Rhapsody Collar

Something warm and lustrous, light-weight and wild, to warm the heart on a winter day.  Turn down the heat… let wool and silk warm you.

Pure white silk/merino/cashmere fibers in the mid-layer extended out at the sides to create gossamer fringes.  Lots of silk fabrics, curly wool locks,

dots and embedded/extended hand spun yarns offer shimmer, texture and movement.  With many thanks to a patient patron whose creative

sensibilities guided my choices — via emails — in creating this lovely piece that turned out to be a challenging and instructive studio experience

and a prelude to a “Rhapsody” scarf.

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Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm  Comments (1)  

“Windows on a Winter Walk” Collar

A while ago I carded and spun yarn to evoke the glowing warmth of light shining from windows — as seen from the outside looking in — on a winter’s walk. I carded bits of sparkling silk fibers and fabrics, including sari silk remnants, along with deep blue and purple merino, and spun a single-ply, “thick and thin” yarn.  Here are some images of the collar I crocheted with that yarn, showing different ways to wear the collar, using each side of the double-sided button closure that I made from two, large vintage buttons, one side shiny dark blue and the other a creamy shade of ivory.  The bright yellow fringes are Lori Flood’s exquisite hand-dyed silk.

Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rose Cases

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Here are glimpses of a trio of little “Rose Cases” that highlight the exquisite, jewelry-like vintage buttons I used to secure the cases.  For the design, I hand-spun art yarn in all of the colors of roses, incorporating lots of silk fibers and silk fabrics into the yarn, to create the shimmer and glow of rose petals and leaves.  I carefully coiled small lengths of this art yarn to suggest roses; and pulled out small tags here and there of green silk fabric from the yarn to suggest leaves; then arranged these elements on top of the layers of fiber, adding some leaves cut from merino wool “prefelts” — almost-felted fabric I’ve created for design work like this.  Against a muted surface of mostly brown merino — and on some of the cases the addition of a soft grey yak fiber as well as the earthy brown merino — the roses shine, and the spiraled yarn petals have an organic texture.  To fabricate these small cases, I lay out three layers of merino fiber, plus a top design layer, and then felt/full this yardage.  I cut rectangles the right sizes for cases, then use Appleton crewel wool to stitch along all the edges, to create a lovely detail as well as to make the edges more durable.  Finally, I select and sew on a vintage button to match each case’s design, and add a little elastic loop.   I enjoy crafting these small cases that are so time-consuming, love to give them as gifts, because they express the care and time taken for each one, and are so soft and so practical for holding credit/business cards, lipsticks, etc.   In deep winter I find it so therapeutic to be surrounded by the colors of summertime.   As I work to create a few more of the ideas I’d sketched for this “Rose” series, I keep being called by my muse to take some time to focus again on a theme from last year: “antidotes,”  scarves and other pieces with lots of movement in the surface design, deep colors, burnished-looking edges, tags here and there and asymmetry…

Published in: on February 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm  Comments (1)  

Dots!

Fabricating dots is a lot like baking.  Relaxing, creative, productive.  And when you’re done, you can savor the results.  I arranged these little rolls, waiting to be carefully snipped into dots, so I could see if I had the color range and variety needed for the surface design of a jewel-toned scarf.  I think I’ll have enough!

Published in: on February 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm  Comments (1)