Green in Winter

This is a rough photo of a terrarium I worked on this morning. More photos can be found at Sanctuary Without Walls.

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Below are some photos of tiny terrarium pendants, with a quarter to show scale. Some of these were for sale at the Real Food Market Co-op for the holidays, which is why some have chains and others do not (yet).

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Who thought I’d be gardening in this frigid weather?!

HandWork

As some of you may know, I have not been able to work at my sewing machine for many months now. However, my hands have not been idle. Today I took some of my handwork to our local food co-op. These consist of small things I can work on (usually propped up with pillows!). In these short sessions, I’ve had great fun making “jewelry” items from unusual objects. And it’s good to use the “stuff” I’ve collected, giving it new form.

Below is a bracelet I sold today. First, using a knitting spool, I made a denim-colored cord from blue wool, then used beads and springs, (as in hardware from your toolbox), and finished it off with tassels.

Springs and Wool Bracelet

Springs and Wool Bracelet

IMG_1309 Springs : Wool DetailAs I create these little things, I will share some of them here. Then perhaps someday they will have their own page.

Here’s a teaser. Next post: the tiny terrarium necklace.

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Vintage Lace and Silk Cuff

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.

ArtsWalk opens this evening in Chatham

This is the big weekend!

This year, ArtsWalk is in Chatham as well as in Hudson, NY. The Opening Party is from 6 to 9 PM at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on October 8th, with events and exhibits happening in many places throughout Chatham over the weekend. Shops on Main Street have donated their window space to local artists. My feathery work may be found in the window of Cow Jones Industrials, on Main Street in Chatham.

“With These Wings” Feather Vest by Katharine Houk

The event is sponsored by the Columbia County Council on the Arts. I will be at Opening Night, where I have an Otherworldly piece. I hope to see you there!