Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mugging at St Marks

© 2008 Gabrielle Fine


When I was finishing up the project at St Marks Cathedral , I brought the Big Commission in to show the other weavers. This lovely photographer who was documenting the St Marks Weaving Project snapped a couple of picture of me. The light in the Cathedral was amazing. It really complemented the blanket colors.

© 2008 Gabrielle Fine


Well, the big let down has overtaken me. Everything that happened in the past 6 months and then sending off a project I had been working on for the past two years.....

I am a bit burned out. Plus I am leaving town in a couple of days heading back East to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. I am not going away forever, but I am taking a small hiatus.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Weaver at Quiltfest

My old friend Theresa called me in a panic. One of her 4 booth helpers was unable to help at Quiltfest this year. I thought it would be a nice change of pace to help set up, sell, and take down. The booth Bohemian Element was huge (triple size) and packed with luscious fabrics and embellishments from all over the world.

It was totally fun and totally exhausting.

And the quilts! This year Quiltfest was held in the convention center. It is a enormous space.
There were many more rows of quilts than I could fit in the picture, and the rows extended behind me as well.
I was so busy in the booth I didn't have much time to look around. The picture above was taken before they opened the doors to the public, so you don't get a feel for the crowds of people.

I only snapped a few pictures of individual quilts, and I am only showing the one below. It won for best use of color. I don't know if you will be able to see the unusual variety of fabric prints that create the shadows on the faces. Of course, I didn't get the name of the artist, but if anyone knows, please let me know and I will add it to the post.

Of all the customers that stopped by the booth, these two young ladies were most entertaining.

I'm still recovering. I'm just not as young as I used to be.

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Dream Come True!

I wish I had words to express just how pleased I am with results of The Big Commission.

Some dreams take longer to realize than others. Some dreams evolve and change.

Now the very hardest part: to ship it off to the owners and hope they are a pleased as I am.

I wish you could feel the softness of the cashmere.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Moon at Dusk

This is what I see from the roof of my new apartment. Notice the top of Seattle's famous Space Needle off to the right. Off to the left is the whole of the downtown. I did not have a wide angle lens, so I couldn't show you the whole panoramic view. I was going for color.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Back in the Saddle

I've pulled out the bamboo yarn and am winding a Woven Words scarf. I really like this unusual palette--not my usual.

My ladder display has a new layer of weaving. The top 2 pieces are towels woven by students. I will present more about this later. The 3rd one down is the first weaving I did here in the new place. I haven't laundered it yet. More pictures to follow soon.

And here is the first section for a towel in turned weft ikat.