A wonderful view from my guest porch in San Antonio where I taught the Famous Airey Fairy Scarf and Felted Jewelry Forms to a fabulous group from the Fiber Artists of San Antonio, July 9-12. The land is flat and flatter, even though it is described as West Texas hill country. I thought it would be cooler there than in my native Asheville (27,000 days in the 90's with 200% humidity) as the temps seemed (on line at least) to be a few degrees lower. Arrgghh! It is a totally different heat/humidity. It could be in the 70's in the morning as I stepped out unto the porch with my coffee in hand but when that sun hit me and started boiling the coffee in my cup I knew I had met my match and retreated into the air conditioned cottage.
How on earth did those cowboys (and girls) ride their horses around and gather cattle and shoot bad guys and stuff? Roy Rodgers never seemed to sweat!
I had a day off and so went to the city center of San Antonio which is built around the river. My idea was to wander about in cool river breezes and find spots for drinking a cool glass of Pinot Blanc and sketch.
Due to the storms that covered all of Georgia, North and South Carolina (according to the airlines) it took me 12 hours to get home, a journey that should have taken two and a half. After stumbling into my slightly cooler than body temperature bed at 2 AM and being covered with grateful (hot and furry) cats, I was home again. And the weather had not changed, Autumn was not here.
The books called me, and since this blog is supposed to be about art, I should maybe write about what I am doing instead of me, me, me... This is the start of Book 28, a felt and leather wrapped journal. Here I am measuring and poking holes for the edge stitching. (Don't you love that great Mexican oilcloth tablecloth I got in San Antonio? And the fabulous seque from San Antonio to books?)
Me and my fat legs stitching a wonderful coptic endband stitch around the book cover. I like this stitch as it is thick enough, using waxed linen, to cover the join of leather and felt. Note fan working overtime.
And here is the almost finished book cover. It takes about 4-5 hours to stitch around the entire edge. I just LOVE the colors of the book cover and the oil cloth. Totally unplanned but the universe is generous today! Now I must finish this book, then copy the handouts for the Pittsburgh workshop (see sidebar) for which cousin Marien and I will drive to Pittsburgh tomorrow (no more airports for a while) - finish packing the car - answer emails and check my facebook account - eat lunch - check fb again - buy enough gin and diet tonic for the Pittsburgh time - check emails - iron clothes.....