Getting Closer

 

 

Jon cut the last of his Zinnia’s from his raised bed garden.  His garden was such a success he got another raised bed so he can plant even more flowers in the spring.

An unusually warm day we sat on the back porch and ate lunch.  I brought my macro lens to get a closer look at the center of a Zinnia while Jon got a little closer to Flo.

Close up of the center of a pink zinnia.

Some Potholders

On of my Sheep Potholders

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.

Sheep Potholders.  That’s Jane’s on top

I also made a few potholders from scraps I found in my bin…

Two Horses….

A Rhino and Cow.  And the Owl is for Esther who asked if I had one.

Donkey Good Morning/Sheep Good Morning

I showed Jon the three videos I edited my choices down to this morning hoping he’d help me choose between them.  “Put those two up,” he said, “one right after another.”

“What!”  I was incredulous. Two videos in one post! I’ve never done that before.

But even though the idea was outrageous to me, I was also intrigued by it.  Jon suggested they were really a continuation of the other, a Part I and Part II.

I mulled it over. That made sense and they did actually happen one after the other.   So I decided to take Jon’s advice, even if it isn’t my usual style…

Collage Class With Emily At The Farm

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.

So he decided to take one of her collage classes.

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.

Jon’s  donkey collage

Suzy’s Shawl “Winter Sky”….For Sale

“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.

Winter Sky is 64″ long x 17″. 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 check, PayPal and Venmo. 

detail of the ropy “braid”

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.

Winter Sky
A few of Suzy’s angora goats

 

Suzy’s Shawl “First Snow”….For Sale

First Snow is 63″long x 19″. It’s $150 + $10 shipping you can buy it 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)

First Snow
Suzy’s angora goats, recently shorn.

Adding To My Square Of Scraps

 

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.

 

Suzy’s Shawls

I named my sheep Suzy after Suzy Fatzinger.  Suzy was grazing by herself under the apple tree this morning.  Fate pretended to herd her. 

Both of Suzy Fatzinger’s Shawls sold quickly.  But she does have more.

I’ll be posting more of Suzy’s shawls for sale in the next couple of days.  She has four already done and is working on two more.

It’s always a surprise when Suzy sends me a photo of the shawls.  They all look like a signature Suzy Shawl, but they are at the same time all unique, with their own stories.

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