Remember the wall hanging I started while camping at Montgomery Bell, here’s the finished piece. I’m loving the weaving process and I don’t know why I didn’t try it a long time ago. I recently read an article written by a weaver about how meditative the process is and I find that to be true. It’s easy to get lost in the over under motion of the needle. The textures and colors of the fibers are hypnotic!
While on our last camping trip at Salt Lick Creek, on Cordell Hull Lake, I started and finished the piece shown below.
Weaving is such an easy process and you can find hundreds of tutorials online. You don’t need fancy looms, you can use cardboard or an old picture frame. There are no limits to what you can create! I’ve shown just a few projects below. So, if you are interested, get some yarn, some cardboard and a big needle and just play!
I started a wall weaving today. I’m using the hand spun yarns and recycled silk that I bought in Monteagle. I love the colors and especially the textures. Looking forward to the finished piece!
Blue fairies dance on lighted wings
Searching the forest for magical things.
If you look you surely see
Blue fairies dancing beneath the tree!
Charleston is a fascinating city. We drove from Myrtle Beach down highway 17. We stopped at Huntington Beach State Park and visited Atalaya, the home of Anna and Archie Huntington. Archie was a philanthropist and writer. Anna was a twentieth century sculptor known for her realistic animal sculptures. They built the modern castle on land that had been a rice plantation. It’s a fascinating work of art. Anna loved all animals and she was a breeder of Scottish Deerhounds. There were also stalls for the horses, and even pens for the occasional bear. Anna would only use live models for her sculptures. It’s difficult to get a proper perspective of the house without being there. It’s like a giant labyrinth.
We entered Charleston over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It’s a suspension bridge that crosses the Cooper River. It’s quite impressive. It is a cable-stayed bridge that’s 575 feet high. The total length is 13,200 feet!
After settling in at the hotel we went for a walk to see what was nearby. Old Charleston reminds me of New Orleans. It’s a beautiful city with lots of old churches and historic buildings. The harbor park is beautiful and you can see Ft. Sumter in the distance and the USS Yorktown across the bay. We had dinner at Old Towne Grill & Seafood. It’s a Greek restaurant so of course we ate there. The owner was actually visiting Greece so I didn’t get to practice my Greek. The food was incredible! The avgolemeno soup was the best I’ve ever eaten. (No offense to my Annoula). I bought a large jar of their spices to bring home. Dan had moussaka and I had the gyro plate. We got Greek potatoes as our side. We did not leave hungry! I almost forgot the mention the dolmathes for an appetizer, along with a delicious Greek white wine.
We ended the night at the market. On Fridays and Saturdays they have local artisans and there were three buildings full of paintings, jewelry, stained glass and many unique items. Oh and the pralines…..well I bought a pound of them. They told me they would be good for 14 days! We’ll see if they make it home. I bought this lamp, can’t really explain how they put it together. The lighthouse painting is done on reclaimed tin from the area by an artist named James Trimm. He paints only with his fingers and fingernail.
What a great first day!
These little black shells are all over the beach. I made earrings already. This little one transformed into an artist card thought for the day. Two more days in Myrtle Beach. I think we may do a little sightseeing today. I find it very hard to leave the beach. What a great way to meditate! I can watch the waves for hours.
Take a breath and enjoy today!
I wanted to share some art from our Wears Valley trip. As usual Deliah was making art every day. She will work for hours on a project. A true artist at age 6! She bought a blank puzzle and used neocolor water soluble crayons. The puzzle is 16×20 inches.
The last two images are artist trading cards that Robin created. These were her first ATCs and they turned out great. I have been using the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch cards as happy cards or inspiration cards. I keep a couple in my purse to leave in random places. I feel that whoever finds the card needed to see its message.
Congratulations to my fellow artists! Beautiful work.
High above the land
Tiny ants in the sand
No interaction, only observation.
Where do they come from
Where will they go
I don’t know
Make no assumptions, only observation.
He did this, she does that
THEY made me….
Don’t take it personally, only observation.
High above the land, ants in the sand.