Lu-Lu’s Improv Art Yarn Collar

Published in: on February 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hand-spun Elements, and Yarns!

  The bright yellow wisps in the image of completed yarns are the little bits of yarn I use to tie the skeins before I lightly felt them to get the various fibers to “bloom.”   I’ll use these small skeins to knit collars and to embed into felted scarves and tea cozies.  Some of these fibers (the tan fleecy fiber, and the purple and chartreuse) are some of the beautiful, local alpaca I recently purchased.

Published in: on February 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dots (to be embedded into felt) on Limoges

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Published in: on February 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Expressive Arts

Whether you intend it, or not, your work will say something.

What do you want your work to say?  Work done joyfully speaks that joy.  Your work may tell of solitude, slowness, passion, pain…

Maybe your work says that you love the color green today.  Maybe you are in your studio, home or work place, but your spirit is roaming some other place.

This afternoon, my mind is revisiting a highlight of my summer: going to The Aran Islands — those wind-swept wild and rocky islands, and the very deliberate means by which folks exist there, among the mysteries of ancient structures.

Thinking about how those islanders have sustained themselves, how resourceful they have had to be to survive and even to thrive; thinking about how, despite the limited resources of The Aran Islands, they have become a place where folks go for spiritual renewal.  Not to consume, not to be entertained, not to shop, not to be pampered, people go to rediscover their way.  The simplicity of the islands helps them.

Today in the studio I felt like I was on an island: all of the resources at hand are what I need.  The view out the studio windows sustains me.  Making peace with what is within the limitations of what is available I find such abundance.

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Local Fiber Treasures

It’s been a personal goal to obtain some fiber from farms here in central Pennsylvania.  I spent the day as a merchant at an all-day “I HEART KNITTING” fiber show/sale that was organized by the Centre County Knitters’ Guild and held, in wonderfully-typical central PA style, at the Boalsburg Fire Hall.  In one room, folks demonstrated carding, spinning, weaving and knitting; in the other room were about a dozen various fiber merchants.  Among the wares I found some local fiber: lovely Icelandic roving in beautiful colors from Tamarack Sheep Farm in Spring Mills;  incredibly soft alpaca fiber with a fine, lively crimp from Bald Eagle Valley Alpaca Ranch in Julian; and some alpaca roving (chartreuse! shades of lavender!)  that I bought from a Coal Township, PA merchant, Dunn Spun Yarn’s Laun Dunn, the woman who sheared and dyed the fiber.  It was so pleasant to be surrounded by fiber enthusiasts all day, and to have the opportunity to purchase fine-quality fibers directly from those who bring these fibers to market!  Heaven.

Published in: on February 5, 2012 at 1:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Imbolc — Fellow Fiber Artists, take time to celebrate this day!

Imbolc: Celtic mid-winter celebration involving candles and purification; and relating to the etymology of the word “imbolc” or “imbolg,” in agrarian communities, marking the onset of lactation in ewes, and celebrating the mid-winter point, the coming of spring!

  Light candles, look up at the sky, reconnect with the cycles of the seasons; celebrate deep winter and rebirth.  Most of all: take time to renew your spirit and celebrate life.  As a fiber artist, I think that a time set aside to celebrate the onset of lactation in ewes makes such good sense!

Published in: on February 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment