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Upcycled Fingerless Gloves

For Christmas I received a pair of fingerless gloves from a friend that I absolutely love. But of course I felt the need to make some too since my friend Carol had been hinting around that they would be nice to have. So, I cut the sleeves off an old sweater, lined them with sweatshirt fabric and added a cuff of recycled, knitted and felted wool.

Here is a picture. I plan to share the pattern I created in the near future on this blog. Fingerless_GLoves_-_2

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SAQA Brookfield

Terrific regional SAQA meeting yesterday at the Brookfield Arts Center in Brookfield, CT!  There is a great energy and camaraderie among the members even though I met some new folks today!

T-Shirt Quilt

This week I finished this quilt for my son. I have been saving his T-shirts for 10 years.

It was displayed at the Heritage Quilters meeting on Tuesday night.

Managing the Scraps

Boy, do I have a pile of scrap fabrics (and yarns)!  Big pieces and small pieces and everything in between.  The trick is managing it all.

I  like to cut leftover fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips, separating light from dark because I find this width very useful in a variety of projects and easily manageable when cut into triangles using a Judy Hopkins ScrapMaster ruler. I also cut 3 1/2″, 3″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ strips and separate each of these into piles.

I store each of these groupings in shoe boxes or plastic bins so I can easily see what is inside.

Exhibiting my wares at Nature Day in Litchfield


September 25th was the 29th Annual Family Nature Day at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT.

What a great turnout for all the events and the arts festival! Thank you to all who stopped by to visit my booth.

Fiber Day

What a crowd at the Farmer’s Market in Watertown on Saturday! Thanks to all who came out to see Robin McCahill and me. We received the ultimate compliment when one young man told his mother that needle felting was more fun than playing video games.

We enjoyed talking with Penny, Joan and Louise from Southwind Alpaca Farm in Watertown as well as the many folks who stopped by the tent.

Block by Block

Paper-pieced from batik scrapsVacation is a time to relax and renew.  Here is what I am working on this week.

Machine pieced minature bullseye set on four-patch squaresBlock by Block - Machine pieced cotton squares

Joan and Tooty

Robin and Mary

Just a few more pictures from the Gallery on the Green taken by our friend, Leo Kulinski, Jr., a wonderful photographer (www.whalesandwolves.com).

Our booth at Gallery on the GreenWhat an amazing turnout for our booth at the Gallery on the Green art fair in Litchfield yesterday despite the rain! At one point we had water dripping in from all sides of the tent. Felted wool items are not damaged by water. Once dry they are fine again. We had needle felted, wet felted, and knit-then-felted art and wearable accessories on display, as well as quilted wallhangings.

In addition, my booth partner, Robin McCahill, demonstrated a new mechanical puppet that she had just finished the day before at the Eugene O’Neill puppet workshop in Waterford.

Robin McCahill and her new puppet

Two felted wool hats and a hand puppet embellished with needle felting.

I am thrilled to be partnering with Robin McCahill (www. intuit2arts.com) at the Gallery on the Green Art Show in Litchfield, Connecticut on Saturday, June 12, 2010. We will have nuno felted silk scarves, felted wool bags and hats for sale as well as jester stick kits. There will be some quilts and decorative items too. Stop by We would love to meet you at the fair.