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January 10, 2019
Happy New Year from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year!

I discovered I had sold or given away many of my mid and small size pieces, so it’s time to add to the inventory for shows in the New Year.

So I have started a new needle felted landscape. The siren call of Hawaii still calls to me, and I must answer. I have many gorgeous photos of my trip to Kauai, and I plan to continue using them for inspiration. Here’s a gorgeous vista with a lighthouse.

There’s even a sea ...

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December 21, 2018
Happy Holidays! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe it is the end of the year already. Thank you for following my quilty adventures this year. Although I have not posted as often as I used to, I hope the content has been useful to you. If there is something you want me to write about, please make sure to comment and let me know.  Remember, I always want you to have fun with your art making, so let me know what you are making and how I can help.

For the rest ...

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December 3, 2018
Nick is Home for Christmas! from a daily dose of fiber

Nick has spent the last year at Island Quilters located on Hilton Head Island. He evidently traveled with Owner Beth to several quilt shows and talks, though he hasn’t said much about that. I must thank Beth for giving me the pattern and many of the supplies. Fusing is not my favorite thing to do, but he was fun to make.

After lots of measuring and engineering, Peter got Nick hung in the great room! It is so fun to come into the room and see his funny self. I’m not sure the reason, but this is the ...

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November 29, 2018
Teaching and Making from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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A few weeks ago, I was able to teach the ladies of the American Sewing Guild in Greer, South Carolina. We had a terrific time making raw fused applique pieces.  My host, Phyllis, and the other ladies totally spoiled me while I was there, and I had a great time.  I was most impressed by the open mindedness of the students and how willing they were to try something out of their wheel house.  I hope this workshop has inspired them  to make ...

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November 6, 2018
A Pregnant Post from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

Ok now that I have your attention- lol, no one I know is pregnant. But I am “birthing” a new piece. My friend Lori, has a midwifery school, and works with women who have had birth trauma.  This summer I reconnected with her and was delighted her programs were doing so well. Her work is life -changing and so important. So I was thrilled to be asked to create a new piece for her office loosely based on her logo. She asked me ...

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November 5, 2018
Hand Piecing Workshops! from a daily dose of fiber

Although I’ve been quiet on a daily dose, I’ve been working! It’s been a year full of deadlines for classes and workshops. All things that I wanted to do, but it’s kept me very, very busy.

I finally got myself in gear and offered two Summer workshops at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, where I volunteer. Much to my delight, I got enough students to run the class! I wasn’t at all sure – at present, most of the classes are of the fine art variety and who knew if anyone would be interested in making ...

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October 31, 2018
Vertices Unite and Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

The first time I tried to knit Vertices Unite didn't work out very well. I think that was because of my choice of yarn. This time, I grabbed a bunch of superwash worsted (Knit Picks Swish) that Aunt Betty left me. This is great yarn.
I didn't pick the colors before I started. I mostly grabbed what I thought would work for each section. This is the somewhat lumpy shawl before washing. 
While this blocking might look extreme, it isn't. Very minimal pulling and pinning but the shape is still pretty awesome. For the record, I still ...

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September 26, 2018
Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is an unnamed shawl. I had an idea of a design I wanted to try. I also had 200 grams of superwash worsted. I decided it was time to test my idea. I worked on this when I didn't have to think too much about the knitting. Stitched in garter stitch, with simple short-row shaping, and a size 8 needle, it was a quick knit.
Here is the shape of the shawl before blocking. A somewhat wing-like shape.
I expected it to grow, but not by as much as it did. Still, a very satisfying finish. I have ...

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September 20, 2018
Big Bass Bob- who’s that? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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I have been commissioned to make a fish quilt.  Not just any fish- has to be a big bass fish. But here’s the back story….
My boyfriend is an avid bass fisherman. He has fished with his buddy, Bob for 20 + years.  As a result I have learned way more than I bargained for about bass fishing, :).  Well, as a gift to his buddy, he asked me to make him an art quilt that documents his love for bass fishing.  Also, I ...

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September 6, 2018
Hawaiian Miniatures from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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When I was a kid growing up in Boston, I remember going to the MFA and seeing the Persian miniature collection. I was so enthralled with the tiny details, the brilliant jeweled colors and the stories they told. Here is an example of one:

So that memory inspired me to create some miniatures of my own.

I like to use little 6″ x 6″ x 1″ canvases to mount small treasures to sell at parties and to give as gifts.  They have been ...

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September 5, 2018
Travel Knitting Holey Chevrons from Becca's Crazy Projects

I like to start a project at the beginning of any trip. This time I decided to make Stephen West's Holey Chevrons. I didn't want serious knitting and this qualifies. Simple garter stitch is perfect for travel knitting. No (or little) counting and you don't have to focus too much.
I grabbed two cakes of striping yarn I dyed in June. I just went with whatever color I wanted to use next.
I made good progress by the time we had boarded for the outbound flight. 
Once we reached our destination, I had make excellent progress. 
I ...

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September 2, 2018
Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week – More Rugs! from a daily dose of fiber

There were shows within shows at Rug Hooking Week. Ellen Banker curated one dealing with words and I’d like to share some of those with you, as well as some of the many rugs in the show that included words.

This is one of my favorite Ellen rugs, called Lost Cow. Can’t you just see that hanging in a bookstore or coffee shop?

Another Ellen favorite – A Rug Hooker’s Sampler. What a fun idea to make each letter a separate design. I also really like the asymmetry of it.

This rug, which Ellen brought to class, was ...

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August 26, 2018
Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week – the class! from a daily dose of fiber

Though I love looking at hooked rugs, Archbold OH is a long way to drive. Several years ago I went to Sauder Village and took some workshops. I’ve been hoping ever since to find a class I liked and was delighted to see this one by Ellen Banker – The Unconventional Rug Hookers Guide to Samplers. If you read Rug Hooking Magazine, you have seen her work and read her articles. I’m a big fan so I got signed up.

As part of the class, all the hookers {I know many of you are smiling…} got a sampler to ...

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August 23, 2018
Commission is Nearing Completion! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

Yes! The commission of the gate to the South Carolina cemetary is nearing completion. For those of you who like numbers, I have kept track of the hours I put in so far – about 28 from start to finish. Yesterday I put it up on the wall for  damp blocking. This is a process where I pin the quilt at regular intervals and spray it down until it is damp.

Once it is dry, it is pretty flat and there are no more ...

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August 19, 2018
Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week – the show! from a daily dose of fiber

Wow! What a great time I had at the epicenter of rug hooking last week at Sauder Village. Classes, rugs, wool, fun people, rugs and more rugs….

The show was wonderful and full of all sorts of mini shows and exhibits. Let’s start with a rug I was DElighted to see in person – – – The Conspiracy by Marion Sachs. I’d seen it in print but nothing compares to viewing the real rug. The rug is adapted from a painting by David Galchutt. Do check out his website to see more incredible work.

The Royal Couple was designed by Pris ...

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August 13, 2018
Marled Dotted Rays Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever (it wasn't forever). On Sunday morning I made it to the bind-off. The pattern is Dotted Rays from Stephen West. I knit it using two strands of fingering held together (more info on the yarn at the bottom of the post). This meant it knit up pretty quickly on size 8 needles. I also blended the colors together like in the Marled Magic Shawl
During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild meeting I continued working on the bind off. I was pretty pleased when I made it to ...

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August 8, 2018
A Shawl or Table Runners? from a daily dose of fiber

Those of you who are weavers will groan, at my ________________ (stupidity, naiveté’, lunacy, you choose). Perhaps even those of you who don’t will understand why my latest weaving project was a recipe for disaster! 

The Greenville Center for Creative Arts where I volunteer and teach, has a members’ show each year. Last year I submitted a little framed quilt. This year, I decided I would like to submit a handwoven shawl; a lovely lacy one for Summer in the South. Much to my delight, in the May/June issue of Handwoven magazine (which I probably got in April ...

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July 26, 2018
Last chance for Online Classes with Me from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Welcome to the new readers!

After much deliberation, I have decided to phase out my teaching online. I will still have the courses available until January, 2019. If you are currently enrolled in one, you will have access until you finish the course. My ability to reply to your questions will go away after January 1, 2019.  Right now the classes are listed as closed, but if you would still like to do one, I can invite you into a class. Just send me an email at roxane ...

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July 5, 2018
Taking A Break at Swan Lake from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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After finishing up the large orchid triptych, I am taking a break in my studio. This week for your viewing pleasure, I thought I would share something from the other part of my world. A video of the Royal Ballet prepping for Swan Lake. Many years ago, I completed my training in classical ballet at the Royal Ballet School and I often turn to this company for inspiration. In this video you will see the corps de ballet sharing what it is like ...

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June 21, 2018
How Do I Finish the Orchid? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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How Do I Finish the Orchid?

Well, I wasn’t sure how to hang and finish this piece. Originally I had it in mind to make it a joined triptych. Like this:

I did like the white spaces between and around the piece on paper, but somehow, when it came time to make it that way- I didn’t like it. I started out by trimming around all three pieces, but left extra  around the main orchid to add white silk strips.

But ...

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