Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Posting Day!

Hooray it's posting day!

I have just added four gorgeous new crochet hooks to eBay today... and it seems like a week for Nature to take center stage!

One beauty is a dyed burl, another filled with the gorgeous grain lines of Olivewood. One of the two pictured has the most splendid grain lines you've ever seen! (One of the precious miracles of Bocote -- one of my favorite demonstrative woods.) I will go way out of my way to find lovely looking pieces that I can turn into crochet hooks and other fiber arts tools.

The most kinetic of the hooks that I posted today is one I created out of one of my special Dyed Hardwoods called "Arctic Light." The turned form came out to be absolutely stunning. I have to say that my favorite part is the lower bead -- perfect! Of course, I couldn't stop the decoration there, no sireee!

I hand-turned three captive Jingly Rings into the top of the hook. (Indeed, they are part of the original wooden piece, not "glued on"). They're so fun to spin around... just sit idly and twirl them with your fingers! They're marvelous!

Anyway, a fun collection of hooks today! Check them out!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Posting Day!

Today I have a treat for you! Five brand new crochet hooks and two fantastic new nostepindes -- all on eBay!

I've put together some GORGEOUS color combinations, and I can't wait for you to see them! In the mix are some bright and brilliant dyed hardwoods as well as some purely natural beauties.

Take that Olivewood hook on the right, there ---> Supremely silky and wonderful to hold. Even in such a small size hook, the wood feels remarkably substantial in the hand, and it's positively a dream to crochet with! (You can probably tell at this point that I'm enormously fond of Olivewood!) Anyway, the grain stripes -- chocolate on cream -- are simply divine to behold.

The two nosties I added to my store are made of the wonderfully colorful dyed hardwoods that I do so much work with. I put up one in "Tapestry" (which you see just to the right), and one in the "Mardi Gras" colorway. I simply love the way the layers of dyed hardwood wrap themselves so beautifully around the shapes I turn -- they accentuate every curve and line.

By the way, this weekend I will be doing all-day demos at the Sustainable Living Fair in Ft. Collins, CO. I'll making all kinds of things on my lathe, and will have crochet hooks and nostepindes available for purchase too! It's a great opportunity to see how turned items are made by a professional woodturner. I absolutely LOVE doing demonstrations, and I hope to see you there!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Posting Day!

I'm back, I'm back! The symposium was GREAT! I learned a lot from my very favorite woodturner, Cindy Drozda, having watched all three of her marvelous demonstrations! (She made these absolutely precious mushroom boxes... one of her signature fine finials... and a tantalizingly sophisticated multi-axis hollow form in which the inside of the piece is larger than the outside!!!) On Sunday I saw Matthew Hill do some fantastic things with finishing, carving, and pyrography. I can't wait to see how my new work will evolve!

Today I've posted SIX gorgeous new hooks on eBay, including those beauties on the left! I love, love, LOVE working with wonderful figured woods, and when they are dyed, those chatoyant stripes just JUMP right out at you! Like cat's-eye gemstones, those stripes dance in the light!

As I was making these hooks I also wanted to play with color, and experimented to my heart's content! I think they turned out GORGEOUSLY well! Please check them out!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Symposium is Coming!

I'm so excited -- only a few days left until the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium!!! I will be attending all of the wonderful demonstrations, and I can't wait to see the Instant Gallery! Oh, to see those gorgeous pieces of artwork... only days away!

If you are in the area, (Loveland, CO), please come by! The Instant Gallery and the Trade Show are free to the public. You are also welcome to come to the Banquet & Auction on Saturday evening at 5:00. Tickets are $25, and all of the auction proceeds benefit the RMWT Educational Opportunity Grant.

(Remember my post on Cindy Drozda's wonderful 5-day workshop? I was the recipient of one of those educational grants, and could not have attended the workshop without it!) I will be donating one of my ornate crochet hooks to the auction.

And, in other news... I have posted FIVE gorgeous new crochet hooks on eBay! (Including that lovely below!)

I gave two demonstrations last week on how to create crochet hooks, and I talked quite a lot on wood choice and design. The hook above came out to be incredibly lovely.

For the shaft, I chose "basic black" -- "Charcoal" Dyed Hardwood. I then added a thin band of premium white Holly for some contrast. The finial is made from Curly Koa... and it has the most incredibly dense and fine stripes of chatoyancy! (I've never seen them so close together before!) Those marvelous stripies dance in the light!

Anyway, the hook came out marvelously well -- the colors are just perfect, and I love adding the beauty of natural wood. A premium crochet hook.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Posting Day!

Greetings and salutations all!!!

I had a fantastic time demonstrating Creating Crochet Hooks at the Loveland and Denver, Colorado clubs this past week! I hope you got to come and see me, because I had a blast!

Now, for your fiber arts tools pleasure, I present FOUR brand new crochet hooks, which I've posted on eBay!

One of the most surprising pieces I've done in a while is this little beauty!

See the inset picture? Yes, it's a perfectly natural HEART! The grain lines meandered ever-so-beautifully to produce a natural "picture" of a heart.... I love when Mother Nature reveals her surprises in such charming ways! Annnnnddd... the wood is Bethlehem Olivewood, which is certified from the Holy Land. I adore the beautiful grain lines -- chocolate on cream.

Of course turning the hook is an absolute PLEASURE! Please check her out on eBay.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I will be giving an encore performance of my Creating Crochet Hooks demo TONIGHT! Come and watch me at the Rocky Mountain Woodturners Club Meeting in Loveland, CO. You are very welcome to be my guest. (Price is Free!)

I will also give a short presentation on my receipt of the Educational Opportunity Grant, talking about my wonderful experience at Cindy Drozda's 5-day workshop in Utah, and showing pieces that I created while there.

The meeting is from 6:15 to 9PM. Please click here for directions. Hope to see you there!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

You are cordially invited to see my Creating Crochet Hooks demo tonight in Denver, CO! I will be doing the demonstration for the Front Range Woodturners, and you are very welcome to be my guest. (Price is Free!)

Click here for directions, etc.