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Adventures in Weaving and Writing

I really had no idea how to describe this, but adventures seemed to be the best. Over on my weaving blog, Bryony Studio, I focused on weaving a new shirt. Yes, you read that right - weaving a new shirt. Actually it turned out well (check out the site tomorrow for the image).

On the other hand, I'm working on new books while I also work on Azure and Orfhlait. Normally, I have a couple ideas rolling around my head while I work on other novels. The most recent short novel (by short, I mean less than 200 pages) has a fashion designer as the main character.

Added to all of this, I'm preparing to head to France in May for a mission's trip. One of the things I've always known is God can use the gifts He's given us to glorify Himself. Art, whether through weaving or writing, is one way I've been blessed. Part of the reason why I'm going to France is to see if the Lord wants me to live in France, using my artistic gifts as a means to show people God loves them.

I ha…

Corcra Baile

Corcra Baile means Purple House, which I thought an appropriate title for the quilt.

As you can see, I tend to be eclectic in my quilt designs. I have little use for the ones with hundreds of little pieces to sew together. While the quilts are beautiful, they don't really intrigue me like the big block quilts do.

It boils down to a lack of patience - first to cut out the pieces then sew them together. I prefer to be over and done with the quilts at the end of the day, not still arguing with them a week later.

It is, for me, and interesting style and design to see how pieces of fabric can flow together in seemingly mysterious ways.

The Corcra Baile Quilt is available for purchase here.

Christmas Book Signing

On Saturday, 20 December, I'll be at Bender's Christian Bookstore in Williamsville NY for a book signing. I'll have copies of all three books, but the focus will be on Shamrocks of Stone. The information (including Bender's address) is down below.

Hope to see you there.

When: Saturday, December 20 2014
Where: Bender's Christian Bookstore
             8550 Sheridan Drive
             Williamsville NY
Time: Noon - 3 PM

Book Review - December

I think this is one of my favorite books. Part of it is from the photographs, partly because it is about Ireland, and partly because it involves weaving.

Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland is about a group called Taipeis Gael in County Donegal. The book is substantial, heavy with beautiful photographs, some in black and white, many in color. It's really an ode to the weavers in County Donegal.

Tapestry weaving is not indigenous to Ireland. Something I had to remind myself while I wrote Shamrocks of Stone. This book, however, is part of the reason I often set contemporary weavers in Ireland (and to be honest, I love Ireland).

Some of my favorite sections include the gallery of tapestries as well as the section on natural dyes found in the Isles. It's a section I used for another series I'm writing.

If you like Ireland or weaving this is one of those books to purchase. It's a good book to flip through occasionally.

Note: the book cover links you to Amazon where I receive a…