Spring has taken hold here and the weather is pretty much perfect. Mid 70’s for the past couple of weeks. We enjoy it now while we get the yard in shape and the summer garden planted before months and months of heat sets in. Then we enjoy the yard in the evenings and early mornings…
It’s too bad I can’t spend all of my time outside right now but I’ve been busy with a couple of projects. My website has been needing a redo for a couple of years now since Apple stopped supporting iWeb and I have not been able to update it. I finally decided to switch everything over to a new Squarespace site where I can easily add my own webshop and get rid of the BigCartel shop I’ve been using for the past several years. Of course I am keeping the wordpress blog which you can also access from the new website.
To tempt you to visit the new shop, I added some new shibori ribbon colors and some of the new shibori for you to explore. For all orders over the next two weeks I am including a sheet of bead embroidery beading foundation.
I also finished a new piece and made a little video with it.
I had fun with it, broke away from it here and there for some gardening and perspective. I never really have a solid plan when I start one of these and I think it helps me not get “stuck”. I always give myself permission to change my very loose plan at any time. Often something seems like a good idea in theory but when you get into it you realize it is wholly impractical if not completely impossible. So, a fun puzzle to solve. I also tend to go through stages where I don’t really like the piece but from past experience I’ve learned to push past that and it almost always takes a turn for the better from that point. The point is not to give up on it. To finish. For me, with beading I find it hard to go back to a piece if I let it sit too long.
The new website also has all the info up for the 2019 Silk Study Tour to Japan. There are still about 5 spots (out of 16) left so… check it out! I added a bunch of photos from the tour there as well.
The portfolio page is kinda fun and if you’ve been following along for a while you might see some old favorites there. One of the main reasons for redoing the website was so I could keep my Events page updated. There right now are the 3 upcoming workshops at the Japanese American National Museum. I will soon add my upcoming classes at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November.
As always, my website is always a work in progress and I will be tweaking it here and there.
here’s a few photos from around here since the last post…
Buddy & Toby
Phil & Joe entertaining at the FOLAR river cleanup
I have lots of ideas in my head. They need transference to my hands. This week I was able to accomplish a couple of these. Ideas are really nothing until action is visited upon them. Firstly, this-
Silk shibori gauze tubing. In the testing stages and time will be needed to ramp it up into production mode. More endless possibilities. I will be selling this by the yard on a retail only level in the new year-limited colors to begin with. More on this to follow. Maybe no one will love it like I do but this is the sort of thing that feeds my soul. I conquered the ribbon. I need a new and more challenging conquest. I found a couple pendants that matched this colorway…
Sorry for the crappy photo-taken on the fly. But more wondering about silk shibori ribbon bead embroidery. This is interesting on a few levels. Firstly, because it is from scraps that customers don’t want. I love that. When customers started complaining that the ends of their ribbon rolls were ugly, I started cutting them off and saving them for myself. I thought they were the most interesting part of the roll. Go figure. That’s been the story of my life. So here I have a huge box of “ends” that I don’t even put into scrap bags. Mine, all mine!! Now when I make a roll of ribbon I try to make the “ugliest” ends possible! It suits me.
Secondly, Katrina and I have been busy finalizing our Silk Experience calendar for the Houston Quilt Festival 2016. It’s now finished and checked off the list. One of the new teachers has a lightweight gridded single sided fusible product that I ordered a sample of. I have other ideas for it but in the meantime, it occurred to me to try it for my shibori ribbon brooch/pendant sample for the class I submitted to Quilts Inc. for next year. It works great for quickly stabilizing a pleated design with the ribbon. Just arrange and pin the ribbon to the stabilizer and hit with some steam from the back side quickly – easily holding the ribbon in place prior to beading. This can also be done with sections of the ribbon that I see art quilters using. Just a simple thing really, but useful.
And some of what is heading to Italy…soon
In indigo shibori news, Buddy loves his linen pillows. Silly dog.