Dear Business Owner,
Congratulations! Every November, Taste of the Bay Magazine publishes our very popular Editors’ Picks Gift List, a selection of unique items found right here in the Bay area. Starting in August, the TOTB editorial staff frequents numerous festivals, shops and areas to preview hundreds of items that peak our interest. From there, we narrow the list down to 15 – 20 select items. We have selected the item below from your store or business to be included in this year’s list.
Fiber artist Elise Miller takes handmade shea butter soap (made locally by Karen Danella of Cedarwood Soaps) and covers it in her own, hand-spun merino wools. The wool acts as a natural loofah and felts as you use it, shrinking as the soap wears away. Choose from scents such as grapefruit bergamot, sunflower marigold, clove, and tangerine spice. Three for $24.
To purchase, go to TrulyUniqueByElise.blogspot.com and follow the link on the right hand side to her 1000 Markets store or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday/Sunday September 26th & 27th
10am to 5pm
Art and Music Festival at Quiet Waters Park
Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD
Saturday November 7th
10am to 3pm
St. Matthews UMC
14900 Annapolis Road, Bowie MD
In fiber art the alchemy or "art of transformation" is achieved by taking raw fiber and "transforming" it into a new fabric.
This wall hanging is a perfect example of the various forms a batt of raw fiber can evolve into.
I started with a carded fiber batt. I found this beautiful batt at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and it just spoke to me to do something creative with it.
I first spun some yarn from this batt. I spun a single ply yarn and let the fiber "do it's thing" for a really textural thick and thin yarn.
I then took the remainder of the batt and spread it out and wet felted the backdrop, again, letting the fiber do it's thing with the edge shaping.
I handsculpted a few little charms and needle felted them to the background, attached the knitted sample and crocheted a cord to hang it from the wall.
So there you have all of my fiber techniques in one piece of art. Spinning, felting, knitting, crochet and needlefelting.
This one of a kind wall sculpture can be found at my artisan shop at 1000 Markets
You know what that means. New items coming to my 1000 Markets Shop soon. I have only 2 months until the Quiet Waters Show in Annapolis. I have 6 clutch bags to finish to complete my 2009 handbag line.
Now to the fun stuff. Knitting up my handspun yarn into cozy traditional cuff beanies and fingerless mitts. And more spinning....
Yea...we're here at Geno's and the Philly Skyline in the background.
...The line....but a nice day to hang in a line.
Paintings of old performers across the street from Pats.
Pat's Cheesesteaks...decided nah...this time...wanted to do Geno's
I used my nice coco mat planters and cut a hole in the bottom to plant the tomatoes. In the top I planted various herbs...so here's the update at weeks 3 and weeks 5. They are growing, but appear to be growing upward, but I'm sure once they start to bear fruit, the'll fall downward...we'll see...
I've been accepted into the Quiet Waters Show in Annapolis this year. September 26th & 27th. Updates on new design collections coming soon!!!
Also...I'm doing upside down tomatoes this year...not the lame infomercial ones, I used my own pots and planted herbs on top.