Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Anniversary Rug

My mom just sent me this photo of the anniversary rug I made for my parents in 2003. She recently hung it in their bedroom. Nice hanging job, Tom and Mom! My favorite parts are the side "fence" borders, the "kids in the nest" and the strawberry because my Dad liked to say that "Anita's kisses are sweeter than all the strawberries in the world."

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Mood Indigo

I received the supply list for the Indigo workshop I'm taking on Dec. 3 & 4. I was very excited to read that we'll learn some shibori techniques also. It looks like I have all of the needed supplies but I'm going to get some silk and linen to dye. I've been reading "Indigo Textiles: Technique and History" by Gosta Sandberg. It has a good amount of historical info and overviews of the different indigo dye techniques used around the world(with some nice photos too). I just picked up from inter-library loan "Indigo, Madder and Marigold" by Trudy van Stralen. I can't comment on it yet - haven't turned a page of it! The other fiber related book I'm reading is "The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet" by Brian Murphy. So far it's an interesting and entertaining page turner. I'm learning alot about present-day Iran and Afghanistan and just as much about the Persian Empire.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I Walk the Line

Finally, a photo of the finished Johnny Cash #1 rug (and just in time for the movie!). Well, I still have to finish/bind the edge but I consider that close enough to say it's done. It's done in all blacks and grays for "the man in black", but the blacks are a mixture of black, and dark/dark bright blues, greens, and purples wools so it would have some depth and movement. I'm still working on the Johnny Cash #2 rug and gotta get my hooking hands moving faster - or find more time.