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Traveling Crafter's Co-op?

Started by Greg Smith Mar 9, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi,I'd like to find a few Rainbow crafters who'd like to team up on Renaissance Fairs and craft shows.I used to make leather mugs and water bottles and soy candles and I'm getting back into all that…Continue

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Comment by samadhiૐstarr on June 18, 2014 at 9:41pm
Namaste, ladies! Been a long, Long time though getting back to myself and back to the Pham. Little wing, I miss voodoo annie too. We exchanged a few gifts and maybe theres still a few around who remember my yogi tea. :) love and lightto all y'all from deep n the heart of Texas! Anyone gong to th gathering??
Comment by little wing on April 11, 2014 at 9:05am

Sounds fun!  If we ever get back to SF, (last time was when Jerry died), I'd love to go quilt gazing wi' ya!

Comment by kyn on April 11, 2014 at 7:45am

hi little wing,

you might check out (google) a guy named Eli Leon!!  eli and i used to be friends and hit the thrift stores together as well as our creative writing group, but he is a collector of quilts and many of them go into museums around the world... the smithsonian built a special temperature and moisture controlled addition to his home in oakland to house the hundreds of quilts he has collected mostly from the deep south and many of them historic!!  we parted friendships about 5 years ago over some lousy mis-communication and i've not seen him since...   there are a few quilters in the s.f. bay area who still do everything by hand and wouldn't ever consider a machine!!  don't know if my friend donna duguay has anything on line but along with her renowned paintings she's doing quilts at her studio in berkeley and she often exhibits them around the north bay..


Comment by little wing on April 10, 2014 at 10:32pm

Thank you, Kyn!  It's been a long time... but I think I spent about 100 hours on the quilt.  People do 'em on machine now in a fraction of the time.  But the handsewn ones are still considered more valuable.  Don't know what monetary value is; didn't make it for that.

Am noticing Voodoo Annie is gone from here, all her craftwork with her.  Am sad about that.  I miss her.  She put some fine energy into starting this group and playing in it.

Comment by kyn on April 10, 2014 at 3:36pm

hey little wing!!  thanks for your comment and i gotta tell you that i love that quilt!!  your creativity is wonderful from the handspuns to the quilting!!

your quilt looks so beautiful and comfortable i'm wondering how many hours went into that?  thanks again

Comment by little wing on April 5, 2014 at 12:37pm

I designed and handsewed this quilt in '92 for my daughter.  No background in quilting; and I can't do precision piecing.  So appliqued this basic scene on each square.  It's landscape, so it's forgiving of shape.  Gives each square individuality; something I strived for as I varied the sky-time and weather; and the ground-scape.

moons popped out in the middle...I think it was the herb and Stephen Roach's Dreamtime recording with deep aboriginal didge running thru it...


obviously, had fun doing this.  These pics are recent; I'm repairing some stitches that opened.  It's a heavy queensize quilt.  Think I've got it permanently fixed; used a backstitch you usually don't use on quilts.

Comment by little wing on April 5, 2014 at 11:53am

Wow, kyn, that looks really complex!  Beautiful portrait.  I think Georgia would like it.

sorry for noticing so late...just came on here to post and saw this!

Comment by kyn on January 31, 2014 at 11:13am

have not gotten the skillls around this website but here's a paper mache and paint portrait of georgia o'keefe at the age of 85.  i like playing with what i call 'paper clay'

Comment by kyn on January 31, 2014 at 11:10am

Comment by Edward Frequency on June 7, 2013 at 1:09pm

Thanks Brittany! White Birch it is! Spot on with the red cedar, too. They are two very abundant and beautiful types of wood in my area. The cedar is from a stand of tree I found that had all been cleared and just left to rot. I have a bunch of the little foot stools (the bench) that I will be trying to sell at an art show at the end of the month. The white birch is really easy to work with if you have some near you, it's definitely a good project wood. Good luck and thanks for the positive energy!


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