My great-nephew Coen is ready

for a Scottish winter in his hand knitted hat from Outlandish Knits in North Carolina

His big smile is as bright as the colors in his hat


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 KIds! Learn how to make paper tissue bowls! 

Put an LED tealight in the bowl and make a night light!

In the upcoming on-line issue of Jump! The magazine for creative kids,  learn how to make fun, simple and easy paper tissue bowls. 

Check out the Winter ART  issue (issue 4) of Jump! The magazine for creative kids for more instructions on how to make the bowls. Bet you will want to make more than one bowl!

Start with a balloon, glue, an old paint brush and tissue paper. Attach the balloon to the table with pieces of masking tape

Cover the top half the balloon with glue and tissue paper- make sure you have a palstic tablecloth underneath your artwork

Tell me what you think of the show at the Artist Reception on Friday evening 6-9pm on January 25!

Some star examples from our workshop last Friday at the Hirsch Center..

We had 11 participants. Many thanks to everyone who came and made it through the torrential rain and hard to find parking spots because of the snow blocking many of the parking spaces. Thank you!

Tori creating a new star using her school colors of yellow and black

Chipper with two stars, each side of the star in a different color

Kathy showing her interlaced 2-colored star

Eileen- keeping it sophisticated in pure white

Emilie who insisted she couldn’t make a star..oh yeah..

Yes, we have just had the earliest winter snow storm since 1930!

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Hopefully the snow should be all gone by Friday, December 14, for our woven Carolina Snowflake class at the Hirsch Wellness Center at Revolution Mill. The class is  1-3pm and all materials will be provided as usual.

The Carolina Snowflake makes a lovely handmade Christmas decoration, that looks stunning hanging from a light, hanging on a Christmas tree, hanging on the wall and as a gift tag ( depending on the size of the gift and the tag!)

The Resolutions 2019 Show will hang at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts from January 7 to January 31, 2019.

Guest Juror for the awards :Sarah Schroth, Director of Nasher Museum of Art

Show Chair: Alice Levinson

My resolution for 2019: Violence is the outcome in a culture that promotes fear and anger. My resolution: to create guns that can never kill, using the continuous loop of the knitting stitch as a metaphor for our connection with each other.

A reception will be held on January 25, from 6-9pm

Happy Mothers Day: knittted.375 magnum caliber revolver

Wendy’s tapestry progress. Her composition is building up beautifully. Note that the magazine illustration is the jumping off point for her own expression of the path before her

Judi’s latch hook piece expressing her experience of grief: darkness with some light punctuating the black with yellow appearing at the edges

Staci’s piece is about how she deals with working at the hospital while getting treatment: everything is in it’s own compartment and she is working very hard for the compartments to harmonize with each other

My absolute favorite annual art show

from September 27-December 9, 2018

at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens

…….just some examples from the 50 installations by 30 North Carolina artists using a wide variety of materials,including steel,concrete,marble, granite, glass and more ( like clay, wood, aluminum, stone, electrical wires, plastic, dried lemongrass roots…..)

Garden Party by Holly Felice

Polaris by Jeff Hackney


Colony V by Frank Holder

Right hand,Man by Joe Coates

It was a lovely evening,

filled with music, wine, good food and of course- lots of fabulous art work for sale.

We took this opportunity to show some of the work from out Beginners Tapestry Class. This is a small sample of the tapestries that were woven through out the year. Thanks to our sponsers who made this workshop available for free, for our tapestry weavers.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Folk Artist Maria Prymatsenkon at Aboa Vetus Ars Nova in Turku

The Fabulous World of Maria Prymachenko


Maria Prymachenko (1908–1997) was a self- taught artist and is one of the most renowned artists in Ukraine. Produced by Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, The Fabulous World of Maria Prymachenko showcases the artist’s watercolour and gouache paintings. The works belong to the collection of the National Museum of Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art in Kiev.

Aboa Vetus Ars Nova also offers a delicious buffet brunch!

5.Vahva by Greta Marjamaki

A beautiful show of oil paintings from Greta Majamaki , a young up-and-coming Finnish artist showing her work in Kaarina.

Black waves

Vortex of light particles

team Lab: massless is a hIghly recommended show in newly opened art gallery in Helsinki called Amos Rex. We were very fortunate to be in Helsinki the weekend it opened! Studio lab is computer-generated three dimensional space, with the goal of participants having a total immersion in a digital universe. There are 5 works that together form an immersive and interactive experience. It was created by an interdisciplinary group founded by Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001. Artists, programmers,engineers, animators,mathematicians and architects form this 500 people collective. The labs were amazing and overwhelming in it’s scope.





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