Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Free Jacket Pattern from Burda

The Jorinde blazer is truly the jacket for all seasons. Make it in a corduroy or wool to carry you through the rest of winter, slide your cell into the flap pockets, and you're on your way. Or, try it in a lighter weight fabric to get prepared for spring. Give it the cool grandpa look by adding elbow patches, or go a bit more lady like and use some sparkling buttons on the sleeves!
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wearable Art by Roselle Abramowitz

Here's a great Wearable Art Web Page with work by Roselle Abramowitz who sells her work all over the country.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Painted Shibori Tutorial

Gloria Hansen has a great tutorial on painted shibori on her blog. Check it out!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Free Purse Patterns

Linda Matthews has posted more free handbag patterns. I have shown just three of them

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Last Week at QSDS in Ohio

Last week I attended QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium) in Columbus, Ohio. I hadn't attended for a couple of years. This year they changed the location to a different hotel and because of scheduling problems ran the five day courses from Sunday through Thursday which seemed to throw everyone off a bit. I went to Elizabeth Barton's class on Designing an Art Quilt. Sometimes you have to get on top of your work.

My preliminary sketches for my quilt. We drew our design several different ways and then did value sketches.

My first fabric selections which I ended up changing.

Other student's work.

Some pieces from Rosalie Dace's class.

Another great piece from Rosalie's class

More Rosalie Dace. Both Rosalie Dace's and Elizabeth Barton's class were full. There were two other classes, Discharging with Bob Adams and a Shibori Class. Three classes were cancelled.

The Shibori Class.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Bomb Disposal in Laos

My friend Phon Sai, the former monk, just finished an Advanced Bomb Disposal course in Laos. He wasn't in town on my last trip in February but I hope to see him in November.

Phon Sai remembers vividly the day he picked up a cluster bomb in the forest of Laos’ Xiang Quang province. It was the size and shape of a tennis bal—— about the same size as the balls Laotian children use to play a game they call bou.
And it was irresistible.
“We saw them all the time, and nothing ever happened. But when I picked this one up, it went bang,” he says.
Silavan was luckier than most. He wasn’t seriously injured by the cluster bomb but 20 years later still has the scars on his arms, leg and neck. “I was very, very stupid to play with this thing,” he says. “And my grandmother sent me to off to be re-educated at the temple because I was a naughty boy.” Becoming a monk was also the only way he could possibily afford school.
He seems to have learned his lesson. Today he is a field operations manager for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Laos, helping find and render harmless leftover ordnance from a near-forgotten war.
The war ended 35 years ago, but left a deadly legacy. The U.S. military dropped more than 1.6 million tons of bombs on Laos during the war in Vietnam. That’s more bombs than it dropped on all of Europe during World War II, making Laos the most heavily bombed country in the world on a per capita basis.
Most of the unexploded ordnance, known as UXO, is near Laos’ long border with Vietnam.. bombs dropped as part of the U.S. effort to disrupt communist supply lines along the so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail, much of which ran through Laos.

Khammoune province is one such area. It’s about a five-hour drive south and east of the capital Vientiene on Highway 12, not far from the border with Vietnam. Among the soaring limestone hills and lush green jungle, leftover ordnance isn’t hard to find.
Silavan says it’s not just bomb-disposal teams that are looking for the ordnance in one of the poorest countries in Asia.
“Sometimes, the villagers attempt to open the big bombs to sell the metal and the explosives inside to scrap dealers,” he says.
Bomb casings from high quality U.S.-made bombs weighing up to 2,000 pounds can fetch more than $100. Empty cluster bomb containers, which once contained up to 600 of the deadly, tennis-ball-size explosives, are also used for decoration, or as planters.
On a recent morning in Khammoune, a bomb-disposal team quickly uncovers a half-dozen small cluster munitions, which it marks and then destroys where they were found. It is too dangerous to move them, Silavan says. Mine disposal technicans make about $220 a month, more than they can possibly make as a laborer or farmer.
The sound of the simultaneous, controlled detonations bounces off the surrounding limestone hills.
Leftover unexploded ordnance hasn’t made the Laotians poor but it has helped keep them poor.
Lots of agricultural land is denied to people because of the presence of UXO, and this is the main problem. It prolongs poverty because people can’t do what they need to do. If they know that UXO is present, they will not plow deeply enough to get a good quality crop.
MAG and other groups work to help farmers clear their land and try to educate them about the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance.
In Khammoune province, MAG has used money from the U.S. State Department and the Department of Agriculture to clear 125 schools and the land around them.
At a school in Ban Na Thin, students use their after-school hours to water a large garden next to their classroom. The vegetables grown there are divided up and taken home to help augment their families’ diet in an area of the country where finding enough food is still a problem.
Funding for bomb removal is another problem. The current budget is less than $3 million a year. There is no problem spending the money, but supply isn’t keeping up with demand. They can’t clear everybody’s land and have to choose the poorest or most marginalized communities. The ideal thing is to clear the whole community but they simply don’t have the resources to do that.
And there’s no guarantee that MAG’s efforts at outreach and education will be enough, even in places they have made safer.
Children at the school in Ban Na Thin say they know better than to play with unexploded ordnance. Asked if he believes the children, MAG field boss Silavan says he does. But after thinking about it, he adds: “Maybe not, but I hope so.”


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to Make a Rubber Stamp from a Photo

Here is a great tutorial from Main Coast Fiberarts on how to make a rubber stamp from a photograph.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Yet Another Great Day at Marcia's Studio

I know, I know. You are getting tired of my having a wonderful time hanging out at Marcia's beautiful studio. But at least today I accomplished something. I have all but two pieces of the front sewn on and then the band. Then there is the sticky business of altering the lining pattern to fit the front since I sliced 8" off the length. One step at a time.
Most of our merry band elected to do some discharge dyeing in the yard. Unfortunately it was pretty hot out there by the time they got set up. So they spent some time running in and out to cool off.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Another Great Sewing Day at Marcia's Studio

I did a miniscule amount of work on the Tibetan vest. Jeannie Barnes joined us and had a jacket which she wanted a pattern developed for. That took a bit of our time and concentration. It was a wonderful loose jacket with a front drape made from a soft sarong or drapey rayon or silk.
I auditioned some fish fabric for possible use in an upcoming challenge.

Nancy Crouch joined us to continue work on her spectacular jacket. Jeannie did an appraisal on my garment from the 2006 Bernina Fashion Show. We had such a good time talking to Jeannie that we really didn't get much work done.

As you can see by the lack of progress of Marcia's jacket.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sewing Day at Marcia's Studio

Another great sewing day at Marcia's studio. Pat brought in the quilt she had been working and which was now quilted. She is going to use it on a bed.
She also brought in some gorgeous hand painted/dyed fabric I am sure will make its way into a future quilt.

A bit of manipulating to see how it works together.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Destruction in Guatemala

Here's a link to a slide show from CNN of some of the destruction in Guatemala