I have always loved drawings of birds but it wasn't until I read Jenna's post on Tuesday that I discovered Charlie Harper. I had to order his book right away! It is a charming reprint by Todd Oldham of a 1972 book of Harper's silk-screened images created for the Ford Times. You may recognize his cardinal and bluebird. I also ordered a book I've been wanting for a while. I've followed Heidi Swanson's incredible blog 101 Cookbooks for some time. Now I have her beautiful book, Super Natural Cooking as well. This may be my gift of choice for some up-coming occasions I have!
Posts made in April, 2011
This is a new bag made with my screen-printed canvas and a recycled leather jacket. I have drawn four birds which I am using for various projects. This is the spiky bird, a bird with attitude. The bag has a leather bottom and screen-printed turquoise lining. And here is my rug Fireworks, begun last year in Jule-Marie Smith's class at Green Mountain. I am back at it after many months and will soon be designing the border. The finished rug will be 53"x72" and I am about 2/3 done the middle section. I think the border will be a long project!
Last weekend at the workshop, I bought a skein of beautiful silk ribbon from Jennifer. It is fair trade and created by women's cooperatives in India and Tibet using mill remnants. I have been using it as an accent in a new bag that I am making. I love the way it glows. This bag is made of the smoothest teal leather with hooked panels front and back.
Good Friday tulips in my grandmother's crystal vase--a tradition. In the background Bookhou's wonderful alphabet. I dyed the Briggs and Little two ply that I will use to whip Peruvian images--yes it is hooked. I used Prochem 1 tsp 818, 1/4 tsp 440 and 1/4 tsp 728, loosely laid the skein in a wide frying pan and simmered until the water was clear. Then I washed the skein on the gentle cycle and hung it to dry. Now to turn it into balls and begin to whip.