Friday, October 22, 2010
SUMMER 2011 IS SHAPING UP
Well, it's never too early to start planning your next summer. I was absolutely delighted to learn that the 2011 Black Sheep Gathering will be a little later in June. What this means is that I can once again attend one of the Shakerag workshops in Sewanee,Tennessee. I literally signed up the moment registration opened and am all set to take a felting workshop from Jeanette Sendler, a felt artist from Scotland, from June 12th-18th. Here's a picture of some of Jeanette's work from the Shakerag website.
The title of the workshop is "Hills, Heather, Lochs and Bogs". I checked out Jeanette Sendler's website: www.sendler.co.uk and went to the "Felt Interiors" page. There I found some pretty amazing pieces. I am hoping to gain some new knowledge on felt and texture and I'm looking forward to creating hills and bogs. Can hardly wait. I've attended Shakerag twice before and had such a good time and learned so much. Because of the conflict with Blacksheep Gathering, I was sad that I was not able to attend India Flint's workshop this past summer where I would have "dyed" and gone to heaven.
Other things to look forward to in summer 2011: I'll be a vendor at Black Sheep Gathering from June 24th - 26th in Eugene, OR, and have already made my reservations for Taos to attend the Wool Festival in early October. And, of course, I'm waiting to sign up for Golden Gate Fiber Institute's summer intensives. And then I see that India Flint is going to be at Haystack in Maine at the end of August. Whatever am I going to do!
Been working on felted pieces -- scarves and shawls -- for the upcoming Artistic License Faire (Oct. 29th and 30th). The piece below has already sold but I'll have many others.
Lots of stitching with my hand-dyed handspun yarn -- many skeins of which I will have in my booth.
Information on Artistic License can be found at www.ArtisticLicenseFair.com
And be sure to mark your calendars for the Southern California Handweavers' Assn. annual Weaving and Fiber Festival at the Torrance Cultural Center on Sunday, November 7th. This is a great one-day show at which I will have a booth with Margie "Ma Belle" Bell. We'll have handpainted spinning fibers and yarns, handspun yarns and bags of natural colored washed fleece. This show features many vendors with weaving, spinning and knitting products. For more information on this festival, go to: www.schg.org