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

Playing The Counter-Melody

    Both of these photos appeared on our fibergig Facebook timeline in September. Viewers commented that the products were quite disparate.  Perhaps not many studios create a runway garment and a spiritual mural in the same summer. Actually, I use the same techniques to create all of my work.  Often the role of the work itself is … Continue reading Playing The Counter-Melody

A Fresh Silk Scarf

"This feels good! What is it?" "Raw silk." "But it is not slippery. It feels so soft." This conversation was repeated at every 2014 craft market where I sold my L-shaped wraps.  This week the light came on in the connection closet of my brain. Why am I not making scarves from raw silk? And … Continue reading A Fresh Silk Scarf

Traveling in Spirals: Completed Circles

I completed the play with circle shapes on a silk scarf.  After the Color Magnet prints were dry, I dyed the white scarf with blues and purples.  The photograph above shows the finished product. This is the starting point from several weeks ago.  When I travel in spirals I get to revisit starting points from … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Completed Circles

Shibori Scarves: Working in a Series

Explore shibori in 2014.  I wrote that in my goals last January.  This week five silk scarves became a series, as part of that exploration.  I stitched in designs. I pulled up the stitches and tied them tight. Black dye and then the big reveal. Now for input from viewers and readers: is this the … Continue reading Shibori Scarves: Working in a Series

A Year of Listening: Week 27

Only in the present do things happen. --Jorge Luis Borges   Joe came to the studio to help make things happen.  He painted bags and fans.  Then he unleashed his creativity onto scarves.  He is invited back next month. Good help maximizes the present.  

What Makes a Good Apron?

 Do you choose a full apron made of a cheerful print with good pockets?                   Do you prefer this half apron made of upcycled fabric, with extra long ties and good pockets?     Do you want an apron like mine, an apron much-loved through use?   … Continue reading What Makes a Good Apron?

The party’s over; the work’s done.

Empty wine glasses. Three cashews in a bowl.  An abandoned sweater.  When the guests have departed, I remember bits of conversation as I load the dishwasher.  The owner of the sweater will need to claim it; I don't know whose it is. Stencils on the table.  Fabric tossed in a bin.  Invoice filed.  When I deliver the large commissioned … Continue reading The party’s over; the work’s done.

Bunny business

Fibergig, our Etsy shop, invites conversation about our products. This week Sarah admired a linen pillow, but it didn't match her needs. "I want it to be easy to wash and larger, perhaps a square." I agreed to play within those parameters and present several possibilities. The original pillow is in the lower right of … Continue reading Bunny business

A Gift for the Groom

I volunteered to paint the groom's tie for a spring wedding, and yet I had never painted a tie before. I assembled paint, tools, and the tie. I sorted through what I know about Jeff: energy and composure. Here is the result. For whom would you want a tie painted? What words would you choose … Continue reading A Gift for the Groom