Two and a half weeks ago there was a half foot of snow in our yard. Today it's 21℃ (70℉).
I'm as confused as my daffodils but I like where we're heading...dare I say the word 'Spring'?
Here are a few more photos from the Tendances Créatives Craft Fair I visited last weekend.
One of the exposants was Marie-Thérèse Bonniol, who makes all manner of woven artworks, including lace.
She uses any kind of material you can imagine from your standard sewing machine thread to hemp, silk, wire, cotton, plastic coated wire (like you'd find out the back of your stereo) and even the cord used to light fireworks.
Here we have glass as well as copper wire accents:
I loved this one, made from cotton (I have a thing for green lately):
A letter on glass this time:
I didn't have the heart to tell Marie-Thérèse that this teapot probably wouldn't work:
Marie-Thérèse also experiments with salt water. She suspends lace for two days in super-saturated salty water (found in salt farm ponds) and they emerge covered in diamond-like crystals like this:
As well as all this innovative work, Marie-Thérèse also makes beautiful lace in the more traditional style:
It was amazing to watch her work the bobbins - she's so fast! She claims it's relatively straight-forward, just follow the pattern, but wow it looked complicated to me.
We spoke briefly about the future of the craft - were people still learning these skills? She said she felt that commercially there was less handmade lace being produced but as far as being pursued as a hobby the craft was still quite popular. Phew, because this stuff is gorgeous.
You can find Marie-Thérèse's website here.
It's Friday again and I'm looking forward to catching up with some bloggy friends tomorrow in Aix.
I'm also under the pump, trying to get something finished in time for the Tangerine Tango Quilt Challenge - (more info on that here at Ali's blog, a.squared.w), but it's touch and go!
Wish me luck. And have a great weekend!