The ends, literally, belong to my knitted sleeveless turtleneck top. I spent the early part of today listening to Bach and sewing them in left, right and centre. It was the perfect activity, as the latest snow-freezing rain session (last evening and overnight) made the roads too nasty for travelling into town to church. Sigh. As someone on Facebook pointed out today, "It's a lovely Winter we're having this Spring." Maybe we've all stumbled into Narnia. Perish the thought!
And the odds?
Friday, I finished dyeing the last of the 50 metres (!) of silk ribbon that arrived on Tuesday from Dharma. Who knew one could use it up so quickly? Never mind. I have enough to get me started (and perhaps finished, if I am discerning) with "Waiting for the Train" (the grasses and cat-tails):
|"Waiting for the |
Also on Friday I finished beading 'Wonder'. That said, the piece is not yet...um...finished. There's a wee bit of seed stitch to be added. Here are a few shots:
|Beading Detail 1|
|Beading Detail 2|
|Beading Detail 3|
|Beading Detail 4|
|Seed Stitch Started|
Yesterday was almost entirely taken up by the Central Alberta Quilters' Guild Show at Westerner Park in Red Deer. A bit smaller than last year (my favourite vendor, the fellow from Copperfield's Books, apparently took ill on his way to the venue and had to cancel! We are all praying it's nothing serious!!), I found less to 'ooh' and 'ahh' over, and (believe it or not) I came away without purchasing anything! There was one merchant whose wares I will definitely be exploring more closely for a future project, though: the wool-dyed cottons etc of "A Threaded Needle", which specializes in Japanese-style handwork and sashiko. The books, samples and supplies she carries make my mouth water!
Here were the pieces in the show that tickled my fancy:
First, prize-winner Mary Vanson:
|"Been There, Done That #4" by Mary Vanson|
|Another by Ms. Vanson -- "Been There, Done That, #?"|
Another prize-winner, this one from Chris Sisson -- exquisite applique, machine quilted by Cheryl Whitten:
|Rminiscence - Chris Sisson & Cheryl Witten|
The blanket stitch on the above quilt is all hand-done.
Outside the prize-winners, my pick for 'Viewer's Choice' is this one: 'Star of Mexico', made by Debbie Becker Mathie of Innisfail, Alberta and quilted by Karen's Quilts. Believe it or not, Ms. Mathie made it in "five long days" and adapted it from wall-hanging to medium-sized bed quilt!
|Star of Mexico - Debbie Becker Mathie & Karen's Quilts|
|"Star of Mexico" Detail|
|Winter Silence - Cathie MacDonald|
And yes, there were some hexies! This piece was actually part of a display honouring the memory of a member of the Central Alberta Quilt Guild who'd died in 2012, Mary Ann Raivio:
In addition to the flower garden-style quilt, there were several other examples of Ms. Raivio's work, including this charming red-work piece:
I find it a comforting thought that wherever there are groups, associations or gatherings of textile artists, there will be people who will find a way to preserve, treasure and honour the work of those who have gone before, expressly for the enjoyment and enlightenment of those who come after.