Today's email read: use your non-dominant hand. I decided to see how well I could cut a fused fabric spiral with my shears design for either hand. But in the scrap bin, I found a piece with a hand cut out of it. I not too skillfully trimmed the fabric. Placing it on the background … Continue reading Sinister Assignment
The task: create a bridge. I wanted to connect the brown spaces on either side of the woven stripes. A bit of paint and a trusty tool gets the job done.
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!”
Wilderness time. Imperfect squares. Unfinished edges. Stitched together with variegated thread. Repeated shapes. Repeated patterns. Creating discipline through practice.
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
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
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
I stood behind the receiving table for an art quilt exhibit wearing white gloves and holding a tape measure and a seam guide. It was my responsibility to check for accurate quilt size and the position and construction of the hanging sleeve. I requested each entrant to place submitted work flat, with the back side facing up. I wanted to … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Size Matters
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
The Terpening siblings met face to face in this month; we usually meet monthly via video calls. We talked about work environments. We visited in Paul's workshop. We discussed Beth's stand up desk. We are confident that for all of our days we will share creative chat, that we will listen to each others' creative journey. … Continue reading Listening Together