Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I Believe Fall Has Arrived

  We finally are making the switch into Autumn-no more mid 80s but rather mid 60s, some rain and falling leaves. Tonight and through Saturday evening we will be getting our freeze.  So I think I will cover up my impatients so I can enjoy them a little longer.

   Here is a link to my seller's blog  where I just posted about upcoming Christmas sales and phasing out my Etsy shop and only selling on my seller's blog. I am not selling hardly anything on Etsy, so have decided to take the plunge and quit listing there. A hard decision for me cause I really liked my shop but if I am not selling than I need to bite the bullet and close down. Everything I sell that is in my shop-by end of January will be on my seller's blog-I will also post items for sale on my sellers facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/fibersandsoap 

  We are getting some wood split and stacked-we did enough today to load up the flatbed truck-I just need to unload and stack. We are working with some huge-really huge rounds so we can only both work for about an hour a day. But I am seeing progress lol

  I decided to totally re arrange some things in the house. We are into the mountain man era, and Larry had handmade many items for his persona-Little Hawk. So I set up a display in one room so we could enjoy the pieces-but calico kitty refuses to stay out of it. Soooo I decided to make a huge change and set up the display in the living room corner on the other side of the wood stove-my desk is on the opposite side near the wood stove. Kitty is usually not in the living room, and I just set up a liter box for her-now that it will be getting colder-if she behaves she can sleep inside at night. We have had her for at least 12 years, and back then we could tell she was a house kitty-most of the time she is really good and tells us she wants outdoors-but sometimes not-lol so hoping this works out.

   Have you been watching the world series-I am loving the KC Royals so they are my baseball team now. I find them very fun and exciting to watch. Hope the can pull out a win tonight-as I am sure the Giants have rested up their top pitchers for tonight.

    Off to pick some salad greens for supper tonight.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

  I was invited by friend Tammy to participate in this event. I don't usually do these, but since this one was art and creativity related I decided it would be fun to participate in.

  Find Tammy's post here I was drawn to Tammy's blog because I enjoy her beautiful photos, crochet pieces, shared food and recipes, and also for her positive and happy posts. Tammy was tagged by her friend here which I wanted to also share-she has a beautiful post too.

    I enjoy reading blogs that inspire me, make me happy, learn new things from, and for the meaningful and caring friends I have met inside my computer. I am retired, l live very rural, don't get out much-but I can visit the world through friendships here in my blog. and I really Treasure and Love that.

We were to answer a few questions about our creative process.

How does my work differ from others?

I delve mostly into the natural fiber arts and natural dyeing. My work probably differs cause I am self taught, I do allot of recycling-quilts made from cotton shirts found at the resale shops mostly, wool, silk, and linen also found at the resale shops.
     I rarely make what is trending, I just create as I am inspired to do so. I usually have several pieces going on at the same time quilt in progress, warp on the loom, embroidery-or hand quilting, I also have a rug hooking project in the works, and ideas in my head for eco printing onto cloth, and soon a wool crazy quilt purse

Why do I write/create what I do?

Before retirement I worked very long hours-two jobs and a long commute to my main job. I did not have children to raise but I still worked at having a nice home for my husband and myself. This left very little time to create-I did do a little weaving, but not allot-was a great way to relax and de stress.
    Upon retirement in September 2003 exploring my creativity was very important to me. It makes me feel good, inspires me to learn new things, and I love the process. At this time in my life-mid 60's its important to me to keep myself inspired-and creating things does that for me.

How does my writing/creating process work?

When I am creating a fiber art piece-I do not totally plan it all out. I will have an idea-grab fabrics, needle felting supplies, and other components-and just start. The process evolves til I am finished. I worked this way when I was swapping hand made cards too. 
   When I weave I do follow a pattern, choose my yarns and weave. However, soon I plan to start weaving the soari method which is spontaneous-one just weaves and creates with no pattern in mind.
    If I make a quilt, I also go by a pattern for the most part, but I always change up the fabrics and colors, and perhaps change the borders-I am not one to purchase a kit and make something that many other people are making.
    Sometimes I will purchase a pattern that had inspired me at a quilt show event-but I always change it up-wool instead of cotton appliques as an example

Hand Dyed Eco Clothing     Silk on Silk  Woman's Blouse

Silk on silk blouse-this was allot of fun to dye  This is the first piece that when I listed it for sale, a customer fell in love with it and purchased a few weeks after it was in my shop


Autumn in the Ozarks Hand Dyed Fabric Collection 5  free shipping within USA

I like to hand dye cottons for quilters and fiber artists These are fat 1/8's



My first fiber art piece-includes rust dyed cotton, quilt squares, and lots of needle felting with silk noil and wool roving this piece has sold



Handwoven shrug with organic cotton, wool, mohair, flax  Really love this pattern, very comfy and warm to wear.

Flower Pounded Lavender Mini Pillow

A few years after we moved here I went to a quilt retreat nearby and learned about flower pounding-this was one of my first pieces I filled it with rice and dried lavender buds

Hand Dyed Lundgren 2 Ply Rug Yarn Dyed With Missouri Pokeberry

This was my first attempt with dyeing wool yarn with poke berries-so pleased with the color 

What am I working on?

Right now I am still collecting leaves for eco printing onto cloth. I enjoy finding garments at the resale shops to repurpose into something new-either by hand dyeing, transferring colors of silk ties onto silk garments, or my new found technique eco printing. I do have a scarf and a blouse in the works now.

I  have a rug hooking piece that needs to get finished this winter, I am putting a new warp onto the  loom to make a shawl with wool and alpaca for a friend, I am in the thought process now for a new fiber art piece-mixed reclaimed wools especially and needle felting with wool and silk.

 I am hand embroidering some large blocks and will sew them  into quilts with lots of autumn homespun cotton fabrics. I have two of those quilts I would like to make and will tie them up-faster way for me to get a quilt to use. I have made many quilts in the past that I gave away for soldiers returning from the war, or those needing a hug-so love quilts were made. It is now time for me to make a few quilts for us. 

I also have collected lots of beads and wool this past year to make a wool crazy quilt purse-so that will be in the works too. I am excited to start this one.

  I tell my friends-I am never bored-how could I be-always something new to learn about and to create. I do have a search tool here in my blog-just put in weaving,  quilting, crazy quilt , hand dyeing, rug hooking  etc. to find posts and more photos about my creative projects..

I have tagged three friends to continue the Around The World Blog Hop.
    Loretta has been a long time friend, she is a gardener and an artist and recently retired.  Her post is up now-link will take you there.

    Heidi has also been a long time friend of mine. Heidi loves to make things too and she loves sharing her photography. Watch for her post on November 4th

   Carol is a new friend that I found here on Blogger when this became my new primary blog a few years ago. Carol is from Missouri too, an artist, and like me makes different things,and she takes beautiful photos of her garden. Watch for her post on November 4th


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