Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter's Day

A walk on a winter's day, what would not be noticed any other time becomes a stunner with snow decorating it.  Pink berries hanging on branches of a Eastern Wahoo bush.  This was a show-stopper snow or no.  The  mysterious old brick house with the turret.  I see one light on in the upstairs all the times I've walked past in the dark. Bird feet, probably pigeon or rock doves,making designs in the snow.

Snowballs Chance.  For sale in my etsy shop.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Tracking where I was, what I did, what I saw.

If I could I would start my day every day with designed coffee.

Janice Arnold Felting workshop at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum on the banks of the Mississippi River in Winona, MN.  This workshop was part of the Farm and Fiber Studio Tour in Southeast Minnesota.


 layering wild wool,  wool batt, wool roving 

My piece after much exertion - felting is hard work,  impressive results when finished.

Love the backside.

A line-up of other felting workshop participant pieces.

One of Janice Arnold's felted pieces, there were many more but my phone was not taking good pictures.  Exquisite work.  More to look at, go to JAFelt.

A Studio Tour.  This fairy tale house where in Audrey Christie lives making her fanciful woodcut art.
What a treat, she lets lookers go through her house - a work of art in itself.

Go here to see more of her work.

Always weaving - threading the heddles.

End the day this way - mmmmm Woodland Empire IPA, made in Boise, ID

          Have your beer,  then go outside.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Slow Fashion

Slow food, slow living, slow down, slow clothes, slow fashion.  What could be slower than weaving the fabric that goes into the garment that you make on your sewing machine?  I'm there.  Why do I do this - so many reasons but to name the top ones.  I love color, I love texture - when I weave the fabric I am in control of both.  I think in colors, sometimes I even smell colors or taste them.

Weaving takes time, I have time to give to it and it's important to me to do this work.  I am not carrying on any tradition in my family that I know of, altho, there were some Canadian tailors my sister found out about.  I do it because I love it and I can.  I also believe that we need to consider what we buy, it should have value and be valued.  Classic design, artful living and dressing.  Weavers, knitters, spinners, sewers, all those who put time into design and the crafting of clothing to wear for themselves and others - hats off!

Good thoughts and ideas in this link about slow fashion and clothing.

..."It's about reconnecting with our clothes, rather than viewing them as quick trends or throwaway items." "It's about tapping into the pleasure of buying a well-made garment with a timeless design, being able to recognize quality, repairing and properly caring for your wardrobe."  read more

Finishing up for the weekend art fair, the Driftless Area Art Festival in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.   I'll be there with my designs, handwoven and sewn slow fashions.

Handwoven remnants transformed into headbands.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Textu - real

OK, I know I talk about texture a lot but I have to share these photos from the Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison.  Since textu-real is not a recognized word - I hyphenate because that was the first word that popped into my head looking at photos I took.

This pot is especially sublime.  Go visit this garden if you can.  It's located on a small plot of land on the campus of UW-Madison.  The most has been made of that space.  Inspiring and beautiful.

This is an indulgence post.  When dead-winter is upon us, coming back to this post. I will probably get the mental and emotional boost that will be needed along about January, February and March.

That lake boathouse and the chairs in the last post - came out here.


Love sunflowers!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Millions of frogs at the lake this year and water seeping into the cracks, especially the boat house.  We visited the little pond down the road every day to see how many frogs we could count.  Toads and dragonflies too.  Couldn't help but think of the Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher and his slippy, sloppy larder.

I love this place.  We have shared many memories here and though some things have changed, a lot remains the same.  Smart management by the owner family keep it that way.  We know what to expect when we come back every year.  The last picture is sunrise on the lake, imagine the loon calls and the cacophony of the Martin birds waking up.  Northern Minnesota, near a place called Pelican Rapids.

Summer time weaving.  Recently it's been gold and a taupe-y color with a green tint - can't come up with a name for this color, the supplier gives it only a number.  And then it's been blues, reds and greens mixed up.  Always mix it up.

Finished gold and that taupe-y color with some light blue mixed in.   Threads perspective looking down through the loom and the last, a look over the lamms at high tension.  This piece is off the loom now, can't wait to see what it looks like after a wash.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunny Sunday

New work and some fringes.

A sunny Sunday, a full bookcase and paper hearts catching the sun.

I have admired Kelly Marshall's ( work for a long time.  This weekend I found her at the Madison Art Fair.  Now I have this beautiful rug in my house.  The photo doesn't do it justice!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ART Fair and a Fiber Extravaganza

Hello Edina Art Fair 2014.  My little 10 x 10 space faced west in the Edina Lunds parking lot.  Found out that's where all the new-bees get to be.  Thursday evening set up and in my place early Friday morning.  The morning was lovely and people came out, as the day went on the sun came in more and more and I was cook'in and so was everyone else.  No one would even touch the handwovens because they were feeling sweaty.  The sun had not relented by 7 pm closing time.
The next day, Saturday, dawned and we were having and expecting rain all day.  You had to be a serious art shopper that day but, by about 1pm the rain went away, the clouds stayed to keep the temps cool.

My space got a little cramped and crowded as I moved my things in to get them out of rain drops.
My Easy-Up tent roof pooled some water which had to be sent down the sides which I tried to do without a rush of splashing water through my neighbors tent.

A booth shot.  I put a rug down (no picture taken of that - I guess) it covered the asphalt crack and made the space look welcoming.
I like doing Art Fairs, I like having people see and touch the fibers, I love to have people try on something and see the fit and the colors and then if they like it - I love it when they buy a piece that I have made.  It's fun to talk to people who come in and who are walking by.  It's an adventure.

This man weaving tapestries was part of the fair - I never got as far as his space but my husband did.  His loom was set up in his tent.   So impressive - I wish I would have gotten a closer look at his work.

After the Art Fair
I stayed in Minneapolis for a few days.
Always something going on in the big city, this time there were Fiber Extravaganzas going on. 
Have a look and maybe you will want to plan a trip.

The American Swedish Institute
2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Modern Finnish Immigration movement to North America and celebrations will take place across Minneapolis this summer, culminating in FinnFest, North America’s largest gathering of Finnish and Finnish-American communities, in August. 
The Living Tradition of Ryijy – Finnish Rugs and theirMakers showcases the development of the ryijy rug in Finland over the course of 300 years - from its origin as a utilitarian cloth woven for use as coverlets and bedding into today’s expressive bright and modern designs used as textile art, often involving innovative techniques and experimental fabrics.
See more at American Swedish Institute 

The rya rugs are beautiful.  I think of a rug as being for the floor - not so with the rya rugs.  They were used most commonly to keep warm in bed.  In modern times rya woven rugs have been used on the floor.  There are Finnish kits still available to make these rugs.   The historical rugs were in the lower level gallery some dating back to early 1800's.  The rya rug exhibit is wonderful and the Turnblad Mansion (Castle) is a glorious display of the fine craftspeople that were at work in those times.

A weaving studio set up on the 3rd floor.

The grass roof, there is another next to this one. 

Close up of an outside wall of the house. 

The Textile Center

Finnish Textile Artist of the Year, 2010 Aino Kajaniemi Tapestry Weaves
are on display in the Joan Mondale Gallery  June 12 - August 16, 2014
Another textile sensation - the work speaks for itself.

and last but not least - the rugs of Wynne Mattila also on display at the Textile Center

So lucky these exhibits were happening at the time I was there.  Inspired and wonderstruck by the beauty of the woven work - I was blown away!