Monday, March 31, 2014

finger knitting and no work stuff

I promised myself that this weekend I would not do work stuff.  I mostly kept my word and instead dyed lots of fiber, made some yummy treats for the class I'm teaching tonight, and taught my youngest how to finger knit.  She caught on right away and soon she had taught her big brother how to do it.  So far she has made herself a scarf and a bracelet, with plans for a blanket in the works.
I just might have to learn to spin some of this wool, to keep her supplied with yarn.

How was your weekend?

Happy Monday, all.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Some medium-sized stones have cropped up on my worktable.  Larger than an art-o-mat stone but smaller than my larger stones.  Middlin's.

I haven't decided yet if these will become grab bag stones, go into the Sales Gallery where I work to benefit our non-profit, or something else.  In the meantime I'll keep adding to the pile and we'll see what happens.

Happy mid-week, all.

Friday, March 21, 2014

stone completed - as in greece

I finished a stone yesterday for my project.  I had high hopes of having all of my stones completed by now but then life tangled my yarn and I had to focus on other things.  I'm not going to set an official deadline for myself, lest that tempt fate to throw more tangles my way, but for those of you who have been patiently waiting for me to stitch your stones, work is underway.

Today's stone came to me all the way from Greece where Ariadne gathered it from the beach at the foot of the the Olympus mountains.  The thought of the water guided me in the color choice for the wool and the idea of grecian ruins and the lovely bits of sea finds that Ariadne incorporates into her own work led me to add random stitches and clay beads.

I hope the stone captures a bit of what you experienced while gathering it, Ariadne.  Thank you for sending it to me.

The gathering slowly grows.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

woo hoo!

It felt (no pun intended) pretty awesome to open up the new issue of Fiber Art Now and see some familiar lumpy, stitchy forms inside.

And the cover coordinates so nicely with the stone I'm working on.

My happy moment of the day.  Hope you get plenty of happy moments today too.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

a golden oaks stone

Reflecting on the passing of a life, holding things close, and the life that springs up in places we might overlook.

A pebble is trapped under stitches, reminding us of what we hold close.  Icy ferns embrace.  The colors of lichens atop wool I dyed using leaves from the forest floor.

In my shop now.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

small and quiet

I've been in my new job for almost a month now and I'm still learning so much my head is abuzz at the end of each day.  Sitting and stitching on a stone helps focus me on the small thing in my hands and away from all of the open questions and tasks left undone.

It might be avoidance, to some degree, but perhaps also self-preservation.  It is a loving thing to give yourself some of your own time and to nurture those things that make you happy.  Even if those things are as small and quiet as a stone.

What are you going to do to nurture yourself today?

Sunday, March 09, 2014

another stone

Clearly I'm on a roll.  I managed to finish another stone this weekend, in between taking my kids to a puppetry workshop and watching the second Hunger Games movie.  I guess I really needed my stitchy time.

Inspired by those cool little lumps in the slime mold family.
In my shop.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

a late night stone

Last night I found myself needing some serious stitching time.  I needed to clear my head and "check out" for a little bit so I sat at the kitchen table in the dark with my trusty old gooseneck lamp and worked until way past my bedtime.

A mound of french knots and tiny glass beads surround a cluster of coral.  Edges creep outward, growing, reaching new ground.

I'll put this in my shop this morning.  
Right after I have another cup of strong tea, to help keep me upright.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

a bird in the... plans

I'd like to start teaching classes at the Art Center so last night I was playing with shapes and found this little guy in my palm.  Perhaps a few songbirds will be my first project.

If you were learning needle-felting, what sorts of projects would you enjoy?

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

card sets on sale

Have a letter you need to write?  Blank notecard sets are on sale 50% off in my shop, while supplies last.
They can also be hung as art.
Or possibly folded into origami pterodactyls, if you're so inclined.

Find them here.

Monday, March 03, 2014

blooming brooches all done

All done!  10 wet-felted wool flower brooches completed.  I'll be submitting these to the committee at The Crossing Arts Alliance where I work to see if they'd be a good fit for the Sales and Gift gallery.  It would be fun to have some of my work in there.

This one has a clay bead center made by my talented friend Haddie.

Speaking of my work...I started a Pinterest page for The Crossing and need more artsy souls to follow.  If you're a pinner, let me know either by following me over there or by leaving me a comment here with your profile.  I'd love to connect with you there.

Happy Day!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

taking matters into my own (pruny) hands

Spring is definitely not ready to spring.  Our high temp for Sunday is supposed to hit zero.  Again.  I'm not even discussing what the windchill is going to be.  I won't.
Some flowers were in order so I spent a few hours making some.  It was good handwork after spending a morning with mind-work.

Just wool, wet-felted.  Lots of soap, bubbles, and pruny fingers.

My plan is to turn these into brooches but right now I'm enjoying seeing them sitting on jars while they dry.  A shot of color against that snowy backdrop.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.


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