On Saturday, December 16th, 2017, at Chatham’s annual Winterfest celebration, I will be opening a pop-up store for one day only. During 2017 I’ve been reorganizing my studio, and working mainly at altering books. If you stop by 9 Main Street, you’ll see some of that work, finished and in progress.
I’ve also been creating “little things,” as I’ve been recovering from another major surgery. Stop by on the 16th, 10 to 4, to see my one-of-a-kind items – made lovingly, lightly, and locally. Ornaments, woolen goods, and odds and ends from the re-organization of my work-space. One day only! I hope to see you there.
My studio is in major disarray from my years “away.” In the process of re-organizing it I’ve been discovering work that I did in the past. Today it’s these tiny books made of pockets. In these two small handmade books, each page is a pocket containing a tag. Each decorative tag has space for your writing.
On the left is a book made of maps of Columbia County, NY, and photos from Chatham, NY. There is a metal compass ornament on the front, and a tiny metal clocktower hangs near the top of the spine. Each pocket features different towns and villages in the County. Colorful glass beads decorate the cord that fastens the book shut. The book on the right has a floral motif, and is fastened with a ribbon and vintage button. The Columbia County book has twelve pockets and is 4.5″ X 3.25″ x .5″.The floral book has seven pockets and is 4.75 x 3.25 x .75″.
Two handmade books of pockets, and a handmade box.
Another small project was created for my granddaughters: A Fairy House. I gathered pine cones, dried rhododendron leaves, bark from downed birch branches, stones, and more. The doors are part of a wood napkin holder. I hand colored windows with alcohol inks. The house is illuminated indoors with tiny lights.
The Sanctuary Art Gallery in the Canaan Congregational Church welcomes the public to its opening and reception for the 13 artists exhibiting their works in the invitational show Frames of Reference, on Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.
This Fairy House will be displayed on July 26th, but it may be there longer, depending on my granddaughters! Deirdre Malfatto’s professional photograph of the house will remain on display throughout the show. I do not yet know which photo Deidre has chosen for the show; I’m eager to see it! Please attend!
For home handwork (as opposed to studio work) I created a cuff. The body and lining are made of silk scraps from a chasuble I made, the lace is vintage, and vintage shell buttons provide an adjustable closure. Thanks to Gunnell for the pieces of lace she shared with me.
Tucked in a corner at the Chatham Real Food Market Co-op you will find a small sampling of my woolen handwork. These items are made in those moments between working on the banner and taking care of my family and self.
An example is pictured below: a pair of fulled (felted) thick woolen mittens, lined with luscious, soft, purple lambswool from another sweater. The asymmetrical designs on the mittens are needle-felted. Now if we only had some snow…..
Over the holidays, I worked (as time allowed) on dolls for my granddaughters.
Much of the sewing was done by hand, which meant I could do it from bed. In addition to the clothing you see here, I created miniature sweaters for these two from re-purposed felted lambswool and cashmere sweaters.
The package is still on its way to them, a bit late.
A tree, leaves, spirals, fruit, human hands – this is a detail/close-up photo of a banner I’m working on for a church. After it’s been presented (November) I’ll be able to post a photo of the entire banner.
This has been in process since May. It makes my heart sing to work with colors I love and symbols that are important to me.
Made (from felted sweaters) in anticipation of a visit from granddaughters.
These rabbits were adapted from a design by Helen Philipps, in her book Simple Sewn Gifts. She used linen, cotton, embroidery floss and polyester stuffing; I used lambswool and cashmere felted sweaters, wool stuffing, needle-felted features, and I added tails (one per rabbit).
The girls discovered their dollies would fit in the rabbits’ straps: Voila! Bunny-carriers!