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Monday, November 19, 2012

Quilt Show 2012, Part 3

Sheridan's annual quilt show is actually called the "Fiber Arts Show," and though it consists predominantly of ever-the-crowd-pleasing quilts, I always find treasures among the non-quilt exhibits. Here are my favorites from this year...

"Kitty Cradle"
Technique: Crochet
Artist: Kristy Anderson

This one's for all you cat parents out there (Barbara, Molly, Rose, Spud, etc) and your
beloved feline furbabies (who would probably love to curl up in this comfy blanket 
-- or, in the case of Charlie Jackson, claw it to shreds!) :-)

As a cross-stitcher, I always have to include at least one example of that particular fiber art (and this year I'm including two)...
"Egyptian Sampler"
Technique: Counted Cross Stitch
Artist: Norma Just
Pattern By: Teresa Wentzler

"The picture represents the gods and goddesses of Egypt. 
The scarab beetle is Kephri, the god of the morning sun."
"Egyptian Sampler" detail

The little metallic beads added a dazzling touch of shimmer and glint,
much like the treasures inside a pharoah's tomb.
("Shimmer & Glint" sounds like a pair of nefarious Victorian-era tomb raiders!)
"Egyptian Sampler" pattern description and details

Speaking of Fiber Arts entries that make me think of Victorian villains...
"Sewing Aids: Seam Rippers and Stilettos"
Technique: Hand-Turned on a Lathe
Artist: Robert Inman

"These tools are made of wood and turned on a lathe. 
One has a seam ripper on one end and stiletto on the other. These pieces 
can be removed from the tool, turned and put inside the tool for safety."

Part of a colorful display of appliqués...
Various Wool Appliqués

This last exhibit was, according to the artist, challenging to do ~ and it was also challenging to photograph! Beneath and behind scratched and glare-prone glass beneath harsh fluorescent lights, I couldn't get far enough above it to fit it all in one frame, or photograph it from the front of the glass case without some of it being out of focus. So I combined the results of my best efforts of both techniques! But I agree with Rosemary, the results were worth it. I loved this pretty sampler...
Technique: Counted Cross Stitch
Artist: Rosemary Denton

"I try to stitch a memento after we take a trip.
This one was more challenging than I planned, but the result was worth it."

That does it for this year's Fiber Arts show! See you next October! :-)


  1. Oh wow, Charlie got a mention all to himself! He thanks you in a gleefully villainous manner :O) Isn't that a sweet crochet blanket? I love crochet, it's about the one craft I can do without getting fed up before I finish whatever it is I've started.

    Oh my, the work that went into that cross stitch. I have a Teresa Wentzler peacock that I started YEARS ago. I love the intricacy of the border and the gold beads it uses but the blending of the threads had me tearing my hair out. It lies in the attic unfinished. Just love the Victorian villain stabbing weapons there :O) I also love the ladybirds done in appliqué... And well done you in getting that shot of the last sampler, 10/10 for technical ability - I wonder if a polarising filter would cut out reflections on glass... must investigate.

  2. All very nice examples. I sometimes choose crochet projects just because I'm pretty sure I'll get them done before I lose interest.So far my quilt project stalled just after the "purchase fabrics" stage. I didn't even get to the "wash and iron fabrics" level. Of all the projects my favorite is the last one. I love samplers. But my favorite thing of all is the collection of seam rippers!

  3. I didn't know you were a cross-stitcher! Hey, when are we gonna see some of your work in the show?...or at least on the old blog. I'd love to see it.

    The kitty cradle does look kitties would definitely love it!

    I like that little ladybug circle, very cute!

  4. Such impressive work! I did cross stitch a bit when I was a kid, but haven't since. The pieces you posted about are fantastic!

  5. Barbara ~ Well, Charlie is in a class by himself, so it would stand to reason he'd be singled out! "Gleefully villainous manner, " lol - I can imagine! I can't crochet, don't even remember ever trying it. My mom could, she made a sweater and at least one afghan, but all I ever learned (or cared to learn, or was capable of learning, or at least was able to stick with!) was needlepoint and x-stitch. (And latch-hooking, which was so easy I taught myself).

    I don't know Teresa Wentzler, but will have to look her up - that peacock sounds gorgeous and hair-tearingly challenging! I have two such unfinished cross-stitch projects - one, a chickadee against pine branches imposed on an outline of the state of Maine that I bought on a trip there 20 years ago, is finished but for that Maine outline. Turned out the pattern was all screwed up, and I was stumped about how to figure out how to do it without the pattern! The other is simply one of those beautiful-but-tedious patterns that I had to abandon for lack of time and never resumed. I'd really love to get back into it. Maybe one of these days I will (just probably not this year!)

    Thanks for the perfect score on getting that Victoria sampler photographed! I tried on two different visits and this was the best I could do, short of opening the case and taking it outside to photograph it in the daylight! Library staff might have frowned on that. :-) Those Victorian villain stabbing weapons are pretty cool, aren't they? And the names just sound so... villainous, like Charlie's gleeful thanks. :-)

    Andrea ~ Sounds from you and Barbara both that crochet would have been a good skill for me to have learned, as most needlework either frustrated or bored me quickly. (Btw, my sewing machine? Still haven't touched it!)

    I share your favorites in this collection, by the way!

    Rose ~ It was quite a while - and many, many blog posts - back, but I did post a photo of at least one of my cross-stitch efforts, right here (about 1/3 of the way down the page or so). Here's a closeup of it. Others have shown up on my blog during various room tours, but only at a distance and I've never pointed them out. I really don't have that many, most of the ones I did I gave as gifts, and I've only hung two of mine in this house - the butterprints one and one other. I will photograph the other (though I'd swear it's buried somewhere in my blog archives, but it would be quicker to photograph and post it anew than to try to find it!!) I've entered my cross-stitch in county fairs (and done well), but they are not nearly involved enough to put in the Fiber Arts show. The cross stitch pieces that make it there are always amazing!

    That ladybug one, and the Autumn leaves one on the top shelf (not terribly visible in the photo) were my favorites of the appliqués.

    Molly ~ They really are, aren't they? Hours and hours of effort, and a whole lot of skill on display in those!

  6. I like all fiber art even though I love quilting so I was excited to see these offerings as well.

    I love to crochet but soon ran out of people who wanted crocheted items so I don't do it often. Melissa has taken up crocheting and I love what she'd doing. She's found patterns for snacks and mice and octopi and all manner of other critters and they are adorable. She's making some for her little second cousins for Christmas and I'm sure they will be thrilled.

    My favorite were the wool applique's and in particular the ladybug one. It's so origian and fun! I love all the detail of the embroidery and how fun that one is plaid! That is so clever. I also like the one on top with the leaves in autumnal colors.

    I have no desire to ever do a counted cross stitch as intricate as the Egyptian sampler but I've done enough to REALLY appreciate how difficult that one is. That border would have to be perfect. If she was off by one stich, it would not meet up at the end from where she started. Very impressive work.

    Lori got me a hand turned seam ripper for Christmas that is very beautiful. Of the ones on your post, the multi colored one is my favorite. All those different woods must have been so hard to make.

    What I especially liked about "Victoria" was that I've been there so it brought back memories for me and I didn't have make it or take difficult pictures of it - lucky me!

    Great post. These series are always my favorites and I was not dissappointed!

  7. Oh right, I remember that post...but I don't know my patterns from my stitches...I thought when I read it, that you meant you had bought the whole thing already stitched. I'm a truly a sewing dummy.

  8. Jo ~ I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    I have to ask, for I am a little bewildered: "She's found patterns for snacks and mice and octopi and all manner of other critters and they are adorable" Did you mean to write "snacks?" Maybe snakes? Or snails? Although I guess you can crochet snacks, too! (I'm totally digging the sprinkles! LOL! I love these!)

    I think it's amazing that Lori actually gave you a hand turned seam ripper as a gift! They seemed so very unusual and exotic to me. The multi-colored one is my favorite, too. (Not surprisingly!) :-)

    Lucky you - I'd love to see Victoria someday. I need to live forever to visit all the places hope to see - thank goodness I don't feel any desire to cross-stitch a memento of them all, though, I'd have to live even longer than forever to fit it all in! LOL

    Rose ~ Ha!! But if I'd bought it already finished, entering it in the county fair would have been majorly cheating! :-)


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