Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wool gathering

On this last day of 2008 I've spent further time mulling over what's next for me on my fibre journey and revisited some of what I accomplished over the past year. I am especially pleased that I displayed my art quilts in two shows. This year I will enter a juried show, join Fibre Art Network, continue to improve on technique, sink deeper into my style, sell a piece, complete one quilt a month, delve further into surface design, make business cards, read daily about art, work in the studio nearly everyday, go on an artist date once a week with my camera, keep a list of books I complete, write an article, teach something and create storage for my fabric (Is that laughter I hear?) Each of these intentions is much more specific and to help keep myself aware of them, I'm going to make a collaged poster to hang.
So what is that photo above? I decided I wanted to try knitting. When I was a young girl my Grandmother taught me how to knit. I knitted 6 or 8 inches of a 'scarf' and that was it. Well - it turns out that the body does remember. I did have a book with diagrams that I planned to use but these proved undecipherable to me and when I played around I got it. Earlier today I went to Beehive Woolshop for roving and to find some hand felting needles. Part of the morning's planning was deciding how best to spend my Christmas money. I have a library book on hand felted pets - and every one of them is so cute I want to make them all. I never found the hand felting needles but I walked out with some sparkly blue and silver sari ribbon to trim the last gift journal cover I plan to make. Funny how that happens :)
Earlier in the day when I was in the studio clearing supplies from the last journal project to make way for the next, my eye was caught by an embroidered piece I've made and I wondered what if I put it on velvet and made it a journal cover? So then I went to my basket of velvets and began trying a few out and found a good fit. And then I realized how disorganized the basket was and that some of my velvets were elsewhere and suddenly I was reorganizing and that's when I came across a piece I'd forgotten about that I got at 'Mostly Silks'. I knew it would be perfect for the next journal cover. So my point is that I love working in this random 'feminine' fashion - cruising from one thing to the next as I desire and somehow this leads not only to productivity but to a sense of joy as I work. No stern task master saying 'You can't reorganize the velvets now, you have to look for fabric for the next journal cover!' I wasn't looking and I found it anyhow.
Also today I bought a silkscreen, squeegee, fluid for inkjet printing on fabric, a collage book and a lino cutter for stamp making. Okay - and a bit of roving and a purple shiva oil stick that is the only iridescent colour I don't have. Oh -yes - and another wildly exciting thing I did was sign up for an on-line class with Susan Sorrell called 'Fertile Earth'. I was actually looking for a different class when I came across hers and felt that unmistakeable call...
And now in the last hours of the year I'm going to do the I Ching and draw some cards with an eye to the year ahead.


laura said...

Hi Yvonne
Happy New Year.
I find sorting/reorganizing very calming. It is a thrill to find things you forgot you had and especially to find a new purpose for them.
You can buy the single felting needles at
I keep on meaning to order some for myself.

Yvonne said...

Happy New Year Laura!

Thanks for the tip on where to get some hand felting needles. I asked at Satin Moon and they might have some on order - I'm going to check back. I only have the wool pets library book for a few weeks so had hoped to just get some supplies and launch into trying them out. Looks like I may have to wait awhile longer.

Ruth said...

Where online is the class you are signed up for? Just wondering, it sounds good.

Yvonne said...

Hi Ruth!

You can find the class at Joggles and there are many others that look interesting, too:

Ruth said...

Thanks, Yvonne!

I've signed up for a Quilt U class on journal quilts starting on the 16th. And I might do the cat bag class at Joggles because I'm still struggling with free motion embroidery

Yvonne said...

Hi Ruth,

I looked up 'journal quilts' at Quilt U and it looks like a great class! I like the cat bag too.