William Morris

f055a0a2-ca27-4425-b8e5-217b32c2cc4b  Let me introduce you to an “old friend” that Kitty reminded me of. You know the feeling of seeing an old friend that you have not seen in a while? Well I felt the same way with this William Morris rug that has been on the back burner for some time.

As I gazed at the 8 values of each color in this rug, the memory of my “wool painting” came to the fore front and my hand was once again eager to continue this rendition of a long ago artist, but not forgotten one. To capture his work in color and fiber is a wonderful lesson for the art that I love.

I give tribute to Carolyn Clemens who sadly is not with us, but her memory is worked into this rug. By phone and mail, we executed my color plan for this rug. Carolyn was an expert in dying, and indeed she did so for me on this project. Thank you dear friend!

In conjunction with Gaylord Area Council of the Arts  “One Hundred Days Of Art”, I chose to work on fiber, color,value and inspiration and working on my William Morris rug again.

Along with needle in hand, I started a daily journal again of inspiration and meditation that stirs my creative process. I am glad I challenged myself for this one hundred days of art

Welcome to the studio of creativity including, artists who inspire, various needles, a wide variety of fibers, textures and colors!

William Morris was a leader in the Arts and Crafts movement during the middle 18oo’s. He was a break through  from the Victorian period and very popular today. He was a textile artist as well as many other areas of the Arts.  A special thank you to William also!

Happy creating everyone. Until the next posting, from DeEtta at the studio of Fiddlehead Finery!

 

 

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A TISKET A TASKET, WHAT IS IN THE BASKET

WELCOME MAY!

GO, GO, GO,  ……….CLEAN, ORGANIZE,POLISH,RAKE, THROW,ORGANIZE,HOOK,DYE,QUILT,KNIT,BAKE,FARM ……AND SO IT GOES. LIFE IS GOOD!

WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE OF CREATIVITY AND CONSTANT LEARNING. I AM STILL WORKING ON “OLD FRIENDS”  BUT GETTING SOME OF THEM FINISHED. I HAVE MY APPLIQUE QUILT READY FOR JUDY TO QUILT.

SPRING CLEANING FINISHED, YARD RAKED, BRANCHES BURNED,WOOD PILE STACKED,CUPBOARDS CLEANED AND PURGED,SWEATER READY TO BE SEWN, SMALL QUILT FINISHED, WOOL DYED, “I LOVE HOME’ RUG FINISHED, UNDIES FOR EMMA TUDOR DOLL, HANDS ON STUDY OF FARMING ! WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE IT IS!

GARRY AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO  TRY OUR HAND AT FARMING, AND LOVE IT DID WE. WE CARED FOR 3 SHEEP, 3 LAMBS AND TINKERBELLE THE GOAT. TINKERBELLE NEEDED TO BE MILKED TWICE A DAY , FILL THE CRIB WITH HAY, FEED THE CHICKENS ETC. WHEN DUTY CALLS YOU WILL BE THERE. IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AND EVEN THE SMALLEST OF LIFE WAS SO AUDIBLE AND VISIBLE. A MOUSE WOULD SCAMPER UNDER FOOT AND SQUEEK WAITING FOR A PIECE OF GRAIN TO FALL. TINKERBELLE KNEW IT WELL AND WAS JUST AS WELCOME. THE BABY LAMBS WOULD STAND UP AGAINST YOUR BACK AS THE MILKING PROCESS WAS TAKING PLACE AND ENJOYED NIBBLING ON MY BOOT STRINGS.

EACH DAY WE MILKED ABOUT 2 1/2 QUARTS OF MILK (SO GOOD WHEN IT IS WARM) SO WE MADE CHEESE. THE SWEETEST I HAVE EVER EATEN. WITH THE NEW HERBS IN MY BEDS, WE TOOK A VARIETY AND THE CHEESE LOGS WERE ROLLED GENTLY INTO THEM FOR A SWEET AND SAVORY SPRING TREAT.

EVEN THE COOL AND RAINY DAYS OF SPRING ARE WELCOME AS I CALL THEM PLAY DAYS IN THE STUDIO, TRYING NEW SWATCHES OF HAND DYED WOOL INTO NEW PROJECTS.

LAST WEEKS STUDENTS CAME WITH QUESTIONS WHICH WE TOOK APART AND FOUND THE ANSWERS. THANK YOU JOANNE FOR QUESTION ON BACKGROUNDS AND MOVEMENT. WE CONCLUDED THAT THE FOREMOST PROTRUDING AREA THAT LEADS THE WAY THROUGH THE WATER, MAKES A RIPPLE EFFECT THAT GIVES THE DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT. FILED AND WILL BE USED FOR FURTHER USE.

WE ALSO HAVE A CHALLENGE OF A TRADING CARD. I HAD VERY GOOD SUCCESS SEVERAL YEARS AGO WITH THIS PROJECT. CARDS CAME FROM B.C. , NOVA SCOTIA, AUSTRALIA AND THE US. WE WILL SEE WHAT SURFACES THIS TIME. IF ANY ONE OUT THERE WOULD LIKE TO JOIN, JUST LET US KNOW HERE !

LOOKING FORWARD  TO A WEEKS STUDY WITH WANDA KERR  AT MAISTEE RUG SCHOOL IN JUNE! SOO MUCH INFORMATION TO BE ABSORBED.

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY CALLS ME TO A NEW DAY OF DISCOVERY WITH MY EYES WIDE OPEN TO GRASP ALL THAT IT HAS TO OFFER!

“LOOK RIGHT WHERE YOUR LIFE CALLS YOU TODAY AND ENJOY IT’ !

P.S.  HIGH LIZ AND KRIS! THOUGHT OF YOU EVER DAY AND THE JOYS OF BEING A MILK MAID!

CHAT LATER……DeETTA AT THE STUDIO OF FIDDLEHEAD FINERY !