Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Some of us celebrate Christmas, some Hannuka, and some The Winter Solstice, but our deep and abiding fiberphilia (made-up word meaning, of course, love of fiber) makes us easy to shop for. Let's see what fiber-related gifts Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild members received this holiday season.
Sandy Hutchinson's friend, who is widely known for her stunning quilts, surprised her with this lovely hand-knitted scarf, in rich colors and a flawlessly even seed stitch.

Nancy Warren got a new temple to help keep selvages in a straight line. This looks like a great size for table linens  and scarves.
Nancy is already busy on her new small Mirrix tapestry loom. Here, she is bead-weaving without a shedding device. This piece is a beaded hatband that will be an anniversary present for her husband. This little loom will also be perfect for small tapestry weavings and beaded cuffs.
Dale Fort made these beautiful wool combs for Kelly.
Here they are in action on wool from a fleece bought at SAFF this Fall
And books! We have new books!
Barbara Vanselow has this new one: Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs With Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time by Edie Eckman.
Nancy Warren received Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts by Rayna Gillman. Notice it promises a "stress-free" journey to original design. That makes me think it's really hard.

And Sandy is looking forward to trying some of the projects in Modern Paper Crafts A 21st Centrury Guide to Folding, Cutting, Scoring, Pleating, and Recycling by Margaret Van Sicklen
Sometimes the gift over the holidays is the time to spend on our projects. That was the case for Linnie. She picked up on this sweater, knitted in intarsia, started by her mother 10 years ago. Her mom put it down after one row of diamonds and Linnie hopes to finish it to wear next year.
Linnie said when she got into this project, she learned her mother had a.) switched all the colors, b.) changed the ribbing and c.) stopped because she'd made a mistake and probably was waiting to take it out later (know how that goes!) Oh yeah, and it appears the Mission Falls wool is no longer in production, so Linnie hopes there's enough of these jazzy colors.

And when we said "what gifts did you get?" Liz Hoos thought of a wonderful trip to DC she and Judy Warren made back in the spring. They went to the Smithsonian and saw an exhibit of sea creatures, all crocheted.
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibit
Judy moved to Charleston from the DC area where her guild had gallery space at the Torpedo Factory. Judy introduced Liz to some of her DC friends and Liz had a wonderful time seeing the sights guided by true insiders. What a gift that trip was! What are friends for?

It's great to have our fiber-peeps who really appreciate our new treasures and who so generously share what they have and what they know how to do. Thanks to everyone for sending in your pictures!

Here's to a Happy New Year for Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild!

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