Saturday, February 16, 2013


"Mountain Trails" 10 X 10   Lori LaBerge  2013

The Nomadic Series continued this week with the creation of "Mountain Trails".  I have really become interested in continuing this series with various types of travel routes.  Paths, trails, roads, shipping routes, air routes, etc. all interest me.  We seem to spend our lives going from one place to another, whether near or far.  We travel for vacations, work, visits and other reasons.  Where would we be without roadways, railways, and other "paths" from here to there?

I'm also enjoying working with the 10 X 10 format with these pieces and am finding them quite addictive.  The idea of working with various shapes within this size constraint is also something I've been playing with.

"River's Path"  10 X 10  Lori LaBerge  2013

The hooking on "River's Path", above,  was finished a couple of weeks ago and is now mounted and framed.  All of the finishing work can take longer than the hooking process, but is well worth the time and effort.  Whether edging or mounting or framing, it is important to show respect to the work you put into the hooking and display work professionally.

I found a website that shows various fiber art techniques and decided to use this to experiment with this week rather than a journal project.  The site is Workshop on the Web:  Textile Innovation On-Line.  The site puts out a publication which I just subscribed to, but also has what they call a web taster, where you can view samples of their publication in the form of how-to articles.  I really enjoyed the articles as I love the idea of combining various fiber techniques with rug hooking. Embellishment, trapunto, canvas work, collage and interviews with textile artists are all samples of the types of information you can receive. 

I worked on the article explaining darning technique.  Middle school home economics (yes, I'm that old), was the first time I was introduced to darning and I don't remember it having much of an impact on me.  This article had me thinking about all the patterns one could create with the technique and the idea of rug hooking around a section of darning.  

Some leftover yarns were rounded up along with a leftover scrap of linen and I started getting down to business.  I will need some time to experiment with more contemporary design ideas, but here is the result of Friday's playtime:

"Field and Woods"  2" X 7 1/2"  Lori LaBerge  2013

The colors I had on hand lended themselves to a landscape type scene.  Both straight horizontal and vertical stitching were used along with a weaving of the two in the lighter section representing treetops.  A fuzzier yarn was used in this area for a variation of texture.  This is a very relaxing technique and made me think that I would most likely enjoy tapestry weaving.  For now, I will leave that to another day.

There is so much to enjoy with fiber work.  You never know when a new idea may come to you from your experimentation.  Choose something you haven't tried, give it a go and have a great day.

Snow is in the air and the update on the studio is that it is on hold for a short while. My husband and I are both experienced do-it-yourselfers and we are discussing what we would like to work on rather than have done.  Pete is applying sealing tape in the above photo.  The excitement this week was the arrival of the stove and washer/dryer for the dye kitchen!

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