Recipe for a stitching weekend: Add 4 friends + 1. Gather in a 1700's farm house near the dormant winter orchards. Settle in, make good food, dye some fabric, stuff some in a jar. Watch the neighbors snowshoe over to sweep off the path for us. Enjoy productive days, and wine-filled evenings stitching with no other distractions and make art a practice.
Apropos of Summer, Honey-colored days and sunshine, I thought I'd share this little piece of dreamy music.
I posted about Kelly the other day here and the naturally dyed skeins she made for my shop. After that post I realized I failed to mention that she is a beekeeper (as well as an artist) and then I thought hazza! her dyed skeins evoke a certain honey-colored depth to them.
Now, I know that sounds like I'm exaggerating and gushing a bit, but... you tell me, don't they have a certain honey-undertone?
Kelly McKaig, Artist
Chicago, IL USA
Kelly and I met when she attended the India Flint workshop in Cleveland, OH in fall, 2012. She along with Lotta Helleberg and I formed an immediate friendship. That is not to say that I didn't form super-sweet friendships with all the other lovely attendees.
In May this year, Kelly, Lotta and I met near the shores of Lake Michigan to stitch, dye and cook good food. See here.
As we made a deeper bond, I came to ask Kelly (and Lotta) to create limited edition hand-dyed hanks for my little online shop, Hank & Spool.
Kelly took to my challenge and created consistent, delicious and desirable colors on the #5 Silk/Cotton thread from my shop. She made 3 colorways with 5 hanks in each.
I hope you find her colors to be as desirable and I do. The silk content in the thread gives a depth of color that makes me swoon.
Each hank has approximately 35 yards, cut to easy-to-use lengths for hand-stitching. Go to my shop to buy a small hank, or one of each, I think you'll be happy you did.
Kelly is a prolific artist working in both textiles and photography. Please stop by her website here to see more of her soulful work.