Bay School of the Arts Fiber show

24 11 2007

Well, it’s the time of year for the Bay School of the Arts fiber show. I think in previous years, it was called a wearable art show, but they have broadened their offerings, and are open to all fiber arts. One of my students (perhaps more) has entered work, as have I. So tonight, from 5-7pm, I will be at the opening reception. Please join us. If not for the opening, please see the show while it is open.
I hope to post pics late tonight, or tomorrow.

VA Opera – Pirates of Penzance

24 11 2007

I try to keep this blog about fiber arts, but last night I went to the Virginia Opera’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” at the Landmark Theatre. It was wonderful! Set was very nice, costumes of the maidens was GREAT! and the music was….well, it WAS Gilbert and Sullivan, right? Fabulous. One of the prominent male parts was played by a native Richmonder, William Ferguson. He was very good, as was the Pirate King, Dominic Aquilino. It is playing again on Sunday, for a matinee. If you get the time, please go. It is very worth your time.

What are you recycling? Weaving and Weftovers

19 11 2007

Let’s call this one “Every little bit”.
First, I want to issue a challenge. Spread the word. Jan. is a good time to start putting our lives back together after the holidays, start fresh and be responsible, so let’s start with using Every Little Thing. I want yarn stores and weaving stores across the world to put out collection boxes for “Pill bottle cotton”. It’s a great way to reuse something that is barely used! My objective is to put the pill bottle cotton into use again.
The challenge is:
Take that pill bottle cotton, and make something of it! Spin it and weave it , or knit it, or crochet it into something useful or artistic. We can use up everylittle bit of what is now wasted.
I will write to Handwoven magazine, and Spin off and see if we can get them on board.
If you are with me, this is the plan.
Get collection boxes in the fiber stores in Jan. end collection at the end of Feb. and have an online display of pillbottle art by June30. If you are ‘in’, just forward the information to your group of yarnies and ask them to do the same.
Digital pics should be sent to me by June 1, 2008. I will seek an exhibition opportunity for us if we make a decent showing. OK?
Who’s in?

Next, is the “Weaving and Weftovers” agenda.
I’m having a “thrums” party, and want to invite you, and invite you to do the same. Again, it’s a re-cycle effort for using stuff that few people really know what to do with. At the party, all guests are to bring their thrums. We will have several (7) stations set up for thrums projects. While in attendance at the party, you will share your thrums, and use some thrums that others have brought, and make items from, and learn to use your thrums. Some ideas are that they are great for warp on certain types of tapestry looms, you can make a disolving interface scarf from them, and you can use them for weft in tapestries and textured weavings. If you have ideas you would like to share, contact me at
Bye for now.


17 11 2007

Here are a couple of pics from my house. One of them is the work that used to be hung in my ‘hall of fame’ as my students used to call it. It was the work that I was soo proud of as a younger weaver.
The other piece is the trivia piece. Few will know the significance of this piece, but that’s ok.
Here goes:

Bay School Fiber Arts Exhibit

17 11 2007

Hi Friends!
I just wanted to let you know that Bay School of the Arts has a fiber show opening Sat. 11/24.
I will be at the opening from 4-6. I have about 10 hats there, a wall hanging, a tallit, a handspun and handwoven silk scarf, and a few other things. Marilyn, from the CACGA hatfelting class has an entry from the class. I would love to see some of my fiber students and friends there……
Bay School is on Main St. in Mathews, VA.
Please do come!

Pics of the Glen Allen studio

6 11 2007

Here are a few pics of the Glen Allen studio. Sometimes I move looms from one studio to another. Right now, I have several of my looms at the Roseneath studio that would otherwise be here.
If you want to learn to weave, or join a community of busy weavers, please join us.

student’s work at Glen Allen studio

6 11 2007

The beginnings of a rag rug.
This is a tencel warp
Here is a silk tapestry.