Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way in Vancouver, Washington, July 10 through August 28, 2010. The Gallery is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. The opening reception is Saturday, July 10 from 2 - 4 pm at the Gallery. Shown above is Willow Wood by Bonnie Bucknam (photo by Mark Frey).
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Here are a couple of Thai textiles that I bought in Chaing Rai. I call these quilts. They are pieced together from many bits of worn clothing. I don't know if they have a function in Thailand, or if they are just made to sell to tourists. The detail in the pieces is amazing. They contain very fine embroidery, cross-stitch, and embellishment with beads and buttons.
On some pieces you can see where the buttons and beads have been removed to recycle.
This piece has some beautiful embellishments left intact.
Monday, June 21, 2010
My Vancouver neighbor and friend Mary Arnold pieced and appliqued these two tops for Guatemala Bound. Aren't they lovely? The applique quilt (detail above) will be exhibited and for sale at the LaConner Quilt Walk September 1 to October 15 in La Conner Washington. All proceeds will go toward getting the quilts to the orphanage in Guatemala.
Mary's Wavy Rail Fence
This log cabin center diamond will also be displayed and for sale at the Quilt Walk. I pieced this quilt with my friend Pat from Alaska and quilted it on my longarm. It was the first twin size quilt finished for the project.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Here in the Pacific Northwest we're experiencing a particularly wet spring. We can't even call it summer yet. However, the gardens are thriving, sort of, when they're not beaten down flat by the rain. We even had hail this week! This fabric pack brings us some of the spring colors we wish we could get outdoors to see. "Wisteria" includes: a marine blue/green with eggplant shadows, a mottled gold/green, a light lavendar, spring greens with eggplant veins, a purple with green highlights, and a pale olive. Fat Quarter packages (1 1/2 yds. total) are $27 ($30 including shipping by first class post within the U.S.); 1/2 yard packages (3 yds total) are $54 plus actual postage to your location; 1 yard packages (6 yards total) are $108 plus actual postage. The July 2010 Handwerk Fabric Club selection will be available to ship June 25. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal accepted.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I've been making lots of purses lately. I've had this thing with purses just about my whole life. I almost always stick with one purse until it wears out. I'm not one of those who has to change bags to match the outfit. But I always buy them when I'm traveling, and I've had a couple of ventures into manufacturing involving purses. I'll tell you that story another time. Anyway, this is what I did last night. I bought this mola in Ohio a couple of years ago. I thought I'd make something out of it that I would use, so the mola is not just sitting on a shelf. I made this purse up as I went along. I had a very small piece of the Guatemalan handwoven. In fact, I used almost every scrap. I had to piece the bottom of the bag together, and it has a seam in an odd place. No one will notice though. Anyway, this is probably about the 13th or 14th purse I've made in the last month. What will I do with all of these?? Well, carry things to meetings, put my knitting projects in them, use them for shopping... Can you ever have too many bags? (Probably yes.)
Lined with Handwerk hand-dyes.