Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Still dyeing...and a bit of applique

The holidays sure do get me off schedule.  Hopefully, things are winding down and I can get back to doing some regular posting to my blog.  With all the snow, we had about 7 inches here, I was hunkered down and did a little applique.  It's a  really cute piece by Karyn Lord called Bluebirds and Hearts. 

I'm a vendor next week at QFAM (Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace) in Sanford,  NC.  More info available at  quilters  I will have this pattern and more along with lots of wool.

I've also been dyeing, a lot!  Here's some textured bundles I will have available.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Back to the dye pot

After taking a needed breather, the back to back shows really wore me down, I was back to the dye pot this week.

 I have a show in early January to prepare for.  I'll be in Sanford, NC selling dyed wools and silks as well as applique patterns, rug patterns and other supplies.  Here's a photo of some of the wools I got dyed this past week...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One down, one to go...

Well, I'm back and busier than ever.  I had a good show and sold out on my pins and was left with only a few ornaments.  I also sold some of my bigger pieces.  So now I'm going crazy trying to restock my pins and ornaments.  Who needs sleep?  Thank goodness my sister-in-law is taking care of Thanksgiving dinner. 
Friday, bright and early I'm off to Raleigh for my next show.  I'll sleep next week.

Here's a shot of my booth from last week's show...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oh my...

I've been busy.  The sudden realization that I have two shows to do this month got me moving.  One of my big gotta have favorite purchases are my ornaments.  When I went to take an inventory of how many I had on hand I got nervous I wasn't going to have enough.  So...frantically I've been working to make more.  I also thought since wearable art is in right now why not do some pins.  So I made a bunch of flower pins in an array of colors just right for wearing on the lapel of your fall jacket.

Here's a sampling...

Tomorrow I'm off to Winston-Salem for the Piedmont Craftsmen Fair. More info at:

Thanksgiving weekend I'm at the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fair in Raleigh.  Get more info at:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Oh Deer!

So, I took a break from still life, due to my camera's batteries dying.  Instead, I pulled out a sketch I had done a few years ago as a commissioned piece.  The original was 16"x 20" , this one is just a 5"x 7" vignette.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Apples and Vase

A few days to get through this one...

I decided to try some apples.  I set it them up with a blue green pottery vase I have and placed them all atop an orange cloth napkin.  I liked the blue orange complementary color combination. I took several photos, and selected one I liked. I then created a black and white version to show value and then broke it down further using a posterize function in some photo editing software.

Original photo             Black and white        B/W posterization 

I then transferred the sketch to linen.

After searching through my wool for the right colors and values I came up with... 

Apples and Vase

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Today was another fruitful day

A"pear"antly pears are in.  In less than 24 hours my pears were sold! I spent the day working on some more and setting up some other still lifes.  Check back in a day or two and see what's new.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hi! New to the Blog world...

This is it.  My attempt at throwing myself into the blog world.  Be patient as an amateur attempts to come into the 21st century.

I welcome you all to my blog and hope that I can inform and inspire.  My recent artistic works...
A bit of wool and a cooperative bovine becomes...

         in your face sheep.

Today's work was most Fruitful!