Friday, February 7, 2014

A good beginning to 2014!

The first meeting of the year is always a good time -- it's good to see everyone again, good to see the projects people have completed while they had some vacation -- and good to see the beautiful fiber gifts received over the holidays. We'll just show you one of many stunners.
Now, who do you think might have hand-spun the yarn and knitted this fabulous circle sweater for Kayleigh?
The yarn is core spun mohair with lots of embellishments added -- wool locks, ribbons, sequins, feathers, pearls, and more!
Yep, Moms are the best!
The program for the January meeting was special too. Barbara and Michaela took a trip to India in October, with their itinerary planned around their mutual interest in fiber arts. They showed us slides from their trip and shared some of their experience of this country that seems to cover itself in color and pattern .
Pattern and color were found everywhere they turned in India - often overlapping. In fabric, jewelry, in architecture, in walls, ceilings, floors, and furnishings. This is a fresco at The Amber Fort in Jaipur.

Michaela and Barbara took part in an embroidery class
Embroidery sample. Notice the tattoo on the wrist. It was explained that many women have similar tattoos representing important events and milestones in their lives -- a way of telling their life stories.
Michaela against an ornate background at City Palace in Jaipur.
A craftsman block stamping yards and yards of fabric.
Dyed sari silk laid out on bare ground to dry.
The intrepid travelers

Thanks to Michaela and Barbara for sharing this incredible trip with us!