Yesterday I visited the Upstate History Museum in Greenville to see an exhibit of Salley Mavor's work, called A Pocketful of Posies. Salley stitches exquisitely detailed panels with ultra-fine embroidery and collage, with little people, animals, and environmental details added in bas relief. You may have seen her work as illustrations in a series of children's books. The Pocketful of Posies exhibit features the actual panels that were used in the book. They are breathtaking in their humor, attention to detail, and loving spirit. Here's one of the panels, this one for the rhyme Wee Willie Winkie. Check out her web page and view some of the videos. Better yet, buy one of her books and treat a favorite child (or yourself).
On the loom, some small salamanders are taking shape. I love watching their little feet emerge as I throw the shuttle.
And in the tablet weaving department, I am still trying to internalize the sequences for double-faced patterns, following the directions of Linda Hendrickson, John Mullarkey, and Otffried Staudigel. I am a slow learner in this skill, and after a year I am maybe getting a little better. Despite several interruptions, I managed to get one good fish completed. My ultimate goal is to weave an entire hatband with entire school of fish, with a minimum of errors.
Tablet weaving class began this past Wednesday at OLLI. We were so busy counting forwards and backwards, that I forgot to take pictures. Maybe next week. But it's a good group, and I am very happy the classes were extended to three hours this year.