Friday, October 7, 2011

Setting up at Barnful of Quilts 2011

Today we set up for the 9th annual Barnful of Quilts at the beautiful Fox Family Farm in Waxhaw, NC. Members of Fiber Art Options are the featured artists this year. Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 8 – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – is the big day. Come and see us! The event benefits Samaritan’s Purse, so your admission ($5; or free to those older than 80 or younger than 18) goes to a great cause. You can see photos of previous years, and get directions on the Fox Family Farm website.

Here are a few photos from today; I’ll post more on Sunday.

Nancy G. Cook with a piece by Deborah M. Langsam

Work by Linda Stegall

Setting up in the center ring

Linda Stegall selects pieces to hang

DeLane Rosenau’s work going up

P.J. Howard hard at work

Janet A. Lasher’s art cloth blows in the breeze

Work by Deborah M. Langsam, P.J. Howard, and Nancy G. Cook

The beautiful barn

Quilts hanging inside the barn

Quilts in the rafters
Only a few of the vendors had set up before we were done. Tomorrow, it will be packed to the gills with yarn, baskets, quilts, dolls, jewelry, weaving, and lots of other fiber-related crafts. I can’t wait to see it all! Here’s a peek:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bead Riffs Review and Book Give Away

This clever writer and bead artist, Rachel Nelson-Smith, combines her expertise in beading jazz in a very refreshing book full of detailed instructions, well executed examples and a number of fine pieces in the gallery showing work by different bead artists.

These projects are specific to increasing your skills using two foundation forms of off loom beading: the Peyote Stitch and Right Angle Weave. Nelson-Smith gives good illustrations on the foundations of these two forms and then shows the many different ways they can be used and combined.

The necklace is a good example of combining different stitches to create a very elegant product.

I have always loved the wonderful crystal rivolis and wanted to use them. The author shows several different applications with directions. This bracelet was one that I liked best.

The artist also shows her designs in different color ways which really helps point up how much can be changed with a simple color shift. the photo of the bracelets is a good example. Notice that you can change the sizes as well.

Please leave a comment along with your email address. October 15, I will randomly select one commenter for the book. Sorry, can only mail to USA.