Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bowls and pots...

It's been a busy productive month, and I just wanted to share a couple of my latest creations!  I recently made another seed pot, this one from a fabric I picked up at a local thrift shop:

Since I took this picture, I bought some copper colored eucalyptus sprigs and replaced the rust colored ones... looks better to me.  I love the black walnut branches... not real durable, but the shapes are so beautiful!
My next project was to create a covered bowl with a little experimental edge:
I really love how this came out!  I call it "Carousel" because it reminds me of the carousels that used to come to town with the carnival in the summer, when I was a little girl.  No animal rides on thiis one, but still... I will be using the zig-zag technique on more projects, I'm sure!

No other finished projects to show right now.  I am currently trying to organize my mish-mash of embroidery floss, and bought cards to wind them around and another container to store them.  And I am also dyeing some fabric to use in future bowls.  
Coming up in a couple of weeks:  A day trip with my friend Joyce to visit Prescott and some fabric stores... my stash of batik fabrics is getting low, and there is one store, Cloth Plus, that has a fabulous selection.  Joyce and I make an annual trip south around this time of year to get a dose of warmth, shop and enjoy a day away from our projects... can't wait!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

What's ahead for me in 2016...

2015 is winding down quickly... time to look forward to 2016, and what's ahead for me.

New product - Waterfall jacket

More time and sales at our new "Arts Connection" co-op gallery

New product - Chiffon Scarf

Thanks to all who have supported my efforts in 2015, and I hope to entice you to continue in 2016! 

 Happy New year!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Gallery news, and what's up at the Fiberwerks?

The Arts Connection, our new Artists' Coalition gallery, opened November 15, with a Grand Opening reception on the 21st with a great turnout to celebrate!  For the first 2 weeks since we opened, sales have been great, and we're looking forward to a busy December.  If you are in the Flagstaff area, I hope you will stop by - we are at the Flagstaff Mall on east Rte 66, and the gallery is open 12-6 pm, Monday - Saturday, 12-7 pm on Sunday.  Click here for a preview of the gallery.

Meanwhile, I have been working on a couple of fiber art projects with the gallery in mind... always good to have a backlog of inventory!
"Meandering II", a fabric collage of mostly hand-dyed fabrics, accented with gold lame', yarns, angelina fiber and some fabric beads.  

Coiled fabric seed pot with dried arrangement

Not sure what I'll be working on next... there is snow in the forecast for the end of the week, so I might do a little snow dyeing, but I'm anxious to make more pots too... stay tuned, and I'll try to do better at keeping you posted! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lots of things going on!

So much is happening right now... all good!  Next weekend is our annual Holiday Artists' Marketplace, expanded this year to 2 days!  I will have racks of tie-dye clothing, knit and crochet scarves, covered journals and notepads available.  Here's the latest covered journal, just finished this morning:

This will be my last show of the year, but I am very excited to announce that the Artists' Coalition of Flagstaff will be opening a beautiful new co-op gallery November 15 at the Flagstaff Mall!  I will be a participating member, which gives me the opportunity to offer my bowls, dyed and shabby chic scarves, and some of my wall art for consideration!  The location is in the same storefront where we had our Prelude exhibit in August:
It is a beautiful venue, and we are really looking forward to becoming a regular presence here!
Here are a few of the bowls I have recently completed, which will be on display:

 Take in is next week, so I will post pictures once I have my space set up.  If you are in the Flagstaff area, I hope you will come by!  Here is the flier for our Grand Opening:

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Directions

I just got a copy of Sherrill Kahn's book "Creative Embellishments":
I have devoured the contents, and started gathering materials to learn all I can about the wonderful techniques she describes in the book.  I also ordered 2 others by her that go into painting and mixed media techniques, so I think my winter explorations are fully mapped out!  If you haven't seen this book, do check it out on or other book venues.  It is a veritable feast of color, pattern and textures!  I will be posting more about my adventures through these wonderful books over the next few months, and hope to have items for "show and tell" soon!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Autumn Leaves & Holly

I've been working on adding to my inventory for the Autumn Leaves & Holly show next weekend:

This is our third year putting this show on, and it has become a favorite of mine and my regular customers... lots of beautiful hand-crafted items from a variety of great crafters.  As usual, I wanted to have a good selection of Autumn-inspired items available, so here are a few of the bowls I will be offering:

This year, I decided to add some autumn leaves to the ones in back... I love autumn leaves, and use them a lot in my various crafts.  And of course, I have a selection of my autumn leaves batik shirts:
We have some new crafters in the show this year as well as some of our regulars... all very talented, offering some wonderful items for sale.  I hope  if you are in the Flagstaff area you will try to stop by!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Craft Show season!

My last post was about Flagstaff Open Studios Tour, which was a raging success for me this year! Wonderful sales, both at the month-long Prelude Exhibit at our local shopping mall, and also at the 2-day tour at my friends Mack and Cinde's home just north of town.
Cinde with a selection of her fabulous beaded wall art

Mack in his fused glass studio
So, the dust has barely settled on that event, and I'm busy making scarves, coiled fabric bowls, notepad covers, Autumn leaves shirts and more, because I still have 3 big shows coming up before the craft show season winds down for yet another year - see my Show Schedule above. 
BTW, here is one of the bowls that I sold during Open Studios, a companion to the first bowl I sold at Prelude exhibit:
I love these because I randomly pull strips of fabric from a bin to make a colorful bowl, then finish with wrapped cord I shape into a slithering snake, complete with beady eyes and a red serpent tongue. this one has a snake made from some beautiful black and white print fabric I bought awhile back, just saving it for something special.
Well, back to the studio... time's a-wasting!