Old Business A field trip is planned for Sept. 27, Saturday starting at 7am, to go to the Portland Sewing & Quilting Expo. We'll make stops at Fabric Depot in Portland, and Greenbaums' Quilted Forest in Salem. RSVP with AMY for carpooling. The Oregon Flock & Fiber event is at the fairgrounds in Canby, Sept. 26, 27, 28. The same weekend as the Expo. The Umpqua Valley Arts Center is having weaving/spinning events the week of Oct 10th, for National Fiber Week. Contact the Arts Center for class and event info. They will have classes on ridged heddle weaving, Kumihimo Japanese Braiding, Needle felting, Knit from silk caps, etc...
New Business Vi is collecting knit hats & scarves for preemies, cancer patients, and Toys for Tots, and other charities. She will also take donations of yarn, full or partial skeins. Last year she gave away over 980 hats. We are voting on a new theme for our next challenge. Many wonderful ideas were presented. For a quickie we will work with Maureen's suggestion of "Free Floating Flabbergast" the definition: A discombobulated Amazement without evident cause or Definite focus. I take it to mean any wild and crazy idea you have, make up a nonsensical word or phrase, 3-D objects were suggested to go along with this. It is a do it IF YOU want to challenge, with a soft deadline of our December meeting. For a more formal challenge we voted on "Fin, Feathers, Scales and Tails," make an appropriate piece of art work, no larger than 20" on a side. We encourage everyone to participate in this challenge, anything goes, any technique. The firm deadline is our March meeting, for the pieces to go into the Umpqua Valley Quilter's Guild Show in April. We will also show our "River Runs Through it" project at the show. When the River pieces come down from the Mercy Hospital Show, we will hang them in the Sutherlin library first.
Show and Tell
Can you match Cheryl's finished pieces, with the ones on the clothes line in the previous post? She added layers of resist and dark rich colors of dye for the final layers. They totally transformed her pieces. The leaves were done with a foam stamp in soy wax, and the 2nd with the potato masher, that everyone loved. I am now sworn to search garage sales and thrift shops to find and buy as many different potato mashers as I can. Soy wax was the resist of choice for many on the 3rd day, It dried quickly so you could add the dye, but then the dye needed to batch for several hours. The metal grid with several layers of dye, and the squiggly straw from the dollar store both were done with soy wax. Cheryl spent a lot of time stamping several of Vera's hand cut stamps into the resist, the intricate patterns and repeats of the stamps, made this a stunning example of batik. The hearts were also done in soy wax with a cookie cutter and the metal grid. Several layers of dye were added, yellow, orange and rust.Amy's Etcetera Thank you for looking at the wonderful work all our talented artists create.