Friday, September 30, 2016

Making Bowls...

fiber bowl workshop
Ready to go with samples...

Last week's fiber bowl workshop at the Embroiderers Guild of America meeting was a lot of fun to teach. This Long Beach EGA chapter is a very enthusiastic group of stitchers.  I began with a demo on the process from sewing to rinsing out the stabilizer and molding the shape.

molding thread bowls
A molded bowl...

  Students were interested and eager to begin for themselves.  They had a lot provided materials to choose from, ranging from threads, lint, yarn, ribbon.

fiber bowl workshop

Despite some machine issues, bowls were assembled at the numerous sewing stations.  This bowl making process is really very forgiving, and works well for all levels of experience.

 fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop
Stitching the bowl...

fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop


Several finished their pieces up to the molding stage.  It is always interesting to see how others take on their creative expression.

fiber bowl workshop

Most took their bowls home to complete, so we have to wait.  The bowls will be finished with sealer at a future meeting.  I look forward to seeing the results!

Thanks to Program Co-Chair, Monica Dami, for taking most of these photos... and for asking me to bring this workshop to her guild in the first place.  I was happy to share the process and to spend time with the group!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bowl Workshop

Fiber Bowls by Linda A. Miller

Tomorrow I will be teaching a fiber bowl workshop for members of the Embroidery Guild of America in Long Beach.  It will be interesting to see how hand embroiderers approach the task (machines are being provided, however).  I use heavy machine stitching on my bowls for texture and to keep the bits of thread, lint, or yarn together, then adding some hand embroidery (a new element in recent bowls).  I am looking forward to sharing the process with the EGA group, and seeing what develops! Stay tuned to find out more.

Fiber Bowl by Linda A. Miller
This happy bowl recently sold, but there are more on Etsy..

Interested in making thread bowls?  Check out my tutorial link here.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Visit the site to see more artists at work!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Day at the Museum

Taking a break from garden activities (more on that to follow), I met my friend Terry at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena for a lovely day out.  No special exhibits going on currently, so we enjoyed their permanent collection and lunch in the garden.  The museum has several Rembrandt paintings, including one self portrait, which I had forgotten about not having visited that gallery for a while.  Looking into the eyes of his subjects are mesmerizing.  Such depth and soul residing within.

And some images from my favorite Rodin sculptures in the gardens.

Rodin at Norton Simon

Rodin at Norton Simon

Rodin at Norton Simon

Rodin at Norton Simon

I have been applying my creative energy to my garden recently.  Noticing how stressed everything was getting from our ongoing drought and water restrictions, I decided it was time to begin to remedy the situation by rebuilding soil, transitioning beds and more.  Very satisfying work, despite sore muscles!  The example below is one bed in transition.  I took out a failing old rose, along with other plants, then mulched and composted the soil.

Before the process began...

Ready to mulch...

This bed will now be a mixture of flowers and edibles. (Wondering about the cages around some of the plants? These are protection for the young plants from the local gardener squirrels who are burying acorns from a neighboring oak tree in my beds and pots!)

A refreshed bed.

A new beginning!  Watching how things progress over the next few months...

Friday, September 2, 2016

SAQA Selection

For your viewing pleasure, here are 6 of the 400+ quilts up for bid at the online SAQA Benefit Auction beginning September 16th.  Like what you see?  Interested in more?  For details on bidding process see more here.

Heather Dubreuil SAQA Auction

Uta Lenk SAQA Auction

Catherine McDonald SAQA Auction

Annette McFarlane SAQA Auction

Karen Rips SAQA Auction

Norma Schlager SAQA Auction


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