Heather Jones isn't afraid of working big and being surrounded by large spaces! Her quilts and book unclutter the mind and restore the soul.
Brilliant limited edition trading cards on a topic and cast of characters who have long been under the radar in popular culture, female spies!
Full of lots of fun projects - thirty of them. The project that caught my eye was the Doppelgänger Dog Pillow.
Filled with accomplishments and maturity. I'm excited to see where this new found embrace of everything in my life will take me!
Many quilters have a love for precision piecing and improv patchwork, and are able to move between working with rulers or going ruler-free.
Sujata Shah gently opens up an exciting path for first-time and beginning level improvisors to explore the expressive qualities of the freely cut line.
Alien She at YBCA and Ladies Sasquatch by Allyson Mitchell rocked. YES! I am WOMAN! I am BEAST!
There is so much motion in this African-American improv quilt by Sarah Turnage that it borders on optical illusion!
Eli considers this amazing quilt by Rosie Lee Tomkins as one of her best ten AND it has never been published! Don't miss this exclusive!
With its visual field of deep black velvet and twinkling white stitches this African-American signature quilt is as powerful and mysterious as the universe.
Announcing a fabulous, EXCLUSIVE blog series - Eli and I discuss a different quilt from his African-American patchwork collection each week.
Green is the color of the heart chakra. It's the color of growth as well as decay. I suppose there are as many meanings to green as there are shades of the heart.
Eli Leon has over 1000 African-American quilts in the improvisational style and he invited me to his home to see his collection!
I can tell that the visual influence of east Oakland is already impacting my color sense, as well as the energy tone, and forms of my quilt patterns.
I don't know how bloggers post when they are on vacation. I'm home now and here is a rundown of my Portland adventure.
Picking up yet another group of loose threads this week by finally visiting some of my favorite blogs.
Mend It Better is a very approachable and a comprehensive reference for taking care of your clothes. It is a book about love and empowerment.
I recently bought Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More Than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear, and Give while visiting my sister in South Carolina. The super cute tiny things in this book are knit with leftover sock yarn. So of course this teeny-tiny blue monkey and his pal teeny-tiny brown chicken will be perfect runner up gifts for the YOSS giveaway.
These teeny-tiny creatures are hard to resist and the the book is filled with them. Most are no bigger than an inch and take an hour to knit. The patterns are simple and shouldn't be difficult for an experienced beginner if you have experience with double pointed needles. If the small size is a stumbling block for less experienced knitters, it's simple to knit larger toys by using larger needles with thicker yarn.
I've already been knitting them for friends & family. They are so much fun to give.
Just out ~ Hoopla, the Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain. I am pleased to report that my work is featured in this 400 page book on innovative embroidery. Hoopla contains in depth interviews with artists working in the medium along with fabulous DIY embroidery projects. Hoopla has it all! I'm so honored to be a part of it. One of my Tattoo Baby Dolls even made the back cover!
Last Thursday Leanne was in San Francisco promoting Hoopla at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art during their monthly Etsy craft bar. Lots of craft lovers were on hand to meet Leanne and participate in one of the stitching projects featured in her book, Photo Feelism. Check out Leanne's Hoopla website.
It was a lot of fun meeting Leanne. Not only was I lucky enough to be included in Hoopla, I won the night's door prize! Since I already have a large stash of embroidery floss I'm passing my prize along as a giveaway.
To enter leave a comment about anything related to the art of embroidery, such as your favorite stitch or the kinds of images you usually embroider. You can describe or link to something you've embroidered recently, or to something you've seen that someone else has embroidered, leave an embroidery tip, tell a story about someone you know who embroiders, or anything about your experience with embroidery. I'll leave comments open for the giveaway through Wednesday, October 19.
It was a beautiful day for the event, and the crowd was HUGE. Lots and lots of kids, and people of all ages. I liked seeing parents peddling to run the human-powered arcade rides, so that their kids could enjoy the thrill of swinging through the air. I liked the giant funky, hand tooled bikes, and the electric-powered easy chairs and cupcake cars swirling through the crowd.
There were lots of interesting things to see, but the craft section of the Maker Faire was a disappointment. The section allotted to hand and needle crafts was small and very crowded. There was a place where people could sit and learn to knit, crochet, needlepoint, and spin. I tried my hand at spinning, but there were only a few small booths on felting, quilting, and sewing. I could hardly move through the isles between them. The Swap-a-rama, on the other end of the fair ground, was depressingly empty of people.
Mostly the Maker Faire was about DIY tech, low tech and high tech, and more tech. Ah the way the world goes... While standing in the overcrowded puny crafts section I overheard a college aged guy pejoratively comment to his friends, "I feel like I'm in the land of homemade Christmas presents."