Love Cycles

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

I am not sure exactly when I started following the blog SouleMama. But I can say that is one of the blogs that I read religiously. So when I see a post that includes a piece of my artwork, well…I get a little giddy.

You see, the Cycles print was one of the most challenging for me. The work that I do for Taproot Magazine is generally tied to a story. So I read the story and interpret it into a block. Carve. Print. Send. I knew the image that I was going for but it was coming out of me as easy as some of the others. I simply love that it is one of the most popular of my prints. It just goes to show that we, as artists, need to step back to really appreciate our work sometimes.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy for yourself, CLICK HERE.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Sneak Peek

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Here is a sneak peak of what will be in the upcoming issue of Taproot Magazine RECLAIM. In September I had the honor of attending the Squam Art Workshops: Taproot Gathering. At the Gathering I had the opportunity to meet Jason Miller and Amanda Blake Soule. So much of the submission process happens virtually. It was such a delight to meet them in person and be able to share in the joys of being a part of the magazine. I even helped out at the Taproot booth for a little while during the art fair on Saturday night during the Gathering. Several contributors attended the Gathering. It was so nice to be able to put faces to some of the names.

I so completely appreciate the opportunity to be a contributor. It has gotten me more in touch with myself through my artwork, bringing forth various art forms that were…lost for awhile. My guess is you will see some samples of that soon as well. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for the next issue.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Grashus

(C) Larissa Brown

(C) Larissa Brown

That up there is Grashus. A new pattern by Larissa Brown. She is currently wrapping up a book, Beautiful Wreck: A Viking Love Story. In conjunction with the book she has released a series of patterns that are themed with the book. This one is Grashus, Icelandic for grass house. Larissa asked me to test the pattern for her and knit the sample you see above.

It was a delight to knit this project. It is always easier when helping a friend. It did take a bit longer than I anticipated. The bottom part is done in double-garter. This was a new technique for me. I found that it wasn’t one that you could speed through. It took quite a bit of paying attention, hence the slowness. The stitch is intricate enough that you can’t really make a mistake. Partly because they are hard to hide and partly because it is relatively difficult to rip out. Although, after a good three feet I ended up learning a few tricks of the double-garter. Here is a link to the pattern.

Mondays of Making

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This is a new segment called Mondays of Making or MOM. There is always something happening with these hands of mine. It will highlight either a work in progress or a recently completed project (like todays). I will also talk about successes and failures or any issues that may have come up with each project.

Today focus will be about my third Girasole by Jared Flood. You can see the project page here. I really love this pattern. I love that it offers different enough patterns to keep me engaged and excited about the project. The hardest part for me is the edging. Oh, the edging. The shawl has been done for approximately a year, all it needed was the edging. But, the edging alone takes about 6-8 hours depending on speed. So, knowing that I had a retreat coming up I knew this was going to be my opportunity to just ‘get ‘er done.’ Even still, I had about an hours worth of work when I got home. But, at long last, it is done. People often ask about blocking. I has blocked all three the same. First I soak it about 15 minutes then I put down a sheet in the middle of my living room. When I pin it the pin goes directly into the carpet and I pin each and every point. A little over 200. For those that have hardwood this can also be done on your bed, preferably in a spare room where it can be left overnight. I typically turn on the ceiling fan overnight to help with air flow.

After blocking the shawl is an instant fave! I am so happy with my choice of yarn. It is Cascade Yarns Heritage. It is so light and has a beautiful drape to it.

Next Monday: Aviendha Update

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Finito

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Here are some of the projects that have been on my plate. The first is the Boardwalk vest by Heidi Kirrmaier. I recently joined with Knit Purl in downtown Portland to work making some samples for them. This was this first, but the process was such a breeze I am already working on a second. In the second picture you can see the WIP for Aviendha by Melanie Berg, the next sample for Knit Purl. This one is a very basic knit, done completely in garter stitch with an easy decrease pattern.

Recently I did some work with Larissa Brown, a local knitwear designer and author. The first (#3) was a new pattern for her titled Pterodactyl. You can read about it on her blog here and here. It was with Malabrigo worsted which is such a wonderful yarn to work with. Soft and squishy, perfect. The next project was also with Larissa, I can give little details as it will be published in the fall. When it is released I will endeavor to put it up here for all to see. The picture above (#4) is the yarn involved, Madelinetosh Prairie.

There is definitely more in the works.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Inspiration Deck Swap #1

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“The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer to God.”

I first discovered Jessica Brogan while we were both doing a workshop with Susannah Conway entitled Exploring the Senses. (Which I highly recommend!) And, when you are a part of classes/programs like this there is typically a blogroll. I always peruse them for new and inspiring people to follow. Enter: Jessica. She continues to inspire me with her artwork, and words, and aunthenticity. After the Exploring the Senses program I also joined her Artist’s Way Group.

On her blog I saw this post about doing an Inspiration Deck Swap. It sounded SO cool. I whole deck of inspirational sayings to keep on hand when you need a boost. And made by creative folk. But, I missed the cutoff. I knew I wouldn’t miss it next time. Well, next time came sooner that we thought. December 14 there was a tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many people were trying to find was to get involved, from a distance. That is when Jessica proposed doing a Deck Swap for the Sandy Hook Families. I immediately jumped on board. The image aboe it the result. As you can see, made in a very RainMomma style.

I am currently finishing up another batch for another Inspirational Deck swap with Jessica. This one involves 52 cards and 4 different sayings. It is harder than it sounds. So stay tuned.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

St. Francis

The Cimabue Francis by Michelle Kroll (C)2013

The Cimabue Francis by Michelle Kroll (C)2013

I had been trying to think of a way that I could combine my work and my (current) pleasure. The print at the right is the outcome. The Cimabue Francis print was made because the Franciscan Spiritual Center (my day job), was looking for something to use for an appeal. As I am involved with the project at work as well I thought I would offer up a print. The result you see here. It has been very well received. Francis is a well-loved saint. If you would like to purchase a print of your own you can get one here.

The inspiration continues to flow. Keep watching.
Coming soon- Why Printmaking?

Be well. Create. Inspire.

:: Sneak Peek ::

PeekSo, one of the project I have in the works is a wood block print for another submission to Taproot. This is a very exciting project for me for 2 reasons. First, this is the second time I will be published in a magazine. And secondly, it is an opportunity to be a part of Taproot again. The people, the magazine, the community that is present in its pages, inspire so! It is the very relationship with the magazine (and its people) that keeps pushing me to do more artwork. I have been doing a lot of reflecting on why I have called in the direction of printmaking. I have not come up with a clear answer. What I do know is that instead of continuing to ask myself why, I need to ask myself why not. I am always so grateful for the kind words said about my work. Therefore, I keep showing it off and talking about it. The more and more I have been talking about it, the more projects come to me. So, I have been making a list and will be getting some more blocks on the way. For those of you out there that continue to support me in this endeavor, I say “Thank you!”

If you have not yet taken the opportunity to checkout Taproot, I strongly encourage you to do so! So, since publication is a ways away (June) I took a little snippet of print to show you. Enjoy.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

As of late…

Sorry for the lack of presence on here. There has been a lot of change in my home and therefore schedule. I aim to improve my presence on this site. Hang in there please. I thought at the very least I could post a collage of what I have accomplished recently. There are several other projects recently completed or still in the works. So, stay tuned for those! I WILL POST THEM HERE! See that! I put it in caps that means I will totally do it!

Projects

1. Pembroke Wrap
2. Bilberry Shawl
3. Elise Shawl
3. Icy Cowl (my pattern)

Many blessings to you for a wonderful 2013! I feel like there is a lot in store for RainMomma. Keep watching!

Be well. Create. Inspire.