Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.......Mark Twain

Saturday, February 28, 2009

need a peptalk

Slow start to the morning. I am listing stuff on etsy and encouraging myself to get it together enough to go the info session at Cap College for the textile program......thinking i really want to do this, wondering if I have the brain power anymore.
Having wierd kind of flashbacks... I went to CC for a year after high school, way way back in 1977. Also my mom took a creative writing course there just before she died of breast cancer and Dad set up a scholarship in her memory........weird emotional twangs connected to this.

still it would be cool wouldnt it.....i deserve it......dont i? I think it requires getting dressed, and finding where youngest child is with my car.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Staff continued.....

Her name is Natasha after the Russian nurse at the cancer clinic....scary on the outside but really really efficient at her job and moves at the speed of light. This girl is all about business. She was a find from the auction fairy and I have great plans for her.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

oldest child is home for 2 seconds

So i managed to get a pic. Oldest child and youngest child.

i had a dream

Last night i had this dream about spinning coils and granny stack with this stretchy 1970s fabric that came in a scrap bag from Sherrys rather than start winding a warp around the livingroom furniture I am watchin NCIS and cutting fabric strips.

The Staff

Today I took the woven purses off the loom and stitched the edges, fulled them a bit and now they are drying....till tommorow when contstuction starts. In the meantime I thought now would be a good time to introduce you to the 'staff' of this live in studio.

This is Alice. Born in 1968 she has the heart of a hippy and likes all things organic. She has no computer skills but she works hard and can be quite flexible.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

can i help?

Well, no one helps with the dishes or the cleaning but apparently Riley has taken a break from stealing the bathtub plug and wants to help me weave purses.

Friday, February 20, 2009

this week is purse week.

over the last few years my felted divorce purses have been a constant seller. this year i am updating and weaving some of my art yarn up to make yardage for purses.

here is the progress.
I am weaving off a cotton warp from some long forgotten project. Basic 1234 threading....nothing exiting but its making me look for my binder from the jane stafford workshops i have taken.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

big decision....carder for sale the maritial dust settles I have come to the conclusion that I should sell my industrial Patrick Greene carder. Its a 5 way, the last one he made of the large cottage industry type. Its such and awesome machine i hate to sell it but.....realisticly I should be usisng something guess I will take out an ad in spinoff.

Anyone want a carder?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

last nights spinning

mostly kid mohair with merino and sparkle. Coily plied with a commercial silk/cotton yarn.
19 yards

Monday, February 9, 2009

vv boutique rocks again

look what i found....

2 plus yards of handwoven fabric....yellow and white.....what will it be?

Friday, February 6, 2009

spinning with a stuffed head

I actually think i am giving myself vertigo from spinnng with a headcold....feel like crap. I could have a shoe sale with all the shoes at the front door....the house is full of teenage boys and one chirpy girl.

Time for more medicine. In the time being i give you....bird on a dandylion in all its completeness. The picure is crappy, the lustre of the one is amazing. silk and kid mohair with a bit of sparkle.....spun thick and thin with one lone birdie....chirping just like the girl.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

todays inspirtation

This is the challenge picture this week for Ravelrys Picto a silk lap that got mangled in the move so too tangled for felting but it will spin a dream, with grey kid mohair, some mohair locks, some brown sparkle....and a little felted surprise......think i will wrap it in thread.

the binge continues......

I dont know what it is about spinning that has always released creative energy in me....whether its the rythmic repetitive motion or just the total immersion in fibre i dont know but it frees my brain to wander through creative possibilities.

When i think back to the beginning of my spinning....on an old indian head in the art room of Argyle High School.....spinning in the grease, great chunky nobby yarn.....eltie thompson had a giant pillow on the floor loom with unwashed locks tied in every few inches, Cathy Chubb with a plasteer mask on for a wall hanging.....that was the beginning of my love for sharing creative I spin and wander through rembembrances of all the people who have touched my creative soul. Its good to be alive. Fibre is healing.

todays accomplishments:

92 yards of Cherry Blossom Art Yarn

mohair, merino, sparkle, angora lots of felted mohair nubs and 4 felted cherry blossoms. A hand spun thick and thin yarn....really sumptuous.

Hanging in the shower setting the twist.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

sensuous carding

look at this....doesnt it make you want to roll in it.

cherry blossoms are coming

I got a speeding ticket this morning the only course of action is to spend the day spinning.
I bring you the process of cherry blossoms.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

iced bough art yarn

Todays spinning....alpaca, mohair, merino, angora and sparkle.
Iced Boughs
27 yards
Im knee deep in fibre and dyeing to spin....