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Gifts from the talented hands of textile and fiber artists are a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Below are just a few of the great pieces of work sure to delight someone on your gift list this year.
Sue Bleiweiss of Upton, MA is a full time mixed media fiber artist working with both fabric and paper, currently exploring the art of quilting, surface design, and book making. She is self published and has co-authored two books with Terri Stegmiller: Creative Ways with Fibre & Stitch and Creative Ways with Books & Journals. Her work can be found at her shop on etsy.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a major in ceramics, Betty Busby founded a custom tile manufacturing business in Los Angeles. After selling it to move to New Mexico in 1994, she has gotten more involved in fiber art, and exhibits in shows nationally and internationally. She creates her own raw materials, and has been dyeing her own fabric since she began quilting over 30 years ago. Her amazingly beautiful art quilts can be found at www.bbusbyarts.com, sales are through her etsy shop
Colin’s Creatures is a collection of hand carved, lifelike, fine porcelain wooly animals, primarily sheep figures. Heads, legs, horns are made from porcelain for its detail, while bodies are cast stone for stability and a wonderful substantial feel. The fur is a woven fabric of wool, mohair or alpaca from the same German source of used on Steiff teddy bears. These whimsical handmade pieces can be found at www.colinscreatures.com
Diana Hughes of dyedianadye uses a variety of shibori techniques to hand dye gorgeous garments and accessories. Her Soba Scarf series, funky hand dyed scarves that are composed almost entirely of fringe, can be worn in nine different eye catching variations. This is one very versatile accessory! Diana’s work can be found at www.dyedianadye.com
For more incredible textile and fiber artists see TAFA: The Textile & Fiber Art List.
Wonderful soft storage bins.
by Sewing Momma.
Is there a home decor or design trend that you find yourself constantly drawn to? For me there are a handful of trends that I love, but personally I haven’t been able to commit to just one – as a result, some rooms of our home still look a bit bare!
This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll share some of the trends I’ve noticed over the last few years and I’ll find some great handmade items to go with each.
The first trend – is one that’s seen no shortage of coverage throughout the blogosphere, and is probably one of my favorites. Bringing the outdoors inside!
One great place to start with this trend – terrariums and planters. I’m pretty smitten with the Lala Terrariums shop (above), such a great selection to be found here!
And these hanging airpods from Mudpuppy – how eye catching are these?
I like the sleek look of Bole Werc Picollo’s products!
For bird lovers – how about these decoupaged boxes from The Specimen Box Shop? Gorgeous!
Because I am so enamoured with this trend, I could go on and on. I wouldn’t be surprised if we decide that our living room is in need of a terrarium or one of the pieces above sometime soon! How about you – is this a trend that appeals to you, and has already found its way in to your home? Or are there other trends or types of items you gravitate towards? I’d love to hear about that, or any of your recent home decor finds in the comments!
It’s been a while since anything that grows in the dirt has been in-season here. It’s been a while, as a matter of fact, since anyone has even seen the dirt here. This past winter has been long and cold for many northerners — and cold for many southerners, too — so it really was with unspeakable joy that I picked up the “pen” to write March’s edition of What’s In Season Now. Truly, unspeakable.
March isn’t spring here yet, but it is the unofficial beginning to the transition between it and winter. It is a month of hope, of melting snow and renewed vigor for life. It’s a month when anything is possible and the whole growing season is before us. The countdown begins; less than two months until rhubarb and asparagus, less than three until strawberries. The pantry stocks may be dwindling and we may be growing quickly weary of the pasta, potatoes and beans that make up so much of the basis of meals these days, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is the prospect of bountiful harvest just there at the tip of our grasp. It’s coming.
In the meantime, cold season veggies should be cropping up as the farmer’s markets near you as they open up for the season. Be on the look-out for:
Of course, you may also want to check out last year’s March Edition of What’s In Season Now and if you’re not sure where to find a farmer’s market near you, you can always depend on Local Harvest for help. And for newbies and seasoned shoppers alike the farmer’s market shopping guide that was featured right here at Try Handmade may also be a great resource! Happy shopping and happy spring!
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All of the stunning food photography featured in this post is available for purchase on Etsy. Click the photo you’re interested in above and you’ll be taken directly to the seller’s store. Personally, I think there is no better way to decorate a kitchen.