Sunday, September 25, 2011

Who's There?

Have you seen the latest issue of Rug Hooking Magazine? If you haven't, you are missing my article on quilly eyes.  It features my little owl, instructions on how to make the eyes, and you can even use the free pattern, Who's There.
The colors in my mat are much more vibrant than the picture, especially the background which is a deep purple.  I'll be bringing this little mat to display in my booth at the ATHA biennial so stop by and check out the original.
Click here for a link to Rug Hooking Magazine's web site.
If you have read the article, let me know what you think.  Will you try quilly eyes in your next Halloween rug?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dressed up Sheep!

For me, the highlight of the Michigan Fiber Festival is the Sheep Costume Parade. I mean, how do they get those sheep to wear those costumes anyway?  I guess you have to chalk it up to the kids.  I think kids and sheep make a good combination.  The kids are creative and the sheep are cooperative.
Unfortunately for an old gal like me, they move too darn fast and it's not always easy to take a good picture.

The Three Little Pigs...note that one has bundles of straw on its back, another has sticks.  I don't know what's up with the third one.
Circus Sheep
Mario Brothers (Mario and Luigi) personal favorite of the parade.
Wild, Wild West sheep.
Every parade needs to have a Princess sheep.
Happy Tails To You! (and note that there IS a goat or two in this picture-sheep walk with their tails down and goats walk with their tails up).
I just had to show you this guy too.  I'm told his name is Humphrey and his pen was in the livestock barn with the llamas and alpacas.  He was not in the parade but I think it would have been cool if he was.  I have never been this close to a camel before...and believe me, he was HUGE! 
I'm already counting the days until next year's festival! 

Blog Challenge Girls

I haven't been current on my posting because my life is moving at the speed of light right now...but I do have some great photos to share.
Here are the Blog Challenge Girls at Sauder Village.  We're posed in front of the display of our pieces.  What an honor to have my work in the same room with Patty Yoder and Magdalena Briner!  It can't be any better than that.
left to right:  Maria Barton, Ali Strebel, Kris Miller, Alice Fraizer