Fun Sized Art

Hi folks,

I am so excited about this show!

I will have two pieces in “Fun Sized Art,” a juried group art exhibition at the Vanessa Lacy Gallery in Kansas City, MO. Art in this show is in all mediums and is 14” or under. Fun sized art! Yay!

Childhood Favorite Doodad by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

When I saw the call for this exhibit, I thought my Shadowbox Doodads would be perfect. Each of these little guys is about 2” square and mounted in a shadowbox that is about 7” x 7” x 1.5”. These little pieces are crocheted with embroidery floss, then embellished with a little bit of hand embroidery.

Golden Years Doodad by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

“Childhood Favorite Doodad” and “Golden Years Doodad” will be on display at the gallery October 18 through November 8, 2019. The opening reception is Friday, October 18, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Friday night is also the Livestock Exchange Building’s Fall Open Studio night. Artists’ with studios in the building will have them, well, open.

Fun Sized Art
Vanessa Lacy Gallery
October 18 – November 8, 2019
Livestock Exchange Building
1600 Genessee Street #161
Kansas City, MO 64102
Reception: Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Until next time,

Out of My Comfort Zone

Hi folks,

I have a piece in another Innovations in Textiles exhibit! “Shadows of Life: Coreopsis” is included in the Out of My Comfort Zone exhibit at the Lillian Yahn Gallery in O’Fallon, Mo.

Shadows of Life: Coreopsis by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

The challenge for this exhibit was for artists to move out of their comfort zones with their art by trying new techniques or themes. I use a lot color in my pieces, so I chose to go with a black and white piece. I’ve never made a purely black and white fiber piece before—it was more difficult than I thought it would be! I still really want to add some red or yellow stitches in this piece somewhere.

My background fabric for the piece is a couple of gelatin plate monoprints I created using dead coreopsis blooms from the backyard. I have been experimenting with the gelatin plate a lot lately, though one of the things I enjoy about it is using and mixing colors. With these prints, however, I used only black paint on white cloth. I then sewed a couple of the monoprints together and embellished them with black and white stitches.

Out of My Comfort Zone runs October 1 – October 30, 2019. There will be a reception on Friday, October 18, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Out of My Comfort Zone
October 1 – October 30, 2019
Lillian Yahn Gallery
3028 Winghaven Blvd.
O’Fallon, MO 63368
Reception: Friday, October 18, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Until next time,

On the Surface on The Ramp

Hi folks,

“What Remains” is part of the On the Surface On the Ramp exhibit at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. This exhibit is an Innovations in Textiles events.

What Remains by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

This piece is a gelatin plate monoprint of a motif I crocheted. I then added a bunch of embroidery to add details to the piece. I had a lot of fun making this one.

What Remains Detail by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

On the Surface On the Ramp runs September 20 – October 23, 2019. There will be a reception on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The Surface Design Association’s annual member exhibit, Beyond the Surface, is also in the gallery during this time, so there is plenty of fiber art to enjoy!

On the Surface On the Ramp
September 20 – October 23, 2019
St. Louis Artists’ Guild
12 North Jackson Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105
Reception: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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,