I just want to brag a bit about this gorgeous scarf which my daughter gave to me for Christmas. I had spotted it at mmhandwovens (an Etsy shop) and I was smitten. I immediately asked to have it placed on hold, but after some discussion with Adeline, the aforementioned daughter, I decided I was being too extravagant and regretfully chose not to buy it after all. Little did I realize that my darling offspring was actually scheming to buy it for me. It is just the best present ever, especially with its backstory, and it is the most excruciatingly beautiful piece of weaving ever!
The scarf was handwoven by Margery Meyers Haber, of silk and wool. Margery spins and dyes the yarn herself, creating colors that have a wonderful, subtle glow. The weaving is extraordinarily fine, with a heavenly drape. And oh, my, the plied fringes she makes are twisted by hand, a minimum of 100 times each! Every time I wrap this wondrous scarf about my neck, I am connected to two beautiful women: my daughter, Adeline, who I love beyond the reach of words to describe; and this wonderful artist-weaver, Margery, who I hope to meet one day.
Speaking of gifts ...
I belong to the Surface Design Association, an excellent organization which strives "to inspire creativity, encourage innovation and advocate for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design." The Connecticut chapter is particularly active and that is due in large part to our leader, Ellen Schiffman. As a way of thanking her for all she does, the members, led by Pam Lacey and Missy Stevens, created a fantastic book, each page of which was a 12" x 12" piece of fiber art. My contribution was the little blue nine-patch, above.
It was my final piece of textile art completed in the year 2015.