Category Archives: Other Fiber Arts

Fiber Lethargy No More

Since I last posted in February of this year, I have received e-mails from other bloggers asking why I had gone silent.  The answer to that question is simple:  The 45th president of the U.S.  After the November 2016 election, … Continue reading

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Fun @ BSG

Last night I received a text from my friend Summer in California asking whether I planned on attending the annual Black Sheep Gathering (BSG), held in Eugene, Oregon.  (It started this morning, Friday, June 24, and runs through Sunday, June … Continue reading

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After an Absence …

I haven’t posted for a couple of months!  I’ll bring you up to date on why I’ve had such a quiet blog presence lately.  (My subsequent post will be fiber-related.  I promise.) After two years in limbo, early this year … Continue reading

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Rag Dolls

In the early part of the 20th century, the daughter of cartoonist and author Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938), brought him a faceless rag doll she found in the attic.  The doll is thought to have belonged to her grandmother (source).  After … Continue reading

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Die drei Männlein im Walde/The Three Little Men in the Woods

A professor of German language and literature at a well-known U.S. university recently contacted me with some fiber-related questions. Preparing reading selections for a class, the professor read through stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  Her specific questions arose from … Continue reading

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Another Useful “Womanly Art”

Starting as soon as I could walk (late 1950s), my mother impressed on me that there were “womanly arts” every “nice” lady needed to know.  Thus I took music and dance lessons from tutors while my mother instructed me on … Continue reading

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Fiber Handwork in the Post-Modern Era

I sometimes find it difficult to answer people who ask why I love working with fiber.  After all, they invariably ask (and it always sounds a bit vacuous to me), isn’t it easier to go to the local store and … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Knitting Community

Why I Love the Knitting Community. This is written by the young lady who is now the very happy possessor of half of my stash.  It looks like she’s been busy sorting!  I am so happy that my stash has … Continue reading

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Art & Craft Fairs

I regularly attend art and craft fairs – not just to see what others are doing but also to chat with artists and make some purchases! On Friday we attended the Crocker Art Museum‘s annual holiday art and craft fair in Sacramento.  … Continue reading

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Anonymous Was a Woman

In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)wrote: “Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” Woolf’s phrase comes to mind every time I re-read Piecework or … Continue reading

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