In April, several of our guild members joined The Traveling Ewe for the Sheepish In Seattle trip. The full write up is in the May 2015 newsletter and here are a few more photos from the trip (thanks Joanne!)

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Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation

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Tolt Yarn and Wool

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Tolt Yarn and Wool

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Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge Island

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Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

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Makers’ Mercantile

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Debbie Macomber’s A Good Yarn Shop in Port Orchard, WA

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A Good Yarn Shop

 

At our April meeting we were introduced to the incredibly creative Leigh Radford, and she shared her amazing artistic journey with ualterknits_covers. Starting with a childhood rich in arts and crafts, then later as a graphic designer turned career knitter and artist.

Finding herself laid off from her job as a graphic designer Leigh found a weekend position at a local yarn store. In her free time she started to design her own patterns and submitted them to Interweave magazine. They were impressed with her skills as a knit designer, as well as a graphic designer, so they offered her a position as their Art Director.

She moved to Colorado to work for Interweave, but soon found herself longing for the Pacific Northwest again. She left her position at Interweave and returned to Oregon where she added a new job to her resume: Author. Over the next four year she had four books published, with over 70 knit and crochet patterns. After that she decided to take a break from being a pattern dynamo, by pursuing her dream: a B.A in Fine Arts.

Leigh is a true artist. While still highly influenced by fiber arts she has created sculptures using everything from wood and felt,to knitted rope and plaster, and beautiful haunting triptych paintings. If you can believe it she even knit cups and bowls to use them as molds for porcelain cups and bowls! She isn’t afraid to work with all mediums and craves the experience of the artistic process.

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Since I only knew her from her knit designs I was blown away and amazed by her ability to think outside of the box. She has knit lantern shades for garden lights, a tire cover for her Jeep, a full size decorative screen door, and more. It really was a joy to listen to her as she told us about her artistic process, what inspires her, and how she translates her ideas into reality.

As I watched her presentation, I kept thinking her 1920’s bungalow filled with all of her creations must be the coolest house.
-by Jess