Fiber Hearts from Fiber Arts
The members of our guild created valentines for Gen Care and Fircrest.
We knitted, felted, embroidered, quilted, beaded, sewed and wove over 100 hearts to brighten the day for the folks in these care facilities. Lots of fun and much appreciated!
Meredith Arnold showed us how to make fabulous silk beads! We had a blast playing with stamping, glueing, tying, and beading to create unique soft beads. Here she’s demonstrating sewing on sequins.
Here we are, hard at work play.
For Show and Tell, Valerie brought her completed mini-quilt from last month’s Melissa Williams workshop
and so did Astrid.
Glenda showed us two of her hooked and beaded pieces that will be on display at the Mill Creek location of Laughing Ladies Cafe.
Glenda and Mona challenged each other to intepret the word “North” — Glenda did hooked fiber and beads, and Mona did painting and collage.
Mary Black brought samples of the kumihimo balls she will teach us to make in November.
Valerie lead us in a damp but fun workshop onmaking felted flowers. First a base shape is felted, and cut to the size and shape wanted.
Then, some additional fiber can be felted on to add detail
resulting in a lovely flower!
Beads and a pinback need to be added.
And they can be any color that amuses.
The best thing at Show and Tell was Heather’s amazing wall hanging. This is a hand painted silk warp, woven with a silk weft, that will be installed in the dining room of her client. The framework will support it vertically and will give the effect of a cascading waterfall. Sure hope we get to see some pictures of it in place!
Heather is on the right, above.
All we can say is, “Wow!”
We had another bounty of Show and Tell at our March meeting. A lot of it was for our Art Page exchange, which I will cover in another post, but here are some others items that were shared. Please click on the thumbnails to enlarge.
Ruth wove this beautiful blanket double-width on her 36″ loom.
Here’s a detail of Ruth’s blanket. The striped effect comes from the way she sleyed it in the reed. We’re all curious to see how it looks after it is washed, but she hadn’t had a chance to do that yet.
Mary has been dyeing wool and spinning it in these luscious colors. The shorter skein of yellowy green towards the right is silk.
Mona brought some fabric prayer flags that her Monday Night Creative Group exchanged. They dyed the fabric and printed it with blocks of their own design.
Valerie made lots of the beautiful beaded leaves that Heather taught us the technique for in February.
Astrid brought two knitted items, a shawl and also a scarf for her charity project.
Here’s a look at the some of the goodies that were brought to our February meeting. I think some of the snowy days in January let us get a lot of work done! Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.
Ruth wove these towels from a slubby cotton.
Patty will be showing us how to make these fabulous painted, textured papers at the March meeting.
Patty has been making machine-lace hearts on dissolvable stabilizer.
Mona is making fabric bowls in a fabulous variety of fabrics and colors!
Michele used a simplified kumihimo technique to make the cord for this necklace. The heart pin used some of her stash of quilting fabrics.
Heather dyed this fine, reeled silk to explore how well Jacquard acid dyes do at capturing the iridescence of hummingbird wings.
Glenda made these purses by punching wool into a linen base.
For our meeting this month, Heather led us in a mini-workshop on making beaded maple leaves. Using tiny beads and fine jeweler’s wire, we made a grown-up version of those pony-bead creations that were all the rage with elementary school kids a few years ago. Above are two leaves that Heather made as examples, plus one of the kits that she put together for us to use. Notice how she did a lovely shaded effect on the leaves by using more than one color of beads.
Here’s an example of a leaf that is almost done. All that’s left to do is trim off the excess wire. Each lobe of the leaf is made with a separate strand of wire, then the sections are “sewn” together using one end of the wire that made up one section. The other end goes down to create the stem.
Here we are toiling away, under Heather’s expert eye. The coffee cups were pressed into service as bead holders. This was a very fun workshop, and we all appreciated Heather sharing her expertise!
The meeting also had an outstanding variety of Show-n-Tell brought in, and that’ll be in another post.