Friday, February 20, 2009

February's News

Well, I didn't get to the February meeting but I heard through the grape vine that it was cosy and informative. Many of us were dealing with weather that was dumping a ton of snow in our back yards. Even though the snow is inconvenient at times, we really do appreciate the water for our forests and wells.

Since I didn't have a chance to take pictures at the meeting, I thought I would share a couple of things that are happening with our local weavers. JoAnn has a new shawl on Shawls Unlimited. JoAnn loves weaving shawls and scarves and although she and I collaborated on a handspun shawl several years ago, this is her first solo item on the site. Good luck with the new online selling venture, JoAnn.

During the past few weeks I have been working with two other fiber artisans to put together a new market on the 1000 Markets site. It is called Fiber Alchemy . We are a market of fiber afficianados who make textiles from scratch; handweavers, a nuno felt artist, a needle felt artist and someone who makes felted bowls and trays. Knitted and crochet items may be featured in the future, but will not be the main emphasis of the market.

I've spent some time catching up with our own member's blogs and see that Ingrid is cutting up tee shirts that will be weft for rugs that have special meaning to her. Sharon's blog has a great post about an unexpected windfall of wool - ready for spinning. It looks like almost too much of a good thing but Sharon carried off the challenge like a pro.

Until the March meeting rolls around, keep those looms and shuttles busy so that we have lots to share and talk about.