Woven Cross

An unexpected aspect of online worship is the opportunity to have a close up view of altar and pulpit furnishings. My pew partner Joan recently wrote me, asking that I expound on the woven cross she saw closely on Zoom Easter worship. I created this white frontal for our congregation, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in … Continue reading Woven Cross

Celebrate Small (July 4, 2020)

Tiny art work in a garden gallery. I long for local art shows when the supporters of the arts dress up to celebrate innovative, creative work. My Board of Directors ( dolls, action figures, inanimate friends collected over decades) encouraged me to prepare work to show in our garden this summer. The abstract collection features … Continue reading Celebrate Small (July 4, 2020)

Summer Solstice: Three Simple Stools

Three handcrafted wooden stools work in our home. Today they tell me to choose a summer that is a mix of work and rest. I struggle to overcome pandemic inertia; canceled events cleared the calendar of interaction but I have commissions to complete. The white stool was made by my grandfather when I was a … Continue reading Summer Solstice: Three Simple Stools

“You’ve been accepted.” Now box it.

Sometimes the challenge for a textile artist comes after the acceptance notice arrives.  "Bring your artwork in a box, a portfolio case, or some sort of wrapping, as it will be moved and needs to be protected."  When I make textile work that hangs like a scroll or when I mount textile work on stretcher … Continue reading “You’ve been accepted.” Now box it.

Conversation and Custom Work

Creating a custom item for a client is often a pleasant path for all concerned.  Existing work inspires possibilities for forming a specific product.  Familiar techniques and materials are combined in fresh ways to make a unique studio crafted item.  The lower center photograph depicts the materials and motif placement for a stole evolving from … Continue reading Conversation and Custom Work

Furoshiki, Table Cloth, Sewist Stash

Inspired by the bounty of garden produce in August and September, I created a stack of dyed and printed fabric on warm sunny days.  On rainy days, I trimmed select fabric into squares and finished the edges. I call them furoshiki (Japanese cloths for wrapping and carrying objects). The squares debut this weekend at Oak … Continue reading Furoshiki, Table Cloth, Sewist Stash

Practice and Left Overs

Creating requires practice and it produces left overs.  We are a studio mindful of good economy and careful stewardship.  Practice prints of trees for a chasuble are reserved for other secular art work.  Paint and dye techniques practiced on silk dyes reappear on clergy stoles and women's apparel. I learned the lessons of practice and … Continue reading Practice and Left Overs

Imperfection Welcomes the Worshiper

Lutheran congregations use red paraments and vestments on Passion Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, Reformation Sunday, and services that celebrate the life of a particular saint.  Today these vibrant wall hangings were delivered to Shepherd of the Hills in Haymarket VA. Members of the congregation contributed the fabric and cut all the small crosses attached to the … Continue reading Imperfection Welcomes the Worshiper

Design for a Specific Space

Creating art work for a specific environment can offer the opportunity to use new sizes and proportions.  The client wanted pulpit frontals that picked up colors in the stained glass, that did not obscure the cross in the pulpit, and that complemented the chapel furnishings. The results include bold cross designs in fresh proportions and … Continue reading Design for a Specific Space