Friday, November 13, 2015

Deep Into Autumn

We're deep into autumn!  The last trees have turned and most of the leaves are already down.  Our days are now rainy and misty - sitting in front of the fire is so enticing.  But it's been a busy autumn without much time for that so far!

Henry moved (with his parents) to Santa Barbara and I spent a week visiting and sight seeing.  The Botanic Gardens are a great place to spend a day and while I was there they had a fibers exhibit - Dormant Dreams, which was designed around the question of what plants in hot climates dream about during their summer dormancy slumbers.  Various artists from a local yarn group participated.

In October, it was also time to work on Charlie's Halloween costume.  She usually picks something that is a bit challenging - this year was no exception!  Here is her majesty Cleopatra in all her glory!  I've been forewarned that next year I will most likely be planning how to create Ashoka Tano for her - from the Star Wars universe for those of you not into that.  Hmmm ....

Things have quieted down now, and I'm spending my days listening to the rain and working on a Christmas quilt.  I'll get back to that fire when I can!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Inspiration - Martina Celerin

If you follow needle felting artists, you're probably used to seeing everything from cute to incredibly lifelike animals.  I recently came across a fiber artist who is inspired by the plant side of nature - and wow, are the results every amazing!  Martina Celerin combines weaving and needle felting into 3D sculptures of food plants that look good enough to eat and flowers that look like you could reach out and pick them.  She wonderfully combines science (she has degrees in plant biology) with art.

Take a look at her other work here - she also has gorgeous landscapes.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Autumn Scarf

In our area, the predominant color in autumn is golden yellow - the red and orange leaves are more of accents.  So when the sun comes out, everything glows!  

Last summer I found a yarn that so reminded me of Northwest autumns that I had to stash some away for a fall project.  If you've never knitted with Pashmina before, it's a wonderfully soft yarn made from merino, silk, and cashmere.  This scarf uses a stitch I found while searching through patterns from the 1950's.  I haven't been able to find a name for it - but it's super easy and makes a good project for those times when you don't want to be paying full attention to your knitting.

*1 skein Madelinetosh Pashmina in Candlewick
*size 5 needles

Cast on 46 stitches.

Row 1:  This is a k1, p1 rib all the way across.  *k1, p1* repeat to end of row.
Row 2:  Repeat row 1
Rows 3 and 4:  Knit to end of the row.

Repeat these four rows until the scarf is the length you want it to be.  End with Row 2 and then bind off.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Inspiration - Jan Friedman

Collage is the first art form I can remember actually noticing and getting excited about.  It was in Mrs. Fiedler's third grade class - there were piles of fabrics, laces, and amazing papers that I'd never seen (or noticed) the likes of before!  I settled on creating a velvet skunk that I believe was walking in the forest, more because I wanted to use that wonderful piece of black velvet than because I was particularly fond of skunks.  I'm still fascinated with collages and tend to be drawn to artists who work with them.

Jan Friedman designs fiber collages from her weavings, surface designed fabrics, and found items from nature in a way that is beautiful and inspiring.  I particularly like the way she plays with shadows and light.

Forest Floor Recalled

Evening Shadows

Shadows IX

Be sure to check out her other work on her website here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah