Innovative design, heirloom quality, and natural fibers. Everything I look for in a spring road trip. And everything at the Oriole Mill is designed, woven, cut and sewn all right in Henderson, NC. Mill tours are given most Fridays at 1 pm. Space is limited, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information click on the link: The Oriole Mill
That's a really big spool of yarn!
Everyone needs a fringe bucket.
The find. And of course I had to purchase a tote from the retail store!
Dreaming of ways to create with these selvage outcasts.
The best part of the trip was waking up to the sounds of birds and the sights of snowball trees at the Senter B&B in Asheville. And spending time with Family.
Who says winter is the only time for snowballs?
Always heard if you've got nice legs you should show them off! This little footstool's cabriole legs were left bare underneath a short fan pleated skirt. The antique linen hand selected for this creation is specially processed so that it can be used and washed for many generations to come.
Like many of my creative friends, finding time for personal projects is a constant challenge. But with an upcoming trip requiring airline travel, I carved out a few hours to cobble up this carry-on container. Part of the puzzle was using only materials I had on hand, including leather remnants and parts from what I call the "weird projects graveyard".
Back Pack or Shoulder Bag
This last photo is my favorite because my reflection is captured in the shiny snap. A great metaphor for pouring heart and soul into work . I can't wait to try this design in my travels and think about the next iteration.
What are you designing that reflects your life?
Recently I was asked if I had any interesting projects going on and I really had to think about it. But here is one for that category.
It's always rewarding to make someone's quality of life just a little bit better. That's pretty interesting to me.
This coming weekend my sisters and I will travel to Tarboro for a girls weekend to celebrate Mama's birthday. So happy my sister Marilyn from Arden made a pit stop to the workshop today and that she brought her creative spirit with her. During some Appalachian winter's nights, she had reimagined some fabric remnants into colorful braids and needed a strong machine to zigzag them into a rug. The Sailrite LS-Z was just the machine to do the job. Can't wait for more fun projects this weekend! Time spent with family is priceless.
For my friends who love furniture and upcycling, here is the ultimate: "Found Chairs and Trees" by artist Tom Shields (American born 1970 and lives in Penland). Weekend weather was amenable to hiking and what a nice discovery on the trails at the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition takes the chair back to its roots by grafting chairs to trees. Over time, the chair will decay, completing a natural cycle.