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Transformation: 7/1/16-6/23/19

I started to think about titles that would convey my feelings in a  piece of art to memorialize my husband, Alan Kinsler, on 6/7/2016. The date is significant because we both knew he was dying of Corticobasal Degeneration, an incurable  brain disease. It struck me that I needed to hold on to some of the extra medical equipment that had been so necessary for his use and comfort. Although none of this equipment was enjoyable, I knew that I wanted to use it in a way to make the discomfort and his death transform into something that would honor the  memory of his courage throughout the painful 10-year journey we traveled together. He died on 7/1/16.

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Textiles with New Materials

So goes the title of a 7-week class I have just finished at the Indianapolis Art Center. I enjoyed it very much!

Each week our class of 3  touched on a textile technique: weaving, macrame, dying, crochet, arm-knitting were all included. I've done all of these technique in the past, except arm knitting. I enjoy them all as I do them, but crochet is the one that calls to me. I am an advanced crocheter and always have trouble finding a class to suit my needs. After 40 years at it, I am mainly interested in improving my art-making skills with crochet.

On the Texas Trail with Celebrate Doilies: An Update

For those of you who were not able to hear Suzann Thompson’s inspiring presentation at Evening of Excellence at the CGOA conference in Portland last July, I have an exciting update about her exhibit's sucess!

Celebrate Dolilies: An Interview with Suzann Thompson-6/17/17

Artist Statement: “My work captures moments in everyday life–a memory, a dream, or a glimpse of nature, using media associated with home and homemaking. Yarn, fabric, buttons, and stitching seem insignificant in our culture of enormity, but great accomplishment is built from seemingly insignificant pieces. in small steps,  people do many important things that will never make them famous. I record moments of everyday life, because everyday life is what most of us live, and it is honorable and worthy of remembering.” GBK: Have you had experience with developing exhibits in the past?  Suzann: 2002, I arranged two exhibits for the Colour Museum in the city of Bradford, England.The first was an exhibit called,"Feeling Colour," mostly by the members of the British Polymer Clay Guild."Treasure Textiles," was a show of my own knitted, embellished quilts.Because the venue was the Colour Museum, I concentrated on creating a group of pieces that represented the primary and secon…

Book Review: Delicate Crochet by Sharon Silverman

A designer in her own right, Sharon has assembled a  group to join her in giving us a new book that softens the look of crochet while making us long for Spring! Delicate Crochet includes 23 patterns by 11 designers, many familiar and some new-to-me.

Using yarns no heavier than lightweight #3, this book highlights the sumptuousness of crochet at its best. Well rounded, Sharon has ensured a wide variety of projects in skill levels from Easy through Experienced. Special stitches or techniques used in the patterns are covered, should you wish to expend your skills.

Several of the patterns are done in Tunisian-style crochet; and complete explanations are included if you are new to this interesting technique.

Reference material is in abundance at the back of the book along with a Visual index to see all the projects at a glance. You'll want to refer to Delicate Crochet time and again because after completing one or two projects, you'll be "hooked on crochet"!

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Chapter Champs: Happily Hooked on Crochet Club Chapter of CGOA

Chapter Champs Interview by Gwen Blakley Kinser Fourth in a series of interviews with inspiring CGOA chapter members: Grace Aquila, President Happily Hooked on Crochet Chapter of CGOA
GBK: Your chapter was started in 2001 by Dee Stanziano. Were you involved at that time in getting the chapter going also? Grace: I found the group through a co-worker about a year into its creation. Loved the people and getting together with them and crocheting. Dee: We were officially recognized as a Chapter in October 2001, right after 9/11. At that time, to start a Chapter, five CGOA members were required. The founders are: Hilda Nichols (deceased), Ruth Arbitelle (deceased), Ruth Young, Kay Perna, and myself.While I have returned to college and am still recovering from an arm injury, I’m still involved with the Chapter and act as co-Vice President with Nancy Smith. Ruth Young, our oldest member (and forever ‘young’) is one of our most active members, crocheting many items for our various charity drives. G…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Feminist Icon, Collector of Crochet

When I first began to hear promotions for a new documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, I was intrigued. Familiar with her as an important public figure and life-long advocate for human rights, I wanted to learn more.
I must admit that I often look to intelligent and strong women as role models and they may become heroes. In this case, with the knowledge of Ruth’s large collection of jabot/collars and her appreciation of fine lace and crochet collars, she became an instant icon to me.