This rug can fly. Would you trust me?
It also crawls…
This rug can fly. Would you trust me?
It also crawls…
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
West County Fiber Arts
3787 Ross Road
Get ready to be immersed into a fun and exciting class where creativity and imagination has no limits. This is going to be a fun and rewarding class. Mistakes are a plus!”
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Long time no see! I spent a couple weeks in Guatemala with hubby plus 12 more people that came along with us this past February. The route was amazing. We started the trip in Guatemala City (just one night which was plenty) and then we flew to Tikal the next day. Keith was leading a bird watching tour, and so I got to enjoy the great outdoors of this wonderful country. We tend to go to places off the beaten path to look for birds, but it’s unavoidable to visit “the must to go” places like walking through the markets or the streets of Antigua (one of my favorite cities). After several years of not visiting the country, I saw how much this country is changing rapidly, the technology is being embraced by the Guatemalans and it’s going to stay forever. One thing that struck me the most, was the heavy traffic in the city that I don’t recall as being this bad before. Nevertheless, it’s always amusing to watch the chicken buses passing by with their colorful load of all kinds of vegetables that they carry on the roof.
One of the mornings while we were in Tikal, we went up to Temple IV at 4:00 am to watch the sunrise. We could see the Temples I, II, and III and even Temple VI off to the right. It was an amazing experience even though the sun never showed up, but it was very special to watch the jungle wake up. First we heard the howler monkeys with their loud voices calling to each other and then we heard the first bird calls of the day including the Great Currasow and Laughing Falcon. Yes, that’s their real names.
We also spent a couple nights near the Caribbean side of Guatemala in Livingston. One of the most memorable meals I had while I was there, was a traditional dish of the Garifuna (descendants of the West Africa people) named Tapado which is a seafood stew made with coconut milk. It has every single imaginable edible sea creature that you can think of plus pieces of banana and yuca. Even though the dish was superb, because of the size, I had a hard time finishing my meal.
We visited other wonderful places, looking for birds, but I couldn’t wait to get to Antigua and Chichicastenango because I get to spend time looking at the textiles and the woodwork. Chichicastenago has a wonderful array of masks that I’ve been collecting over the years.
Is fun to watch the locals shopping or selling their wares.
The market is just alive and fascinating. There is so much color everywhere you look!
You can practically find anything you need. From hand made cigarettes…
To hand made tortillas.
I was happy to find a couple stalls at the foot of the church’s steps, selling spindles!
Of course I bought 15!
Another place that we visited on this trip, is the area around Lago Atitlan. San Juan La Laguna is a town located near the lake. In this town there are a few co-ops where they do demonstrations on natural dyes.
This woman here is showing how she spins the cotton.
She also showed us how she prepares her dyes. Here she is grinding Achiote (Anato seeds) that yields a nice orange color.
I hope to be able to go back to Guatemala soon. There are still so many places that I would like to visit!
Every time I have a new project I try to learn something new from the process… Or at least I try to teach myself something new. There is always a story behind each piece.
Nuno Felted Coat: Wensleydale Wool, Merino, Uzbekistan Silk, Deer Antler Buttons with Indigo.
I’ve been enjoying the cold days of winter.
Well, since my last post I had been healing from an oral surgery in which until this day, there still a little bump in my jaw. Fortunately for me I was able to rely on my spinning and some felting while I was healing.
I made a beautiful collar for another Mother of the Bride. She lives in Maryland and it happens that she also raises Border Leicesters which have been used to create the collar below:
The brown collar was made with Wensleydale lambswool from JoAnn in Occidental, CA and then dipped in an Indigo Vat to get a blue background.
I swear I can’t ever get enough of these curls.
This dress isn’t quite finished yet. Still needs color, straps and some adjustments here and there. Hmm… I might even add some beads to it. But, I’ve been missing blogging. It has been a fun and busy summer with some up and downs. Heck, if it wasn’t for the downs, I wouldn’t be having the ups, right? Nothing too extreme, but when it comes to computers problems, it can turn your life quite miserable, especially when all that I want to do, is be outdoors.
By the way, the jewelry has been designed by moi. I’ve been having a ride making jewelry again. It deserves a later post.
Lastly, yesterday, my friend Charmaine and I went to visit my friend Mimi and came back home with a nice fleece with lots of curls and I want so badly to make something totally different this weekend…