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It all starts with a pack of adhesive foam sheets. There are many different sizes of adhesive foam sheets, I bought a small size with 65 sheets so I could play and not worry about using up all the sheets

One side of the foam sheet has a white paper sheet covering the adhesive surface. If you want, you can draw on the paper sheet, marking the foam underneath

Pull the paper backing from the adhesive sheet. You can see that the adhesive sheet I have drawn on, is yellow.

First create a border by sticking a yarn all around the edges. The adhesive is very sticky and the border helps to keep your fingers off the surface. Then  outline  your sketch with another piece of yarn

Once you have edged your outline in yarn, start to fill in the background with more yarn

Continue to fill the spaces with yarns

Add as much detail as you want

you can pull out and replace any colors and yarns if you want to make changes

Yarn drawings are very forgiving, cheap, fast and simple to create. This is the perfect use for scraps of yarns and threads, even ribbons. For me, it’s a quick way to see how different colors and textures look together and even helps me lay out simple compositions. The different colored adhesive sheets help to jump start different color combos, and because the materials are so cheap and plentiful, it encourages a more playful and adventurous approach. Try it and see! Then send me some photos of your work, I’d love to showcase them on the blog.

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On Saturday, October 8, 2017,  at the Hirsch Wellness Silent Auction  my punch needle piece “First Things First” was auctioned, along with 120 other pieces of art to help raise funds for free art classes for cancer survivors and carers.  A lovely evening of great art, music, food and wine.

Way to go, Mona

A few days before the auction, at our September community fiber  drop-in class, Mona completed her first tapestry

Finally finished  my latest punch needle piece called “Open.” I’ve  always liked the idea of a secret place that was full of treasure that you could access  if  you knew the “magic words.”   Maybe we can create our own secret place with treasure and invent our own magic words, that would work, would n’t it?

Not completed in time for the show in July  2017 at the NC Craft Gallery

 

With two long pieces of pieces of wood, and four short pieces, add a couple of nails  and you have an easy tapestry stand for your tapestry loom-great for display purposes too!

We are starting drop-in monthly fiber art classes, starting on May 19, 1-3 pm, at the Historic Revolutionary Mill, suite 1250, in the Hirsch Wellness classroom 130 Revolutionary Mill Drive in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Many of our tapestry students enjoyed weaving alongside their fellow students at our personal tapestry weaving workshops, getting support, encouragement and inspiration from each other . However,we have found that once a year is a long time to wait between tapestry sessions, especially if you have any technical concerns and have no one to ask for help.

The drop-in sessions are designed to bridge the gap between the once a year tapestry workshop, to get friends together again, and to keep everyone motivated to complete projects and start new ones!

I will be available to help with tapestry weaving and knitting and tapestry looms, yarns and knitting needles are all provided by the Hirsch Wellness Network.

I love the idea of the drop-in classes ! It gives me the opportunity to meet up with everyone again, see everyone’s progress and I get to enjoy seeing some of the finished pieces!

 

 

 

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Piecing it together with pins, making a rectangle of 32″ x 38″ Lots of work still ahead – it needs to be shaped, blocked , steamed and stitched

Piecing it together in my head

I had the idea of knitting a security blanket as a metaphor for American culture so I started by knitting – as an example- my own security blanket.

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detail of stripe

So as I was knitting the different sections, I was puzzled as to why I was using such a different range of colors in this knitting.  Usually I work with pure color, and never use black. And why did I start knitting with size 15 knitting needles when I have very few bulky yarns?  To create the bulky yarns needed for size 15 knitting needles, I  combined different thickness of yarns together, different colors together and different textures together which gave a much more muted palette. Black and browns, deep blues and textured black yarns made stripes of stocking stitch between ribs of blended colors. Why did I construct the pieces with stripes of stocking stitch and ribs? It was mystifying. I hung up the knitted pieces on a piece of foam core, sat down and started to look at them.

As I was looking at the thick stripes, a memory started to form in my head. The thick textured dark stripes reminded me of some winter cardigans my mother used to have hanging on the back of the bedroom doors, and in the hall, of my childhood home. We lived in a very large and cold, old house and whenever I returned home to visit my parents, one of the first things I would do on my arrival, was to look for a cardigan to wear from my mother’s extensive collection. Most of them were from thrift shops and many were for men (for my father) Mixed in with the charcoals, blacks, navy and dull green stocking stitch cardigans that my father favored, were some jumbo rib stripe cardigans knitted in muted Shetland colors for ladies. I admit that I was more attracted to the colored stripes but was more than happy to wear whatever was available in the stash, depending on how many family members were visiting at the same time. Wrapped in one of those winter cardigans, you finally knew you were home.

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2 more sections added

 

This is how it looks like right now.

I’m beginning to run out of some of my hand dyed/ hand spun yarns which are mixed with other yarns so this and a deadline of finishing by this weekend, will limit the final size of the blanket. Nothing is sewn together so the finished piece may look radically different..!

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Knitting in progress

 I left my native land, Scotland, to live in an America that welcomed and supported people from all over the World.

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The start of the knitted security blanket

America is successful and powerful in part because of all the nationalities that came here, at great cost and personal sacrifice to work together for a better life. It is the land of immigrants.

Recently there has been the suggestion that to continue to allow immigrants into the country is unsafe, even dangerous for  American society.

So I started to knit a security blanket, thinking of how little children like to carry their own little security blankets to help them feel safe, secure, loved. My security blanket is a metaphor for American Society. It’s made up of many different yarns, colors and stitches and they are all linked together to create a beautiful, functioning and cohesive fabric. Each section enhances the whole. It is all connected by tiny, continuous loops.  Think of all these different stitches as representing all the people in America. Since every stitch is connected, to pull apart even one of the loops, is to tear apart the fabric of American society. We cannot afford to break the connections between the loops as the fabric will unravel and disintegrate. It is the connections that hold us together, keep us secure, keep us safe from disintegration.

We need to focus on strengthening them, rather than tearing them apart.

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Detail showing 3 different knitted sections together

 


camillia-and-cardi-with-buttonAlmost five months later…

So pleased to introduce Camille in her pink and purple cotton cardi with knitted pink camellia button. Thanks Sally,  for sending me this gorgeous photo of Camille.

 

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.

 

 

 

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