Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Last Friday I had the opportunity to view Material Witnesses, a beautiful collection of art quilts created by the Manhattan Quilters Guild at the Art Quilt Gallery right next to The City Quilter in New York City. These two were my favorites created by Paula Nadelstern and Ludmila Uspenskaya. What an amazing source of inspiration! I can’t wait to see Paula Chung’s exhibit, Painting with Fiber: Florals, the opening is January 23 from 6-9PM and the show runs January 24 – March 4.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
During the winter, I step up my knitting projects. For several years, I have watched the felting enthusiasts expand their projects and the industry develop. I had avoided this side of fiber, as I thought it was a marketing ploy to make one purchase more yarn than necessary. After having completed the 8th flap-ear ski cap of the season, I looked at my collection of roving that was slowly catching up to my bead stash and decided to make the leap.
I knew that wet felting was not an exact science and researched the net to minimalize my trial and error process. I was determined not to purchase a book because the progression would lead to raising the sheep, spinning and dying. After knitting several oversized cloches and either stretching the wool to fit Andre the giant or shrinking to fit an American Girl doll, I found a consistant method.
Using a top loading washing machine combine 3 tennis balls and 2 pairs of men's pants (jeans are best) Set the temperature to the highest and run in a 5 minute cycle. Use cold water for teh rinse cycle. I remove the cap and check it to see if the fibers have felted and some yarns require 2 or 3 washings in this manner. When the hat is ready to dry, I place the hat on an inverted 2 lb plastic Protein bottle that I have borrowed from my son, who of course had a fit when he saw the bottle in the sun. How was I suppose to know that sun breakdowns powdered protein? and voila a decent felted hat is complete.
To date, I have successfully made 10 ladies cap's in this manner. My new challenge is making a man's brimmed hat and as of today I do not have the sizing down despite 3 attempts!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
(where you can also see her very first blog post as Editor)
Pokey Bolton made the official announcement on December
16th and interviewed Vivika for the “Quilting Daily” blog.
Read the full article here:
According to Kate Themal, CT SAQA co-rep, who interviewed
her for SAQA/CT's blog:
Vivika is taking it all in. Although she may have less time to
work on her fiber art and beautiful bird portraits, DeNegre
is excited to begin a new adventure:
“I am thrilled, of course, and also overwhelmed in many ways with the challenges - learning Photoshop, excel and outlook, understanding the publishing world from the inside, working once again after an 11 year retirement - all of these are new experiences.”
New Editor DeNegre is already working on the April/May 2012
issue of Quilting Arts magazine.
We, Sisters in Cloth, who have known, worked, cried and laughed
with Vivika for about 9 years now, are very proud of her, and happy
that she has landed her "dream" job. She is a rare individual:
Great mom of four, talented artist, good friend and confidant...
and...rarer still, she has more than 24 hours in her day! That's the
only way she can do all that she does. Seriously.