Monday, October 27, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I received an invitation from Lynda Heines to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop... how kewl is that?!  Lynda and I have become creative buddies over the past year or so... she has written some great posts about her creative endeavors, and you can see them here.
Okay, on to the questions!

1. What am I working on?  I received several special orders from customers this past weekend at the Autumn Leaves and Holly Arts and Crafts show, so I have been working to get my materials together to complete them by Nov. 1, the date of my next show.  One of the orders is for my hand dyed cotton twill grocery totes:
I was thrilled to sell all of those shown above to a friend BEFORE the show opened, so I had to take orders from another customer!  Off I went to the fabric store today, and found the cotton twill on sale for 50% off... woo-hoo!  I also took orders for my Autumn Leaves shirts, Circular Scarves, and an oval coiled fabric bowl, so I'm going to  be a busy gal for a couple of weeks!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I started learning how to tie-dye almost 17 years ago, and tried my hand at pretty traditional patterns at first.  But gradually, I began to experiment with non-traditional patterns... example, here is a fairly traditional swirl:
I still love these, but have gradually moved more toward these:

3. Why do I write/create what I do?  I have always needed to create, ever since I was a little girl... it's the icing on the cake for me!  And I love to write about it, so I can share my experiences with others who love to work with fiber, dyes, and color.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?  No real hard and fast rules... something inspires me to try a new technique, pattern, etc.  I spend time browsing a number of blogs of fellow artists, and have learned a lot an been inspired to try new things I see there.
And speaking of being inspired, I have invited Jeanne Aird to join in the Blog Hop!  Jeanne is a fiber artist and fellow dyer, and I really admire the work she does!  You can see her work here.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Getting ready for the Fall show circuit!

This time of year is my busy time.  Starting with the Flagstaff Open Studios Tour at the end of August, I have several shows throughout the fall to keep me busy!  So I have been working hard to beef up my stock this past month.  I did take a break to do a small outdoor show last Sunday:
We had some rain and cool temps, but I still sold some shirts, so all was not lost!
Here are some of the shirts I have been working on recently:
Stitched design in Copper, gold and sage green

Autumn Leaves batik with moss green background
Crochet scarf in cool colors

I have coiled fabric bowls and twill cotton totes in progress as well.  

And here is the flier for our next show, coming up in less than 2 weeks!  I'm on the committee for the show, and we're really excited - this is our second year doing this show, and we have 31 artists and crafters participating in the event... lots of beautiful, hand crafted items will be available for our shoppers!  So if you are going to be in the Flagstaff area, I do hope you will stop by and enjoy the show!  
Okay, back to the salt mines... I will update soon with more show information!