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Whirling Dervish Coming to Charlotte

Pictures courtesy of Malcolm.

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Fusing some petals

Sitting at the mall waiting on Janie, who is always late, and I am always early, so I bring plenty of toys to play with. I ran into Sandy from Charlotte Yarn and emailed her a link to Franklin Habit’s article in the newTwist Collective, ” Ten Knitters You Meet in Hell.” If you haven’t read it, click here. Then saw Chris and her husband. Didn’t know the Starbucks at Cotswold was such a happening place.

I’m excited. I finished my iPad purse this morning. Designed it “seat of the pants” as usual, so it has a few forced places, but that is just me.

I added some flower petals to create a flower to cover the one little place on the flap that I didn’t like. I just fused some pieces of batik together and drew the petal kind of freehand with the machine. I even used some Zentangle patterns for the vein areas. I did this with black thread and blind dumb luck led me to pairing some dark with lights. These are reversible so I can have some options in placing them now and in the future. The leaves were done a while ago when I first received Alissa Burke’s book/CD Sew Wild. She is the source for this technique and for the courage to try it. Messy is okay!

Found the button in my deep stash. Remember what I always say in class: if you don’t like it, sew a button over it!

The pocket in the flap doesn’t work at all. I may try to handsew a zipper in it. Maybe.

About the rayon Habu yarn I plan to use for Olgajazzy’s Infinite Loop. I knit a swatch, soaked it for more than two hours as recommended (out shopping) and I love the feel of the yarn. It has body but is soft. Still it is a bit of a challenge to knit. Worth it.

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My new baby–iPad 3

New iPad aka iPad 3

This came just as I got home from the Frolic.  I had an original iPad so this was a nice step up. The picture quality is amazing.  As usual they offered to engrave it–an antitheft hope- so I took them up on it.

Now I need to make it some clothes.  The whole thing feels fragile without some kind of padding and those who know me well know I clang and bang a lot.  So to the fabric shelf—-

Batik I painted and stamped

I found this piece, backed it and machine quilted it in a sort of stipple pattern.  Machine quilting is very hard to do well.  It requires many hours of practice.  My theory is I can practice for a year or so and then make something, or I can just make something and accept my skill level.  I am the accepting type.  Besides, who really looks that closely?

Keeping the batik theme I decided to piece a flap.  I remember my grandmother doing crazy quilt blocks on squares of newspaper.  How hard could it be?  I cut a piece of nonwoven interfacing and began.   It’s harder than it looks.  I don’t remember her having trouble hiding raw edges.  Must be something I don’t remember about it.  I just turned under edges when I needed to and when finished, zigzagged them on the machine with pretty thread.

Underside of bag.

I added batik panels on each end of my main fabric to lengthen the bag and tried to put a pocket in the underside of the flap.  The flap technique was an afterthought so the skill level there is shaky but I’m okay with it.

I wanted to add some pop to the top back of the bag.  I found a piece of some stamping practice that uses the same acrylic paints as the main fabric.  I put it atop some real bright batiks and then atop the back panel.  I left the edges raw; batik doesn’t really ravel much.  Check out my quilting–the Alissa Burke messy technique.  It was fun to do and the variegated thread looks pretty good there.

Top and flap

I rather like the effect.  I bought some rectangles to use to hold the strap and some all cotton webbing in a hot pink to make the strap.  Definitely want it to go over my head and carry it on my shoulder.  I think I may add some batik patches to the strap.  Too much hot pink won’t work.

I’ll put up a pic when it is finished.  It’s been a satisfying project.  It will serve the purpose of protecting the iPad and it has my personality.  I did it little bits at a time as I jumped from knitting to spinning to lettering to art journaling to whatever.  Perfect ADD technique.

If you sew, grab some fabric and paint on it.  Stamp on it.  Use a magic marker on it and then make a little bag to carry something.  Don’t plan it, just do it.  See what you get.  If you hate it, send it to me.  I’ll love it.

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Shopping the Frolic

What I bought—

From Silver Threads & Golden Needles in Franklin, NC. Amy and Virginia are two of the owners who were at the Frolic (Amy even took a class from me.) and they were so nice and helpful. I bought Habu from them. I’m not sure anyone in Charlotte stocks Habu. Please tell me if I am wrong about this. I still have a little money to spend.  The merino/stainless on the right will join an all silk(left) and a silk/stainless (center) I bought at a Stitches a few years ago. Probably a couple of scarves will come out of the blending.

This Rayon yarn which is smaller than most of my lace weight is slated to be an Infinite Loop by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. You will want to check out this pattern on ravelry and on YouTube. There are so many ways it can be worn. Takes 2 skeins of yarn at $25 each, over 1100 yards per skein, knit on a size THREE needle. in stockinette. Sounds insane, but what a classic investment piece. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Swatched on size 5 and size 3.

Oh, the yarn feels like scratchy paper to start with. Softens as you knit. Blocking directions say to soak it in lukewarm water for TWO hours and then block width wise. That alone is enough to suck me in. Want to join me? I’m sure Silver Threads will ship to you.

Then I bought the 2013 Frolic color way from Sarah of Copper Corgi. It is amazing. So subtle. She has truly captured the early April mountain sky. A couple of over achievers (Jan and Anne) spun up a bunch and shared it before the Frolic was over. I intend to spin mine and knit something so devastatingly beautiful that I can beat Cindy in next year’s contest. I so wish I had a picture of her shawl that won this year. Incredible.

Finally I bought from Ann Potter whom I adore. I picked out some stuff and left it behind her booth to await payment. She even added some extra mohair locks to one kit “just for me.” When I returned to pay for it, Renate had retrieved it from my unmarked pile and paid for it. I called foul, but Renate just smiled and said I could come over and look at it whenever I wanted. Well, Smarty Pants, I showed her. I bought a new incredibly bizarre batt andtwo braids of a lovely pink and grey colorway.

Thus is the spirit at the Frolic. Actually, we had so much fun that Jan is planning a low key event for fall and the next Frolic is already set for March 22-24, 2013. Same location and I sincerely hope, the same caterer. If you want to find out more, click on the Carolina Fiber Frolic in the top corner of the blog and tell Jan to add you to her mailing list. You won’t be sorry.

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Frolic in the Mountains

Condos below our unit

This weekend the Carolina Fiber Frolic held its first event in the NC Mountains. Now, if you thought we would miss being in Charleston, you were WRONG. The weather was lovely; we didn’t mind a little rain. The accommodations were magnificent. The people were superb. The community center in Sapphire was perfect for classes and vendors and hanging out on the porch. And I don’t even have an adjective to describe the food that Natalie, the caterer served us. You must come next year.

Famous Charlotte Road Trippers

The only photos I took were at dinner on Saturday night. I know that is bad blogger behavior, but I was so busy doing great stuff. My classes were so much fun, at least for me. Then I took a class on Supported Spindles from fleeglesblog@blogspot.com. Susan has just released a book on this topic—THE book on this topic. The e-version is really cool. You can buy it on a flash drive; it is too big for a CD.

She was given or bought a lot of Tibetan, Russian, Bulgarian, or whatever spindles to use or try as she wrote her book. She brought them all with her. After we worked with the “student” spindles, she allowed us to try all of them to help us decide what type we might want to eventually buy. Even as beginner as we were, we could really tell some differences. That was so special of her.

Famous Charlotte Hikers

We had a show and tell fashion show on Saturday night after we ate the largest crab cakes I’ve ever seen. Solid crab, too. I was the moderator because I have the loudest voice. I was really nervous about that, but all I really had to do was call out names and say something nice, because this group just took questions and told stories about the work themselves. Much more entertaining, and it shows how at ease fiber people are with each other after a day or two of hanging out.

Famous Charlotte Spinners

We did have two special presentations after lunch. The first day, Judi Jetson from Asheville told about a volunteer group she works with that is rapidly growing. This group is to fiber processing what the Slow Food Movement is to agriculture. They are trying to put local people who are in all phases of fiber processing, from farm animal to retail distribution, in touch with each other. Their area is a 100 mile circumference of Asheville. Local dyers might want to buy from a local processor, but didn’t know they exist. Same with us artist/crafters—shop local. Save gasoline, provide local jobs. Good luck to Judi and her colleagues.

Suzy Hokanson from Savannah did a presentation on her research visit with the Bauhaus association in Germany. I love the art of the 20’s and 30’s from Germany, and some of my favorite artists were Bauhaus members. Suzy who is a weaver among about 100 other artistic things, talked about the weaving program from there. It was amazing to hear about these people who were considered subversives by Hitler’s government and how their work still impacts the art world today. I’ll bet you have something in your home that was inspired by the Bauhaus movement. Suzy also taught some classes and showed us some of her gorgeous creations.

Jan Smiley, the creator and instigator of the Carolina Fiber Frolic, will post a wonderful tale of the weekend. Her husband and son took lots of pictures. I’ll link you to that as soon as it’s up.

Famous Charlottean Fiber Artist

Granny’s girl will also post on her blog I’m sure.

My family joined me for the weekend and they worked really hard while there.

Steve describes this as reading.

Prof. Quick swears he's working on a class.

I’ll show you what I bought and talk about the great vendors next time.

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