I have just joined the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers (and Fiber arts) Guild in Fredericksburg VA. This is a wonderful group of very generous and talented artists- ladies and gentlemen who love fiber!!
We all gathered at a members home this past Saturday for the Annual Christmas meeting, pot luck and gift exchange. I was in a tizzy about what to bring as a gift. I know how to spin, I know how to weave but I would never title myself as a spinner or weaver. I am a pretty accomplished knitter but I have not been "into" knitting for quite awhile. I don't know any of these wonderful folks very well, but I DO Know fiber arts and I DO know that they like my work since they let me into the Guild ! So I made a nice big fat pincushion as I know that most everyone would need pins and needles at some point in the process of their work. It was kind of last minute- so what else is new- so a picture was not taken !!!! EGAD!!! I made it from some felted sweater fabric that was a lovely periwinkle color and I tufted it and embellished it with fiber and beads! (REALLY - I know, SUCH A SURPRISE!!!) Well the wonderful gal, Florence, who chose my gift , just happens to include periwinkle purple as one of her favorite colors!! WHOOO HOOOOO!! as it happens, I picked the package that she had placed under the tree- Oh lucky me!!
It is a huge hank of the most wonderfully lustrous Hand Painted Tussah Silk! Just yummy!! It also happens to be in my (and Florences) favorite colors!! There was also a wonderful little notebook bound with beautiful handwoven Guatemalen fabric ( a fair trade item) in Blues and Purples!!!~ JACKPOT!!!! (Florence and I have really hit it off- we have so much in common and she really reminds me of my Grandmother!)
So here is a picture of the Tussah silk!
Isn't this jsut glorious????? you should feel how soft and warm it is!! i am planning on using this in some needle felting an embellisher work that I hav eplanned for the new year. Right now I am just hapy to look at it and run my fingers through it!!
Have a happy Monday all and stay warm! ( 22 degrees F here in VA!!! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!)