Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wooly Goodness

I had lots of fun wooly experiences last week - to start with I attended my monthly meeting with the Salt Lake rug group - our numbers were few, but there was good show & tell. Nancy is nearing completion on this geometric rug she found in a book by Pat Cross. She switched up the colors from the original to make it her own and it's lovely. 

Nancy recently took a trip to Europe to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary, and she found this gorgeous wool & silk jacket at a small shop in Paris (I think). It's light as a feather - made with a foundation of wool roving, and then silk fabric was needle felted into the design - I'm sure it will be extremely warm to wear without any bulk at all - so pretty! She said it was interesting trying to converse with the artist through the language barrier LOL!

Myra was working on a Maggie B design with three little chicks. The background is much different than Maggie's version - I like it better I think!

A year or two ago I stumbled upon this wonderful blog and realized that the author lived only about an hour away from me. I loved seeing all the projects she shared in her posts, and on Friday I finally made it to her Open House and got to meet her in person! Leisa has a gorgeous shop above the garage of her house and it is full of her hand dyed wool and tons of beautiful stitched projects. Twice a year she has an Open House and invites anyone interested to attend. It was so fun to mill around looking at all the eye candy. The place was packed! Here are a few photos I took of the event. 

This is the entrance to her studio - through the door and up the stairs to heaven!

Some displays around the big open room.

Hand dyed wool for sale.

A trunk show from Wooly Lady & Heart to Hand

I could hardly go to sleep when I got home that night because of all the eye candy and visual stimulation I had received during my short visit. Thanks so much Leisa!


audrey said...

That open house looks FUN! Really like the rug in the first pic too--wonderful.:)

annie said...

Wow! Those are all wonderful photos! Esp. loved that jacket! The little chicks are so very appealing, and all those those photos from the show, just love those beautiful patterns and colors!

Lesley said...

Thank you for a wonderful show and tell! Leisa's studio looks so beautiful! Love the splashes of colour!

Trace4J said...

What beautiful woolie treasures.
So fun to have a shop so close by.
Woolie Fall Blessings

moosecraft said...

Wow! Thanks for taking us along! Love the Halloween pennant banner!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Wooly Goodness is the perfect title for this post Gayle !
I love when I find a new shop within driving distance.
Very special. ;)

Doniene said...

Wow!!! What a wonderful open house for you!! You know just following you and seeing your projects makes me want to dip my hand into some applique wool projects!! So pretty!

Have a blessed day!

Saundra said...

I guess your head was reeling from all the visual sensory overload. And bet all kinds of creative ideas will soon develop for you as well.

Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.


Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - that is a lot of wooly goodness in one place! And what an interesting jacket - wish I could touch it (I'm a touchy-feely person!).

deerhollow said...

Thanks for sharing your visit to my studio! You are such an inspiration to ME! I'm so looking forward to a day of hooking! It was wonderful to meet you. I love it when inter-web connections turn real :)

The Wool Cupboard said...

WOW, Gayle!! What fun to live close to so MUCH "wooly goodness!" I always love the pictures you share from your group. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs, Linda

Julia said...

Lucky you to have found this shop so close by to where you live. It looks awesome.

I would love to see this beautiful jacket up close. It's beautiful and the colors are lovely. After 50 years, I think that she deserved it. I bet it was pricy.

I love that chick rug.



Hello Gayle, I just rediscovered you lovely blog thru Black Sheep Woolens.. Leisa has a very lovely studio indeed. I loved your tour of it... I never imagine it would be above a garage.. Sooo many wonderful woolen goodies.. LOVED all those handed dyed wools too and heaps of patterns.. Nice to chat with you again and thanks for sharing your photos too. Hugs Judy

Kyle said...

Great ideas every where. The shop looks awesome and a fun place to explore.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

You hang out and create with some awesome ladies! Those wools are beautiful--makes me want to go play with mine