Saturday, March 10, 2018

MAQF 2018 Nuno-felted Scarf Class

I had such a great class Friday at the show, my Nuno-felted Scarf class was packed with 21 students! They were so incredible, sharing workspace as needed and also inspiration and ideas. Each student chose their favorite hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf, and then their fibers and embellishments from my "fiber buffet". Every scarf was so different, and absolutely gorgeous! I am so very proud of all of my students, not only for their beautiful art, but in the way they supported each other and worked together. Here is a sampling o their work, still wet...I can only imagine how wonderful the scarves looked after they dried and the colors and luster of the fibers came out!
 This was such a beautiful and elegant scarf, can you believe she finished first?
 Whimsical flowers and vines on a sea of blue.
 A wonderful abstract art piece, full of textures and vibrant colors!
 What a beautiful layout in this flower garden on an earth-tone silk scarf!
 Beautiful colors in this very wearable art scarf!
 I love this composition, she created fish swimming in an ocean of blue!
 This snow-dyed silk scarf was transformed into a wearable work of art by this student!
 What a sumptuous ruffle in this romantic piece!
 Rich, vibrant wool colors on a hot red and yellow silk scarf, love it!
A group of sisters and their friend were sweet enough to come by my booth at the show Saturday and show me their gorgeous scarves after they'd dried, wow!
My new "fashionista" friend Anne came by my booth to see me too, what a blessing it was to meet her! Truly, we are kindred spirits.

MAQF 2018 Needle-felt Landscape Class

What a great time we had in our Needle-felt Landscape Class at the show! It was a full class, and the students only had a half-day to create their little mountain scenes from my "fiber buffet" of wool, curly mohair, silk, bamboo and sparkly Angelina fibers. They each got a pattern to use as a placement guide, a rectangle of Woolfelt to punch the fibers into, and a felting needle with other tools available as needed. The students chose their own personal color palette from the "all you can felt" fiber buffet, and happily punched away all afternoon. It was a very low-stress and artsy class, and they all created beautiful landscapes, each a little bit different! I am so very proud of each of my students, here is a little sampling of their work.
 Beautiful accents and use of curly fibers for the little flowers in the foreground!
 I love this warm, glowing sky in this work-in-progress, and the heathery fiber blending!
 I especially love her mountains in this piece.
 This is a very exciting landscape, lots of visual texture!
A beautiful design, and gorgeous composition of the silk and wool flowers and curly fibers in the foreground.

MAQF Quilts

What a busy show I had at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2018! Thankfully, I was able to catch a glimpse of a few of the quilts on display the last morning of the show, here are a few that captured my eye.
 I loved the linear design on this beautiful floral piece.
 The detail of this fabulous quilt was absolutely amazing!
 ...and the quilting, unbelievable, wow!
 A very different art quilt.
 So serene, just beautiful.
 I believe this quilt was done by a man, what a great idea! And a little bit retro.
 This little quilt was just stunning.
A Florida native created this piece to represent strength and beauty. How fitting, and timely.