Busy as a bayman with two wood stoves. Or maybe as burnt out as one?

Or as a bee. I’ve never understood why beavers, bees and baymen are considered to be the archetypes of frenzied activity. Every mother I’ve met could give them a pretty good run for their money. Between trying to keep this household on an even keel and juggling (rather poorly just now) volunteer responsibilities, lately I’ve…

Today…

Today I’m “shagging around”* with some dyes, doing layered dips to suss out some different colour combinations and effects for further use. I’m working with combed woolen top  (that’s Falkland) for my test swatches, but I have some washed Shetland fleece to which I’d like to apply the results for a pattern that I have…

Trying something

Recently I’ve had to spend much more time at the computer than I’m accustomed to and I’ve noticed that my recreational usage of the computer for things like Facebook has started to blend more seamlessly with my legitimate tasks than I would like. I also noticed that my posture at the computer was starting to…

The gift of giving of gifts

I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time, but have been struggling with a way of presenting it that does not seem to be directed personally at anyone to whom I have ever given a gift or from whom I have received one. If you fit one of these categories, please assume that…

Turned off the ringer. I’m not home.

I spent the whole morning in a gnarly (and not in the upbeat, California surfer sense) meeting at the Craft Council this morning and came home and seriously thought about crawling into bed with good chocolate, strong liquor, Advil and a friendly book. Most meetings are good ones, but this one was three hours long,…

If I could save time in a bottle……

But there never seems to be enough time To do the things you want to do Once you find them. – Jim Croce I spent today in meetings and doing paperwork for the Craft Council. Since becoming Vice Chair (which entails attending both Executive and Board meetings) I appear to be spending an increasingly large…

Testing, testing…

The project in which I am currently engaged is that of dyeing and spinning fleece, roving and yarns and developing a coherent yarn and fibre product line. By “coherent” I mean products that are related to each other, seem like a unified group of products due to either materials, colour or even just labelling and…

Dyeing progress

The current step in my increasingly involved little excursions into the mad, mad world of fibre dyeing involves dyeing various sorts of commercially prepared top. I’m not too concerned with colours just now, but am focussing on such details as: how the various fibres handle when dry how they handle when wet how long it…

A funny and relevant take on the job of being creative

I came across this video a while back on the Quilt Art mailing list and, for some reason, neglected to share it on the blog. Elizabeth Gilbert approaches the idea of genius from a refreshingly new slant. While I’m not sure that I agree with the idea that Genius is a disembodied gremlin living in…

The design wall today

After my fabric painting adventure, I’m back at the design wall again. Right now I’m working on several pieces, as is my wont. Typically, I have half a dozen on the go at a time, in various stages. I find it helpful to work this way as I can move from a piece that has…

Painting summer

One of the things I’ve often found to be a great remedy for artistic blockage is fabric painting and dyeing. Painting more so than dyeing, truth to tell. Having completely depleted my hand-painted fabric supply over the past few months, I decided to have a go at some skies and oceans. Normally I paint outside,…