Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wooly White Pumpkins

I finished some wooly white pumpkins I have been working on today.
The large one has a real pumpkin stem, saved from last years Jack O Lantern.
 I am still into that four sided thing. 
There is a leaf and star showing but there is a black bird 
and another leaf on the other sections.

The little pillow is a wool pumpkin stitched onto vintage ticking fabric. 
The little pumpkins have stick stems and some of my hand spun wool for curly vines.
I can't seem to stop making pumpkins! 
Must be Autumn fever!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Surprise

Did you guess what the surprise would be on my pumpkins?
 They have four faces! 

 The top one’s four faces are smiling, scary, winking and sleepy. 

The middle one’s faces are all smiling,

and the bottom one is all scary faces! 

It took a lot of stitching to make these guys 
but I had a lot of fun even if my fingers did get a little sore! 
I used some of my hand dyed wool fabric on the scary ones body 
and spent way too much time sorting out buttons to find just the right ones for their faces.

Here is the Four Faced Pumpkins with some of their friends in the studio.

That snowball is still lurking around all the pumpkins 

so I know you can guess what he is up too!

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Welcome

My favorite time of the year has arrived!
It seems like September disappeared in a blur and Autumn arrived in a hurry.
 So happy to see cooler temps, leaves turning color and pumpkins on the porch!
I am an October baby so this has always been my favorite month since I was a child.

Time has gotten away from me lately from working in the studio, taking a week to visit my daughter and taking a few day trips with Pog to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

My daughter and I did a “little” shopping during our week together. 
We visited The Rusty Bucket in Cary, Thistle Bee Quilt Shoppe in Goldsboro and 
one of our favorites Lone Star Mercantile in Fuquay-Varina.
What can I say? Seems like we can never have enough fabric. 

There are a couple of velvets there too and some chenille trim for snowmen.
 In the meantime I ordered wool from Heavens to Betsy
I am in love with the black/orange stripe so I may have to order more of that! 

The black/orange on the bottom is a reversible stripe.
  Also during our week, my daughter started making her first doll.
The easiest one to start with is Raggedy Ann and she did a great job! 

I like how she put her own twist on fabric colors.
We will finish up the clothes on our next visit.

I also stopped at one of my favorite antique shops on the way home
 and found a fifteen dollar firkin. 

 It is not particularly old and missing the lid but will be great with a little cleaning.
 It looked like someone had already tried to clean it and then make it look rustic
 so I don’t mind working on this one a little more. 
I may put a small tree in it this Christmas.

The table runners and dishtowels I was working on are finally finished 
and one of the looms now has a warp for more runners. 

For now though, I have Fall Fever and have started making a few pumpkins. 
These have a surprise and I will show you soon what that is,
 but for now here is a little peak of the pumpkin fun going on it the studio.

The white one is a snowball that decided to sneak in on the fun!

Welcome October!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Slotin Folk Fest

Last weekend Pog and I drove to Atlanta, GA to visit Folk Fest and
 to meet Lurena Williamson of Tattered Moon! 

I have followed her blog and have long admired her dolls so it was 
a real pleasure to meet her and see the work in person. 
Check out her blog at tatteredmoon.blogspot.com

This made the third time we have been to Folk Fest. 
The first time we went, there were several art cars in the parking lot. 
Pog didn’t think he would ever get into the show because
 I was running around looking at the cars! 
When we did go into the arena where the show is held, I was blown away by the work.
 It is a total assault on the senses of color and freedom of expression. 
I don’t think I have been the same since then 
and felt so much happiness even on this third visit of ours. 
Sadly there were no art cars this year but the work was still awesome. 
I have long had an interest in outsider and folk art so it is a real treat to be able to see so many artists in one venue. 

I loved the red, white and blue rooster.

Red Carpets!

SD Meadows. One of my favorites.

This was Pog's favorite of the show.

Still weaving away on runners, mug rugs and dishtowels. 
I’ve got lots of hemming to do then I will show you what I have been working on. 
I have been slow getting things done and I am going to blame it on the heat.
 Dog days at the end of summer. 
How I long for my favorite season of Fall!
The older I get the less I can tolerate heat and humidity. 
Thankfully our mountains do not suffer from heat the way other areas do.
 Have a good weekend and stay cool!