Friday, March 8, 2019

Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese dye resist techniques– we wrapped paper around wooden towels and cardboard cylinders tied on with cotton twine and rubber bands. Then we painted with different colored dyes …with some lovely results..!The resists block the dyes and form unpredictable patterns.

Our Goal? To allow things to happen without judgement. To be spontaneous and enjoy the results.

Sarah, a self confessed”non-creative person” shows off her stack of beautiful tie dye papers


Renee made some fabulous prints with plastic square resists and clothespegs

Cindy wrapped, tied, painted and …and did handpainting and finger painting

Wendy pleated her papers in different directions for some lovely herringbone effects

Elaine pleated her paper and applied plastic square resists on top of the pleated papers- then re-dyed


Lots of inspirational spinning ideas from “Intertwined” The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning by Lext Boeger.

We had our first Handspinning Class for Beginners, at Revolution Mill on Friday, February 8th.

Everyone, without exception, spun some gorgeous yarns with their own personal drop spindle. The drop spindles were made of old cd’s, a wooden dowel, rubber grommet and hook. Instructions about how to make your own drop spindle are from interweave press at:

“Intertwined” gives examples of how to knit, crochet and weave hats and scarves, sweaters, bags and -one of the easiest project and my personal favorite– shoelaces! 

Cathie is spinning with some Corriedale fibers. She is spinning in a clock-wise direction, and adding different lengths of colored fibers as she spins.

Josefina showing her felted geode from our felt class in January

Some of my plied yarn is spun from Merino fibers

Following in the tradition of

the Great Wall of China,

Hadrian’s wall in Northumberland, England,

the East Berlin wall in Germany..

Presenting the very first section of The PomPom wall of North America…

If we start from the concept that all the other great walls failed in their objective to keep people apart, then we start with a distinct advantage with the pom pom wall.


BEYOND THE EDGE OF THE FOREST, was accepted by the juror, Jane Kidd, into Small Tapestry International 6: Beyond the Edge. The juror considered 116 tapestries and 43 were accepted into the show.

Beyond the Edge of the Forest (6 ” x 9″) tapestry and latch hook


Beyond The Edge of the Forest

At the edge of the forest is where the dark fairy stories start. Traditionally the forest is forbidden and dangerous. In the tapestry, the meadow edge is tufted and rugged up to the edge of the forest where it  becomes smooth and intense as we travel deeper into the space.

Maybe it’s time for a new story- a new adventure.

More baby Hats!

I picked up some alpaca yarn samples during a trip to Colorado years ago, all natural fibers, soft and lightweight.

Finally worked out a project where I can use the small amounts of the different natural colors- baby hats!

Luckily there is no shortage of babies this year..

Baby hat for Cora and Dara’s baby sister- due March, 2019

Baby hat for Earline’s grand daughter, born December 2018.

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


Check out more Outlandish Knits at

 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!)


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Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky

Fibre art by Jean Ottosen

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

The History Of Florist

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