Granny Square Day 2018

Hi folks,

Happy Granny Square Day to you!

Layered Granny Square | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

To celebrate, I put together this little layered granny square tower. I took a class about Layered Grannies at the Crochet Guild of America’s conference a few weeks ago. It was a blast. I loved this layering technique using traditional granny squares. In this picture it just looks like the granny squares are laying on top of each other, but they are actually connected at the corners so everything stays together. Yay!

You can see all manner of fun granny squares on Instagram by looking at the #grannysquareday2018 hashtag.

Until next time,
Annie

Hands Across Missouri 2018

Hi folks,

I have two pieces on display in the 2018 Hands Across Missouri Exhibit in Chillicothe, Missouri. This is a juried exhibit put together by The Best of Missouri Hands. I participated in this exhibit last year and am excited to be included again this time around.

My pieces include The Universe Favors Spheres:

The Universe Favors Spheres | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

And Marigold Merriment:

Marigold Merriment | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

These pieces look really different from each other, and they are, but they also represent everything I love when I make art. I enjoy bright colors and high contrast and weirdo fluffy, glitzy yarns. I also enjoy dyeing wool with things from my garden and getting the subtle golden hues that come from nature. Basically, I am all over the place, and that is ok with me. Also, I made both of these pieces while we were in the upheaval of selling the house. I’m happy to have produced things during that stressful time.

Hands Across Missouri runs through August 30, 2018. The exhibit is at the Cultural Corner Gallery in Chillicothe, MO:

Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery
424 Locust Street
Chillicothe, MO 64601
(660) 240-5022

Hours:
Tuesday through Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday
Free and Open to the Public

There will be a closing reception from 5 – 8 PM on Thursday, August 30. The reception is free so stop by if you are in the area!

Until next time,
Annie

The Universe Favors Spheres

I am so excited to share this piece with you. I’ve been sitting on it for a few months waiting for the ok to show it to the world, and now is the time! This is The Universe Favors Spheres:

The Universe Favors Spheres | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

I created this piece as part of the International Freeform Fiberart Guild’s annual challenge. The IFFFG is a collection of freeform crochet artists from around the world brought together by the power of the internet. Each year the group selects a theme and members interpret the theme however they wish.

This year, we had a tie for our theme: Weather and Galaxies. We could pick one or combine the two. I chose Galaxies. I was inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson to create my piece. Here’s the description I sent in with my entry:

On an episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson said that the universe favors the sphere. While Dr. Tyson said this to explain that there is no way that the earth is flat, his statement inspired me to create my own galaxy of freeform crochet spheres.

In my galaxy wall hanging, there are lumps and bumps. There are sparkles and bright colors. There are different shapes and sizes. There is effort and imperfection. All are welcome.

The Universe Favors Spheres Detail 1 | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

The science pretty much ends with the mention of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I made so many whack-a-doodle balls of crochet for this piece! I did the bulk of the work on this one during the couple of weeks between selling our house and moving in to the new one. We stayed in a hotel at that time, and our room was full of yarn and Poly-Fil.

The Universe Favors Spheres Detail 2 | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

Twenty-seven artists participated in this year’s challenge. You can see everyone’s work in the online gallery. You can also see the galleries of past challenges on the website. You can also purchase a book featuring all of the pieces through Blurb.

The Universe Favors Spheres Detail 3 | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

Until next time,
Annie

A Trip to Estes Park

Summer is gross here. It isn’t even officially summer for a couple more days and I want it to end. Temperatures have been in the 90s in Kansas City for weeks and there has been little rain. That new sod we got a couple months ago is just so, so sad. We decided to abandon our browning yard for a week and went to Estes Park, where it was still kind of warm, but so much less hot and humid than here.

We did our usually Colorado stuff on this trip. We hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, Mike took some pictures, I did some crochet, and we just had fun in nature. I got a wildflower identification book so I could stop driving Mike crazy with my “What kind of flower is that?” questions:

Flower ID in RMNP | Webster Fiber Arts

Yup. It’s a flower.

The Estes Park Wool Market was going at the tail end of our trip, and Estes Park was celebrating Fiber Week leading up to it. Much of the town was yarn bombed in celebration:

Yarn Bombing in Estes Park | Webster Fiber Arts

The FACE of Fiber in the Rockies exhibit also opened while we were in town, and we stopped by to check it out. So cool! There were so many gorgeous pieces in the exhibit, and there were so many different kinds of fiber art on display. The group’s Facebook page has some good photos of the award recipients’ pieces. I think my favorite pieces were by artist Melody Money. Go look at her website immediately.

If there is a wool market, it is a good bet there is going to be yarn to buy, and I came home with a few treasures:

wfa-epyarns

The browns on the left are skeins of handspun alpaca by Chris Switzer of Switzer-Land Alpacas that I picked up before the wool market at The Weavers Attic in downtown Estes Park. This yarn is so soft. I have one of the skeins on my shoulder right now and I pet it every so often. I love them.

The big, plushy orange and gray toned yarn on the upper right is from Fiber Optic Yarns out of Ohio. Again, this yarn is freakishly soft and I love petting it. I also love orange and gray, so I am happy.

The orange and teal yarn in the lower right (yup, I like orange) is from Western Sky Knits in Montana. Even before I saw the name of the colorway on this one, I thought, “Oh! It’s like goldfish in a bowl!” I nailed it because this one is called “Fishbowl.”

That’s what I did on my not-quite-summer-yet vacation. Yay!

Until next time,
Annie

The Market Fair Was Awesome!

You guys! The Best of Missouri Life Market Fair was so good! I sold a few things, I got a lot of compliments (thank you!), I talked to a bunch of cool kids, I met a lot of the Missouri artists I follow on social media, I saw a lot of amazing art, and I just generally had a good time. Yay!

I never got nervous before this show, which is great, but I was expecting to have at least one freak out. I think the terrible show I did last year helped keep my expectations very low. (I just realized I should have read that blog post from last year earlier—there were some good ideas in there. Oh, well.) I have been working on talking about my work so I feel a bit more confident when folks walk into my booth. Still, standing around talking to strangers is not where I am most comfortable. I am most comfortable sitting by myself with yarn in my hands. I decided to keep the yarn in my hands and I crocheted in my booth through most of the show. I did this at the show last year and it helped, and there were actually people there to see me doing it this time.

Missouri Life Market Fair Doodles | Webster Fiber Arts

I went into this crochet knowing that I would probably not come out with a great finished project—it was just something to keep my hands busy. Mike called these pieces yarn doodles, which is pretty accurate. I did the multi-colored one on Saturday. You can tell that the two sides of this scarf-ish thing aren’t the same width. I wasn’t really counting my stitches, I was just stitching. I always like to see the artists working when we go to art and craft shows, and I think people responded well to it, especially the kids. I even had a couple that made stitches on the teal piece. Good stuff!

Now that the show is over, I’m back to unpacking. Mike and I are going to plant some flowers this weekend. I’m also working on getting my studio set up in the basement. We’ve misplaced some critical furniture hardware, which means I haven’t been able to put together the table, so that is no good. Hunting down those nuts and bolts is another project for the weekend.

Until next time,
Annie

Playing with Walls

I got some grid walls for my booth for the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair. I have a number of wall art pieces I want to take to the show and these walls seem like an easy and relatively inexpensive solution. I really like them!

Playing with Walls | Webster Fiber Arts

I thought I would display the hanging pieces in the back of my booth, but I now realize I have more hanging art than I thought I did, so I think the back wall is going to have to become a side wall so I can hang things on both sides. I made the mandala pieces you see here while we were camped out at the hotel last month.

Right now, I have two guys installing blinds in the house. This is a project I thought I could handle myself, but Mike convinced me to have professionals do it. Seeing how quickly and easily they are installing them, I admit it was the right move. I haven’t heard them curse once! I’m not sure I have ever been involved with blind installation that didn’t involve some serious cussing.

Until next time,
Annie

Best of Missouri Life Market Fair

Best of Missouri Life Market Fair at Powell Gardens - April 28 and 29

Hey there, folks! We are in our new house! Hooray! All of the buying and selling and moving stress is behind us. There’s still some unpacking to do, but we have forever to get all of that done.

The house is awesome and all I want to do is unpack and figure out where things go, but…I have a show next weekend. Eeek! When I applied for this show back in December, I had no idea what the beginning of the year had in store for us. I am so thankful that we are in a home now, and I am not trying to pull all of this together from a hotel room.

This show is going to be so cool! It is the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair and it is at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. I’m pretty excited just to go to it—I’m hoping I can convince Mike to man the booth for an extended period of time so I can check out all of the art and the flowers and maybe chat with Mark Twain and Daniel Boone(!).

Here are the details:
Best of Missouri Life Market Fair
April 28 – 29, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM
Powell Gardens
1609 NW US Highway 50
Kingsville, MO 64061
General admission tickets available at the door.

I hope to see you there! My booth (along with many others) will be inside, so even if we have another weird April snowstorm next weekend, there will be plenty to see and do at the show.

Until next time,
Annie

We Sold Our House

We sold our house! Again! And for the last time! We’ve closed and are now living in a hotel until we close on our new house in a couple of weeks. Our hotel has a bed AND a couch, and feels super luxurious after spending months on an air mattress and the floor.

I was surprised how emotional we were when we finally left the house for good. We absolutely wanted to move, but, as Mike pointed out, we lived in that house longer than either of us had lived anywhere else in our lives. That’s not nothing.

I have been doing a lot of crocheting as I waited for our house to go from “Under Contract” to “Closed.” I finished two of the thread crochet pieces I showed you in my last post (well, almost finished—they are not attached to the canvas as well as I would like because all of our staple guns are in storage). This one is Texture Study: Bumpy:

Texture Study: Bumpy | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

And this one is Texture Study: Shaggy:

Texture Study: Shaggy | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

I’ve also been playing around with some freeform-thread-jewelry things, but that is a post for another day.

Until next time,
Annie

Working with Floss

Everything has fallen apart with our home buying and selling. Our buyers lost their financing, so we are back on the market. Mike and I left town for the weekend and lots of people looked at the house while we took in three different zoos in three different states in three days! It was fun. We saw a ton of animals and I even got pooped on by a bird—what more could you ask for?

I am starting to go a little bonkers not having all of my supplies available to me. I have started making a lot of small things with crochet thread and embroidery floss, which is not something I thought I would ever do. It just seems so little and tedious, but I am actually having a good time with it. Here’s a photo of the freeform piece I am working on right now with some pearl cotton:

Freeform Pearl Cotton Work In Progress | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

I tried starting with a frame on this one and working in to the center with this piece, instead of making the scrumbles first then building out. I think the later method works better for me—you can see my perfect 5″ x 5″ square is becoming misshapen as I work. It will all work out in the end, which is something I have been saying a lot lately, not just about crochet, but about life in general.

Until next time,
Annie