July 25, 2013

I found this great poncho while surfing the web looking for ideas for ponchos, cocoons, and shrugs.  Isn't it cute.  I love the weave pattern, too. 

My great friend, Linda, and I went to Asheville, NC last weekend to shop and go to the Southern Highland Craft Fair.  What a great show, as usual.  I saw so many beautiful pieces. 

After the craft fair, Linda and I walked down Haywood Street to Earth Fair and the cool boutique that's next to it (I can never remember the name of that shop!)  Then, we found the old Woolworth building that has been converted into a craft co-op!  What a great idea.  There is a set of registers up front and several booths for the artists to set up their displays.  And an added plus, they set up a soda fountain on one side of the building, just like there used to be.  So, cool!  If you're in Asheville, check this out.  It's on Haywood Street, just a block below the Earth Guild.


Oh, yes, I've decided that if I'm going to be a member of Foothills Craft Guild, I should have my own booth for the show.  (Gulp!)  That means, I'm weaving and dying fiber like crazy right now and will be doing so until November. 

Namaste!  Andy

July 11, 2013

I wove this lovely looper rug for Linda in Maryville.  She came to me at the Smokey Mountain Fiber Festival in Townsend, TN in April and asked me if I could recreate a rug I had for sale there in a larger size.  I said I could.  She knew the width she wanted, 4 feet.  But wasn't sure whether she needed 6 or 7 feet in length.  I suggested we use the Golden Proportion to see what would be the most visually appealing length.  And here it is.  6.5'. (4 feet x 1.619)  I am so glad that I read the Threads magazine.  They have had several issues dedicated to this measurement trick.  It works every time I need to decide how long one side of a corner needs to be.  I've used it for rugs, shawls, clothing, etc,  You get a lovely piece every time.   

I'm so glad that the rug turned out to match Linda's colors so well.

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