It’s a new year, and I’m trying new things. Boro style textiles have captured my imagination, and sashiko stitching can easily be embraced by those of us who are daunted by the skill and precision of traditional American dainty little quilting stitches. I’ve received such a positive reaction to my first piece and have gotten many questions, so I’m just going to lay out my process here. And remember, I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m just doing, and this was my first piece. I have graduated to my second, however, for whatever grandeur that might lend to my resume.
We are renovating an old farmhouse. There is a lot of very cool stuff ending up in the dumpster. So, yeah. I’m the crazy lady dumpster diving in her own dumpster to salvage cool things. I also needed a way to display a new yarn I’m designing with AND I was home alone with the workshop all to myself. So I made a Primitive Trencher. This is the first of several that ended up happening…
The next Bee in the Barn at Todd Farm will be a very special gathering. Sewing bees have a long history of community gatherings for a common cause and in that spirit our next bee on March 19th will also serve as a collection site for handcrafting materials, tools, and supplies to donate to Syrian refugees.
I am fascinated by the primitive. The old and weathered. The patina of life’s wear and tear. The functional side of folk art. Dave and I have designed and made several pull toys together, but this one is an altogether new undertaking. Three dimensional, fiber art, and salvage combined all in one piece. I am just thrilled with the results. While the piece functions spectacularly as a pull toy, due to governmental oversight, I need to tell you it is not a toy. It is for decorative purposes only. Nonetheless, our Primitive Hooked Giraffe Pull Toy has won over our hearts.
More designs to come…
We had an adventurous winter and early spring searching out intriguing things to make other things out of. At one stop, we came across a cache of antique bed frames that we couldn’t resist. The multitude of ideas we have for these will keep us busy for months. This Four Poster Bench is first out of the blocks, and we’re just getting started…
Well, this is a first for us. We never thought we’d be at Brimfield, but The Vintage Bazaar invited us, and how could we say no? Yesterday, dogs walked and trailer loaded, we hit the road. Traffic is never anyone’s friend on Rte 128, so it was a two hour drive. I can’t complain, though. Dave was driving (I don’t do trailers), and I was knitting, so I couldn’t have been more content. The day was hot and humid, Dave was under the weather, and we were short on time, but the people are wonderful, our little corner of Brimfield is beautiful, and back on the road again we go. Dave driving. Me knitting. Life is good.
Find us at Central Park in The Vintage Bazaar Tent, booths 112-114. Tues through Sat, May 12th-16th.
Dave just finished remaking this great vintage store display counter by the F.O. Bailey Company of Portland, Me. We were lucky enough to find it pulled from a little store in Woolwich, Me. Repainted the color of vanilla bean ice-cream and paired with a rustic wide pine top and floor, this piece is more than ready to serve as your kitchen island, display case, or crafting center.