|Lyra is her show and tell|
Anita has been Good Willing again and this time she found some miniature metal Magic looms. These caught a lot of attention and we may try to use them at our retreat. She found an all metal round knitting needle, handmade wooden and metal crochet hooks and a hairpin lace loom.
|Magic Loom and steel circular needle|
Karen has been a busy lady with all the shows she has been producing work for. Thanks to winning all those awards at the Bonifas Arts Center earlier this year. She made a willow purse with a Catalan Base. Inside you can see how she attached the purse handles with very clever rods. https://www.wickerwoman.com/willow-purse-with-catalan-base.html
|attached purse handles|
|willow purse with Catalan base|
She is also teaching at the Porkies Folk School in August
|Basket with Eco print|
Laura is excited to have joined the Livestock Conservancy for her felted Art projects. They have initiated a program called 'Shave Em to Save Em'
Laura created this darling woolly sheep with her first fleece. The face is totally felted and oh so cute. She has found rare breeds of sheep from Sweden and Rya breeds. This sheep actually originated from the Norwegian and Swedish sheep breeds.
Using the long, wavy and shiny wool to produce rya-wool was the main purpose of this sheep breed. Few long wool sheep breeds remained in the province of Dalarna, leading to the restoration of this sheep breed. Find some on Etsy better yet join the Livestock Conservancy 'Shave Em to Save Em' and use it in your Fiber Art.
|needle felted face.|
|Shake - Gulf Coast Native fleece|
Marilyn brought a young student Anna she has been teaching Inkle loom weaving. Anna is in 9th grade and you can see the progress she has made. The pink ones are her first attempts at weaving on the inkle loom and the more she wove the better the selvages are.
|Anna with weaving|
My Show and Tell this month was bringing my friend and her fabulous recycled garments.
All pieces are designed and hand sewn by Mary Margaret. She was inspired by our day at 'Sew Cranky' last fall. When I visited the Finlandia Show this spring and saw the garments created by Jessica Shields. I thought Mary needs to share her garments.
|Jessica's sketch book|
|'Bury Me in Fiber' by Jessica Shields|
Mary is a fine Watercolor artist but she loves to shop at Vinny's. This winter she found a bedspread at our local store and decided to wash it in her home machine. Which was a disaster as she burned out the motor in the process. She created a beautiful poncho with this bedspread. Which lead to searching for velour pillow shams which she made into garment toppers by adding various embellishments from items she collected on her travels around the world. I regret the pictures are not the best but Mary is very animated and I had a hard time catching her image.
|MM's bedspread now a poncho|
|hand stitching on back of the garment|
|Velour pillow sham with Finnish silk piece|
more from Mary Margaret...you had to be there.
|Velour pillow sham embroidered art|
|another velour pillow sham becomes a topper|
|Backside of the topper|
|From Cambodia came this Hmong Art|
|and so cute on the Artist|
Poppy shared the Boat Coracle Regatta that occurs in July at lake Michigammi the 26 th and 27th.
and the exhibit at Northern Michigan Heritage Center that is on display right now.
|willow hoop and wax linen|
|Poppy with her inner bark black willow from Kentucky|
|stake and stan base white willow and brown with bark|
|Rib reed basket for Porkies Folk school class|
|lined willow purse with silk embellished edges|
These Coracles are on display at Northern Michigan University Heritage Center.
Thanks so much Poppy for opening up a new weaving direction for our Guild. We enjoyed it so much.
Our next meeting will be in August 19th with Gary Olds coming to present a program on growing flax to making Linen to weave with. Come join us with show and tell at noon and then a presentation by Gary Olds to follow.