Fiber Art



Incorporating wool, silk and cotton, Alanna’s art quilts capture landscapes and the zeitgeist of her time.



Alanna Nelson

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An afternoon of Nuno felting

An Afternoon of Nuno Felting January 12, 2018 from 1 to 4 pm in Melrose, MA $65 includes materials Play with wool, soap and water to create fabric that is sturdy, beautiful and useful. We'll talk about several ways to create felt and see examples. Learn how your wool...

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Melrose Snowflake Block Pattern

You've heard about the Melrose History Quilt project... What? Didn't I talk about this on the blog yet? I guess that was a few months ago. So, let's catch up! In May, the Melrose Historic Commission were very supportive of the project! Catch me at their booth at the...

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My Windows on Immigration Quilt

Annamaria Brenti reached out in May 2017 with details of her Finestre Migranti/Immigration Windows Quilt project. Did I want to participate? "Of course!" I immediately responded. As I write, I realize it is twenty years that I've known Annamaria. Our paths first...

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Plantano, Sycamore, Planetree

Tree bark deserves a pause. For a statically significant portion of our lives together, my hub waits as I stop at another sycamore  (or plane tree or plantano, as it is known in Italian). Pulling out my camera, the bark's earthy, rich textures and colors are a...

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Thank you from Joined by Stitch!

Joined by Stitch had a lovely time chatting with friends old and new last night at the Andover Memorial Hall Library.  Thank you to everyone who came out... and thank you to the folks at the Herb Farmacy for having a talk during the same time frame. There's definitely...

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Joined by Stitch April 17

It's up! My fiber art critique group has their first exhibit at the Andover Library through April 30, 2018. Thanks to SAQA - MARI, Betsy Abbott gathered fellow members and friends together, creating what we now call "Joined by Stitch." Seven fiber artists, each with...

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Fiber Art at The Gallery in Malden

The March landscap in Massachusetts can be an acquired taste. Bare branches, squishy boggy mud and wide ranging weather possibilities make cozy pancake eating days in maple sugarhouses one of its main attractions. However, March 2018 is a magical time to discover Land...

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Do you laugh when you hear “Knit-In”? Let me call you in.

It was my lucky day. I attended Local Environmental Action 2018, where keynote speaker Loretta Ross emphatically (in her folksy way) made her case for all aspects of human rights.  Loretta would like to see a culture where we can "call in" and build connections rather...

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Ho Ho Ho! Knitting books for me!

My family often uses my knitting wish list to inspire their shopping, and this year, I was lucky! Not one, but two knitting books to enjoy! My holiday knitting this year was light, and although I"m heads down into Emily Greene's Divide Pullover , you can bet I'll be...

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