The first snowflake of the season.

After an inspiring week at Sauder Village followed by a wonderful visit from our son and family, I’m back at my hooking frame.  Except for the binding, I’m finished with my Snowflake Mandala piece that I started in a workshop at Sauder.  I don’t often do geometrics, but this has been fun.  I love the deep jewel tones of the wools.  The piece will be about 24” in diameter when finished.

There are so many things I want to do now.  I have been asked to participate in a barn theme fiber project and I’m filled with ideas for it.  It’s always flattering to be asked to participate in a group project and it makes me want to “up my game” each time.  I often jump into things when I’m excited, but I’m trying to take my time and come up with many ideas before starting this one.  I have my design in mind and there are months ahead to complete it, so I feel the luxury of that space in which to plan.

In a week or so, I’ll be taking a class in German Tufted Wool Embroidery at the Mennonite Center in Harleysville, PA.  I’m thinking that I might use this technique in my barn project, but time will tell.  I have done crewel embroidery and needlepoint in the past, but it’s been many years, so this class should be fun.

Because I won’t be able to share progress photos of the barn piece with you until it’s finished and published, I will start working on my The Fox and the Grapes design.  I love doing fable inspired pieces. These designs give me the freedom to play and “color outside the lines”.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the planning of designs, wools, and colors for upcoming projects.

The Snowflake Mandala looks like a stained glass window.  Binding to follow.

The Snowflake Mandala looks like a stained glass window.  Binding to follow.