Fine Art/Fine Craft at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

Fine Art/Fine Craft: New Work by the Kansas City Fiber Group | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

This is big!

The Kansas City Fiber Group has a show opening on May 3, 2019 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District. Fine Art/Fine Craft: New Work by the Kansas City Fiber Group includes work by 13 fiber artists. We use a variety of fiber techniques including crochet, weaving, stitching, printing, quilting, surface design, netting, felt making, indigo dyeing, cyanotype, and more. This show is going to be super cool!

The opening reception for Fine Art/Fine Craft is May 3, 2019 from 6PM to 9PM, part of Kansas City’s First Fridays. We will also be doing an Artists’ Talk on June 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the gallery.

Fine Art/Fine Craft: New Work by the Kansas City Fiber Group
May 3 – July 27, 2019
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
2012 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM
Free Admission

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019, 6PM – 9PM
June First Friday Hours: Friday, June 6, 2019, 6PM – 9PM
July First Friday Hours: Friday, July 5, 2019, 6PM – 9PM

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 1PM

I hope you’ll be able to come out to our exhibit!

Until next time,

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,

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.

I Live in a Granny Square World

Hi folks,

I hope your August is going well. It has been unusually cool in Kansas City so far this month and we have had our windows open and the attic fan going. All of that fresh air has had me in cleaning mood, so I have been organizing my art supplies, cleaning out closets and tubs, and finding all sorts of fun stuff.

One of the things I found was a couple of packages of Lion Brand Bonbons. I got these little skeins of cotton yarn a looooong time ago thinking I would do some sort of embroidery with them, but now crochet seemed like the way to go. I started making tiny granny squares without a plan beyond making a bunch of tiny granny squares in a bunch of fun colors.

Before long, I was surrounded by 1 inch squares. I decided to group the natural colored squares together as the background for a little sketchy self-portrait I created by couching black cotton yarn on top of the joined squares. Then, I added all of the color.

The finished piece is attached to a 12″ x 12″ canvas (I found a lot of those while I was cleaning, too). Here is I Live in a Granny Square World:

I Live in a Granny Square World | Webster Fiber Arts

Until next time,

Stitch for Syria

Stitch for Syria | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

As I was perusing my various social media feeds last week, I saw this post about a cross-stitch project to show support for Syrian refugees who are learning to embroider. According to Concern Worldwide, the sponsor of the project, learning to embroider and, “Selling what they make gives these women a vital income, and the sessions themselves bring warmth, hope and friendship.”

I am not much of a cross-stitcher. I don’t like having to move back and forth from my work to a pattern all of the time. This is a very small piece, so I thought I might give cross-stitch another try.

Here’s my piece for the Stitch for Syria campaign:

#StitchForSyria | Webster Fiber Arts

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Stitch & Slash Update

Stitch & Slash Update | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I spent some time with my Stitch & Slash project this weekend and made quite a bit of progress:

Stitch &Slash 2.24.16 | Webster Fiber Arts

I worked on this while watching the KU vs. K-State game on Saturday. It probably isn’t noticeable to anyone but me, but as the Jayhawks started to let K-State into the game in the second half, my French knots started to get a little sloppy. They aren’t horrible, just a little bit loose. I gained my control back as KU gained back control. Funny how that works.

Until next time,

WIP: Stitch & Slash Progress

Stitch & slash Progress | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I’ve made some progress on my Stitch & Slash piece.

Progress on Stitch & Slash | Webster Fiber Arts

I’m using flosses in cyan, magenta, and yellow on this piece. There are some standard six-strand flosses, some ombre pearl cotton, and some metallic floss. I’m rotating through the colors and using back stitch, French knots, chain stitch, and seed stitch.

Here’s a closer look:

Detail - Stitch & Slash | Webster Fiber Arts

I am really enjoying this one!

Until next time,

WIP: Stitch and Slash Class Project

Stitch & Slash | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I have made an important discovery. I like making things more than I like writing about them. This is a little problematic as the way I show off what I’m doing is to post it on the internet. I may need to become a bit more disciplined about posting in the future. Maybe.

I have been making a bunch of things lately, many of which I’m not going to show you yet because they are Christmas presents. I’ve also been doing a lot of learning. I’ve started the Crochet Guild of America’s Master’s Program. The program involves making a bunch of swatches without errors. I’m excited about mastering all of the swatches, but I won’t be able of show anything I’m working on for the program (that’s one of the rules—no posting pictures or describing swatches).

I’ve also been watching some Craftsy classes. I bought Carol Ann Waugh’s Stitch & Slash class some time ago, but I didn’t watch it until this week. Wow! It is so cool and inspiring. I’ve started my project for the class.

Work in Progress for Stitch & Slash Class | Webster Fiber Arts

There are four layers of fabric here, with the top three layers cut away around the stitching. For the design, I just drew some wavy lines on the fabric in pencil and backstitched over them. Here’s a closer look:

Work in Progress for Stitch & Slash Class | Webster Fiber Arts

Most of the stitching demonstrated in the class is done with a sewing machine, but I’m a hand embroidery kind of girl, so I’m going that route.

Next up for this piece is embellishment. I have a bunch of fun flosses and stitches to add to this one.

Until next time,