The reason I do what I do and why 20% of all sales in my fiber shop will go directly to Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue, the incredible rescue where my four much loved senior pugs came from, is in the picture below! The rest of the proceeds from the shop will go to caring for my elderly pugs whose vet bills can get a little steep but I would not have it any other way. I will always have the sweet old ones that often are not adopted because they are not cute little puppies or youngsters with a longer expected life span. It will be heartbreaking when I lose my precious ones, but I will always adopt more seniors or disabled pugs that need a loving home. People don't know what they are missing with these older pugs. They are more settled and calm, old souls who are pure love and the greatest companions. To them, and to MAPR, I dedicate my fiber work, and will be changing the name of my etsy shop, before it opens, to Pug Love Fiber Art. I am in the process of making a new banner for the shop now...
From left to right: Sampson (12), Coco (14, deaf),
and Harvey (11).
Wee little Babs, my precious tiny girl, first of
the pugs to come to Dragonfly Cottage, now
15, blind, and deaf, and a more precious tiny
girl never existed in her Mama's mind! The
next batt I make is going to be black and red
and I call it, "Tiny Black Babs With A Cherry
On Top." And she is that sweet!
These woven pieces I call "Fluffy Pug Weaves"
which are finger woven with a multitude of
fibers, not yarn, and will be felted, and of
many different sizes and shapes.
Sunday's newest "Pug Love Batt" called "Pugs Like Purple Sweaters." There is nothing cuter than a dressed up pug, but I have never dressed my seniors up except for Babs who is actually wearing a freeform hat I made for a handmade art doll in the picture below. And no, the photo is not photo-shopped, she is actually wearing it, though I think I took about a dozen photos to get a quick picture! But oh, this violet, purple, and wine colored batt would make wonderful yarn to knit a puggy sweater, and it is a HUGE batt!
Doesn't she look thrilled? This
picture was taken about 2 years
ago before she was completely
blind. I wouldn't put her through
it today but she sure looked cute!
The batt just off the carder. I had to lay it out in the couch because it is well over 3' long so I had to take the close-up shots in sections. Also, these aren't the best pictures as the batts are really sparkly and luminescent, but they will be re-photographed for the shop. I have an 8 megapixel camera in my cell phone which I used here, but my 12 megapixel Nikon will be used for the shop...
The batt being rolled...
Top of batt...
The first five batts ready to go. When there are 10 the shop will open, and then will come the "Pug Love Handspun Yarns" and the "Fluffy Pug Weaves." The next two batts are already planned. They are the black and red one dedicated to Babs, and one called "Pugs Love Pretty Dresses" which actually looks like a bowl of fruit salad! I have a vast number of hand-spindles and you can see some of them here behind the batts. I have 2 wheels which are in storage and there is a new one soon to come. I have a garage full of fiber and plan to do a lot of batts, handspun yarns, woven pieces, and many other fiber art pieces for the shop. The pugs need the help and Lord knows I've got to work my way through this fiber!
So that's my Sunday in the studio. Now I'm going to clean up all of the purple wools, silks, rayon and more that went in today's batt, and get the black and red set up for wee little Babsie's batt. And then I shall meditate on this gorgeous purple mum. There is no shortage of beauty and love here at the cottage...