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



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“Outside the Ordinary” in Lawrence

Surround yourself with those who share your passion. My fiber art critique group, Joined by Stitch is a perfect example of that adage. Eight spirits work through different stages of their artistic journeys, creating beautiful examples of technique, message and visual...

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Distilling Fiber Thoughts

Last summer, I felt certain my Finestre Migranti Immigration Windows quilt would be complete by October. In October, my expectation was surely complete it by the end of 2018. Ha! As winter 2019 begins to thaw, I'm still feverishly felting and stitching. Background...

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A New England December Yarn Bombing

With apologies to Thomas Oliphant and John Thomas... "Deck the street with knit & crochetFa la la la la la la la laThey do mark "Clues from the Quilt "Fa la la la la la la la laYarn and banners at seven placesFa la la la la la la la laTis the yarn storm now in...

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An afternoon of Nuno felting

An Afternoon of Nuno Felting March 9, 2019 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 choice...

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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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