After the installation of my knit maze at Say What? Gallery, I realized that I had a large picnic basket still packed full of unraveled sweaters and yarn scraps.
By the next morning, I had tied most of the yarn bits together and rolled them into a ball and started knitting with double-pointed needles.
Here it is several hours later.
This look wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I sorted my yarn into colors, added in some new and partial skeins from my stash and started over.
Here’s a peek of what will be seen at the next Say What? Gallery show in July. I hope to see you there!
I have a confession to make: I’m really loving the bunting trend. I still get excited when I see a blog post with a different twist on the basic triangle garland. In honor of Memorial Day, and with an invitation to a weekend barbecue, I decided to make my own picnic-inspired version.
After this weekend, I’m planning to use this again for the Fourth of July and any other summer event. It reminds me of a picnic spread. I had hoped to photograph the bunting wrapped around and between a few evergreen trees with a picnic basket below, but with the weather as it is…you’ll just have to imagine it for now.
Originally, I was planning to use bandanas, but then I found gingham in several colors and completely changed my plan. With only one evening free to make this, I streamlined as much of the process as possible. No tracing the pattern, no hemming, no pinning. Very quick. The slowest part was sewing on the buttons, but a hot glue gun can be used if you are really pressed for time.
See the Picnic Bunting Tutorial after the jump. Continue reading
“We Should Have Just Let Go” is back up! It’s currently installed in the Say What? Gallery in Tannersville, NY. The opening was last night, and the current show, We Live in A Rainbow of Chaos, will be up through May 12th.
Yesterday, I was back in Tannersville, NY to install the great knit maze. Stay tuned for more progress shots.
Update: The show is now up! See more pictures of “We Should Have Just Let Go”
Some experimenting in my studio….
As I’m sitting and eating the last of our freeze-dried astronaut food from the Smithsonian gift shop (hell yeah Neapolitan ice cream!), I wanted to share the last few pictures from our Washington, D.C. trip.
Last weekend, we hit the road for a long weekend in Washington, D.C. Our main sightseeing goals? Aeronautics and Julia Child. Since there are two huge museums dedicated to flight and only one room dedicated to Julia, it was a little unbalanced, but I made up for it by spending an hour with my face pressed to the windows of her kitchen.
Julia Child’s actual kitchen, exactly as she left it in 2001, rebuilt inside the National Museum of American History. They even scanned and reprinted her linoleum floor. There’s a grey pole on the right side of the ceiling, used to hang the lights for the camera crew. There’s a painting of three cats in front of a field of asparagus hanging on the left cabinets. Below that, on the floor, you can see the mortar and pestle Paul gave to Julia. The counters are all built two inches higher than the standard, to accomodate for Julia’s 6’2″ height. This is a direct contrast to my life experience, since for many years I lived with my grandmother, who had her counters built 1-2″ lower than standard height.
And back to the aeronautics….
I’m on a little bit of a denim kick lately…I can’t imagine why. While searching for inspiration lately, I came across boro fabrics and sashiko stitching, a form of Japanese hand quilting done to repair old clothes and household items. Menders used a small running stitch to bind together multiple layers of fabrics to make clothing more durable and warmer.
Since making the denim canvases, I’ve been looking further into sashiko stitching techniques and modern mending techniques. Here’s a collection of some of my inspiration:
Sources: 1. Vanmarieke 2. Scrapiana 3. Sri Threads 4. Jurgen Lehl Etc. 5. Shibori Girl 6. Folk Fibers 7. Temple of Light 8. clarabella 9. Sri Threads
After cutting up so many pairs of worn-out and discarded jeans, I decided to give my own some love and attention before they end up in my art supply stash instead of my closet.