Decided I need to play with all those wonderful fibers I got. In one of my reference books there were pictures of fiber bowls that looked very fun. So after a bit of playing I came up with the bowls pictured. Figured everyone that saw them would want to make them also so will have instruction sheets available at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall. After festival I’ll post the sheets on my website.
Decided to do some bead weaving for a change of pace. Went to see Nancy Jones of Tiny Dog Beads and she showed me how to make a netted bracelet. These can be made with various combinations of beads (already have a few more in mind). I’ve pictured the two made so far. Think I may make a couple for the Handweavers Artisan sale. The sale doesn’t usually have a lot of pure bead weaving available. These could be a nice addition. They’re quite elegant.
Nothing can beat the ‘in your face’ color of the Texas Star hibiscus. When they start to bloom you know summer is officially here.
Not to be outdone, the ‘Swamp’ hibiscus is no slouch either. Traveling through southern Lousiana you can see these growing and blooming along the bayous.
I love having these both in my yard.
What a great year for the orchids. I leave them on their own outside all year (I do water periodically). This past year we had a relatively mild winter. Only had to bring the orchids inside (for the evening only) twice last year when the temperatures dipped to 32 degrees. Orchids that haven’t bloomed in several years are putting out some beautiful flowers. I think I have spotted a couple more that might surprise me. Am anxious to see what will happen.
Ever since I took the workshop with Mary Hettmansperger, I have not been able to put down my torch. What gorgeous things can happen to copper when the fire starts dancing over it. To complement the colored metal I have been working on my enameling. Still got some work to do on my technique but starting to get it to look as it should. Have included a couple of pictures of progress so far.