At the recent Durham Orange Quilt Show, I met the owner of Empty Pockets Alpaca Farm near Greensboro, NC. She had admired the gray felted bag I had available for sale in the boutique, but someone else had purchased it too quickly. So she handed me a couple of bags of fleece and a ball of rug yarn, asking me to try my hand with designing a bag of similar style using the alpaca fleece. She wants an outdoorsy style, with some bright colors and beading incorporated. She liked the chain style strap. So “off my wall” this Friday is the almost completed bag.
All that remains is the addition of the center third of the strap, felted for comfort over the shoulder. The side view shows the ladder stitch of variegated wool yarn used to emphasize the cording that emphasizes the edges of the gussets. Sachiko stitches add texture and help to hold the fuzziness at bay.
A colorful batik fabric lining holds one felted pocket and one fabric pocket. There is a key fob also. On deck, is a second bag of an entirely different style of the same soft alpaca for Empty Pockets Alpaca Farm. Perhaps that will make it to the wall next Friday. Meanwhile, be sure to check out Off The Wall Fridays to see what others have been working on lately!!
The Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival, once again lived up to last year’s good time. I took another felting class from Geri Forkner and ended up with more skills and an attractive little felted bag. The evening finds me adding embroidery and beading for emphasis …. more to come.
Later, I joined Sue Dial’s polymer buttons class and just couldn’t quit. These still need to be buffed or polish. Where will they show up next?
After the wonderful days at SAFF and enjoying Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountain area, I’m busy today with general house tasks, but I am almost ready to get started on some design and sewing projects that have been in progress for several weeks. During the summer months, I carried a purse which I made with a new construction technique. It drew many positive comments, so I wrote up the pattern and hope to submit it for publication soon. With that in mind, I have to keep it under wraps until details for that are worked out. Maybe soon…
We had a delightful breakfast with the knitting group at Early Girls in downtown Asheville. This was our second meal here as we also ate dinner here the first night we arrived. We do love this place with its Farm-to-table comfort food… delicious.
Daughter #1 and I then headed out to find the Apple Valley area with apple stands. We wanted to purchase cider, apple pie, and some apples to bring home. Not only did we find the Apple Valley area and make our purchases, but we meandered down Highway 64E instead of getting back on I-40. It was a wonderful choice as the drive was terrifically scenic with lots of fall color on the mountain tops. We also found Chimney Rock State Park which is located by beautiful Lake Lure. We decided this was an area, mindful of a small Lake Tahoe location, that we would definitely want to return to for a long weekend. After a few more hours of driving, we were happy to be back in Durham.
Meanwhile – back at SAFF – the first class I took found me working with wool roving fibers from The Holler Farm in Renick, WV. We worked at creating hand needle felted flowers to decorate a wool fiber wreath. The flowers were especially fun to create. Later on Friday, D1 and I participated in Kathleen Taylor’s “Writing Patterns for Publication” class. Kathleen shared generously from the knowledge she has gained publishing several pattern books, individual patterns, and novels over a 30 year career. We both were delighted with the knowledge we gained from this class.
On Saturday morning, I attended another exceptional class. Geri Forkner of Weaving Arts Studio in Tellico Plains, TN, took us through the Nuno felting process – messy but rewarding. Her instruction was so clear! We all started with silk scarves to which we felted merino wool fibers. The result was a soft, comfortably wearable, silk and wool scarf! I’ll add a picture of that result soon!