Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vendors Throughout the Seasons 2014 Calendar

I have been photographing monthly at our local public market since August 2006. Throughout the seasons-in the frigid months of winter and the high heat of summer-they are there at the market.

By getting their permission to take their picture and giving them a copy afterward, I have found this to be a wonderful way to get to know our local farmers and vendors. We have observed how we have grown and changed over the years!

In this year's calendar, I feature one farmer or vendor a month with photos taken during that month and also at other times of the year.

Thanks to the farmers and vendors whose dedication to our local public market enables many of us to eat locally grown produce throughout the year.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interested in learning how to do Sashiko?

Sashiko is a form of embroidery, first developed in Japan hundreds of years ago as a way to mend and insulate clothing. Today sashiko is used to embellish fabric creations ranging from quilts, wall hangings, pillows to clothing, bags or even table linens. 

In January 2014 I'll be teaching a class at Patricia's Fabric House in East Rochester. We'll learn the basics and complete a pillow with a traditional sashiko design.

Here are some projects that I've made: 

A pillow made for a friend with a center sashiko square with his family's crest.

This is a bog coat which I made using a variety of sashiko designs - grasses, hemp, cherry blossom and fans.

A quilt for our grandson using train signals interspersed with Thomas Train fabric.

A wedding gift I made for friends whose grandparents had lived in Japan.

A Hawaiian sea turtle wall hanging, designed by Sylvia Pippen from whom I took classes in Hawaii.

A tote bag I made, decorating the front with a sashiko turtle design and waves.

On this wall hanging, I used stencils to create the design of a turtle swimming in the ocean.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Adirondacks Retreat

Cloudy, rainy days in the Adirondacks didn't interfere with our enthusiasm of dyeing fabric and socks. We were amazed at the colorful results, each piece of fabric and sock was its own unique color and pattern. The dull gray sky only heightened the intensity of the colors.

The only bears we saw never moved.

Mail is delivered - by boat when necessary.

After dyeing fabric we left it on the lawn overnight to wash out the excess color.

Socks dried on the railing.  

When the rain stopped, fabric dried on the lawn after we had washed out the excess dye.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Snow, snow, snow - look before it's gone

Look  quickly, snow fell in Rochester on Friday and is predicted to melt by Monday.

Just in case you need a kiss, here a "snow" kiss instead of a traditional candy kiss.

For the record, this is how cold it was when the snow fell.

Snow, snow, snow