Saturday, December 17, 2011

More Artists Community Service

Continuing on with the felting warm innersoles for homeless and needy people. We felted and cut over 80 pairs on warm innersoles:

Happy Holidays to all, Joanne

Artists Community Service

My felting study group (a subgroup of the Potomac Fiberarts Guild) decided for our December meeting to apply ourselves to a community service project. We all decided that we had failed felted projects such as purses, wall hangings, etc that just didn't come out right but would be perfect for cutting up into innersoles that would provide warmth for the feet of the homeless or otherwise needy people. So we organized shoe patterns in various sizes and began by cutting up items that we had already felted. We continued by making more felt from odds and ends of wool to provide more felt for soles. We ended up with over 80 pairs of warm wool innersoles to be distributed by local charities.

Cutting soles out of previously felted failed projects:

 Laying out wool for new felt:

A quick trip through the needlefelting machine:

 Wetting down the wool:

 Rolling for wet felting:

Wetting and rolling the needlefelted piece:

Unrolling and rerolling in the opposite direction:


 Some help from the rolling machine:

Hand Fulling:

More Cutting:

Organizing the soles by size:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Upcoming Studio Tours

I will again be doing the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour, Taneytown, MD location Dec 5-6 as well as the Countryside Artisans Studio Tour Dec 4-6 plus 11-13 in Dickerson, MD

At The Taneytown location in Carroll County only, I am clearance discounting my knitted and felted hats at $50 to $75 (were $89 to $149) as I am moving on to other things. JOanne

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Update by Joanne

Wow, has time been flying. My solo show is over as well as Holiday shows at the Yorktowne Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen, the Hanover Area Arts Guild, and the York Art Association.  I am flattered to report that I won awards at the latter two.

I am now recovering from my second foot surgery this year and hope to be able to actually wear hard shoes this winter. I can't remember the last year I was able to have boots. It will be a new experience to have warm feet this winter.

While I have given up successive weekends of craft shows, I am preparing for two studio tours the first 2 weeks in December, one in Carroll County, MD and the other In Dickerson, MD. I do miss the meeting of customers that craft shows gave me. I will have an assortment of my machine embroideries, my pet paintings, my felted hats and accessories, my photography as well as my beadwork. I will be alternately demoing machine embroidery and beadwork at the Carroll County location in Taneytown.

Photos of last year's Studio Tour at Thistledown Farms in Taneytown, Carroll County Studio Tour:

In addition, I am the designated blogger for the month of November for the Potomac FiberArt Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Check me out there. Joanne

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Machine Embroidery Exhibit Opening

Just before the opening of my machine embroidery exhibit "Thread Pictures at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, MD last Saturday. Ben, Jerry and Apolo helped me open the exhibit which runs upstairs through the end of September. The National Quilt Exhibit has the big gallery space downstairs and is a real treat. I was surprised to find the Delaplaine a dog friendly environment. We were on our way(dogs too) to the Boston area to visit my husband's mother who broke her hip at a stopover between Philadelphia and my brother-in-law's summer cabin in Maine. So now she is stuck in a rehab unit near Boston and appreciated the company. My kids are fortunate to still have all 4 grandparents in their 90's. Joanne

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Machine Embroidery Exhibit continued

I went down to Frederick, MD today to hang my machine embroidery exhibit at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. I have the little upstairs room and managed to get 20 thread pictures finished and framed for the exhibit. The National Quilt Show taking up the bulk of the gallery space looks awesome. The opening is Saturday 3-5PM and both exhibits will run through the month of September. Here are the latest 2: Joanne

Friday, August 26, 2011

Machine Embroidery Exhibit

I am almost finished the set of machine embroideries for my one person exhibit at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD. I just finished framing the 19th one. I hope to complete 2 more this weekend as my dog agility seminar has been cancelled due to Irene. Subjects range from flowers to architecture (windows and doors) to lighthouses to animals. Hanging will take place next week. The opening is Saturday, Sept 3, 3-5 PM. Here are a few of the latest. Joanne

French Window 1


Window Box Geraniums

Black Eyed Susans