should be - in my studio and at school in the studio.  There is the constant demand to work and there are deadlines attached to everything.  I love my work, but the time aspect is making my nuts.

Ikat Double Weave 1

I have a critique in less than two weeks.  I've been warping my loom at school for at least two weeks.  It should not have taken me this long, but I lacked time to put more hours into school.  Something always came up to prevent me from going in on my non class days.  I worked the three hours between classes on the loom, worked each break I got and still I was no closer to actually weaving.  It was maddening.  I thought about compromising my design and clipping out threads to make my warp smaller, but I threaded on.  And on.  And on.

Ikat doubleweave 4

I felt despair many times during the process, and yesterday as I spent a good five hours in the studio I had a breakthrough.  Suddenly the threading was finished and I'm ready to wind the warp on.  I had preserved and soon I'll be weaving and see my vision come to cloth.

Ikat doubleweave 3

What I love most about weaving is the process.  The winding of yarn, dyeing, designing, warping, weaving and finishing.  All are distinct process unto themselves.  All are time consuming and all are important.  Somewhere during a weaving project you meet yourself amongst the strings.

Ikat doubleweave 2

Monday, September 9, 2013

Greyhound Assistance

School has resumed and the calendar has gotten a little tighter with events.  I'm adjusting to the change and getting ready to really dig in on my at home studio days.

In one of my classes we had a rust workshop and I brought a sample of woven shibori in to rust over it.   I'd like to explore rusting as well as other eco dyes more in the future.

Untitled

In other news, I have a new studio assistant, Samurai.


My husband and I adopted a retired racing greyhound after much consideration.  I have wanted a greyhound for years and we did a lot of research and planning to bring him in.  It is good to have a multi dog household again.  After my sweet Trinket died, I didn't know when I'd be ready.  Sammy is everything I'd hope he'd be and more.  


Things to know about greyhounds: 

1. People mistake them for Great Danes
2. They stop traffic/conversations when on walks
3. They need a lot of snuggling or they wither like a houseplant without water
4 The other dog will find them defective with the lack playtime
5. You will never ever do anything by yourself again
6. They are funny, but don't always realize what they did
7. They have no idea how big they are and can be clumsy
8. When corrected they come to apologize profusely for their offenses
9. They would be happiest if you could wrap your body around them for maximum snuggle body contact.
10. You'll wonder how you ever lived without one.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Seasons Change

I've been working on this project for a few months.  From the initial idea, sketches, winding out the yarn, dyeing the yarn and more sketching.  Now that the project is on the loom, I can put my hands on it and bring my ideas forward.  After it is woven, I'll use needle and thread to bring the cloth closer to the image I have in my mind's eye.  The piece has been named for months now.  It is Community.  I wanted to make a piece to express my gratification to the amazing group of people I find myself among.  Fiber people are an incredible tribe of artist.  This community has given so much to me as a student and as a newer face putting my work forward.  I hope that I can help contribute as much as I've been given.

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I am bittersweet about the end of my summer. I loved the seemingly endless span of days and the feeling of possibilities   I had a lot of goals for myself this summer and I've met them.  I even added to them and those were accomplished as well.  I have another deadline for submitting work at the end of the month. I think the work for that will come together despite summer's end.  I just have to keep pushing myself.

School resumes for me this coming week and I'm ready.  I'm reaching towards something that I can't quite articulate yet.  It is exciting.  

Friday, August 16, 2013

Calendar Dates

I have some news to report. I have a piece accepted into the Weavers Guild show THAT’S PAPER!?! I can't wait to see the show, from what I saw at drop off it will be a good one!

The show opening reception is Friday, August 23, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm. The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 20, 2013 at The St. Louis Artists Guild which is at 2 Oak Knoll Park St Louis, MO 63105

I will also have a table at the Hawkin House Christmas Market in Webster Groves, MO.  A fellow artists told me about this event and I'm looking forward to it.  I think it will be a good fit for my work as it is limited to handmade arts and crafts.  I will have handwovens, hand dyed wearables as well as some art quilts at this event.

I have added a calendar to my blog which you can find at the top navigation bar.  Hopefully this will help share where I'll be or where you can see my work.



Linking up once again with Off the Wall Friday

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Works

Summer has been a very productive time for me.  I've gotten a lot accomplished and I'm pleased with that.  I've decided to submit work for another juried show so I still have some things on the horizon to work on.  At the end of this summer, I will have submitted for three juried shows.  I'm also submitting work for two art and craft sales as well.

The exciting news is that I've heard back from the first show that I submitted for and two of my pieces have been accepted.  The show Speaking of Fibers! 2013 will take place at the St. Louis University Museum of Art.  The show opens August 23rd and closes October 6th.  Opening reception will take place on Friday, September 27 from 5-8pm.  I'm so excited and honored to be included among the many talented artists.  Quilt National will also be that the SLU Museum of Art from September 20 until October 27.  It will be a wonderful time to see a lot of fiber work.

I don't submit my next piece until mid-August, so I'll cross my fingers for that one as well.  My calendar is filling up with show deadlines.  Then there is the little matter of school starting as well.  My semester is going to be intense and I'm looking forward to it.  I am taking a class on surface design (dye, screen printing, etc) and it should be a good push to move my work, skills and ideas forward.  I'm also doing and individual study on weaving.  I'll pick an aspect of weaving to focus on and then spend the semester working on it.  I imagine I'll have a lot of growth, struggle and a good solid push from my professor, Laura Strand.  Laura knows just when to push me closer to the edge and I always learn so much from her.

Here are some of my summer projects now finished.  My loom has been continually warped these month.  The are both ikat indigo dyed cotton scarves with different drafts of twill.


Twill Indigo Ikat Scarf with Long Fringe



Detail of cloth

Twill Indigo Ikat  detail


Twill indigo Ikat Scarf

Detail of cloth
Twill Indigo Ikat detail

Friday, June 28, 2013

Working from Within

I always start summers with a plan.  Something I want to do, something I want to learn and usually stuff that I just need to do.  This summer threw me a curve and produces its own learning objective.  About a month ago, I was offered a position at my local yarn shop, Hearthstone Knits.  I adore this yarn shop.  So when I was offered the position, I agreed enthusiastically   I am so glad I did!  I love working at the shop and each day I seem to learn something new.

I have also been working on my other summer projects.  I just mailed off another submission to a juried show and I am working to fill a booth for art and craft fairs this fall and winter.  Working from home without a time clock is challenging.  It takes disciple and focus. I've had to be very strict with myself about putting time into the studio and working.  Some days it is easy.  I go to the loom and stay there all day.  Some days it is challenging and my focus wanders off.  These are the days that I switch my phone to silent, make a list and try to go heads down.  If I'm going to make this happen, I need to make this happen.  I have to be committed and my commitment takes more than just words.  This is the secret to being a working artist.  It takes skill yes, but it also takes a work ethic that comes from within.

I'll share more pictures of what I have been working on in the coming months.  I've been working on dyeing some ready wear garments.  I can show you a few of them now.

Indigo Shibori Scarf/Wraps

Indigo Shibori Wrap Front View

This one was dyed and I didn't like the amount of natural color showing through. I overdyed it which gave the original indigo a darker striping.
Indigo Shibori Overdyed Wrap

T-shirt dyed in fiber reactive and then overdyed in indigo

Dyed T-shirt

I finally photographed the last scarf I made in my weaving class.  I need to rephotograph it to capture the color and texture better.  It combines plain weave with an inlay brocade imagery.  This project was a huge moment for me and had led to more work and development.  It is also a story scarf and is titled Self Actualization.  

self actual


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

All in Good Time

It has been quiet around the blog for a while.  The end of the semester this year was partially grueling.  Final critiques, tests and then juried show deadlines all sat and waited to pounce on me.

I was sad to see the semester go.  My weaving class was wonderful - once all the students gelled and began to talk to each other.  We produced three projects - a tapestry, twill-overshot scarf with dark warp and a final brocade scarf (inlay weaving).

Twill Overshot Table Runner

I accidentally left my tapestry at school - I need to go eventually and pick it up.  My brocade weaving needs to have one side of the fringe adjusted and then it will be photographed.  Learning brocade has led to a whole new side of weaving for me.  It really gelled and I have a lot of plans with this technique.

The History of Photography class was always interesting always a bit puzzling.  Much of the work we looked at was conceptual and challenging.  Photography is hard to get one's head around.  What is it exactly?  The end of the semester the students presented on a topic we have been researching for most of the semester.  This turned out to be surprisingly interesting.  Food photography, Islam and photography and specific artist were highlighted   I researched and spoke about the work of Lia Cook.  Cook combines photography and weaving together and it really appeals to my technical brain.  I first learned of her work in an episode of Craft in America and then every time I picked up a weaving resource I'd see her name.  The more I learned about her and her weaving, the more I wanted to know.

The other big news is last week I mailed in an entry to my first juried show.  I don't know if my work will be accepted, but even so I feel like I accomplished something.  I felt nauseous on the day that I put the required paperwork and images together.  Possibile rejection isn't anyone's favorite thing, but I just pushed through it.  Two years of art school and my own drive have led me to some paths that I never thought possible.  I have another entry deadline approaching this summer and I hope to make a strong entry for it.

I have been working on a lot of projects now that school is out.  I feel almost more busy now, but I'm able to set my schedule.  This can be a good/bad thing.  My knitting mojo is back in a big way and I've been working on finishing up some projects.

Sound Shawlette

I finished the shawl with yarn that I bought while in Seattle.  Pattern - Seaside Shawlette by Wendy Johnson.  I call it my Soundside Shawlette in honor of my time by the Puget Sound.  The yarn is Vamp by Seattle dyer Hazel Knits.

Summer-Lovin-Sock

Next I finished the first sock in my Summer Lovin' socks.  This has been on the needles a long time!  I'll cast on for the second sock this week.

I've also returned to knitting Mister's sweater.  He should have it in time for the heat and humidity of summer.  I finished the back of the sweater in December (I think), but stalled out on the front.  Last night I bound off the front and now I have two sleeves and finishing work left.  Good news is we both still love the color I custom dyed for him.

Weaving has become a large part of my life and daily language.

I made these towels as a thank you gift for a friend.  This friend cheerfully helped Mister lug not one but two heavy floor looms up our awkward stairs and into the studio.

Twill-Towels

I've been slowly working on the finishing of other weaving for the Etsy shop and for art & craft fairs.

Handspun & Dyed Twill Scarf

My summer to do list gets longer and longer.  The quilts are also begging for some work time!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Thrums

thrum 2  (thrm)

n.
1.
a. The fringe of warp threads left on a loom after the cloth has been cut off.


thrums
Finals are coming up and I've got a lot to do to get ready. See you on the other side!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Creative Spaces

This isn't going to be a pretty photo filled blog post. My studio isn't fancy, with designer fabric covered boxes, fancy lighting, and posh flooring.  My spaces are often cobbled together, rigged, purposed and made up of found or built parts.  I'm okay with that.  My studio has stretched and flexed a lot this past year and eventually it was divided up a few months ago.  So without further ado, the photos.

Weaving studio/home office.  This is the original studio, where I used to design, quilt and weave. It has been redesigned to accommodate the two large floor looms and the sewing things moved to the other studio space.  It is a cozy space though it is tight at times.

My favorite corner - and my design wall made out of foam core board, green duct tape (only roll I had) and quilt batting.  Because wall space is at a premium, my design wall is attached with the Command hooks to the closet door.  These days I mostly use it for photos.

Another favorite area of the room.  this shoe organizer is perfect - I can store a lot of things and see what I have.

The other studio lives in the basement.  I've had to make peace with this fact.  The basement is cold, with no natural light, and unsightly as basements can tend to be.  When I'm heads down working though, it doesn't make much difference.  One one wall lives the design wall (foam core & quilt batting - super light and held up with the Command hooks) and sewing table.  I have other various work tables for dyeing, surface design work, cutting and ironing.  Most are simple lengths of wood covered with contact paper and held up by filing cabinets and shelving.
 Another view.  The shiny floor is due to plastic shower curtains which help contain spills.  Space is a little messy as I'm in the middle of some projects and deadlines.

On the other side of the basement near the laundry sink and washer/dryer lives my indigo vat and drying rack.  Today I have lengths of dyed warp drying.  I rigged up lengths of pvc pipe on clothes line to dry yarns and fabrics.


So there is my space.  Nothing fancy but super functional.  My spaces will be able to be adjusted as I find better ways of working or add in more equipment.  Unfortunately, most of what I work with is equipment dense and that takes up space.  I will move some of my dye work to the covered patio now that temperatures are rising.  I love seeing dyed yardage hanging on the line outside.

This post is being linked up with Nina Marie's Sew Many Spaces blog tour of artists' studios.  Thanks for visiting if that is how you found me!  Have feedback?  I'd love to hear from you.







Friday, March 29, 2013

Progress Towards Finishing

How does one know when a quilt is finished?  Sometimes the quilts just say - hey, I'm done.  Other times I pin them up on my design wall in my studio and live with them for a bit.  I think this one is finished.  I think.


I won't take the official photograph until I know for sure.  This quilt is heavily hand quilted.  It incorporates a lot of skills that I've picked up since childhood.   In fact the quilt is all about time which I will have to incorporate into the title.

Next is a in progress quilt.  I sketched this one out on a whim, stitched the resist thread and threw it into the vat.  It is called Kind Eye and I think it has a home waiting for it.



Today I'm spending some time caring for my indigo vat and hopefully I'll be back to dyeing.  I have some things waiting for a swim and some of them are on deadlines.

Linking up once again with Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Whirlwind

I had a very busy weekend.  On Saturday, I made a reed rack to safely store my reeds for the looms.  Racks are expensive from weaving supply companies - $90-150.  When I looked at the various designs, I figured that I could make one very easily.  I sketched what I wanted, added in measurements and went to the hardware store.  Turns out that I made mine for less than $30.  I used only simple tools my trusty drill and a handsaw.  If I had an electric saw, I could have made it quicker and perhaps with more accuracy.  My rack isn't quite square, but not noticeably so.  It is a tool, solves a problem, keeps the reeds out of the way and wasn't expensive.  Perfect in other words.  I'm delighted with it.  I made it larger than I currently need so ultimately it will hold eight reeds.  I have four reeds currently - 6, 10, 12, and 15.  I plan to add an 8 and maybe another 10 in stainless steel.  I will probably eventually paint my rack, but for now it is in place and doing the job.

Reed rack

We had an unexpected and very heavy late snow here in St. Louis on Sunday. It was a perfect day to get things done as we were going no where.

I measured out warp for ikat warp dyeing.

Ikat warp

Ikat is something I've always wanted to try.  It is labor intensive - warp threads are bound to resist the dye, and then it must be unbound after dyeing.  My indigo vat is temporarily on hiatus.  After many weeks of heavy use, I need to add more indigo!  So my warp will wait until then.

I warped the loom with some hand dyed yarns for a simple plain weave scarf.  I'm enjoying watching the color shifts and it is working up nicely.  I should finish weaving it today.  Once the finishing details are done and photographs taken it should be up in the shop soon.

Color weave

Finally, I've started spinning up my first fleece of 2013.  It is a sweet little Romney lamb's fleece.  It is the cleanest fleece I've seen, soft, beautiful almost black to gray and spins beautifully. 

First Fleece of 2013

I'm still plugging away on my quilts.  I have one for a show submission almost finished.  It has been quite a taskmaster as it demanded all hand quilting, but I'm very pleased with how it is turning out.  I next need to turn my attention to a quilt that has a home waiting.  I was at a meeting last week and someone saw the in progress quilt.  They asked to purchase it once it is finished!  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spring Fever

It is about 70 degrees today in St. Louis.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and my neighbors are all out and about.  I'm in my studio with the window open and I'm working on an idea.

I have a quilt idea that has been given me fits for the past few weeks.  I have some of the cloth dyed and ready to go, but my original idea didn't work.  So I put it aside and chewed on it for a while.  I am hoping my new idea works, but if not I'll learn something and move on.

quiltweave

This lump of string is the beginnings of my idea.  I am warping up a loom today to make some woven shibori (tie dye) cloth for a quilt.  I use a lot of shibori cloth in my work.  I've wanted to try woven shibori and use handwoven fabric in quilts for a few months now.  I'll keep you posted.


Linking up once again with Off the Wall Friday

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Weaving Begins

with many decisions and calculations.  How big do I want my cloth to be?  How long and wide?  What yarn will I use? How much of it do I need?



Friday, March 8, 2013

Steppin' Out

I finished my quilt today for the Friends of Art SIUE Auction.

Stepping Out

Stepping Out
18" x 20"


Hand dyed indigo shibori on cotton with indigo hand dyed perle cotton thread.
Pieced/whole cloth quilt with machine and hand quilted.

This quilt has evolved over the weeks.  I finally decided yesterday that it will be my donation for the auction.  The auction raises money and supports the art program at my university.  To say that I am grateful for the program would be an understatement.  I have been given so much more than education there.  I've found mentorship, friendship and creative refueling.  I'm learning to make a new life for myself at SIUE.  

I'll stitch the hanging sleeve on the back and sign it then deliver it.  I wonder where it will end up?


Linking up once again with Off the Wall Friday

Inspiration for the title came last week after another Kurt Elling concert.  This is one of my favorite songs that Kurt has done.  I played it on the way to my first class at SIUE.  Stepping into the light, indeed.



Thursday, March 7, 2013

Works in progress

Break is nearly over (OH NO!) and I've been busy.


I have four quilts that have been pillow cased and are ready for turning, quilting and finishing.  I have two others waiting to be pillow cased.  My hope is by having work waiting for quilting it will be easier to grab and go.  I've been hand quilting at night in front of the TV, in meetings, etc.  I just realized that I have a soft deadline on the 9th for work and a hard deadline of the 15th.  Yikes!  I best get stitching!

Also finished this week is a skein of hand dyed yarn.  I still need to wash to set the twist.  I'm not sure if it will end up in Etsy or if it will be used in weaving.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Spring Break Now

Spring break is here!  It is hard to see the spring part because looking out my window right now I am seeing snow fall.  I have a lot of things planned for break.  It will mostly be a working break for me.  I have research for a paper for the history of photography to dig into.  I'm going to write about the connection of weaving and digital imaging.  It is a lot more interesting than that sounds.  Computers were in large part invented because of weaving!

I also have many quilts to push through.  I'm getting ready to submit work for two juried shows and I have a donation for the Friends of SIUE Art Auction.  This auction is special as it helps to support programming and scholarship at my school.

I have a pile of indigo fabric as well as hand dyed thread to work through.

indigo-pile

I also need to rearrange my upstairs studio again.  I have another floor loom to add to my mix.  It will take up substantial space - more than my other loom.  I'll shift somethings around, move other things to the dye studio space and we'll see what results. Somehow it will all fit - I'm confident (or delusional).

Once again I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quilt Images

Here is the result of the past week. The top is finished and I have some indigo dyed thread drying for the quilting.



Indigo dyed fabrics using stitched, tied and clamp resists

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Favorite Spots

We are having a snow day here in Missouri.  Lots of snow and it is still coming down.  I was able to run a few early morning errands and then hunker in for a productive day.  Later I'll start dinner, have a cup of tea and settle in for some spinning.  I love days like this.

I have also been doing a little weaving.  One of my favorite spots in my studio is the wall behind my loom.  It just makes me happy to look up and see everything.

weaving wall

Another favorite spot is found to the left of the loom and right under the window sill.  It is this magnetic strip that I installed for my weaving tools.  Everything is right there and easily reachable.

weaving tools