My intensive weaving season continued over the past two weeks as I moved forward on several commissions that came in over the summer. I completed the background on another piece that features a path through the woods. I picked out all of the yarn colors for my pepper piece and warped the loom I’ll need. I also made more felted balls for my ‘lemons’ piece—I feel like all of those projects are moving along nicely. I also completed a piece that wasn’t a commission, but one that I started just before the Fourth Street Festival.
The chaos that the weather brought to this year’s event kept me from completing it before the show. I probably had the time, but I just couldn’t focus on art creation. Waiting to complete the piece turned out to be a good thing. When Grandma was here two weeks ago we collected some gravel from a creek bed that turned out to be perfect in the piece.
The rocks had been beaten up a little and the edges smoothed by running water in the creek. The smoothness and the weathering made them perfect for the rocky tip of the peninsula in the piece I was finishing. If you’d like to see some of my most recent work, come to the first fall show of the season, the Spinner’s and Weaver’s Guild show opens on November 9th.
The business side of my life kept me busy too. Toward the end of the week I got Tom Bertolacini, my photographer, to drop by and capture images of many of my newer pieces. It had been a very busy summer, and I just didn’t have a chance to capture images of many of my newer pieces. Some of them sold before I could get a picture, but I’ve resigned myself to that eventuality when the crunch before a show comes.
I also negotiated with Bloomingfoods East to display my sweater petals. The barrier to expanding my display there has always been the expanded footprint in an already packed store. I had an epiphany when I turned the problem over in my brain—I would just extend my card rack up one story! The lower level will continue to display cards while the upper story will house the sweater petals. I built the display out of mostly all reclaimed and recycled materials, except for the dowel I bought new at Kleindorfer’s Hardware. I’m hoping that the weather cooperates just a little bit to give me a window to paint my creation black to match the rack. With any luck it will be at Bloomingfood’s East early in the week.
And yes, the season also features Halloween. This year Tommie wanted to be a Zombie and buy a Zombie costume. I usually encourage making costumes (I’m pretty handy with fabric, it turns out). But he really wanted the costume, so I decided it would be a reward for his excellent first term grades. Jacob also had a clear idea in mind, taken from one of his favorite books. He wanted to be the Ranger’s Apprentice. Fortunately or unfortunately, he came with a clear vision of exactly what the costume should look like.
He rejected all the green materials in my huge collection for the cloak. We ended up in the fabric store to find just what he needed. I sewed the material into the cloak, and he found a button that was perfect as a clasp to define the hood. He needed a quiver and decided that black leather was the way to go. I’m actually quite proud of what we were able to create together. For the arrows, Jacob and Jim went into the garden and cut down dried lily stalks. They needed sharper points, he decided, so he’s been using Sculptey, an oven bakeable clay, to create them. They also cut down a curved branch from the maple tree in front for the bow. He’s been doing some whittling to get the shape right. I, on the other hand, found the perfect costume on a trip to the Recycle Center. I can’t wait to wear my cow costume!
Mary at the Recycle Center suggested that I might want to put a ring through one of the teats, but I could see Jim wincing at the visual. I’ll have my fun on Wednesday and take it back on Thursday. It was good that I didn’t upset Jim too much, because he made us a fresh raspberry pie this morning! We found the last of the season’s berries at the Farmer’s Market. One batch went into the freezer for a winter pie and one went into a crust this morning. I had fresh, warm pie with a second cup of espresso! Perfect!
Until next week…