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always a pleasure

probably the greatest thing for me is when i see other artists get excited about using something i made in their own work. that’s really always been a thing with me. from way back when in the early 80’s working with the owners & designers at the 1928 Jewelry Company, to Trifari, Eisenberg, Avon and Tupperware (to name drop a few) i’ve always added value and style to the work of others. part of it is just the practical fact that i found i could make a living doing it and part of it is that i like to ignite the embers of creativity in others.

having just finished up the recent quilt show here in Long Beach, i was thrilled to have made the acquaintance of a few more artists and designers who made a beeline for the ribbon with ideas of their own- inspired only by the color and texture of the silk and their own imaginations- what-iffing along the way. i just packaged up a lovely order for Judith Baker Montano whose silk crazy quilting is world renowned. you know when someone just hones in on the best without hesitation and a twinkle in their eye as Judith did upon discovering the ribbons for the first time. i could see her mind working as she chose her colors- the perfect top 4 best sellers without batting an eye- and there were lots of colors to eye! that’s a real pro for you. can’t wait to see what she does with it. too bad i didn’t have her book, Elegant Stitches which i’ve owned for over a decade with me for an autograph! next time, i’m gonna try to get in on one of her classes. she’ll be teaching at Houston as will i in
October.

4  borealis colorways-old gold autumn,purple passion,ecru,midnight

4 borealis colorways-old gold autumn,purple passion,ecru,midnight


with a cup of coffee in one hand and my finger on the trackpad, i ventured a visit to jude’s what-if blog this morning. always a dangerous thing for me, especially in combination with a little caffeine (thanks jude!) and immediately i was off on a what-iff adventure of my own. as noted on my facebook status (join the fan page!) it got me wondering what i would be making today if i wasn’t filling orders and preparing for this weekend’s workshop. oh well, that’s another day- but it did make me commit myself to AT LEAST ONE FULL DAY each month of non commercial work. i can afford that (if i cut out sleeping! -kidding-kinda). there are so many ideas rolling around in my head-things i want to try and experiment with and make.
i hope i don’t lose track of too many of them.
fortunately, if i do there’s always more in the pipeline!
and here is Milo, silk sitting for me. waiting for me to GET TO WORK ALREADY!
milo silk sitting (it's still in it's plastic)

milo silk sitting (it's still in it's plastic)

speaking of what-iffing….what if we got in a van and toured the world singing songs and playing horns?

news from the traveling minstrels is that they are now leaving Germany headed for the Netherlands, Holland and beyond. a little road weary but still alive and singing for their suppers. NPR had an interesting post on musicians who make a living and then there is this on the dangers of signing with a record label.

ahhh…life in blogland

shibori girl furoshiki image lifted and used on a commercial website

shibori girl furoshiki image lifted and used on a commercial website

Woke up this morning to the usual list of email and started hitting the reply and delete buttons as needed with Milo on one arm of the sofa, Tigga on the other, and a cup of coffee. Paper read and discarded to the recycle bin.

Several posts were running around my head, just which one would I write today? First, I have a post on Jude’s CQR collaborative (what if?) project- I finished my first block– took me several hours- but what fun it was what- iffing all over the place! Photos have been posted over at the Flickr pool. Thanks for all the comments and all the fun I had looking at everyone else’s crazy blocks. There’s more to come I’m sure!

I finished all the silk shibori scrap bags and they are all addressed and ready to go. I even managed to sneak in a couple extra to make it a total of 12. (Sorry- no more right now-have to move on to other things. I may put them up on the etsy site for a while at a fair price if you are interested- give me a day or two). I can’t wait to see what all you creative crazies do with them. Of course they are not just for the CQ blocks but it would be great if you send links to an image of what you created with them.
All the bags contain some ribbon as well as some pieces of various shibori- I did a little color coordinating by the pool with a glass of wine with my friend Gail (thanks Gail!)and they looked quite interesting when we were done. I hope you enjoy them!

A little milestone to share- the two year milestone of the blog just passed and over the weekend Shibori Girl leaped over the 100,000 view mark-that’s views, not visits. But still a high watermark. Thanks to all who share and contribute here.

As I scrolled through the email I came across one that indicated a comment had been left on the blog regarding one of my posts on furoshiki. It was one of those comments that I usually delete as it was someone placing a link for their business as a comment and nothing more (now deleted). This one piqued my interest as it was a site advertising furoshiki so I clicked over to look. Imagine my surprise when I discovered an image of my work being used on their site to promote their product! You know, I take lots of photos and many people have asked permission for usage and made all the appropriate attribution etc.. Most of it for non commercial usage. Not so the case here. This is also one of those websites where there is no contact info, no phone number or address to indicate where they are located. I have filled out the requisite contact form, hit the send button, and am waiting to see if there is any response. I have, however, (thanks to Google) been able to come up with 2 names but still without any real info. What would you do?
Hopefully, they’ll contact me and we’ll straighten it out.

New Shibori Ribbon Colors added…

Yesterday was a day in the dye studio dyeing to order but I managed to have a little time to make up some new colors that have been on my mind recently.

We had a surprise visit from little Arabella (she’s almost 4) where everything she’s not supposed to touch (mainly, the street out front) became “hot lava!”.
I knew I had names for the new colorways:
Lava Rock, Hot Lava, & Cool Ash

lava rock, hot lava, & cool ash

lava rock, hot lava, & cool ash

These colors can also be ordered as Silk Shibori Pocket Squares.

In addition, I have joined Jude’s Crazy Quilt Revisited what if? and at the moment if you are a what iffer over there and part of the CQR challenge I have 10 shibori silk scrap bags to give away to the first of you claiming them by leaving a comment here asking for one. There is a CQR flickr pool now dedicated to the blocks as they are made invented.