Best of Missouri Life Market Fair

Hi folks,

Art Rocks by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

I’m excited to be heading back to the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair! I had a great time at this show last year, and I will have a lot of new work (including the art rocks pictured here) in my booth this time around.

This is the second year for this event at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. Powell Gardens is one of my favorite places in the Kansas City area—there are beautiful flowers and trees and water features and architecture and, well, it is just great. And there are going to be more that 90 Missouri artists and makers there! It is sure to be a fabulous weekend.

Second Annual Best of Missouri Life Market Fair
April 27 – 28, 2019
Powell Gardens
Kingsville, MO 64061
10 AM – 4 PM
Festival admission applies: $12 Adult, $5 Youth (5-12), 4 & Under are free | Members are FREE

I will be indoors for this event, so weather won’t be an issue. I hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Fourth Friday Art Walk in Lee’s Summit

Hi folks,

Best of Missouri Hands On The Road Opening Reception

The opening reception for the Best of Missouri Hands “On the Road” Exhibit is this Friday, April 26. The reception is being held in conjunction with Lee’s Summit’s Fourth Friday Art Walk, so there will be art everywhere in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Several of the exhibiting artists will have additional art for sale during the reception. I will be there with a lot of new pieces I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year. Yay!

Our reception is in the City Hall lobby, so weather shouldn’t be an issue. Again, yay!

Best of Missouri Hands On the Road Opening Reception
Friday, April 26, 2019
Lee’s Summit City Hall
220 SE Green
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

On the Road will be on display March 4 through May 24, 2019.

There will be a Closing Reception on Friday, May 24.

Until next time,

Best of Missouri Hands On the Road Exhibit

Hi folks,

I’m excited to be part of the Best of Missouri Hands On the Road Exhibit at the Lee’s Summit, Missouri City Hall. I’m in the show with 15 other Best of Missouri Hands members from the Kansas City region. We work in a wide variety of media, so there is a little bit of everything in this show!

I have three pieces in this exhibit, including Sunburst Mandala shown above. This piece is hanging next to Cash, a metal piece by Chess Lux. I’m hanging next to Johnny Cash! All is right with the world.

On the Road will be on display March 4 through May 24, 2019. Our work is in the Main Floor Lobby.

Lee’s Summit City Hall
220 SE Green
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Monday through Friday, 8AM – 5PM (closed holidays)

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and check out our art!

Until next time,

Meet the Artists & Fiber Demonstrations

Hi folks,

This Saturday is the Kansas City Fiber Artists’ Meet the Artists & Fiber Demo Day!

Meet the Artists | Kansas City Fiber Artists | Webster Fiber Arts

Come see us at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City to see our Reflections on Nature exhibit AND spinning, weaving, and stitching demos.

The Gorman Discovery Center is at 4750 Troost Ave in Kansas City, Missouri (64110). Our event runs from 10 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

I hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Sale! Sale! SALE!

Hi folks,

Holiday shopping season is here! Well, it might have been here for a while…it seems to start earlier every year. Regardless, cyber sales have come to my Etsy shop. Remember my Etsy shop? Yeah, I know. I forget about it too.

Webster Fiber Arts on Etsy

Now through Sunday, everything is my shop is 10% off AND I’m offering free shipping in the U.S. No promo codes needed!

Remember, this sales ends November 25, 2018, so start your shopping now!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time,

Reflections on Nature Exhibit

Hi folks,

If you follow any of my social media accounts,* you’ve seen my work on this piece over the last couple of months. Now it is finished and it is hanging in an exhibit with work from some of my fellow Kansas City Fiber Artists. Yay!

Harvest Meditation | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

This piece is called “Harvest Meditation” and it is one hard piece to photograph. I’ve been trying to color correct the photos I took of it yesterday for a while now and I have given up and am showing you that “good enough” one above. Reds and oranges are always hard for me to capture. I wish I didn’t like using those colors so much.

Anyway…I dyed the yarns for this piece with natural extracts and food scraps that I had been storing in the freezer for a few months. I used spent tea bags, assorted herb scraps, red and yellow onion skins, avocado, turmeric, madder, logwood, and iron. I think my favorite yarn is the green, which comes from the red onion skin (weird, I know). I love pulling green yarn out of a pot of reddish-purple water. It is just so cool.

“Harvest Mediation” is on display at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City, along with beautiful pieces from other artists in the Kansas City Fiber Artists group. There is some really cool stuff in our exhibit. Please go check it out!

Gorman Discovery Center
4750 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM
Open until 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Open 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 AM – 4 PM

Our exhibit runs through December 1, 2018. On that day, there will be a “Meet the Artists” reception with some fiber technique demos. That event runs from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Until next time,

*And you totally should, because I am much better about posting things to them to than I am to this blog because I don’t have to write as much/give it as much thought. Instagram is my favorite, because it is pictures, but I’m on Facebook and Twitter, too.

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,

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

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,

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,