A Chasuble Returns to the Studio

Occasionally my work returns to me for an adjustment or repair. The chasubles made for the chapel at The Village at Orchard Ridge were lined in slippery fabric, so that they hang away from the pastor's alb.   The Chaplin reported that they slipped backward during worship, becoming uncomfortable. We devised a solution of cotton … Continue reading A Chasuble Returns to the Studio

Rain Maker

My local fabric art guild does a monthly study on a given topic.  "Sky" was a prompt recently.  Avoiding blue, I chose black polyester organza screen printed with a bit of gray. I cut and applied abstract shapes from hand dyed and painted fabrics for clouds and lightning. Then I was stumped on rain. I … Continue reading Rain Maker

Trinity: a Mural for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Textile mural, 14' wide and 7.5' long.  Constructed in 17 separate panels. Photo courtesy of Nancy DeForest.  She snapped it with her phone as a great kindness to me.  I had not yet seen all the panels hanging together because it is too large for my small studio. Here is what I wrote to the people of … Continue reading Trinity: a Mural for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Tomatoes On The Plate

My father, a farmer, finished August dinners and suppers by filling his emptied plate with sliced tomatoes. He liberally sprinkled sugar over the juicy rounds, then ate them all. This is a clear childhood memory for me, and my brother shares it. What I don't know is if Daddy liked tomatoes or not.  Did he … Continue reading Tomatoes On The Plate

Creativity, Irony, and the IRS

Creativity: CreativeSprint's prompt on day 8 instructs me to flip to a random page in a book at hand and make something inspired by the first sentence you read. Irony: the sentence is "Marry well," which I did less than 6 months ago.   The IRS?  As I cut out the rings for N and … Continue reading Creativity, Irony, and the IRS

Sister says “Share!”

Beth Nyland, my sister, chastised me when I hesitated to post some of my recent work. She said I needed to work on the discipline of sharing. Noah Scalin's Creative Sprint appeared as an opportunity to follow Beth's advice and to have some fun creating and sharing. Today the task was to make something that will … Continue reading Sister says “Share!”

Traveling in Spirals: Repeated Shapes

It's time to have some fun in the studio.  I gathered supplies: a jar of Color Magnet by Jacquard, a solid white silk scarf, a foam brush, and a few simple stamps.  I carefully brushed the fluid onto the stamps and pressed the design onto the scarf.  Now I am waiting. I like repeating the same shape onto … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Repeated Shapes

Traveling in Spirals: What is Inside That Stole

I am making stoles for inventory this week. As I repeat construction tasks, I become more aware of these well honed practices.  Rarely does any one see what is inside of a stole.  I include interfacing.  The black fabric in the first photograph is a synthetic blend which contributes crispness and body to the stole. The white example … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: What is Inside That Stole