August 2-8 was my debut as a teacher at the John Campbell Folk School, and it couldn’t have been more fun! We had a class of 5 students making brightly colored silk paper…each an artist in her own right, enthused to learn a new medium, make unique work, and have some laughs in the process. … More Luminous Paper at the Folk School
I’ve been wanting to go to a fleece and fiber festival since last December when I realized I’ve become a fiber addict. I made a list of all of the ones I could find on the internet, then read about them on blogs and in magazines. The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival sounded like the … More MSWF – where the sheep aren’t nervous
I took a shibori class with Joan Morris at the Tampa Convergence. She designed fabric for costumes in the Lion King and included work with vegetal dyes…something I hadn’t tried before. I entered the workshop with a sense of great anticipation and a healthy curiosity. A slight, precise, intense woman, Joan reawakened and validated my … More Shibori Samples, Intensive
When you have Persian-Himalyan cats living with you, there are several benefits – there’s always something cuddly nearby to talk to and plenty of free fibery material available at your finger tips. Little Sister, my Persian-Himalayan kitty pictured to the right, is all white with light green-blue eyes, a pink nose and a sweet disposition. … More Spinning with cat hair
Batik is the first surface design technique I ever learned and is still one of my favorites. I love the way colors blend right on the fabric during the dyeing process, the discipline of planning the move from light to dark, and being surprised with unexpected beauty. My first batik was a giant tree made … More Color Therapy
When I signed up for Holly Brackmann’s Convergence workshop, Fast and Easy Dyeing Without a Dyepot, I had no idea what I was getting into. She’s written a great book called The Surface Designer’s Handbook, and I figured I’d pick up some tips and tricks. Well, that’s an understatement! Holly introduced me to something completely … More Convergence was full of fiber art surprises
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