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Creating Felt Fabric Collage

  Fabric Collage refers to the creation of a new cloth from a collection of different types of textiles.  I have been playing with my stash of handmade felt, fabric and scraps to make unique textiles that can transform into a vest, pants, wrap or a scarf. I begin by pulling out different types of […]

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Spring Foraging

Mushroom season is just beginning in the higher elevations and I love to forage for the elusive Morel Mushroom. My husband Russ and I have learned to hunt above 3,000 feet as Russ has never met a poison oak plant that hasn’t found a way to his body.  I am transformed when I enter the […]

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3-Dimensional Wet Felting

  3-Dimensional felting, also called seamless felting is popular among felter’s making garments, vessels, hats, handbags and booties.  I personally find a multitude of fitting issues with seamless garments and choose to utilize overlapping and hand stitching to create decorative seams for my vests and dresses.  Having said that, I do enjoy making seamless sculptural […]

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Shibori Wrapping and Natural Dyeing

I just taught a workshop on shibori wrapping techniques and natural dyeing.  Shibori wrapping is a Japanese technique of manipulating fabric by knotting, twisting, folding and binding prior to dyeing to create interesting pattern design.  There are endless ways to create pattern design and cloth can be wrapped and dyed several times to get more […]

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It takes a village: How I made my coat

I attended Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines Retreat in Ashland, Oregon.  The theme was “Coat as Shelter” and the guest instructor was Carol Lee Shanks.  This was my second year attending the coat retreat.  Last year I made a coat using Carol Lee’s method of pattern design.  Her process for approaching fabric is intuitive.    […]

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Summer Sewing

Summer Sewing I have taken a little break from felting to focus on some summer sewing.  Summer is a great time to work on lightweight frocks and improve my sewing skills.  In May, I attended Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines Retreat.  Sandy Ericson, Center for Pattern Design was her guest artist.  Sandy has a wealth […]

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Rockin the Runway at Liberty Arts Gallery

On May 15th, I headed to Yreka, California to participate in Liberty Arts Gallery’s new exhibit, Filaments & Fashion.  Three of my pieces were juried into the exhibit.  Opening night  kicked off with a high energy fashion show.  I walked the runway in one of my pieces and had two lovely models wear my Peach […]

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Working Hands, A Journey of Creativity

  When I was a little girl, I would watch my mother and grandmother’s work with their hands.  On Sunday’s they would make “a pot of gravy,” our name for marinara sauce.  Meatballs and pasta would accompany the sauce.  Sometimes I helped make the meatballs, my hands squishing all the ingredients together .   I can […]

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Botanical Printing and Dyeing

  When I spent time with Polly Stirling in Ashland, Oregon last May, she strongly encouraged me to explore botanical printing and dyeing also known as eco-printing.  She has been botanically printing her felt for years and feels strongly about reducing the use of “toxic” dyes and paints in clothing.   I had the opportunity to […]

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Botanical Printing and Dyeing

  When I spent time with Polly Stirling in Ashland, Oregon last May, she strongly encouraged me to explore botanical printing and dyeing also known as eco-printing.  She has been botanically printing her felt for years and feels strongly about reducing the use of “toxic” dyes and paints in clothing.   I had the opportunity to […]

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