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  • Life at the Crossroad feature image © Sue Schlabach

    Life at the Crossroad

    Back in 2010 I subtitled my new blog 129 Twig and Vine ‘At the Intersection Between Art and Life’. All these years later, I am living—literally—at an intersection. We moved into the little brick house in late April and the year of work is slowly ebbing from our achy backs and knees. The house is…

  • New Clothes for an Old Sofa

    Most of our furniture is gleaned from family houses, the curb or swapped with friends. I like the eclectic nature of the whole. But we do have a sofa that we acquired new in the late 1990s when I did design work for a furniture store and was paid in furniture. We picked it out…

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    Good Morning Weekend

    Here’s a little weekend watercolor applied over an ink drawing I did awhile ago. It’s part of this collection if you’d like to see more. Wishing you a happy weekend and some creativity or exploring on your horizon. I am painting and sewing this morning, and then will be off to the village down the hill to help…

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    Return of the Mod Peacock

    Happy summer evening to you all. The Mod Peacock art I designed for Wild Apple has just appeared on this indoor/outdoor rug by JellyBeans, a division of Home Fires. It is cheering up the porch—desperately in need of paint. I am loath to wipe my feet on this beauty after a spell in the garden…

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    In the Studio—Aprons, Towels, and the Quest for the Perfect Bag

     Friday is here at last. Sun after lots of cool rainy weather. A trip to Montreal—tonight! Here is a sampling of things made in the studio this spring. Denise and I hand-printed a big batch of flour sack towels back in March. Most are gone, but I still love the look of them stacked on…

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    Yards of Possibilities

    The mailman pulled up outside the studio door—always a good sign that he comes bearing something he can’t squeeze into the mailbox. Today’s package came all the way from Belarus. Yards and yards of unbleached natural linen, and several yards of an irresistible micro stripe. Ever since I purchased my linen apron in November I’ve…

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    In the Studio, Textile Journal Covers

    A blue and green flowered skirt, a blue lace shift and a deep orange shirt were among the garments Denise and I scissored up to make four fabric covers for composition books last Friday. Here are the results of our two hour book fest in the studio. We took these to Zuzu’s in Norwich, Vermont.…

  • Mod Peacock © Sue Schlabach

    Mod Peacock Pillows

      Inspired as I am by Danish modern art and design, I tried my hand at it last spring and made several peacock illustrations for Wild Apple. The art was picked up by several home furnishing companies, among them Manual Weavers and Woodworkers. These production samples arrived at the office this week and I’m tickled…

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    DIY, Felt Upcycled Mittens

      On New Years Day I went to the studio. I thought I’d start the new year by making something. {A precedent to set for the year.} {A need to get my hands working with fiber after being up to my elbows in holiday food and wrapping paper for a few weeks.} The pile of…

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    A List. An Award.

    Many thanks to Pearly Queen Notebook for bestowing me with the One Lovely Blog Award. I am long overdue in thanking her and passing on the goodwill to so many other deserving artists and writers. Pearly Queen makes new jewelry from old. I have huge respect for this. My friend Sara Dakin has tried to…