The International Freeform Fiberart Guild’s Annual Challenge book is out now! My piece for the collection is called “BFFs”:
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. Our theme for this year was Color Wheel.
From my entry:
Purple and red are my favorite color wheel buddies. I love the transition from regal, cool purples to fiery, warm reds. Like the best of friends, their qualities work together to create something beautiful. I wanted to explore the relationship between these two colors in this piece.
Twenty-two artists participated in this year’s challenge. You can preview and purchase the Color Wheel book at Blurb.
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.
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
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!
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:
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
And this one is Texture Study: Shaggy:
I’ve also been playing around with some freeform-thread-jewelry things, but that is a post for another day.
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 have several pieces I am working on right now, and several more that need to be photographed. Today, I am working on this one:
This one doesn’t have a real name at this point, so I’m just referring to it as “The Rainbow Thing.” I have been working on this piece on and off for a few months, but this week, I started piecing all of those colorful blobs together.
The yarn in this piece is all scraps from other projects, or yarn from projects that never really got off the ground. It is a mix of acrylic and wool, cheap and pricey, hand dyed and commercial dyed, smooth and novelty, and tiny bits and longer strands.
I am now in the process of filling in the holes where my randomly created blobs (they are called “scrumbles” in the freeform crochet world) don’t line up perfectly. I filled in between the orange and yellow sections and the yellow and green yesterday and this morning.
Once I get all of the holes filled, I’ll begin squaring off the edges. When finished, this freeform piece will be mounted on a 24″ x 36″ felt covered canvas for hanging.
I have another new 12″ x 12″ piece to share with you. This one is called Mammatus:
A few weeks back, we had some pretty stormy weather here in Kansas City. That’s not too unusually for late spring in Missouri, but our stormy skies don’t always generate mammatus clouds—those bumpy, lumpy, smushy looking clouds that stretch across the sky in a sheet. We had them with that storm a few weeks ago. The storm wasn’t that bad in our area, which is good, and the clouds inspired me to make this piece. Bonus!
After I made my clouds and attached them to a blue background, I added some glass bead raindrops to finish off this stormy weather piece. The crochet work is attached to a felt wrapped canvas and is ready to hang from a wire attached to the back of the piece.
You can see more photos and purchase Mammatus in my Etsy shop.