Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sea Ranch

For four years, my dear friend Barbara and I have come to Sea Ranch on the Northern California coast for a week long work retreat/reunion.  We were high school friends many many years ago and this is a wonderful chance to catch up on life events;  work, and eat.  Her husband comes up for part of the time.  They do quite a lot of reading whilst I am upstairs working on projects.  I've brought 2 lap-robes to work on plus numerous smaller items.   One hope is to get started setting up an online shop.

Below is the lap-robe for my 95 year old farmer friend Alex.  It has tractors, asparagus and corn and later I'll add some embroidery.  I've been experimenting with Jude Hill's fabric weaving techniques on her video series.  I'm having a good time with this and really enjoyed ripping the denim! 
The other big project is below.  It doesn't have a name yet; it's silk and flannel.  The silk I dyed in the shibori class from Glennis.  It's growing from the inside out and I think will be another lap-robe.


  1. hey, looks like you are having fun!

  2. They look great, there is something so satisfying about the sound and feel of fabric ripping, isn't there? And how nice to catch up with an old friend. Enjoy!

  3. I like the corners of the woven quilt for your farmer friend - sort of a little twist in there. And I really like your shibori fabrics - the wood grain effect is so nice!

  4. Jeana, yes, I love the ripping...and knowing it's coming out all square with the grain lined up. Thanks!

  5. What a wonderful tradition with your friend! And I love how Sea Ranch has found its way into your art, for your first piece has a great ranch/farm look to it, and your second piece looks just like the sea! Xo Kari

  6. Thank you Kari. I loved your understory story; it inspired me to look more closely...I'll post a picture of the local understory today or tomorrow. There is so much mystery.

  7. My idea of heaven...stitching and the ocean.
    Hope you have a lovely stay.

  8. Your fabric from the shibori class with Glennis is wonderful...definitely evokes a feeling of the sea.
    Fabric weaving...I have been playing with Jude's method too. She is so generous to share her techniques and love of fabric with us.
    Love what you are doing here.

    Jacky xox

  9. Hi Jacky...I'd love to see what you've been doing. It's good to hear from you!