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April 10, 2019 / weavingschool

Rebecca’s Research

Rebecca'sResearch copyMy eldest daughter collected 6000 bottles of bugs for PHD research in the 1990s.  She is no doubt an expert in her field, but she never got back to doing more research on this set of bugs and they’ve been stored ever since. I’ve been contemplating projects for them for several years. Just the vast quantity of the tiny jars begs for an instillation piece. When the call for the Arts in the Airport exhibit for the Knoxville, TN airport came up, the theme was University of Tennessee. Research is such an important part of any university that it seemed appropriate to use a few of the 6000 in an entry. I’m happy to say, it was accepted.

Here is my artist statement:
For “Rebecca’s Research” I have lovingly encased one one-hundredth of my daughter’s PhD research collection in a felted mountain landscape reminiscent of where she does her research.  She is a research scientist and like all women in science her story is all too typical, so I was taken aback but not surprised when I told her about this project that she asked if I’d included the bottles with her sweat, blood, and tears in it.


March 31, 2019 / weavingschool

Family Magic


Folks, both teachers and students, frequently refer to John C. Campbell Folk School as “magical.” Despite the long hours of preparation beforehand and studio hours during the workshop, I’ve always thought the same. I even looked forward to this weekend’s class as a vacation. The weekend met that goal and even had a bonus I hadn’t expected. Because the Folk School allows small class sizes, I was able to work with my two students on a one on one basis; very helpful when learning some of the more labor-intensive complicated crafts. It reminded of the times growing up when our grandmother would come for summer visits and teach us girls to knit and crochet. I think now I can add “like family” to my descriptions of the Folk School as magical.IMG_9769S

January 21, 2019 / weavingschool

Bangkok Show

My show at Rangsit University in Bangkok this year is about shadows. The pieces require tension and balance to hold them in place.The mixed media show is made up of woven, knitted, crochet, origami, and felted pieces. They require audience participation to make the shadows have new shapes and patterns. Here are a few pictures and the artist statement.


Shadow Shapes
Over the years, I’ve collected random pictures of things I see at home and on my travels. Clothes lines and shadows are two of the things that fascinate me.  The changing nature of shadows as the sun light passes by and the way the shadow can simplify and often times change the shape is of particular interest to me.
The pieces in this show create shadows. In gallery lighting only static shadows are formed that greatly enhance the piece with the careful attention of the installer. By using the flashlight on a cell phone however, the viewer can create a myriad of moving and changing shapes and patterns.
Here, I challenge the viewer to make the pieces come alive, create new shapes and patterns, laugh, and even dance.  Add music from your collection, have a friend take your picture with your individual creation and post it to your favorite site.


January 12, 2019 / weavingschool

Space Available Fiber Forum

I’ll be teaching one of my favorite techniques at this year’s Fiber Forum at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, April 4 to 7.
First we’ll weave, then we’ll add colorful merino fibers, and felt everything together.
We’ll be using plain weave in the class, but I’ve been experimenting with other weave structures lately. Below are some of the textures that happen with this easy technique. Of course, you can check in with me ahead of time to work out exceptions to plain weave based on your experience. Rigid heddle looms work great and some looms may be available on site. Yes, there will be rolling, but forget about all those rumors you’ve heard about hours of hard labor. This is a great way to use up your collection of white yarns, or a mixed warp of everything and the kitchen sink. But don’t worry if you aren’t a weaver, this simple structure is easy to get on the loom. And don’t worry if you’ve never felted before, results are guaranteed. You’ll go home with a wonderful scarf, and the inspiration and knowledge for what comes next. Beginners to advanced in either technique will love this combination.

Fiber Forum is a fun regional fiber arts conference held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. There are lots of workshops to choose from, key note speakers, fashion show, and plenty of good food. The weekend is spent with people who speak your fiber art language.

December 23, 2018 / weavingschool

Flowers and Pods

Years of making things for the love of making are coming together. Felt Pods, Felt Flowers and Bead Flowers combined as if by themselves to make these whimsical pieces.


October 3, 2018 / weavingschool

Felting program in Knoxville

The Knoxville Sewing Arts Fiber Guild hosted me for their October meeting. They were interested in felting and I did my best to show them the limitless range of what is possible in the felting world. They responded with enthusiasm.
I also talked to them about my Clothesline instillation and asked them to respond to the bundles. Here they are with their responses.


September 10, 2018 / weavingschool

It’s been a year – already


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It’s been just over a year since the end of the Clothesline project. As expected, I was happy to see the end of the project and I haven’t thought about it much since. I’m still taking random pictures of clotheslines when I travel and get excited about adding them to my stash of pictures.
Watching the textiles deteriorate over time was sad if not depressing. Another thing I was expecting. It had been a sad year as I wrote in the artist statement, and moving on can be difficult.
After this year’s “Farm Camp”, a yearly camp I do with my granddaughter and her longtime friends, I watch the fairy houses they build go back to nature over the following year. Some make it most of the way until the next camp. As the kids have gotten older, they are entering high school this year, they’ve graduated to larger structural dwellings. This year I gave them a couple of mats I’d found while cleaning the storage space getting ready for camp. They proved to be the perfect flowing for the structure. I debated rolling them for next time or some gigantic felt project yet to be determined, but so far in keeping with the clearing clutter I’ve left them to weather.
I did a more cheerful project for this year’s Rangsit exhibit – what it takes to make 100 of something, playing with the idea of making multiples of crafts/art for sale. I’ve never met a professional artist who didn’t opine on wanting to make their own art.
So thanks for reading my ramblings, which is just what this is. Perhaps there is some lesson to be learned from all this, I’ll check back next year and see.

July 17, 2018 / weavingschool

Need a housewife?

Everyone needs a housewife. You know, that person who does the chores, cooks the meals, does the wash.  In the18th and 19th century both men and women carried portable sewing kits called a “housewife.” So here is my version. It won’t vacuum my rugs, but making it was a fun way to combine several skills. The wonderful texture of the case comes from the “weaving for felting” process that I’m working on new samples for a class I’ll be teaching at Southeast Fiber Forum April 4 – 7. Yes, that’s a long time from now, but there are so many variations on this process, I could easily sample from now till the conference. On the inside, I used scraps from other nuno felting projects, a finger braiding technique my grandmother taught me, and squares I wove on the Weave-It loom I’ve had for sixty years. Blanket stitch runs around the boarder. The tie was a quick knit on my knitting machine. I even get to show off those new scissors I got in Uzbekistan, a button from Mexico, a favorite wooden needle holder. Try your own from your favorite leftovers from other projects. You’ll end up with a convenient sewing kit with your own personal story.


May 16, 2018 / weavingschool

Life’s Bundles

On Saturday, I presented my Electronic Textile talk as part of the Current Passion monthly meeting at South East Fiber Arts Alliance in Atlanta, Ga. Part of the keynote presentation talks about the Bundles project I did in conjunction with the Clothesline show. These ladies participated by choosing a bundle and writing words about what the bundle reminded them of. They got to keep the bundle, and I kept their responses.



May 2, 2018 / weavingschool

Eye Candy

Eye candy pretty much sums up the month of April for me.
First a fiber arts tour of Uzbekistan with all their bold warp ikats, labor intensive embroidery, delicious breads among many others.
Then making beads and bags at the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival.
Fashion shows ruled.

Margilan, Uzbekistan
Yodgorlik Silk Factory, Youth Fashion Show
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Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

Townsend, TN