January. The chairs are gone and the beach is deserted except for storm watchers. Time to head to the studio and plan our next project.
January is a month of expectations and looking ahead. The rush to finish items for guild sales and Christmas presents is over. You can relax and let your creative force wander somewhat aimlessly without guilt.
January is the perfect time to surround yourself with the yarns or fibers in your stash and ask them what they want to be. They may respond in a different way if you were recently given a new tool, book or exotic material.
If we are looking for fresh ideas this January we might want to check some older ideas. Simple clothing has been very popular this fall, just as it was in the 1980's. While the designs are similar the materials are quite different. The photo at the right shows a simple top from the "chenille" period. It is a rectangle with a neck slit. The selvedges are joined near the ends of the cloth. It could easily be reinterpreted with a light weight fabric with good drape or as a knitted piece. This top drew a lot of attention at our guild meeting during the show and tell session.
|section of guild library|
For a new perspective look at publications designed for other fiber arts. The motifs in the needle work photo could easily be translated into knitting or weaving. The artisan who created the piece is accomplished at all 3.
|double size quilt|
You might also want to take some time to visit an exhibit. The photo above is from an exhibition of quilts that took place in Oceanside. This piece is a riot of colour with rectangular frames around different quilting motifs. What a lovely sampler.
The guild is taking a short break over the holidays but we will be meeting again the fourth Monday in January. Our study groups, More Than Four, Fun With Four and the Colour Study group will also be meeting in January. Check the Guild Events list for times and places.