Abq FAF Weaving and Silk Painting Displays

Before I get to the weaving and silk painting display, I realized that I left out one of the vendors that was quite educational for me! The booth was a woman’s fabric/quilt designs and she was demo-ing free-hand machine stitching. I don’t think she was there when I walked by the first time cause I just figured it was a fabric booth and I didn’t stop but my mom told me about this great booth with a woman doing machine embroidery, so she took me back there after lunch. This was the first time I had ever had a chance to talk to someone who does machine embroidery and it was great. The technique she uses is to make the shape on dissolvable stabilizer in such a way that the shape can hold itself together, and then dissolve the stabilizer. Then she puts the shapes on quilts and uses them in her designs. Most of what she had, at least that I saw, were trees, bushes, and coral, but she said she has had students make animals and letters that way and you could make pretty much any shape. So it was good to talk to her about machine embroidery, and I got a chance to just watch her work which was good for me too, and we had a bit of a discussion about creativity and how everybody can be creative if we just get out of our own way.

Now, on to the displays! Really there’s not a lot for me to say about the various exhibits, so the posts about them will probably be mostly pictures, possibly with a few captions. I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the weaving or silk painting exhibits so I figured it will work best to combine them into one post. First, the weaving exhibit. All of the entries were hand-woven, and while it didn’t say so, I assume they were woven on floor looms of various sorts. Because I think it’s very important for people to get credit for there work, I also took pictures of all of the labels on the pieces and those will be following the picture of the piece, if the labels are not in the original picture. It may be that no one who knows any of these people ever see my blog posts, but they deserve the credit no matter what! Please excuse the lower quality of some of the pictures as about half my pictures were taken with my phone. The batteries in my camera died :-(.

Next is the silk painting exhibit. These weren’t necessarily all painted as such, a few were printed on a computer printer and I think there was another technique or two that I can’t remember. Basically they were all pieces that began as a plain white piece of silk and were modified, all except one being by adding color, to create images or shapes. I had never seen silk paintings that were as vibrant or precise and crisp as some of these, and I was incredibly impressed.

That’s the weaving and silk painting exhibits. There were quite a few more pieces in each exhibit, but these were the ones that most struck me, and I just couldn’t take the time to get good pictures of everything. If you want to see it all you’ll have to go to the next Fiber Arts Fiesta :-).

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