Posted by: bschutzgruber | December 1, 2012

Catching up…..

October was a sad time with the death of my mother-in-law, Gertrude Margaret Marion Gruber (1927-2012).

Marge Gruber

   Marge was gentle spirit and an amazing fiber person – knitting, embroidery, and sewing many of her own outfits as well an amazing Santa suit, plus so many Halloween costumes.

embroidery_1

November was spent on the road with storytelling events and getting ready for the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Holiday sale so again… not much time to be posting.  Here’s a look at the new scarves & purses.  If you’re still looking for that ‘one-of-kind’ gift for the holidays…. let me know!!

Oct ribbon1           blue-red-turquoise

blue-orange       brown-green

 
At the Holiday Sale I had a blast giving a 2 hr felting demo:

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If you have group that might be interested in having me come and talk about felting and fibers…. let me know!!

The final days of November were spent making a small bag for the annual ‘Festive Exchange’ with the OnLine Guild.  This is something fun for our members to be part of, to show off our love of all things fibre, and especially to get to know a few more members of the guild better since we come from all around the world.  This year’s theme is a Bag.

I made a bag for knitter, spinner and dyer (natural dyes) who lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

OLG bag front

Since she lives on Prince Edward Island and I’m in Michigan, the water and waves of the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes were my inspiration with different shades of blue and the froth of whitecaps.  The button reminded me of a compass rose from the old nautical charts.

To make the fabric for the bag I wet felted carded wool fibers and used a variety of wool and synthetic fibers as embellishment with wool yarn representing her knitting and spinning and a bit of red to for her dye work. The bag is long enough to hold knitting needles or maybe even a drop spindle.

The bag that is coming to me is being made by a weaver (floor loom & tablet) and Kumihimo braider who lives in Germany near the Swiss border.  I’ve just gotten an email  letting me know that the bag is on it’s way here = I’m excited!!  I’ll post a photo once it arrives.

And now December begins…..

 

 

 


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