Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Lacy Vest

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm taking a break from scarves to try some new things.  Here's a new vest I finished recently.  I just love how the colors work together.
It's made from fancy ribbon and squares of hand-dyed silk chiffon.  In winter I can envision this over a basic black dress or in summer over a cami when you need just a little something over your shoulders.

The stitching and assembly were a little tricky to figure out the first time, but I was so pleased with the result that I knew I needed to make another one.  This time I've done things a little differently, and so far it's been much easier.

Look for more of these during our Holiday Open Studios in December or call or e-mail if you need one sooner.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Still making scarves

Here are the latest two Free Lace scarves in my inventory.  They are headed to Dahlia's Annual Scarf Show tomorrow morning.  I've been having fun with items from my stash.  These use some colorful ladder yarns given to me by my new friend down the hall Julia Farwell-Clay and bits of hand-dyed silk chiffon (the red violet) and charmeuse (the green and blue).  As is often the case, Julia's "refuse" was my treasure.  The yarns she gave me fit oh-so-well with other things that I wanted to use.  It is so much fun to look through all the treasures to decide what will go together in the next project.

These are the last scarves for just a bit.  I'm experimenting now with some vests and tunics.  More on that soon.  Thanks for checking in.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

More Free Lace Scarves

A lot of water under my bridge since my last post just after returning from the LNHC Craft Fair in Sunapee, NH.  So much has happened that I have just not been able to stop to put fingers to keyboard.

I spent a wonderful week on Puget Sound visiting my sister, brother-in-law and niece.  My husband, son, daughter and son-in-law came too.  We had such a good time hanging out together and seeing the sights.

I made a couple of trips to Minnesota to be with my mom in her final days.  During the first trip she rallied and we were able to share some wonderful memories.  During the second trip she quietly slipped from this world and the family gathered to share more memories.

Since getting back to my studio I've been creating more free lace scarves, rethinking the business model for Friends Fabric Art (more about that in another post), and getting my head back into my manager's role at the Loading Dock Gallery.  It is a struggle sometimes to know where I am and what I am doing, but things are beginning to settle down again.

In a day or two I'll be sending a box of ten new free lace scarves to Dahlia for her upcoming Scarf Show.  Here are just a couple:
This one has great fall colors - greens and golds in the ribbons and bits of rust in the hand-dyed silk chiffon squares.

This one has a bit of sparkle from silver metallic yarns and color from hand-dyed silk charmeuse & chiffon.