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So there is a Hirsch Wellness art table at Wesley Long hospital, in the cancer center and on September 25, I was working alongside fellow   artist, Elaine and volunteer, Earline.  We were showing people how to make yarn drawings, inspired by the Mexican Huichol art of yarn drawing. A dozen people waiting for treatment, or waiting for relatives or friends having treatment, decided to join our free class and everyone created at least one piece to donate to the cancer center for a community hospital mobile.

Fiona promptly made about 5 yarn drawings, each designed for the special people in her life- mainly for mommy and daddy. This is one she made for my friend, Lynn

I was so inspired, I rushed home to create my own yarn drawings, enlisting the help of my grand daughter and partner in crime, Fiona.

Meanwhile I was using up small pieces of yarns and fibers and not quite as confident as Fiona that people would be as excited to get a yarn drawing from me…! I must say that it’s a lot of fun, really easy and fast

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Next upcoming drop-in session-Thursday August 24th, 6-8 pm

On July 28th, we had our July drop-in session at the Revolution Mill for the Hirsch Wellness Network.

Many thanks to Clara for her weaving expertise, to Janice for her invaluable help with our knitters and to Nona who helped organize everyone!

The start of a miniature tapestry

Our next session will be on August 24th, in the evening. See you all there!

Looms available for those who want to join us!

I hit the mother lode at the May Memorial Library book sale!

I found Barbara G.Walker’s “Treasury of Knitting Patterns” from 1968 in pristine condition.

Ok, after three days in my house- not looking as tidy. No matter, it’s just as informative and inspirational.

 

As you might be able to tell, I’m in a knitting frenzy ..

…just finished a baby girl knitted vest for my friend Linda’s son and wife, Scott and Brittany. Since they live in Wilmington, I thought summer colors would work for them. Next on the list- my nephew Ruiaridh and his wife, Mel and their baby Theo, in St. Albans, England

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Spring vest for a beach baby

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You can see where I got the inspiration for the colors for the baby vest-love camellias especially now that it’s getting into winter

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detail of vest- got the perfect (vintage )buttons at the Hospice Flee Market shop

More details about the “Outlander” hand knitted wraps

The “Outlander” wraps are for adults: they are all hand knitted with some hand dyed wool yarns mixed with other multi fiber yarns. Each piece is one-of-a-kind with up to 8 or more different yarns and every knitted piece has a different mix of yarns . The wraps go around the neck and shoulders and tuck into your coat or jacket. Although the knitted pieces are knitted with thick yarns, it is not bulky underneath your coat or around the shoulders as long scarves tend to be.

The “Outlander ” wraps are  $60 plus postage if ordering on-line

The “Outlander” collar is $45 plus postage if buying on-line

If you are interested in purchasing, all pieces will be display at the Kirby Gallery, Roxboro or email me at:

mehrjacq@gmail.com to order directly.

 

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Outlander wrap 1: 33″ long and 6″ deep

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Outlander wrap 1-detail

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Outlander wrap 2-with more pastel colors; 36″ long and 6″ deep

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Outlander wrap 2-detail

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Outlander wrap 3- with dark trim. hand knitted with some hand dyed wool yarns mixed with multi fibers and textured yarns

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Outlander 3-with dark trim detail

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Outlander neck collar: 22″ long by 5″ deep

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Outlander neck collar detail

Please be aware that there will be a proportion of hand dyed wool fibers in the knitted pieces which can feel “scatchy” against the skin for some people.

 

 

 

The beginners personal tapestry weaving classes will start on October 28, from 1-3 pm at our new location at the Gallery at Revolution Mill, 1175 Revolution Mill Drive, Greensboro, NC 27405.

Those of you who attended the Hirsch Wellness Art Auction know that this is a fabulous location with a great studio space. We have 7 signed up so far, and we have had up to 15 students in the past… We are going to limit it to between 10- 12 so that everyone can get individual help, if they need it. Call Louise at 336-549-8367 for registration or email Loiuse@HirschWellnessNetwork.org

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The BRB  Annual Weekend Mountain Retreat June 11-12th , 2016

For the past five years, the BRBs (Blue Ridge Babes) have gathered together at Mark’s Mountain House off the Blue Ridge Parkway for a weekend of creating art while enjoying music, wine, food and good company.

This year, our latest BRB member (Fiona, 7 years old)) has proposed a bodacious challenge for the group:

She plans to bring a Barbie doll for each member and wants the BRB’s to compete with each other to design the most bold and outrageous Barbie outfit ever.

This made me think of the last time I had seen Barbie and her partner in crime, Ken. It was in April this year. They were standing guard over the bathrooms in a café beside Ballachuilish, in Scotland.

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Barbie for the LADIES facilities

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Ken for the MENS facilities

I did notice that Barbie’s halter neck top was around her neck like a noose, hanging from the door whereas Ken was hanging onto the door by the collar of his pilot uniform. Not quite as life threatening. And slightly more dignified.

Was this extraordinarily prescient of the upcoming debacle of House Bill 2 NC?

 

 

 

 

 

Who would have thought..?

When the rainbow scarf was ready for baby Cora, we thought that Spring had sprung and that the scarf would be not needed and put away until winter. Little did we know that there would be snow up until the first week in May, and that the scarf would be a daily feature of the morning walk to the park.

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For a Positive Spin on New Year’s Resolutions..

My 2016 New Year resolution is accomplished already!

Finished my first art piece for 2016

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Sounds so much better than…I never got it finished before the end of 2015…

 

 

February is a busy month!

The opening reception for the Greenville Museum of Art Biennial Juried Exhibition, in Greenville North Carolina, is February 5, 2016.  The Exhibition runs February 6-April 24, 2016.

The juror is Theresa N Hammond, Director and Curator of the Guilford College Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina.

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The cup of Kindness: tapestry

I am so excited to have two pieces in this show: and that the Museum of Art is within four hour’s driving distance .

Road Trip!

La Primavera

La Primavera : silk collage with beads and sequins

Wachter van Arcadia

Verhalen uit de Onderwereld

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky

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Fibre art by Jean Ottosen

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

The History Of Florist

art in fibers and fabric

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art in fibers and fabric