Happy Holidays!

To all my blog/newsletter readers, Facebook friends and followers, admirers and purchasers of my work - thank you! Your support has meant so much to me. And a special thank you to all who thought enough of my work to share it with someone as a gift!

As an especially contentious year comes to a close, I'd like to send you this wish ~

 

On another note, I'm happy to say that I got my online Felt Scarf Shop up and running last week! Although it and my Silk Scarf Shop are "on holiday" until the beginning of the year, you can go ahead and make a purchase now to reserve the scarf, and I'll ship it as soon as I return home the first week of January.

Meanwhile, you can find my scarves in person at:
Village Art Circle, Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary NC 27511. (Silks only)
Gallery 311, 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh NC 27601. (Silk and felted)
Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsborough NC 27312. (Silk and felted)

Thanks for reading... see you next year!

 

Almost Time for Atalaya Festival, Sept 23-25

The last weekend in September sees thousands of art enthusiasts flock to Huntington Beach State Park in Murrell's Inlet SC, for the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. The show of over 100 artists is held in the beautiful courtyard of Atalaya Castle, and in the historic building itself. Local Southern 'Low Country' food and entertainment complete the picture.

Show Hours are -
Friday Sept. 23: 12 - 6 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 25:10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

I'll be inside the Castle in one of the southeast facing rooms (beach side), R26B.

Booths in the courtyard at Atalaya

I've been working mostly on wet felted and nuno felted scarves and shawls - here are some of my new creations.

My favorite! The base merino wool of this shawl is such a beautiful periwinkle blue. I embellished it with purple, pink and burgundy silk fabric, silk fibers and different types of yarn. Although there's a lot going on in this piece, it's very thin, light and flexible.

 

Sunset colors in this asymmetrical piece. There are holes at one end and 'dreads' at the other end for threading through the holes and tying. Merino wool and wool yarn.

Another asymmetrical collar scarf with holes and dreads for tying. Merino wool and silk fibers.

This frothy creation has a base of super sheer silk organza, hand painted in pale burgundy. Stylized wool and silk flowers and leaves snake their way along its length.

Neutral colors in this one. Blue-grey and white merino leaves, enhanced with silk and champagne colored yak fibers, are felted onto silk chiffon.

 

As usual. felting creates very interesting and organic textures!

 

In addition to the festival, if you're a birder, Huntington Beach State Park is home to multitudes of birds. You may treated to sights like this as you cross the lagoon on the way to the Castle!

Getting Ready for Seawall Art Show this weekend

August 27 - 28 are the dates for Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth, VA - a new show for me. Booths are set up along High St., in the waterfront area of Portsmouth. So far the weather forecast looks good!

The Village Art & Craft Fair in Asheville a couple of weeks ago was quite successful, in spite of booming thunderstorms that crashed through on Sunday afternoon. But the "problem" with having a good show, is that there's a lot of stock to be replenished! So I've been chained to my studio, felting wool onto silk chiffon to create nuno felted scarves and shawls.

I've been having a bit of a love affair with a black-white-grey color palette lately - here are some of the results! These are merino wool and various yarns felted onto chiffon.

Well... I couldn't resist a bit of color after all... on this next scarf the black wool is embellished with multicolored yarn and silk fibers.

Show Hours for the Seawall Art Show are:
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

If you're in the Portsmouth area, do stop by! I'm in booth #31.

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Asheville's Village Art & Craft Fair is This Weekend!

Asheville, NC - One of my favorite places. This coming weekend, August 6th and 7th, is the Village Art and Craft Fair in historic Biltmore Village. This is the show's 44th year and is one of the more popular shows in the southeast. Whenever shoppers come into my booth, I ask them where they're from, and they really do come from all over!

The show takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls (which is worth a visit in itself!). Show hours are Saturday, 10 - 7 and Sunday 12 - 5.

I've been busy painting and felting scarves for the show - here are a few of my new nuno felted pieces.

These two scarves - more like shawls, really - started with a base of very sheer silk chiffon, onto which I felted merino wool and silk fibers. Including the dangles, these shawls measure about 15" x 70"-80"  a nice, generous size.

Sometimes you don't need a whole lot of scarf, you just want a smaller accent piece! These narrower scarves are still enough to keep you warm and provide a good shot of style! They are only about 7" wide.

In spite of the wool, these nuno felted scarves are very lightweight and can be worn almost year round.

Come visit beautiful Ashevillle - you'll find me in Booth #13 at the show - see the maps below!