mid september update

thanks for another wonderful birthday everyone.  friday at the shop some of the girls surprised me with a cake and gifts and i spent saturday morning at country market being totally spoiled!  (i’ll get back to low carbs soon!)  you all made my day super special and i realize how very lucky i am to be blessed with such beautiful friends in my life.  this year, since i turned 59 and this is officially the beginning of my 60th year, i am going to take a photo a week so that on my next birthday (the BIG one) i will have a ‘flip book’ of my 60th year.  i tried to do this a few years ago but at that time was trying to take a picture a day.  bad idea – no one wants to look at 365 pictures, but i think 52 is doable.  so for those of you who constantly have new grand-baby pictures, its pay back time!


with fall officially arriving in a few days, i recently received some leather leaves beautifully crafted from homestead heirlooms, maker of high-quality leather handles.  multi-colored oak leaves and bright green pumpkin leaves are  perfect embellishments for a fall purse or a felted pumpkin.  i have some which have been fashioned into pins for a coat or sweater as well. 

what else is new?  custom peg looms made by pat kintigh.  these looms are very versatile.  you can weave rugs, placemats, table runners, and even scarves.
  pat makes these looms in various sizes.  the loom pictured is 36″ but they are available in 12″ and 24″.  this is a great way to weave a project without the expense of a table or floor loom.
i’ve said it before but now is really the time to start working on christmas gifts!  someone mentioned that there are only 14 weeks left – i dont know who spends their time counting but it will be here soon so better get started.
birthdays:  birthday greetings to jana kula on the 26th, dottie westerveld o the 29th and linda sue on the 30th.  and belated greetings to sherry on 9/7 (sorry baby cakes!).  

dates to remember:

wed, sept 18 close knit girls – panera murrysville 6-8
tuesday sept 24 1-7 KA
thursday, sept 26 noon purlin girls at the bean
saturdays, sept 21 and 28 craftique fiber art group 9-12
shop open every friday from 10-6

upcoming classes:* 

thursday, october 17 
dottie westerveld returns to teach a beaded pendant class with branch fringe.


wednesdays, october 9 and 23rd
wet felted bowl class**
*see website for complete details, which will be posted within the week.  advance registration is required, as class size is limited.  
**option to have a daytime and evening class

where’s raggz?  

ligonier country market every saturday from 8 to noon through october 5
flax scutching was a lot of fun last weekend.  the weather was beautiful and although i was only a vendor on sunday, it was so enjoyable listening to great music, including cathy rhoades who imitates patsy cline and enjoying the sounds of the hit and miss engines.  got to see a lot of old faces there as well.   

i recently completed two computer classes on dying silks and hand weaving the silk or turning it into hand-made knitting materials. i hand wove a small scarf out of the silk and also knitted one as well.  these photos show what i have made out of them so far.  the photo on the right has the silk being knitted along with yarn while the photo on the left is all silk fabrics.


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