Come See Me In My Studio!

I have just moved my studio from a home office to The Savage Mill in Savage Maryland.  If you have never been to the mill you are in for a treat:  it’s an old fiber mill–cotton mostly, as I understand–and has been re-worked to house artist studios, retail places of all sorts, antiques, and some great places to eat, including a wonderful pub/tavern, and a french bakery.  I’ve heard rumors that a middle eastern place is coming soon.

I am in studio 118 and at this writing things are moving from disarray to order.  I will be in this studio for a few months at most and then I move up the hall to a larger space that will allow me to have separate areas for my design/teaching/workshop space and my shipping/distribution activities.

If you are in the area, come see me!  My door will be open during the week from Tuesday – Friday 10-ish to 5:30-ish.  Call if you are going to be by at other times.  I am selling patterns and purse frames, noni labels, and maybe soon also yarn from this location.  In other words, just about everything you need for your Noni bags and garments. . .

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I will shortly take pictures of the large work table and the (sort of) comfortable place to sit.  I move things around almost daily. . . so it already looks different.  And as trunk shows come and go, the bags hanging up and on the floor change.

More soon.

Stitch House Dorchester: A new approach to the Noni workshop format

Stitch House is located in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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Because my own house was in the process of being, well, reworked in order to address a water damage issue, my son and I last minute decided to spend some time in Maine (with my folks) in order to be out of the house for the worst of the work (we were supposed to be gone one week and ended up being gone two–the house is still a complete disaster, a little dusty, but water damage issue addressed.  Whew.)  Thus: my father met me and my little boy at the airport and as we navigated our way through warehousey areas, I wondered when we would get to a place that looked as though it might be home to a knit shop. . .

Stitch House is tucked into an area that is mixed residential, commercial, industrial, or at least that’s how it looked to me.  Annissa George owns the shop and is a commanding force.  Here she is arriving at the shop–this photo in no way does her justice.  She’s a striking, beautiful woman who seems to know everyone she meets on the street, in the pub we went to for dinner.  She would do well in politics, I think.  She gets things done, moves people, makes things happen. Her customers LOVE her and after meeting her I can see why.

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Dorchester, like many areas in this country, has been hit hard by the international economic crisis.  As it is in many places, everyone I met either had been laid off, had a close someone who was or is out of work, or was in the process of some reinvention. It was sobering but inspiring.  This context accounted for a low sign-up rate for the workshop, so Annissa did an amazing thing–she offered the workshop for free!  It was interesting how this simple fact changed the flavor of the workshop.  It was much more relaxed and meant that there were folks of a much broader skill level in attendance than usual.  Annissa and I tag team taught Lisa to knit, I started a lot of folks on bag projects, helped others finish bags, got some folks going on flowers.  People dropped in and out.  It was comfortable, relaxed, often very quiet as people worked, and I felt very much at home.

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Thank you Stitch House and everyone who came to the workshop.  See below for some of the participants and their projects.

Bill introduced me to this lovely reversible cable.  I'm trying to make it work as a winter-weight sweater.  It takes A LOT of yarn.  I haven't given up yet, but I see why it's perfect for a scarf!

Bill introduced me to this lovely reversible cable. I'm trying to make it work as a winter-weight sweater. It takes A LOT of yarn. I haven't given up yet, but I see why it's perfect for a scarf!

Jean working on her small Vintage Bag

Jean working on her small Vintage Bag

Intent on a small Vintage Bag with Mom Mary Ann in the background working on a teal and blue Medallion Travel Bag

Intent on a small Vintage Bag with Mom Mary Ann in the background working on a teal and blue Medallion Travel Bag

The lovely Claire (Annissa's right-hand-woman) embellishing her small Adventure Bag

The lovely Claire (Annissa's right-hand-woman) embellishing her small Adventure Bag

working on flower embellishment for a large Vintage Bag

working on flower embellishment for a large Vintage Bag

in the process of knitting. . .

in the process of knitting. . .

Almost-finished Majolica--perfect color combination for Autumn.

Almost-finished Majolica--perfect color combination for Autumn.

Making the small carpet bag.

Making the small carpet bag.

Medium-sized carpet bag. . . bag feet!

Medium-sized carpet bag. . . bag feet!