This project has been calling to me for some time. These pillows are a precursor to the alpaca rug I want to hook next, but these are definitely a creative pursuit I could both sink my teeth and toes into. The alpaca is milled just for me by a couple local family farms. The all around goodness of them is swoon worthy. If you want one of these for your own snuggling purposes, they are available for purchase at The Barn at Todd Farm in Rowley, MA or you can purchase online.
I love trying new things, so this weekend should be exciting. I’ll be joining a bevy of talented artists and other creatives at The Art of Craft at the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, Ma tomorrow for my first show. Everything (and I mean everything) is packed and ready to go. From my popular Oriental Rug Pillows made from reclaimed and salvaged antique oriental rugs to organic baby knitwear; eco-friendly soft toys to elegant wedding accessories incorporating antique textiles. It is all there.
Looking forward to a beautiful sunny day when I get to participate in my favorite part of handmade: meeting the people who appreciate it.
I’m moving along on my friend here and am having a ball. Now I’m at that point that I need to decide just what exactly this girl is going to be. A mat? Wall hanging? Pillow? Something else? It is only about 8″ by 10″, unless I decide to a hook a border.
swatches of life get loved, used, worn out, discarded
to be collected again and treasured
the suit jacket grandpa wore to church every sunday
dad’s goofy pants he donned to support his favorite baseball team
your mother’s woolen skirt–the one you clung to when strangers came to the door
a rug made by drawing up loops of fabric or yarn through a foundation fabric such as burlap or linen to form a pattern.
a technique developed in the mid-1800s in N. America using bits of wool from old clothing and feed sacks for the foundation.
Sources: dictionary.com and Old Oaks Ranch.
After so much WINTER, my girl and I ventured onto what we believe is our patio under all this snow. A bit of frolicking was in order. She is very helpfully showing off one of the clips I’ve been working on for the past few days. This flower is centered with a vintage button for some fun sparkle. What I love about the hair clips I’m using for these is that they can be clipped to just about anything: your hair, a headband, a ribbon around your neck or sash, your purse, your dog, a curtain, a pillow, a lapel. We’ve been having some fun around here, for sure.
As usual, more to come. Stay tuned!
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that my work has taken a turn lately. Normally, I think of myself as a bohemian drama queen, all the way. Nonetheless, my artistic personality disorder seems to think I’m French.