Monday, October 31, 2011
learn color knitting? I'll be teaching two colorwork techniques—Fair Isle (stranded knitting) and Intarsia—in a class starting Thursday, November 10 for 3 sessions. Contact Chattanooga State at 697-3100 to register.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
|Ana chose bright, happy prints and stripes |
with her daughter, Sophie, in mind.
Congratulations, quilters, on all your sharp points, even borders and especially the originality in your quilting designs! Your hard work has paid off with beautiful results. Welcome to the extensive quilting family.
|The floral border and small check sashing accentuates |
Frances' collection of 30s fabrics in her scrappy quilt.
|Janet quilted minaret shapes in the borders of her quilt |
to echo the images in the fabric.
|The rich eggplant Churn Dashes contrasts beautifully with |
Nancy's choice of a fall harvest print in the border.
|Martha created a focal point with an |
unexpected print in the midst of her solid fabric blocks.
|Jenny's yummy red-white-and-green color scheme reminds me |
of a candy shop! This happy quilt is going to a lucky granddaughter.
Friday, October 28, 2011
|Inside/Outside. Which came first?|
The last ATC Swap for 2011 is next month with the theme "What did we do before we had ___?!" Oh, so many things come to mind on this one.
Thanks to all the wonderful and gifted artists who share their talents and creativity in these swaps. Each card is a gift and it's so much fun finding those squishy envelopes in the mailbox each month.
Here are this month's gifts.
|Left: "Inside/Outside" Right: "The Self"|
|Left: "Inside/Outside" |
Right: "Right side/Wrong side; Knit side/Purl side"
And, anyone who has a pet can relate to this one (below).
"Annie, do you want to be inside or outside?" "Meow" (yes)
"Annie, do you want to be inside or outside?" "Meow" (yes)
And, here is Lisa's hand crafted note card that accompanied her ATCs. "Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower." Happiness shared is ATCs.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
|Bad taste at this year's Ketner's Mill Fair.|
Unfortunately, the wonderful woman who helped found and formerly directed the event (and who was our guild's contact for 25+ years) is no longer involved. This year, a woman coordinating activities was carrying a personal grudge against one of our guild members. This woman insisted that the farm's owner tell the guild member to leave. The owner, upon confronting our member, said he didn't know nor want to know the reason, but said that his employee was so distraught and upset that she [his employee] could not function and perform her assigned tasks.
If that wasn't enough, this disgruntled woman continued her disruptive, childish behavior throughout the day with persistent nagging and complaining to the guild's president about the guild's tent, the space for the demonstrators and other inconsequential issues. This petty and annoying behavior only underlined this employee's lack of people skills, professionalism and common courtesy that one would think important in a job that interfaces with the public.
So, what do you think of a nearly-60-year-old woman behaving like this at a public event at which she is employed? Of the thousands of people attending the event, can you imagine that the presence of one person could elicit such immaturity, emotional instability and unprofessionalism?
- Should an apology be made to the guild for the havoc and ill will she inflicted?
- Should an apology be made to the guild member for the public embarrassment to which she was subjected?
- Perhaps this employee should be "told to leave" a job for which she is obviously unqualified. Would you want an employee so unstable representing your business or handling sales of your product?
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|Hairpin Lace scarf|
Guild members will be doing demonstrations on spinning, carding and weaving and I'll be working with my hairpin lace loom. Come out to the fair and visit us at our tent, located next to the old mill building.
Hairpin lace became popular in the Victorian era. It requires a few simple tools—a hairpin lace "loom," a crochet hook and some yarn or thread. The process of making hairpin lace is rhythmic, easy to learn and master and can be soothing and therapeutic. Children and adults can do it and you can have a fun and fashionable scarf (see photo) in less than an hour.
|A hairpin lace loom and lace items made with multiple strands of yarn.|
Visit the Riverbend Fiber Arts Guild tent at the Ketner's Mill Fair this weekend. Guild members will have hand crafted fiber art pieces, hand spun yarns, fibers and hairpin lace kits available for purchase. Pick up some great items for holiday gifts or for yourself. Learn hairpin lace making—a classic technique with a modern twist.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Where is your over abundance? What is your overflowing collection? How do you cram 5 lb. of "stuff" into a 2 lb. sack? In the September ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap with the theme "Only so much will fit," artists showed how they pile it, squeeze it and stuff it into baskets, bins, spaces and stashes.
One of the new traders writes this about her card (below left): "Only so much (news, forest and the tree itself) will fit on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch card. Acrylic paint covers newsprint followed by a Tsukineko inked forest stamp. A commercial handmade paper—Lokta—is the tree trunk and grass. The tiny leaves are punched from leftover scraps of papers batik dyed in a class [at John C. Campbell Folk School], resulting in unique colors on each leaf. Like many things in life, this card is best viewed in a sunbeam because there—it sparkles!"
|Left: "Only so much will fit in my basket."|
Right: "Only so much will fit... on a 2.5 x 3.5 card"
|Left: "Only so much will fit"|
Right: "Can only hold so much"
|Left: "How much will fit?"|
Right: "Yarn Stash"
One of the ATC artists is a prolific scrapbooker and greeting card artist. I periodically get one of her lovely creations (and a cheery note inside) accompanying her ATCs. Thanks, Lisa! Your cards are great.
|A patriotic note card made by Lisa.|