We are a steady lot. We love to sit, chat and listen, but we keep our hands busy.
Audio books are great, but people becoming your friends with shared interests are the real deal!
Fiber. The central theme! In our group: knitters, spinners, doll makers using fibers, stitchers and cross stitchers; everyone has many fiber related interests. Some links at the end of the blog point to sources for undyed yarns that we mentioned in the course of our collective stream of information and consciousness.
This week, Judy was working on a poncho. Always something different and always many ongoing projects. She is a fiber maniac!
We discussed what lovely fabric mens ties offer up. I have a collection of old ties from my husband including Beetles ties from way back. Remember Jerry Garcia ties? Katya picked up old silk tie fabric seconds years and years ago and is still pulling material for various projects. Oh, and by the way, did you know that the comedian Stephen Fry loves ties? He posts different ones on Instagram regularly.
Katya showed us one of her dolls, it would be great if she gave a studio tour. Virtual tours are difficult though especially for shy folk And then there are technical challenges.
A melding of ideas came together when Katya completed her button workshop. She added the buttons to flowers and decorated her doll stand (sorry no pic!!). Next to her doll picture is a photo of the sorts of fiber wound buttons that can be produced (at right).
And here are the buttons as created by Katya.
Beth was untangling yarn and then working on her rigid heddle loom (Beth did I get that right?). She over dyed more yarn to match some earlier plum dyed wool. Sad we don't have Virtual in-home videographers to show us ALL!!
Nancy was stitching. Turns out she, and probably Katya as well, are participating in the 25 Million Stitches project to highlight the worldwide plight of immigrants. Each stitch represents one of the 25 million refugees in the world. Each participant creates one panel of a certain size with known numbers of stitches or at a prescribed density so that global participants will have created 25 million stitches.
Here is the panel that Nancy is working on. Again, forgive me, but these are iPhone shots of computer screens!! Good enough I hope to give you an idea.
Lovely seeing you all, look forward to seeing new and familiar faces next time!
From 25 million stitches website:
The new opening date for the 25 Million Stitches Project is June 12th, 2021, a year from our original date.
Our first full installation will be at the Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento, CA
Some sources for undyed yarn for those that don't spin their own:
Judy has had experience with KnitPicks.
Susette has ordered from