First Saturday Celebrates Golden Hills

Anne's bowl & Nikki's towels

1st Saturday in Three Rivers, August 7, will be a celebration of the Golden Hills around our town.  Artists will be out and about in various locations.  Discounts are offered by restaurants and lodges.  Several of us, including myself, will have our studios open from 11:00 to 5:00.   I will be weaving towels and will have towels, mug rugs, baby blankets, shawls and scarves available.  I will also be offering my hand-poured soy candles.  Also in my studio, you will find the beautiful hand turned wooden bowls of Anne Birkholz and delightful clay sculptures of Carole Clum.  We hope you will take the time to come up the south fork and visit us.  Click on the link to the right for more details regarding 1st Saturday.  You can pick up a flyer at Anne Lang’s Emporium in downtown Three Rivers.  See you Saturday! 

Some of my weaving and candles

1st Saturday in Three Rivers

1st Sat Flag

The Artists of Three Rivers, California have joined together to create a day of food, fun and fabulous art. It is held on the 1st Saturday of every month and specials are promoted throughout the town – by artists, restaurants, gift shops, galleries and more.  Look for the purple flags.

Blue Jean Placemats

When I started weaving, a friend gave me the “recipe” for blue jean placemats.  These are the old standby from the Loom Room that existed in Three Rivers from the early ’70s thru 1982.  People give me their old blue jeans and I cut them into 1/4 inch strips and weave them into a rainbow of cotton threads.  I love to give them as wedding gifts because I think of rainbows as God’s promise of new beginnings.  These mats wear like iron.  I have some that are at least 25 years old and still going strong.Blue Jean Placemats

1st Saturday Goes Red, White & Blue

The artists of Three Rivers will be celebrating Independence Day a day early by welcoming you to our monthly 1st Saturday Event.  Activities take place on July 3 from 10:00 a.m. ’til 7:00 p.m.  Check out my link to 1st Saturday or pick up a flier and map at Anne Lang’s Emporium for details.  I hope you will visit me in my studio from 10 to 4.  Here’s a  sample of the many weavings and soy candles I will have to offer.  Ann Birkholz’s beautiful turned wood bowls will also be available in my studio.

Redbud Festival Is Coming!

My Booth at 2009 Redbud
My Booth at 2009 Redbud

May 8 & 9 are the dates for this year’s Redbud Festival at the Lions’ Arena in Three Rivers.  It’s Mother’s Day Weekend. Come and visit me and my friends at our weaving booth. Handweavers of the Valley will be presenting our theme of “Weavers Bloom In Many Ways” to show that we all enjoy other artistic endeavors including weaving. 

Weavers Bloom In Many Ways

Weavers Bloom In Many Ways

 Approx. 60 artists will be showing and selling their works that weekend.  It’s a fun time to come out and visit with old friends in a beautiful setting. Enjoy some really good food and listen to great live music. What more could you ask for?  Admission and parking are free!

1st Saturday – April 3

Spring Flowers 04 012Saturday, April 3 will be a fun day for those who choose to join us here in 3 Rivers.  Our theme for the day is “Wildflower Odyssey”. Many artists will be out and about in the main part of town. Several studios will be open.  I will be welcoming visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Presbyterian Church at 10:00 for children.  Some of the artists (including me) will have hidden eggs with small prizes for those who take the time to visit.  The best part is that all of this if FREE!  I will be offering handwoven scarves, shawls, mug rugs, baby blankets and towels.  I have also made some new soy candles.  Come and see what I have to offer.  Maybe you will be lucky enough to find an egg.  More information is available by clicking on my link to 1st Saturday in Three Rivers.  You can pick up a list of participants and a map at the Art Co-op or Nadi Spencer’s studio.  I hope to see you!

Preview of Coming Attractions

Basket of Painted Warps

Basket of Painted Warps

I recently did some more dyeing (so much fun!).  In this basket are the “painted warps” that are waiting to become towels, scarves and shawls.  Aren’t the colors pretty?  The anticipation of how the woven pieces will turn out is very exciting to me.  Stay tuned.  I’ll let you see them as they progress into finished works of art.

Studio Tour Reflections

Variety of Fibonacci Towels

Variety of Fibonacci Towels

Whew! That was a lot of weaving preparing for the Studio Tour. Thanks to all who came to visit me during Three Rivers Art Studio Tour 9.  I enjoyed meeting new art lovers and visiting with old friends.  Our attendance was down quite a bit from 2 years ago.  Too bad more people didn’t come out on such a beautiful weekend and see the 21 talented and interesting artists who opened their studios.  The weather was great and the wildflowers were in abundance.  I especially thank those who showed their appreciation by purchasing some of my weaving or candles.  Make a note now for Studio Tour 10 to be held March 23,24,25, 2012.

Shawls of perle cotton & rayon chenille

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Giving Up Eating and Sleeping

Multiple projects

Multiple projects

Only 1 week left to get ready for the Studio Tour–a major event in my weaving life. As you can see in the picture here, I’m working more than one project at a time. The red is a purple and red shawl.  The Fibonacci Flower Garden towels are well under way and the white yarn in the upper right corner is waiting to be tied on to the loom for baby blankets.  On a loom in the house, I’ve been working on several batches of chenille scarves.  Cloning would be handy right about now.

From Chaos Comes Order

Tieing on towels

Tieing on warp for towels

Believe it or not, the mess you see on the left will eventually become towels with multi colored stripes in the Fibonacci sequence.  I call these “Fibonacci’s Flower Garden”.  Flowers come in many colors and the stems and leaves are always green. So these towels are a way to use up small amounts of different colors of yarn–mixed with several shades of green. 

Rolling on Fibonacci Towels

Rolling on Fibonacci Towels

I am often asked if I set up the stripes at the loom or at the warping board. Doing it at the warping board takes a lot of time but is very neat and tidy.  Doing it at the loom creates chaos, as you see.  Think next time I’ll go back to striping at the warping board.

Fibonacci's Flower Garden Towels

Fibonacci's Flower Garden Towels

To the right you see Fibonacci’s Flower Garden Towels from 2 previous batches.