Our annual retreat was held at Bennet Springs State Park, MO where we rented duplex cabins, talked, ate, talked, dyed, talked and ate. All in all, a very enjoyable two nights. Following are pics of some of the more successful dyeing ventures. Pieces were either steamed in a vegetable steamer of boiled in a red onion, alum dye bath.
Each year, in the early fall, we meet someplace for a retreat for three days and two nights. Last year we went to Bennet Springs State Park and liked it so well that we returned for this year's retreat. We always try to plan a little something special like learn a new technique, share favorite tips, sing along with our two banjo players, or whatever. This year we did some Eco Dyeing using India Flint's book Eco Clour. Below are most of the samples people did using leave, flowers, vegetables, sticks, you name it. We were very pleased with ourselves when we shared the results at our latest meeting.
Our annual retreat was at Bennet Springs State Park, Missouri this week for three days and two nights. It was glorious weather so that we could spend our time outside. This year's focus was on Eco-Dyeing via India Flint's book by the same title.
Participants working over their found plants and silk.
Red leaves and bark
Chrysanthemum, avocado skin and various leaves
An iron pot and a copper pot hold boiling water with our silk and foliage wrapped around sticks.
Sitting beside the Niangua River which flows out of the spring. Soooo peaceful.
We couldn't have had better weather, food, or fellowship. The results will be revealed at our next meeting.
It's been a nice summer weather wise so maybe that has inspired folks to be creative.
Roberta Ranney has a new/first grandchild on the way so she is busy making baby quilts. Here is her first one. Such fun.
Donna Olson created a quilt for her son entitled "Paper Weights. It's Hugh and gorgeous!
Merrilee Tieche is working on a Quilt As You Go piece. Here are two photos of the work in progress. Hats off to Merrilee for working with triangles instead of the usual square or rectangle blocks.
The last but not least is Sally Robinson's Oriole, created from one of her photographs. Sally is our newest member, a photographer/emerging art quilter.
Cathy Jeffery has been a member of Uncommon Threads since we started 11 years ago. She says she enjoys working with strips of fabric in an abstract manner. "It's all about the colors side by side and manipulating the shapes. In addition to exhibiting in the group's exhibits she has shown at Waverly House Gallery in the juried shows.
A River Runs Through It
Cathy won the Mayor's choice award in Waverly's latest show, "Local Idenity." On this invitation to the exhibit, her piece is on the far left. It's title is: Hodgson's Mill Bridge.
Vivian loves embellishment. She works with commercial and hand dyed cloth, thread, yarns, and beads to express her emotions in vibrant color and organic forms. Working intuitively, she manipulates the fabrics as thoughts come to her.
We'll feature a few of our members for the next couple of posts. Meet Dianna Callahan, retired art instructor from Southwest Baptist University. Dianna excels in textile portraits and serendipitous or spontaneous fabric collages. She once demonstrated how she makes her collages and made it look so easy AND fun.
"Elvis" is in the current juried theme show "At The Movies" at Waverly House, Springfield, MO.
He is one of a series of five rock star portraits which depict them singing to their audiences. This is a mixed media work which starts with a Shiva oil stick painting on fabric, then has other fabrics appliqued around the face.
These two pieces, "Blossom Hill" and "Spring Beauties" are on consignment at Waverly House. "Blossom Hill" is a contrived landscape while "Spring Beauties" is inspired by the Iris in my garden. In addition to fabric, BoNash adhesive, misty fuse, foil and Angelina heat bonded fibers are used.
Roberta Ranney brought this charming piece to the most recent meeting of UT. She says that she has a wooden horse that belonged to her sister sitting in the backyard. . She decided to honor the little horse by appliqueing him to a background fabric dyed by Ellen Anne Eddy with appliqued irises representing the ones planted by her husband. More of Roberta's work can be seen on her blog.
This is our last 12 x 12 challenge. Since only nine people participated it probably means that people have lost interest. Humpf! Oh well, these are fun and colorful. Frankly it's been a long, cold March and April here in Southwest Missouri and these look like we are more than ready for sunshine and warmth.
Sunrise Sunset - Dianna Callahan
It'sTulip Time - Cathy Jeffery
Daffodils In Spring - Donna Olson
Spring Down the Rabbit Hole - Vivian Terbeek
Spring Green - Merrilee Tiesche
Majestic Spring - Carol Bormann
Poppy Time - Maureen Ashlock
In Spring A Young Man's Fancy Turns To Love - Emmie Seaman
Welcome to the blog site for Uncommon Threads. We are a regional group of art quilters in the Ozarks and we meet once a month for show and share and critique. Occasionally we have exhibits, one of which will be at the Pool Gallery, Drury College in Springfield, MO, in September. It is our intention to have at least one member post at least once a month. Hopefully there will be more as we try to not only keep up with the group’s happenings but also individual members. You can see much more on our web site: www.uncommthreads.com.