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New England Felting Supply is now offering Nancy Dorian Silks in their felting kits!

These are great kits to have on hand … everything you need to felt your own nuno scarf. The kits include directions, bubble wrap, wool roving and one of my hand-painted Dorian silk scarves. Beginner and experienced felters will love the grab-and-go packs. Stop by and see them at New England Felting Supply … they make great holiday gifts for the felter in your life!

Posted 3 years, 8 months ago at 4:32 pm.

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The Fiber Festival of New England was fabulous!

Lots of folks came out to support local fiber art.  So much glorious COLOR! I’ve been flat out for two month preparing for this event and now that it’s past … time to prepare for more events!! Good problem to have, I say. This Friday, November 12, 2010 I’ll be at the Tower Square craft show in Springfield, MA from 11-2pm giving all the corporate soldiers a chance to shop for hand-crafted goods on their lunch hour.

AND at  Snow Farm, the holiday sale starts Friday, November 12, 2010 as well. My stuff will be in the fiber building. They open their doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday for three weekends each November to help everyone get a jump on their holiday shopping.

But the really big new is …

I’m being flown out to San Diego California to teach a private felting workshop!!

But that deserves it’s own post ….

Posted 3 years, 9 months ago at 10:08 pm.

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The Fiber Festival Of New England

Things are really busy around here preparing for all the 2010 holiday shows. Every spare minute goes to felting and dyeing and stitching and beading. LOVE IT! The first in the line up is:

The Fiber Festival of New England
Saturday, November 6th, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 7th, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Mallary Complex, Eastern States Exposition
Springfield, MA

I’m in booth 475 East … be sure and stop by

http://www.thebige.com/ese/aboutus/FiberFestival.asp

and

Snow Farm is having the annual holiday art sale as it does every year.  My work will be for sale there again …

Dates for 2010 seconds sale:

November 12, 13, 14
November 19, 20, 21
November 26, 27, 28

10:00 to 4:00pm each day

http://www.snowfarm.org/seconds-sale.html

and

Tower Square Holiday Arts, Crafts & Specialty Vendor Fair on November 12th 11-2pm www.visittowersquare.com

and more to come … details to follow

Posted 3 years, 10 months ago at 5:10 pm.

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my laugh-in scarves will be selling in the berkshires this summer!!

I taught a great nuno ribbon felt scarf workshop at the hotchkiss school in lakeville ct last saturday. there was a grandmother/ mother/ daughter/ niece, a mother/daughter and an aunt/neice in the mix which made it really nice. As usual … ALL the scarves were beautiful. I haven’t seen any that weren’t beautiful yet. on the way home I decided to stop in great Barrington mass to see if I could find any new wholesale accounts. and there was EVERGREEN. Barbara, the owner happened to be there and loved my ponchos, so I’m sewing some up for the 4th of july weekend. then i figured i was on a roll, so i stopped in at the purple plume in lenox mass. the owner, judie, gave me a very cheery welcome and ended up wanting to carry my laugh-in scarves! I’ve been in the back yard painting up a storm on these gorgeous summer days. It doesn’t get much better than this!!


Posted 4 years, 2 months ago at 2:25 am.

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wow … more media attention! nice mention in the times union in albany NY

Anyone who has a fiber addiction will be in good company here.

http://blog.timesunion.com/fiberarts/

My friend Harriet Levy, an avid knitter and spinner, wrote a fun piece about the dangers of knitting. Pick up those needles at your own risk!

I must confess … after learning to knit at the tender age of six,

I went on to crocheting, then sewing, needlepoint, pottery,

dabbled in weaving,

stained glass, jewelry, driftwood, shells and feathers, beads.

then, knitting over-sized garments and bags to then shrink down to felt

… onto silk painting and hand-dyeing silk yardage

which naturally progressed to nuno felting and dyeing my own roving

and, oh ya, did I mention I just bought a spinning wheel?

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Posted 4 years, 8 months ago at 3:27 am.

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look what first time silk painters did in my new class

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Just goes to show … we are all artists if we can just step out of the way.

My new class is running Tuesday nights at Holyoke Creative Arts Center this fall. We will be exploring all things fiber, including nuno felting, hand painted silk scarves and custom dyed yarns.  I’m also teaching at WEBS in Northampton, Holyoke Community College and New England Felting Supply. My classes have been filling quickly, so I’ve added other venues.  Get your spot now!

Posted 5 years, 1 month ago at 11:09 am.

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Hand-painted silk yardage anyone?

Love, love, love creating this luscious yardage! When the weather is nice, I’m outside dyeing and felting. So inspiring being out in nature with all the great colors and textures. Can’t help but take my inspiration from it. Many are like Monets on silk! I’ve been offering my silks by the yard at New England Felting Supply and to my students when I teach. This stuff is so wonderful to felt on. I use it for my base in some of my scarves. I’m going to sew up some silk ponchos or wraps with it, too!

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Posted 5 years, 1 month ago at 4:10 pm.

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progress on the new studio for felting and fibering

I decided last fall to move the studio to the house. That way I would save a ton of time and money by not going back and forth all the time. When I was here … I always needed something there and vise versa. Not to mention cheaper rent and besides it helps get the laundry done when the studio is next to the washing machine. Well … you know how moving can be. Some of us sail right through it and everything is set up in a day. Let’s just say I’m not one of those people. We moved the studio in late October and by December I decided I had to have that area of the basement sheet rocked to give it a more inviting feel. So, I enthusiastically jumped into that project (quite possibly to prolong the unpacking part of the process) and took progress picture as I went. Now that it’s April I am finally getting around to posting them. I’m telling myself it’s not because I’m stalling on unpacking the studio, but that might have something to do with it. If any of you artist type people out there are anything like me, you have so much stuff to make stuff with …. that it’s hard to get organized enough to make stuff. But, alas, the desire and need to “make”  is becoming overwhelming and soon that studio will be ready to roll! Who knows … maybe I’ll even do a few mini-workshops here!

before

getting-there

first-sheet

SHEETROCKING

finished

unpacking

Yay! I’m getting there!

Posted 5 years, 4 months ago at 10:06 pm.

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if you get into rust dyeing this might happen to you!

That’s right folks .. there I am dumpster diving!!  I have been experimenting with dyeing with rusty objects.  It is sooo cool.  You find a bunch of stuff that will rust and lay it on your silk, add a little vinegar and voila … beautious fabric.  The reaction time is as little as 24 hours.  I didn’t think this up myself.  I had heard of it from reading about nuno felting with Polly Stirling.  This process was used at one of her retreats.  I can really see myself doing workshops on dyeing with found rusty objects.  Stayed tuned for a workshop near you.

So anyway, I did a few tests to find out what I liked and didn’t like and then did a body of work that reflects what I came up with.  Still not sure what these fine silks will become.  Something flowy and layered no doubt.

Doing this has triggered a whole theme of dyeing silk with objects from the Mill River in Haydeville, MA.  A dam broke up stream and washed away a brass foundry in 1874.  I spent the better part of a day last summer collecting items from the river that are obviously from the ruins.  But that’s a whole other blog post!

Posted 5 years, 9 months ago at 8:59 pm.

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The Year of the Scarf? I like it …

Mermaids and more …“It’s 2008…. and scarves are the MUST HAVE accessory!” That’s the word at Suite101.com, by way of DeeBozzz, and I like the way they are thinking.

I’m doing a lot of new painting this week, and working on some new styles and designs. The one in this photo didn’t turn out the way I hoped it might … but I like the ocean motif, and may return to it.

Posted 6 years, 5 months ago at 7:21 pm.

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