I took a little time off last week. My son came home to visit so we spent time just hanging out together at the lake and at home in Lowell. I did have to do a little work though. On Wednesday Tarja Cockell and I drove up to Sunapee, NH to drop off our submissions for the Living with Craft (Tarja) and CraftWear (me) exhibitions at the 81st Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair. I have both my Free Lace Scarves and my jackets in the retail section of CraftWear and a jacket in the exhibition. Two years ago I won the award for Best in Fine Sewing for my jacket "Fruit of my Mind." Needless to say I have my fingers crossed for this year's submission "Aurora."
This week I am getting ready for my Spirit of the Maker demonstration at the League's retail gallery in Meredith, NH - on the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee. I will be showing how I create my Mobius Free Lace scarves. I will be there the afternoon of August 3 from 1 to 4 pm. I'll have my sewing machine and scarves in different stages of development. It's a beautiful setting and there's a chance that I would be able to work outdoors. Weather conditions have to be just right for that--no rain or really high humidity to dissolve my stabilizer and no wind to blow away my fabric bits--but it would be nice. I have several friends who summer in that area, so I'm hoping I'll see someone I know that afternoon.
Circles, Squares & Triangles: The Shape of Things to Come is the title of the current show at the League of NH Craftsmen show in Concord, New Hampshire. I have two jackets in this show; so I attended the opening reception this past Friday night. As happy as I was to have both jackets I submitted displayed, I was even happier to see them prominently hung on the back wall clearly visible as you walk into the gallery. Several people commented on the display and I left the reception with a nice glow.
Here are a couple of pictures that give you the idea. (It was hard for me to photograph well with my little point-and-shoot since there were windows on either side.)
You can see a front view of Blue Skies & Rainbows on the League's July 2 Facebook post about the upcoming 81st Annual Craftsmen Fair. I will have jackets and Free Lace scarves in the CraftWear Exhibit there.
We spent the weekend in Lowell enjoying art-related activities. Sonja and I spent our 4th in the studio putting up shelves and reorganizing our new/old space. We didn't manage to get everything put back together yet, but at least the floor-to-ceiling piles of bins are gone and there was walking space for our Open Studios visitors on Saturday.
Saturday night was the opening reception for Sonja and Linda Dunn's show - Start Anywhere - in the Loading Dock gallery. The show looks spectacular and it was nice to visit with so many new and old friends. There are lots of great photos from the reception on the gallery's web site. Check them out and then come visit in person. The show is up through July 27. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.
We came back up to Maine Sunday morning and have been enjoying wonderful weather so far. (There's a severe thunderstorm watch for the next few hours, though.) This morning we rode another section of the Sebago to the Sea Trail. This time it was a nice paved section that follows an old railroad bed. We started from Shaw Park in Gorham and rode almost to Otter Ponds; stopping at the point where we'd have needed to fill out a permit to go on.
Highlights of the ride were seeing a small hawk flying down the trail ahead of me and crossing the bridge across the Presumpscot River. The hawk flew along for a long way, just about 3 feet above the ground, and then flew up into a tree near the trail. I actually managed to see it in the tree when I rode by. It was only about 10 feet from me. It was pretty exciting; I wobbled a bit but didn't fall off, luckily. I checked my bird book when I got home, but couldn't say for sure what it was - maybe a sharp-shinned hawk. Here are a few pictures I took along the way.
After we got back from our ride I laid out a new Free Lace scarf that will be my sewing project for tomorrow.
Earlier this week I finally finished a jacket that I felt I'd been working on forever. This was another garment from my "making yardage" project that I wrote about several weeks ago. I called this one "Out of the Box" for several reasons. It was the first fitted jacket that I've made in quite a long time and it is perhaps a more dramatic design that I typically do. At least when I started it, it seemed a bit "wild" to me, but when it was finished I was very pleased. I don't think you'd have to be very daring to wear this. What do you think? I couldn't believe I had enough scraps that went together well enough to make this. I'm so glad I saved them.
When you come to my studio to check it out, you'll have to notice the beautiful hand-made fused glass buttons from Penny Faich. Not only did the color work with this, but they even have triangles on them. I bought the buttons from Penny at least 2-3 years ago when we were vending together at a quilt show. I was so glad to finally have just the right project for them.
The jacket is a size medium, fully lined, and washable. Call or e-mail for purchase information.
Ann M. Lee