Category Archives: Art

The Years of Lightening Up

Some of you will remember that my mother died just over two years ago, and that has prompted a huge evaluation of my life and honoring of my own mortality. If I have (with luck) a third of my life … Continue reading

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Creative Play for the New Year

Color and texture are my primary loves in all my creative endeavors. So I was completely captivated a while back when I ran across a little book called Stitch Alchemy: Combining Fabric + Paper for Mixed Media Arts by Kelli … Continue reading

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Wow. 2020.

It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? I realize that I’m seriously behind here so this will be a catch-up post. And I promise I’ll do better in the future. I already posted about the Quarantine Lace Shawl – I … Continue reading

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The Class Project

I’m a student now at the University of South Carolina, because I’m retired and have time AND, more importantly, people 60+ can take classes for no tuition. Last term I took a 3-D Design class, which was fun because we … Continue reading

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Spinning the First SAFF Batt

It’s always such an adventure to spin a new batt. The very nature of batt creation means each one will be unique. In my last post, I mentioned the batts I got at SAFF this year. The first one I … Continue reading

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This Year’s SAFF Loot – Spinning Fiber

As I’ve mentioned in the past, SAFF (the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) is hands-down my favorite place to buy fiber for spinning. The choices! The colors! And at that show, my favorite fiber vendor is the Trading Post for Fiber … Continue reading

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Another State Fair Winner

I entered just one skein of handspun yarn in this year’s SC State Fair back in October. Yes, it’s December now, so I’m a little late with this post. It was a fractal spin of 100% bombyx silk, dyed by … Continue reading

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Silk Hankies – Working Smarter, Not Harder

Back in 2015, when I was a new spinner, I tackled some beautiful silk hankies. They are nothing like “regular” fiber. The basic technique is to peel off one (very) thin hanky, poke a hole in the middle, and draft … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Bench Play Time

I love the Internet. When I’m feeling stuck, creatively, I can go on Pinterest and see all kinds of wonderful images that get me freshly inspired. Lately I’ve been seeing a LOT of pictures of work by Mary Hettmansperger. I … Continue reading

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More Fun With Copper

These are both copper. The round piece was torched, high oxygen, then soaked in hot vinegar. The other piece was previously etched with ferric chloride, then lightly salted & subjected to ammonia fumes to produce the blue patina.

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