There was just a bit more the sheep linen towel left so I was able to make a few more Sheep Potholders. I designed the potholder with the black sheep for Jane. She asked for it a while ago and has been patiently waiting for me to make it.
I still have to make all these into potholders and will get to it quicker, I hope, than my last batch.
I also made a few potholders from scraps I found in my bin…
A Rhino and Cow. And the Owl is for Esther who asked if I had one.
Zinnia when swimming in our neighbor’s pond on our walk today. She came out with green algae on her nose. Although I played around with the photo to get this picture, the color of the algae on her nose stayed the same.
Jon was intrigued when he saw one of Emily’s videos on Instagram about how to make a collage. He wanted to try it and see if he could make his own “Appreciation Cards”. These are the collage cards that Jon buys from Emily to send to donors to The Army Of Good.
Emily came to the farm today and we all sat at the dining room table and ripped and cut and painted, drew and pasted.
When Jon said he wanted to make a donkey, Emily talked about capturing the essence of the animals. Jon decided the ears and eyes were important on the donkey and I think he nailed it.
Jon and I plan on spending some time this weekend making more collages.
If you’re interested in taking one of Emily’s virtual collage classes you can find out more about them on her website papercakescissor.com. Just click here. You can also see and buy her collages there too.
“I know I made this one in winter” Suzy texted me. “It has the clear blue of sky against dark clouds.”
I immediately thought of those very cold days when the sky is bright blue. But it’s the gray clouds that bring snow. “Winter Sky” I texted back. And we both knew it was the right name for the shawl.
It’s the details that aren’t noticeable right away that really intrigue me about Suzy’s work. There always seems to be a little gift. In this one, it’s the ropy stripe that falls from the neckline and wraps around the opposite shoulder. Bulky, like a long braid, It’s a wonderful contrast to the lacy gray knit. And once you take a close look at it you see the subtle shifts in color too.
All of Suzy’s shawls are hand spun and hand knit. The angora wool comes from her goats Alice, April, Lucy, Ruth, and Larry. She also uses wool from some of her favorite fiber artists. Suzy washes all her shawls in a natural solution which makes them even softer.
You can see a video of Suzy’s very popular and cute goats here.
First Snow, those two words popped into my head as I looked at the photo of Suzy’s shawl on my computer screen. Something in the way it glows in the sunlight. The pearly white wool, like a soft layer of snow on tree branches. That kind of delicacy.
Because Suzy spins all her wool she can spin two different rovings together. In this shawl, she spun “a fine silk beige thread with the natural white roving” which you can see on the right side of the shawl.
And then there’s the subtle hints of color in the wide soft brown stripe on the left. Suzy texted me that she loved spinning that batt. That it also provides texture she wasn’t able to capture in her photo. Although you can see the variations in color and texture a bit better in the photo below.
It’s also really easy to see the white wool of Suzy’s angora goats in First Snow.
First Snow is 63″ long x 19″. It’s $150 + $10 shipping. You can buy it in my Etsy Shop, just click here. Or you can email me at [email protected]. I take checks, PayPal and Venmo.
(You can see a video of Suzy’s goats, Lucy, April, Alice, Ruth, Larry and Willis, who is the only pygmy goat, here)
It was my first whole day back in my studio in a while. I went right to my square of scraps and started piecing parts together. I added the moon and ocean to the dark scraps….
Then I sewed the two pieces together.
After adding the fabric on the bottom, I tried a lot of different things, but non stuck. I know I need some space between what I did today and what comes next, but it was hard for me to walk away from it even though I know I need to let it go for now.