The first full weekend in December for the past 5 years has meant visitors and locals shopping at Hampshire County studios. DECEMBER 7-9 are the dates this year, and I have just finished some fun items hooked with wool. Hope some of you can come out to Hampshire County on the weekend and visit with us. This year our log home is open with my work hanging among the other artist’s pieces we collect, a great opportunity to see Jim’s log house and our working studio.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO COME BY BUT SEE SOMETHING INTERESTING, Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask if it is still available, we would ship!
PINS which are 2″ x 3″, each titled and labeled are $25 each.
Push/Pull, Up Hill, Shadows in the Valley, Moonlit Hill
Starry Night, Fall Road, Fall Stream, Coppery Moon
There are several 8″ x 10″ mats for $90. Many with complimentary mini 5″ square mats at $25.
Coloring Box: 8 x 10 mat
Orange Flame, Geode, Energy Paths, Hayfield and Sumac
Nature’s Beauty, Apple Blossoms in the Valley, Jewel Light
Fall Leaves 8 x 10
Sky Through Honeycomb 8 x 10
We have a new “designer” BOB (the second female tabby cat named Bob) and yes the first one is still around.
Fall is the perfect season to visit the Mountain State of West Virginia. Our foliage colors include rich burgundy, rust, golds from the hardwoods offsetting the evergreen pines and hemlocks. Two destinations which include great gift shopping are Thomas near the highest peak (Spruce Knob) and Canaan Valley in northern West Virginia and Beckley in the south.
Several hooked pins ranging in size from a two inch wide bar to 2 x 3 pictorials have been delivered to MountainMade in downtown Thomas. The notecards are available through this shop only or online at RuckmanMillFarm.com
Tree pins 2 x 3
Sets of 5 inch square and 8 x 10 mats are at Tamarack in Beckley. They will be available as individual items but I do hope some stay together.
Every piece I have created was a joy and unique experience. Selecting the fabrics in colors and values and deciding the direction to hook affects the final look. I hope the recipients are drawn to look closely and enjoy them for years to come.
This book is published by Stackpole Books and includes great directions for a wide variety of fabric flower pins. The photographs of completed works inspire the reader to get the materials and begin. Nan signed books and demonstrated at the Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.
She includes our ArtWools in many of the creations and has a blog at fancywoolflowers.blogspot.com. Visit her site to order the book. You can also go to the Westmoreland Museum Gift Shop in Greensburg, PA and purchase a special flower for friends or yourself.
Loncharich flower using Susan Feller ArtWools
This gem is made exclusively with our wools and a great button to anchor the petals.
Jim and I planted the garden seeds today. Now we feel like survivalists again. Looks like much better starter soil than last year, first step. It will be up to Mother Nature to help us get the plants growing when we put them in late in May. Until then the kitchen is our incubator.
Put in three dozen pips of RAMPS two weeks ago in the woods. Got them from Ramp Farm Specialists, the only place selling Ramps as bulbs or seeds. Although these delicious alliums have a mystique of being only found in the mountains of Appalachia, we have found them growing in New Jersey and learned they are prolific in Colorado and many other areas.
An acquired taste, one chef we met says a ramp needs to be “tamed” like a colt. Boiling and throwing off the water once takes the extra bite out of them.
To promote our heritage I have branded my jewelry line R.A.M.P.S. “Rag Art Means Personal Style”.
The third Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour is over and was another fun way to meet neighbors, travelers and fellow artisans. Although it was cold and very windy the snow we had last year held off allowing travellers to get to all 15 studios.
From the reports by the artists we are going to put together a fourth tour. Put the first weekend in December on your calendar and visit www.HampshireHighlandsStudioTour.com throughout the year to see who is added. We plan to work with the lodging in our county to come up with great packages including tour a day, dinner in Romney, an art event (theatre or concert) at the Bottling Works and lodging in town. This will allow out-of-towners who enjoy meeting artists to visit all of the studios and enjoy our other cultural benefits.
The newest batch of R.A.M.P.S jewelry has been received at TAMARACK, the Best of West Virginia in Beckley, WV. Included are a variety of friendly faces, all hooked with wool strips of fabric through a woven backing and finished off with wool fabric and a pin back.
Face Pins hooked by Susan L. Feller
These join the hooked mats and small rugs which were juried in last November and have been selling very well. Another batch will arrive by early November, please stop on your journey through the southern part of West Virginia along I64 and I79 just outside of Beckley, WV.