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Spring Shows

Spring Shows

The flowers will be at two local art shows this spring, Bynum Bridge Art Fest on April 21 (between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill on 15-501) and Front Porch Art Walk in the Oakwood neighborhood in Raleigh on May 12. Stop by and say hello if you'll be in the area on either day!

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Attaching Dancing Triangles to its Backing

Attaching Dancing Triangles to its Backing

Once the backing is sized and dyed, it has to be pinned to the rug with very large safety pins. Once the entire backing is pinned to the rug, I start sewing the backing to the rug with fiber that might have been used in the rug, so it won't show on the front. I try to stitch so that there is no more than about 4" of run unattached at any point in the backing. Here the backing is mostly attached. It needs another row of stitching at the top and bottom, in the middle of the rod pocket....

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Dyeing rug backs for mounting

Dyeing rug backs for mounting

When one of my rugs sold recently, I was able to ship it immediately because it had already been mounted for wall display.  I decided to move ahead and mount the rest of the rectangular rugs onto canvas, so they can be hung on the wall.  (Still not sure about mounting the round and nautilus rugs, because they are reversible.) I tried to buy black dye because one of the rugs was dark.  Sometimes, the backing can show through to the front a tiny bit; a black backing would not stand out against a dark purple rug. My local grocery...

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CD Chains

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CD Chains

All you need is a large number of dead CDs and a supply of 8" cable ties. DVDs are pretty, too. Put two CDs together shiny side out, loop a large cable tie through the hole, and then through the cable tie that runs through another pair of CDs (make one pair stand-alone first). "White" cable ties will eventually disintegrate in the sun, but so will CDs at some point. Black cable ties (UV-resistant) will last longer than the CDs, for sure.You can also connect two pairs together with a longer cable tie--perhaps 11", but maybe 15". Test. These cable...

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Sari Silk Crescent Shawl

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Sari Silk Crescent Shawl

I needed to be knitting something easy on a road trip to Spartanburg, SC, and I needed a Christmas gift for my sister, and I had a bag of sari silk yarn waiting to become something, and bingo! Search on Ravelry, find UrbanGypz Designs Sari Silk Crescent Shawl (may need to be a Ravelry member), and I'm set. Top view, showing flouncing. This is the same yarn that was used in the Sari Weave fabric. The pattern is a standard Pi Shawl base, which calls for three increase rows of (YO, K1). In order to make them not stand out...

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