Monday, April 15, 2013

Magazine Review: Fiber Art Now Magazine

Monday, April 15, 2013

We have a fairly new magazine, Fiber Art Now, which follows in the footsteps of Fiberarts magazine. It started in 2009 as a blog called Valley Fiber Life by Marcia Young. Life goes on and I am glad that once again we have a beautiful magazine that strives to inspire and connect the fiber art and textile community like Fiberarts magazine once did!.

I have been receiving my Fiber Art Now news on line for a while and have just received my first hard copy with my subscription. I am happy to be in the fiber art loop again and am really enjoying it. Since my upcoming book, The Fine Art of Crochet (June 2013), fits into the genres of fine art and fiber art, I want to be on top of the most current information as to where to share the news.

Whether a single issue features crochet or not is not important to me. There is much to inspire crocheters: just the pure color that abounds is sure to inspire along with news of exhibits, shows and manufacturers who may feature crochet, as well as books that belong on any needle worker's shelf. There is conference news and calls for entry as well. The more we as crocheters who appreciate art educate ourselves about fiber art and the more we get out there to show our work, the more we will be represented in this field.

I review this magazine with no bias, but it didn't hurt that I spied my "free form scarf" 

included in the ad that was placed by the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair!  It was included in a montage of fashions from last year's fashion show! <grin>

The term "fiberart" came into being around 1975. At about the same time Fiberarts magazine was started by Rob Pulleyn. Imagine my excitement when I discovered this marvelous magazine and found that it included crochet! This magazine had a great influence on my education about crochet art. It was a rich resource for me to get to know and to write about artists who choose crochet as their medium.

I almost felt like I was friends with Rob Pulleyn, the publisher, and his wife, Kate Matthews, because on a vacation to Asheville, NC where they were located, I toured their facility and met both of them. They had graciously agreed to the visit when I contacted them ahead of time. I was surprised and saddened when Kate and Rob divorced. Again, I felt relief when they sold the magazine to Interweave Press rather than go out of business, but consequently devastated when Interweave stopped publication with the Summer 2011 issue. 

For over 30 years, the Fiberarts team covered the best in basketry, fiber, needlework, papermaking, weaving and wearable art. The amazing annual publication of the Fiber Arts Design Book series are among my most prized books in my library. You can still buy back issues of the magazine. Today we have Fiber Art Now magazine  which started in 2009 as a blog called Valley Fiber Life by Marcia Young. Life goes on, and I am glad that once again we have a beautiful magazine that strives to inspire and connect the fiber art and textile community.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Apron Exhibit, Grayslake, Illinois

Friday, April 12, 2013
We took a ride in the country this past Sunday to Grayslake, IL  to the historical museum to see an exhibit of aprons. I happen to enjoy aprons for their colorful and unique designs as well as the historical perspective of their use. It was worth the trip; even though the exhibit was small, I enjoyed it  and found the ubiquitous crocheted apron. That made my day!

As an added bonus, there was a chair and "aparatus"
that was used in the late 19th century for ladies
to get a permanent wave. ...and I
thought getting highlights used
to be a hassle!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yarn Tasting: Classic Elite

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The food metaphors seem to abound this week. This past Saturday, I attended a Yarn Tasting sponsored by Mosaic Yarn Studio  and Classic Elite Yarns.

The staff at Mosaic Yarn Studio was very gracious. They served us our wine and appetizers and modeled that garments made in the yarns we were "tasting." This is the swatch I made during the two hours of experiencing the Classic Elite yarns. It consists of (from bottom)
Classic Silk
Alpace Sox and

The yarns were all good to work with, but then I love most
Yarns and I really love color. It was fun to see all the different
color combinations provided to each of us by Classic Elite to stitch with.

It was a fun and relaxing evening attended by about 18-20 women pretty well split between crocheters and knitters in a friendly, bi-stitchural setting!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Review: Feeding Alice - A Love Story by Shelly Schacter

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Feeding Alice - A Love Story by Shelly Schachter

My blog has always been about family, life and the intermingling of crochet into my everyday functioning. For my brother-in-law, Shelly, life is about food; and more importantly, life is about showing his love for his wife with creativity in the kitchen. 

This full-color, self-published book is a feast for the eyes and a smorgasbord of taste-tempting recipes. The life Shelly and Alice have created in picturesque Carmel Valley, California has evolved over many years. The fantasy-like setting and the colorful, seemingly perfect meals that are pictured did not happen magically. Much dirt under the fingernails, sweat on the brow, and experimentation in the kitchen brought this book to fruition.

Shelly is a house-husband who manages the home fires while Alice assumes her high-pressure executive duties. He works the soil caressed by the California sun; he prunes and harvests; he plays in the kitchen. Bolstered by the anticipation of arriving home to not only a beautifully presented but also a deliciously nutritious meal, Alice is grateful and honored by the out-pouring of love she receives daily from Shelly.

Honoring Alice further, Shelly has dedicated some space in the book to highlight her creative niche: quilt-making. Together, they have forged an idyllic life in the enchanted setting which they built to nurture and nourish each other.

Filled with simply unique recipes, you will find this vibrant book not only useful, but also inspirational. You’ll be motivated to reach out of your comfort zone when it comes to cooking, and you’ll want to reach for someone to love in your own way.
Copyright 2013
Purchase your copy here

I know I'll be eating more tofu because I now have some inspiring recipes to follow!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

From Bangles to Cabochons

Wednesday, April 4, 2013
Opening my email box on Monday proved to be quit exciting as the cover of my new book and galley for the interior was waiting for me! I've spent these last two days going over each word with a magnifying glass to make sure there will be no errors upon publication. I wish I could post an image of the cover here and now because I love it. But alas, one word needs to be removed so I will resist temptation and keep you in suspense a little while longer!

Even though I spend intense days on the computer, I always make time to crochet. Although it took me 3 days to load up the size 11-0 seed beads for Little Dots & Spirals bangle bracelet,
 it was gratifying to bead-crochet it in just two evenings.
 I won the pattern from Linda Lehman in the 2012 contest over at The Bead Crochet 
Exchange on Ravelry  
and it is quite an amazing design. I once commented
to Linda that her designs are so complex that she
must have a brilliant mind. She replied by saying that
"even the ideas for designs that dwell in my head are
a little scary for me sometimes." LOL!
I also got an inspiration when i came upon a cabochon in of all places, a drawer marked "cabochons" and
decided to make one more sample for my class at Chain Link 2013: "Crocheting with Cabochons." It's made with dichroic glass, beads and Kreinik metallic threads.

Check out all the other crochet classes that will be taking place at the Knit and Crochet Show in Indianapolis in July here: