Fiber: an Art Form and and a Joy

Fiber: an Art Form and and a Joy

 

Last weekend, my friend, Melissa Blumklotz, introduced me to the Rose City Yarn Crawl, Unravel Portland.

You’ve heard of pub crawls, and gallery crawls. Those are fun, I grant, but the Rose City Yarn Crawl brings together art and artists in an exciting way, encouraging artists and craftswomen (and men) to learning from each other. Plus, it introduces fiber artists and fiber players (like myself) to shops we would not otherwise visit.

Melissa planned a Saturday morning visit to two shops she knew I had never seen. She is heavily involved in knitting, hand knits beautifully, has a knitting machine and belongs to an association of machine owners who share their knowledge with each other. Melissa also has made fiber art animals to sell at various events where people love her creations. She knits for her family, especially her nephews and niece. They now make requests which

Waiting outside of Dublin Bay

Waiting outside of Dublin Bay

send her out to the yarn shops on a quest to fulfill the imaginative wishes of little ones.

 She knows that I love to knit – some prosaic and some not so common sweaters, fun

scarves, lace shawls and Aran style clothing, so she took me first to Dublin Bay.

Here is Melissa, on Saturday morning of a four day event, waiting for Dublin Bay to open its doors at 1227 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, Or, 97209 .
 

Opening Morning Crowd

Opening Morning Crowd

And this photo gives you an idea of the numbers of people who waited with us, all discussing knitting, crochet, fiber art and the long distances some of them had come for this weekend.

 

Gloves through the window

Gloves through the window

And here is Melissa inspecting the glove samples in the Dublin Bay window.
She was right, the work inside was beautiful, samples of Aran styles for children and adults, laces so fine they seemed like mist, and this very

Whimsical Hat

Whimsical Hat

whimsical hat that uses up left over yarn while creating a great playground personality for some adventuresome child.

 

I indulged in the purchase of several patterns to share with Melissa and we discussed the wonderful feel of the yarns we intend to use to create these wearable art pieces. We had tea in the knitting lounge and watched others enjoy the shop, too.

 

And then we were off to the east side to visit Gossamer Fiber Arts and Crafts at 2418 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214.

 

Felted Art

Felted Art

I had heard of Gossamer from a friend who creates wonderful felted hats. However, I had never been there. Gossamer specializes in very different art than Dublin Bay. They feature felted paintings like this majestic heron, as well as exotic felted sculptures.

 

I have a son who once sewed fiber flames for the façade of our fireplace. He designed them to create warmth during times when the fireplace was unavailable for real flames. Owyn, you would love this place.

 

So, I looked at Gossamer yarns and patterns, and I also indulged in the fantasy of bringing

Felted Dragon

Felted Dragon

family children to take classes in the art of doll making and felted painting. I also imagine bringing them for the opportunity to pet the baby dragon who resides in the window, staring out at the modern world with ancient calm.

 Thank you, Melissa, for a wonderful day and for your artful friendship.

 Below are some beautiful examples of non-knitted creations that I found in Gossamer.

Wool Roving Princesses created at Gossamer

Wool Roving Princesses created at Gossamer

Waldorf Dolls created at Gossamer

Waldorf Dolls created at Gossamer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, some gorgeous patterns that stole my heart. I hope to see these move from pattern to something wearable soon.

Cabled Irish Sweater purchased at Dublin Bay

Cabled Irish Sweater pattern purchased at Dublin Bay

Brick Sock Pattern purchased at Dublin Bay

Brick Sock Pattern purchased at Dublin Bay