Thursday, November 19, 2009

Surprise!

Brian was in Midland, TX, this week for an oil and gas symposium. We lived in Midland 15 years ago, so going back is always fun. It's great to revisit old places and meet up with old friends. Brian was disappointed to find that one of our oldest and dearest friends, Carol, was out of town this week. But as he was waiting for his flight this morning, he ran into her getting off a plane from Milwaukee. What a happy coincidence!

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Friday!

What a busy week! I'm glad it's Friday...

Our house is just a couple of blocks from the campus of TCU. And the TCU football team is ranked #4 in the nation and is playing a very important football game this weekend. Many of our neighbors and friends are TCU grads or employees, and Brian and I have become fans by association. Go Horned Frogs! But we will always be first and foremost Wittenberg University fans. We met there as students in the late 1970s, and married after my graduation in 1979.

Wittenberg has a great team this year as well. They are 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the NCAC. They are guaranteed at least a share of the conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. If they win their final game tomorrow, at home against the College of Wooster, they will win the NCAC outright. Go Tigers! Beat Wooster!

The weather has been beautiful this week. Sunny and in the mid-70s during the day, 50s at night. The roses and fall flowers are looking really lovely:

Today Brian and I met for lunch at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. They are holding their annual Greek Fest. We had a great Greek lunch, and of course a little baklava. And listened to some live Greek music.

I had escaped for lunch in the middle of quilting this quilt for Linda. A really nice cowboy and pinwheel quilt. I finished it a few minutes ago:

I need to load another client quilt this afternoon, and then it's the weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another gradation

More dyeing on Tuesday. 7 yards, including a 5 step warm brown gradation (above). I also dyed 2 yards with the "leftover" dye stock, just dumping it willy-nilly into another bucket. The "surprise!" fabric turned out a lovely khaki brown. Dumping unmeasured dye stock made me feel vaguely guilty, but in an odd way it was very freeing. For most of my dyeing I measure very carefully to a tenth of a gram or a milliliter.

I think I have this gradation thing down, although I still need to adjust the steps. The 2 steps on the left, .05 and .25 owg*, are too close together. The other steps, from left, are 3, 6 and 12 owg. I think I will eliminate .05 and add 1.5 owg for the next batch. Perhaps I will get a better gradation.

*owg means "of the weight of goods" and is a measure of the depth of shade.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This week's output (so far)

Busy week so far. Monday, I dyed a seven step gradation. It took all day, but I think I worked the kinks out so it should go faster when I dye another gradation today:

Over the weekend, I pieced together my shibori project from the Jan Myers-Newbury class:

I need to dye another pole or two to finish the left and right border. I'll post another picture when it's completely finished.

More pictures from the Crow Barn

A few more pictures from my Shibori class at the Crow Barn. The last morning, Wendy and I headed out to the barn before sunrise. The overcast sky provided us with brilliant color:

After several days of dyeing, I tried to decide which shibori patterns and color palette I wanted to work with:

Wendy did a clamp shibori project. Pretty cool. Here Jan is offering her expert touch:

Lisa was my table mate. She did some innovative pole wraps, and her project is stunning:

Gunilla, from Sweden, created a really wonderful triptych:

Carol did a combination of pole wrapping and clamping:

It was a fabulous week and I can't wait to explore shibori here at home!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Brian's day off

Brian took Thursday and Friday off, so we took advantage of the wonderful weather and visited the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. It was a perfect day, and the autumn colors were brilliant against the bright blue sky:

The Japanese Garden at FWBG is one of my favorite places. The garden is a beautiful and contemplative place. It has so much to offer -- water features:

The brilliant colors of Japanese maples:


Beautiful architecture and paving:

I loved the rather random pattern of the cobblestones. Not sure why...

Ravenous (and astoundingly large) koi:

Arching bridges (Brian only adds to the natural beauty):

And plentiful turtles:

After our walk around the garden, we had a delicious Thai lunch. What a lovely day!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

studioQ meeting

studioQ held the October meeting on Monday, November 2. What can I say, we're a wacky bunch...

Nancy showed her latest quilt. She dyed all the fabric herself:

Jay is showing an updated snail's trail:

It's always an inspiration to meet with this bunch!

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