Monday, March 02, 2009
Now for Something Completely Different...
It's hard to believe that it's been 15 months since some friends and I took a Sue Spargo class at Yellow Bird Art in Lansing, Iowa. Most of the class takers were together a few weeks back and we were all lamenting the large amount of money spent and the fact that not one of us has picked up a needle on this project since. (Some pictures from our class and shots of Sue and her work are here.)
Let's see. I paid for the class. I bought the kit for the entire project--hand-dyed wool and all the trimmings. Not cheap. I bought Sue Spargo's CD-Rom, plus a pattern for yet another project. Then there were trimmings and threads she was selling--essential to the project. Of course I needed a lot of those too. And then a few months later when she published a book detailing the same project I had bought the kit for--I should emphasize that the kit came complete with all instructions--darned if I didn't buy that too. It's like I want to give this woman any excess money I have laying around.
For anyone not familiar with Sue Spargo, she is a folk art applique and embellishment artist, working mostly in a primitive style. Her pieces are constructed with a combination of felted and over-dyed wool and wild cotton prints, reflecting her African upbringing. She was born in Namibia.
We decided to form a Sue Spargo support group. We're planning to meet regularly and get SOMETHING done on this most expensive project. Our first meeting was a quick getaway this past weekend for some uninterrupted stitching time. We traveled to Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and stayed at a small conference center which is known to be quilter-friendly. One of our number needed to trek from far northern Wisconsin and this was a more central location than the Milwaukee area.
An outstanding idea! We pushed several conference tables together, pooled all our threads, ribbons, beads, and rick-rack,
and sewed till late Saturday night. We resumed early Sunday morning and sewed till mid-afternoon.
All of us got a good start on these blocks and most importantly got over the Sue Spargo intimidation we all felt. Subsequent meetings are planned. Stay tuned!