Scarlet Fields’ Texting Mittens

My friend Scarlet has created an item that is taking the world by storm! (Well, our little world anyway.  She did just get into a shop in Wisconsin!)  She originally created what has become “texting mittens” because the area she did her painting in was cold and her hands got cold, so she came up with the idea of gloves that had no fingers in them.  They are made out of felted wool.  Scarlet scrounges through yard sales and other places for cheap sources of wool.  She then felts it by washing it many times in hot water before it is felted.  She came up with the idea of calling them “texting mittens” and that has helped them sell.  She can’t keep them in stock!  She also uses lots of vintage trims, buttons and jewelry to deck them out.  And they are SOOOO cute.  I’m wild about them.  My pair is being created as I write. ;=)  Here are a couple of photos of them to whet your appetite…and you can go to her blog to see more.

Aren’t they the bomb?!

Go see more here!  She makes awesome jewelry using vintage stuff too.

This ‘N That

I haven’t blogged for a while.  I guess it’s because I haven’t been doing that much.  I visited with some friends last week, but I haven’t had much time for artsy stuff, although I do try to keep working steadily for my exhibit in October.

I have all 7 pieces of the “Flow” series now mounted on canvases covered in ash grey cotton.  They look very nice.  The only work left is to finish the back side of the canvas.

Flow #8

Work on Sticks and Stones #3 is finished.  All that is left is to get the hanging slat cut.  I have several pieces layered and basted; I’m ready to start the stitching. Sticks and Stones #4 is started.  I am studying where I am with at this point and where I want to go with it.

Sticks and Stones #3 detail

It’s time to get serious about getting work finished.  October will be here before we know it.  July is almost over.  I need to design my postcards for the exhibit so that they can be at the gallery in time for the August gallery stroll.  I will only be working a couple of shows this fall and no quilt shows since I will be working on the exhibit.

In other news, I had two textile pieces accepted into the MoFA exhibit that will run during Innovations in Textiles in the St. Louis, MO area this fall.  There will be an opening reception in early October at which time I will travel to the area and also go see Quilt National in St. Charles.  I can’t wait for that! I wish I had several days to hang around and see all of the exhibits and lectures and demonstrations going on, but this time, duty calls!  I’m sure I will be too busy and too nervous to take any more time out.  My exhibit has to be hung during the week of October 23.

Scarlet and I have scheduled another play day next week.  We are going to work on special Christmas ornaments for the gallery…this should be interesting and fun!