Just when I think that it can’t get any better, it does. A weekend in the mountains was what I needed and it’s the first time in ages that I meet Monday morning feeling rested, relaxed (beyond measure), and balanced. The highlight of my weekend was certainly a swim in the North Toe River: icy cold waters, a gentle rain, friends, a series of rapids, warmer pools of water carved into the rocks. I often forget how MUCH I NEED to be outside.
While I swam, my studio continued their adventures in stenciling and sewing.
It has been beautiful to see how they have all bonded, crafting friendships in the midst of crafts.
I love the work that is emerging.
The piece below says so much to me. One simple stitch, developed in three different ways. I love the transformation across the width of the piece. I am learning as much as in this studio as anyone.
Thank you again to all of our studio members for allowing me to share their work here…
Are the stencils I see made of a heavy stiff felt? Interesting!
Yes, we use pennant felt for our hand-cut stencils. Here’s a link:
I am so impressed by how smooth the stencil cuts are! When I do it, they are so raggedy, it’s very frustrating. Is there a secret? (Other than a sharp exacto knife and a steady hand?) I love the daily reports from Penland — thank you, Natalie, and all the participants.
The pennant felt makes all of the difference in creating a stencil.
Such beautiful creations! Really digging those circles… The skirt I’m working on is about to morph- again!
I am so envious of your students at Penland. I hope you plan to teach again next summer. Pretty please to you and Penland.