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Archive for November 17th, 2004

Working Women Artists Make Art Books

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

On Sunday, after I taught my rug class, I stopped by the last part of the Working Women Artists meeting. They were finishing up their second of two meetings, making art books from found objects (including the books).

Some folks just embellished a pre-existing book complete with text in it, some used a journal/book that had blank pages. Regina had a child’s book with cardboard pages, and she had sanded the pages and was putting gesso on them when I got there. We noted that the pages looked great with a little shadow of the former page showing through.

A lot of what folks did was collage, with tissue papers, fancy papers/handmade papers, and photos taken from magazines. Some folks brought press-on letters to embellish with words as well. My friend Marlene was even drawing with colored pencils. I am not describing this well, but it was a very creative and freeing process for those who were doing it.

I got there too late to participate fully (and I didn’t start with the process last month) so I knit my pillow while chatting, in between taking photos and taking a look at folks’ work.

We had a great bunch this time, including a couple of new people. One young person was around 10 years old, and there were a couple of grandmothers, and a bunch of us in the middle. I love it when that happens!

Rug Class/Party at Yarn Garden

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Sunday I taught a Basketweave Rug class at Yarn Garden in Charlotte, Michigan. It was more than a class, though. It was a party. Kim and Pat of Yarn Garden made it sort of a “Men go hunting, women go knitting” sort of party (though we all know that it’s not as simple as that gender generalization, it turned out that only women knitters came to my class).

What a great time! It was me, and 15 other women, knitting with very yummy yarn (Cascade Magnum, a super-bulky that knits up at 2.5 st/in on size 13 needles). And nibbling, and knitting, and nibbling. Great fun for all!

I loved seeing how each person’s choice of yarn was different than the others at their table (it calls for stripes in a contrasting color). Every rug was great in its own special way.

Here are photos of the folks who came. Don’t they look content knitting away on their rugs?