Friday, September 20, 2013

Fiber Journey Catch UP!

Okay, I've been slack about blogging my fiber journey. So many fun things have happened over the past year that I hardly know where to begin. Rex and I spent last Winter in Florida at a sweet little sheep farm Oak Hammock Farm. It was the perfect backdrop for all the dyeing, spinning and felting with my friend, Debi Schaibly. There were a few art shows that I exhibited in and even won another Merit Award at the Suncoast Arts Fest. One of my favorite things to do is visit Picasso's Moon yarn shop in downtown Sarasota. It worked out great to get a few of my fiber friends from Brooksville (and Debi) to all go at the same time and have a mini spin-in at the Moon. Lastly, I was able to teach some of my nuno felt clothing designs to fiberistas in Florida. All this in two months! Back on the Island last Spring I became the Mad-Felter as I dug in with both hands to create. You see, I had put myself in a challenging position. I needed to produce work enough to supply a local gallery, a retail boutique in Ashland, Oregon and to present at a weekly art market...not to mention several large art festivals I had committed to. Not surprising, the Summer is already over and I find myself wondering where it went? I've learned a few new tricks to add to my arsenal and cannot wait to incorporate them into my nuno felt wearable designs. I'm vowing to post more blogs and have even written a list of things to blog about for instance: "Felting resist patterns vs. yardage and over-sized pattern pieces," "manipulation during pre-felt stages," "patchwork felting," "silk sandwich felting," "Study of rouching and shibori," and I'm sure there's more. But for now I must dye tons of wool and silk in preparation for SAFF, my favorite teaching gig happening next month in Asheville, NC. My workshops are filling up, which makes me quite happy!