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Today
warps tied
Much as I enjoy having a Proper Summer, endless sunshine does make the studio insufferably hot – our buildings are not planned with this kind of weather in mind! So I have been working surrounded by strategically placed fans and still overheating as I weave. Today, however, the sunny sky was enhanced by fluffy clouds and a stiff breeze, which has made life a bit more comfortable. Having finished a load of things with deadlines, I also have a bit of breathing space in my schedule. There are still too many things to do, but none of them are due tomorrow [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Cally Booker
Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Boxes
The fabric box that I started last week using some of the contents of the July Sew Creative Box is just about finished. I’ve completed the beading and hand embroidery for the top of the box and although I’ve used the same design for the three sections, the embellishing is slightly different on each section which makes it look more interesting I think. I decided to make the lining for the box using this technique for making fabric from ribbon and it’s turned out very sparkly indeed. It took a little longer than expected to finish the pieces because of the [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Linda Matthews
The portrait quilt of Thomas and Kalina is finished, and has been presented to the happy newly-wedded couple.  Now it can be revealed in full glorious surrealistic color. This is the first time I tried the faux piped binding technique … → [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Terry Aske Art Quilts
i'm back in the studio!while i've been away i've noticed that making compositions is something i do.all the time. wherever i am.a wee bit of a compulsion.often, while waiting somewhere, i find myself taking pages of whatever magazine is on hand and folding the pages into small compositions. i have a whole stack of these little works, but these are from yesterday. of course i had to make a composition out of the compositions:i couldn't resist playing around with the images on photoshop:i really liked what happened to that one in the upper right, so i decided to combine it [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Karen Anne Glick
If you are in London this weekend do drop by at the Africa Centre Summer Festival. There will be music, performances, textile workshops, food and children’s activities.  There will also be a Market place where you will be able to browse and buy Urbanknit goodies! (Just look for the Vou Brown section)See you on Saturday! WHEN: 2nd August, 2014 WHERE: […] The post The Africa Centre Summer Festival appeared first on Urbanknit. [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: urbanknit
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Arlee Barr
madder boil results
HA–looked at one of Jenny Dean’s first books and all this time i have been fretting about temperature–BOIL it says, BOIL. My previous experiments were quite low temps, and solar dyeing. With a half kilo of madder powder i thought WTH, i can afford to “ruin” one batch. So i did. Boil that is, not ruin :) Not too long though, then let it simmer. Added a wee bit of brazilwood as well as i hear it fills up the red more as well. Left it alone all night. Pink, coral, deep apricot and tomato red, a nice nice nice range [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Arlee Barr
sneak peek
Yes, beyond the travel and the studio preparation I have actually been continuing to plug away at my new piece.   This one will be a companion piece to my “Ghost Trees” from earlier this year.  I’ve never worked in a series before but I loved this concept and wanted to explore it further.  I still have a ways to go and I am still trying to figure out the background colour.  I don’t want to do black again but want a similar feel.  I thought for sure that I wanted a nice forest green background but when I tried it [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Marzipan Road
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: Wil Opio Oguta
It has been a while since we spoke about our A to Z initiative. This does not mean we have not been working on it! If you have not heard about it before The A to Z is an Urbanknit initiative which will donate proceeds from sales of bags, totes, cushions, clutches made from upcycled, repurposed, recycled […] The post Pink Cushions- The A to Z Initiative appeared first on Urbanknit. [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: urbanknit
Here is the kitchen when we bought the house. Ugly gold walls against these hickory cabinets made them look orange. Floor you can not see but a vinyl beige grey with medallions.Kitchen now....in grey with new tile backsplash (done by my daughter Molly and me) and all new appliances and dark flooring. Transformation is shocking. The cabinet above the refrigerator is being resized so we could fit this beautiful refrigerator into the opening. Should have it back in a a day or so.Made my first dinner in here tonight...it works beautifully. [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Source: BSL Art Quilts
Earlier
amber kane handwoven cotton tunic
Last week I headed to La Salle University for AP art teacher training ( sounds thrilling, I know)… everyone warned me, that the are surrounding La Salle wasn’t safe, and that I shouldn’t go off of campus. I wasn’t that concerned, until I was in the cab on my way to La Salle. I haven’t seen that kind of poverty in quiet some time. My heart broke, and all kinds of questions began to flood through my mind. However, my inner dialogue was interrupted when the cab driver pulled over , and said that we’d arrived at our destination. I looked out [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Amber Kane
Colorful atomic fabric was the jumping off point for a fun zipper bag.Sewing a patchwork pouch takes a few steps. First, the fabrics in coordinating solid colors were pieced together with the atomic fabric in an unplanned intuitive style. Then the zipper was inserted and the patchwork block pieces were quilted with straight lines. Lining fabric was cut to size and finally the pouch pieces were sewn together. It's a fun quick project and a great way to test drive a print fabric. [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: peaceofpi studio
The Guelaguetza crowds were staggering. Oaxaca city was clogged with foot and street traffic. There was excitement, band music, the sizzle of street food, parades of elegantly dress women from the villages, and more shopping overload than any accomplished shopaholic … → [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Oaxaca Cultural Navigator
cochineal lilacs C
OOOO! Lovely lovely lines of lilac! Of course, it’s pretty hard to screw up with this stuff. Sort of surprised i didn’t :)  Since i still have quite a bit left, time for some modifier/mordant adjustments. I really want the rose pink to red shades since i can’t get madder to work! OOPS EDIT: the dividing line is the second dark wool yarn—everything to the right of that was from a second immersion, proving the little buggers have an amazing amount of dye in them. I have a plan for the latest colours, including the apricot from madder on silk fabric, and [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Arlee Barr
Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Time With My Grandmother, by Mia Tagano.This reminded me of my days in nursing a long time ago. Chris [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Christine Predd
This is just one way to rock our Diamond Ankara print peplum top. Pair your top with fitted jeans and some patent heels. You can accessorise with bold yet simple jewellery and a block colour Aso-oke clutch. Finally, bright red lips and a nice kimono-style wrap and you are ready for date night or […] The post How to wear it: Ankara Peplum Top appeared first on Urbanknit. [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: urbanknit
Today's blog post: Progress was made on the current piece, but then a small disaster struck. My knee, which had been getting better, decided it didn’t want to do that. The earliest I could get an appointment with an orthopedist was next week. Back to the chair and ice packs. Weaving stopped, which brings me to ball winders. I have had the same plastic ball winder since I first started to weave. It works, but my current weaving involves skeins that are about 1/2 pound each and hand-dyed. No matter what I do, they are more tangled than “store bought” skeins. That [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Sherri Woodard Coffey
I took a couple pictures of our ram “pitchfork” today.   Very happy with our first lambs from him this year. Name: Pitchfork Ranch 669 Dam:  Pitchfork Ranch 517 Sire:    Schwider 910B [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Bear Creek Felting
The act of creating is a healing gesture,as sacred as prayer, as essential to the spirit as food to the body.~ Jan Phillips What an enriching experience it was teaching flag making at Leslie Rinchen Wongmo's Threads of Awakening studio in Oxnard over the weekend! The group arrived enthusiastic and interested, driving in from Ojai and as far away as San Diego. I love how each group I work with adds something new to the mix.The space awaits...We began with some reflective exercises to help bring our bodies and attention to being present and open. Following some [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Source: Linda Miller Designs

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