New Goals, New Work – a Fresh Start for Spring

It was a horrible winter in Far Upstate NY.  There were lots and lots of very cold days and nights and winter hung on for much longer than usual.  The worst part of the winter came when we had to say goodbye to our beloved silk tester, Grainne.  She truly was a queen of cats.  There was so much cold and sadness that it felt like we had nothing good to share.  We were living at Goblin subsistence level for many, many days, hence the silence here on this blog.

Now at the end of May, spring is finally here, the leaves are on the trees, birds are singing and there is warmth in the sun.  I’m shaking off my SAD and getting back to work with some ambitious new goals and some helpful tools to keep me motivated.  Molly is learning how to do many of the things that need doing at Goblins’ Market as she ponders how to best navigate adulthood so, for now, I have an extra set of hands online and in the studio.

In the next few weeks, look for new beads and chokers over in our Etsy shop. You can still find us at GoblinsMarket at ArtFire but Etsy’s new management tools really are helping me stay on top of inventory better than ever before.

Also, keep your eyes open here for results of our ice dyeing experiments and an easy tutorial for trying this technique out for yourself. You might also want to check out my Pinterest boards. If you like beads, textiles, color and texture, you will especially love my collection of fab stuff on the Fabulous Beadwork & Textiles board.

Wishing you a glorious Springtime, V.

Yardage ready for Dyeing

Colorful Studio

Yardage ready for Dyeing
Waiting for the Dye Vat

It’s not a pretty sight, is it?  The Lair is almost always messy.

There are so many steps to all of the dyeing processes.  And beads?  Well, they might as well stay out all the time.

On Monday this week, I dug into a bin of unfinished experiments, assigned them colors for overdyeing and tied or bundled them, depending on what the first layers of dye looked like.

Cat Sleeping in Silk
Grainne in the Silk Bin

I also opened the white silk & rayon bin to get out a scarf for a custom order.  Grainne promptly found the bin and fell asleep on a pristine length of white silk Dupoini.

It has been a busy week with appointments and Halloween commitments but this morning saw the first fabrics come out of their dye baths.  They are drying right now – the blues are glorious!

I have news about Studio Tour and Potsdam’s Winter Farmers’ Market but I’ll post that later with photos of some of this fabric after drying and ironing.

The Rinse Vat
The Rinse Vat
Hand Embroidered Felt Flower Pin

Studio Tour in 16 days!

Studio Tour takes place November 9, 10 & 11!

Bracelet of leather, lace and Freshwater Pearl
Leather and Lace Bracelet

The St Lawrence County Arts Council has put out a brochure with a map and list of participating artists.

You can download the brochure here as a PDF file (it does take a while – there are lots of beautiful pictures of artists’ work in there!) or pick one up at the Arts Council office to help plan your driving tour.



Splendid Caterpillar Bracelet
Bronze Dragon Scale Bracelet


If you have limited time, come to Potsdam!   6 of us will be showing our work in Downtown Snell Hall.   It also looks like there will be some fabulous stuff happening up in Akwesasne.  So plan to get out, enjoy some art and get a jump on your Holiday shopping!


Hand Embroidered Felt Flower Pin
Embroidered Felt Flower PIn

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