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Something New

Something New

Beginning a new year feels great. It's a fresh start and a time to access my work, successes and failures, and choosing which way to move forward. I like setting goals and finding new challenges, which is the best part of working independently. The freedom to create has always been a driving force for me.

I have an exhibit to prepare for in June at the Coogan Farm in Mystic, CT. Some of that work will spill over into new textile designs. I'd like to put some of my patterns into repeat, paint more, source new textiles, and work on my new press.

That's just the short list for the start of something new.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I'm spending the first few weeks of the year cleaning the studio and working on schedules but I've found time for knitting a few of my favorite hats.

This is a close fitting hat, simple in shape and easy to knit. You could make it taller and add a tassel or pom pom but I like this one because you can fit it under a hood or ski helmet. I prefer using a wool/acrylic blend which makes it warm but not too scratchy. Also, using a variegated yarn makes it look cool.

Worsted Weight Yarn - medium weight (I used Coats & Clark, Moda Dea, Vision, one 100g, 3.5oz, 155yd skein). It took me about 4-5 hours to knit. My head is about 23". For Joe's hat, he's got a bigger head, I added 10 stitches and made the facing 2 1/2" wide and the hat 5 1/4 - 5 1/2 inches tall before I started to decrease).

Size 7 needles, circular and double-end

 

Cast on 90 stitches on circular needles, Place a marker at beginning of row.

Knit 1 1/2"  for facing

Purl 1 row (this makes the facing turn inside easily and is the bottom of the hat edge)

Knit 4 1/2 - 5" (depending on how far you like it to cover your ears)

 

Decrease - switch to double ended needles when necessary

K2 tog, *K8, K2 tog, repeat from * to end of row.

Knit row

K2 tog, *K7, K2 tog, repeat from * to end of row

Knit row

K2 tog, *K6, K2 tog, repeat from * to end of row....

Continue in this pattern, decreasing the number of *K stitches every other row, until 9 stitches remain and cast off, knot. Flip facing and sew loosely to inside with matching yarn.

 

Inside facing, sewn to hat with matching yarn:

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
My new Christmas cards feature wreaths with simple messages. These are digitally printed on Italian, Fabriano mould-made paper, which has a beautiful deckled edge and thick, creamy surface.

Silversides

Silversides

I've been fortunate that our studio is on the road to the URI Bay Campus. I've met lots of enthusiastic scientists, professors and biologists, who live for all things green, whether it be microscopic diatoms, frog spawn or invasive seaweed.

When they see my prints of algae, pollywogs and rockweed their reaction is usually one of joy. That makes me happy too.

I've just finished an illustration for CERF, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, which is having a conference in Providence, RI in November of 2017. The drawing depicts silversides, an important fish in the local food chain, wrack, eel grass and diatoms. The image was created with watercolor washes and digital imaging, from a hand drawn sketch.

I'll be making a serigraph of the image soon but for now you can find it on note cards here.

New Fabric

New Fabric

I finally settled on a fabric for my 18" pillows. I found a beautiful brushed cotton denim, which is a heavy twill. Considered a utility fabric, it's function suits it's use. It has a soft finish but will stand up to long summers with constant use, and would be great for a coastal cottage. 

The bright white of the fabric brings out the best of the water-based pigment inks that I use, giving bright and clean colors. These are printed on both sides and have a pattern, though it doesn't repeat, exactly.

I hope to have them available on the site in another week or so.

 

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