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I Came, I Taught, I Had So Much Fun!

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I had so much fun teaching at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota! In fact, this picture is from one of the students in the class. She took the scrap yarn I had from work and turned it into this beautiful yarn! This was from a student named Angela, and she really ran with the idea of working with the scraps to make some gorgeous new yarn! Reclaiming factory waste wasn’t the only class I taught! There was making a scarf from scrap fabric as well! I had so much fun; I can’t wait to come back next year!

I want to thank everyone who came to the class, as well as The Weavers Guild for having me! Stay tuned and I’ll let you know what classes I’ll push for next year! Or, let me know what classes you want me to teach!

Follow the jump to see some of the projects from other students!!! Continue reading

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I’m Teaching In 2 Weeks!

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I have two classes I’m teaching at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota in 2 weeks! I couldn’t be more excited!

One class is on how to make this lovely scarf, pictured above, and the other is how to spin fiber from reclaimed factory waste. I’m so excited! Everyone knows how much I love Minnesota, and it has been so long since I’ve taught an actual class. I’m a little nervous! I guess the hardest part will be making sure I pack everything! Wish me luck!

Follow the jump for more pictures of the scarves and pictures of the reclaimed yarn! Continue reading

I’ve Been Working… I Promise

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I know I haven’t posted much lately, but I swear it’s because I’ve been busy! I did get sidetracked by some health problems, but I’m back on my game! I really want to tell everyone what I’ve been working on, and now I have enough of it done that I can share!

I’ve been fabric printing! I know, that doesn’t sound super exciting, but trust me, it’s not like what you’re used to! I’ve been collaborating with two amazing artists: Beau Brokop, an amazing photographer and digital artist, as well as Cayton Cox, and amazing photographer. I’m making the fabric palettes, using my amazing quilting skills, obvs, and then printing their art on it! It gives a result that is astounding, as well as painfully beautiful to look at!

Over a dozen pieces are currently on display at Promise You Art House, and if you are in the 219 area this weekend, you should check out their event for the new show opening!

The featured image on this article is a piece from Beau Brokop, and it’s a 15″ by 15″ wall hanging quilt! It’s currently on display at Promise You Art House. I’ve printed about 50 of these images on fabric so far in sizes ranging from 5″ by 7″s to 24″ by 24″ wall hanging pieces. This is extra rewarding for me, because I’ve been thinking and dreaming this up for months! I started work on it in March, and I’ve just kind of exploded with it since then!

I’ve been printing on all sorts of fabric, and trust me, there were mistakes, and things that didn’t turn out, but for the most part I’ve made some amazing prints. I think I might even be teaching a class on it next spring in Minnesota! Also, anyone let me know of any places around Chicago or Northwest Indiana I can teach or lecture about it!

Check out some of the images I’ve been printing after the jump! Continue reading

Promise You Art House – Highland, IN

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Promise You Art House! You should all know this place! It’s one of my favorite galleries, and it’s right by my day job, so you know I’m a frequent visitor! I’ve had work here on and off for the past year, and you should definitely go and check it out!

They have an event this weekend that I’ll be lurking around at! It’s Highland, Indiana’s FIRST and ONLY tattoo-themed art gallery exhibit, and it is coming straight for your goosebumps courtesy of the Promise You Family and some of Northwest Indiana’s very best tattoo artists.

You can also check out my recently printed pieces there! Follow the jump to see those! Continue reading

Carding Out Some Rolags

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In preparation for My Talk at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota, with Sara Okern of Andas Mer, I’ve been pounding the reclaimed fiber!!! The particular rolags in the picture above are 70% Reclaimed Factory Waste Acrylic, 10% reclaimed silk, and 20% merino wool. I’ve been experimenting with blends quite a bit! I’m also getting much better at making rolags! You should have seen some of the first ones I made… not great, but they spun up just fine!

Between packing for my trip, and getting all my ducks in a row, I haven’t posted much lately, but hopefully once I get back from my time in Minnesota I’ll post quite a bit of what I have been up to! Wish me luck!

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I’m Giving A Talk At The Weavers Guild of Minnesota

You heard that right! I’ll be back in the great state of Minnesota, giving a talk at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota on reclaiming factory waste. The talk is going to be at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota on April 19th! I’ll be doing the talk with Sara Olsen of Andas Mer! Don’t forget to grab your ticket for the event here!

I’m so excited! I’m also excited to announce I’ll be teaching some classes with the Weavers Guild of Minnesota this coming summer! Start tuned for that schedule!

Did I Tell You I’m Brewing Vinegar?

Did I Tell You I’m Brewing Vinegar? — Because I am.

It all started with kombucha, which is still going strong, but as I researched kombucha, and began to learn about what a scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) is, I found a bunch of information about vinegar. I love making my own hot sauces, which are all vinegar based, and I decided I had to start brewing my own vinegar.

Here’s a list of what I have going right now: Continue reading

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