Friday, January 30, 2015

TAFA Turns 5!

The Textile and Fiber Arts List (TAFA for short) is celebrating a 5th Anniversary!  Readers here have seen TAFA and its members mentioned in my posts.  The Textile and Fiber Arts List is a community of entrepreneurs grounded in textile and fiber art products and traditions. The tireless motivational force behind TAFA is artist and business woman, Rachel Biel.  TAFA came into being through Rachel's vision of community, developing into an international organization of over 500 members from 44 countries.  One of the latest developments is the online shop ArtizanMade, including a number of TAFA members.

I am proud to be connected with this exceptional list of artists and crafts related business people that includes (to name but a few)...
Wonderful quilts by Sally Gould Wright, Linda Friedman and Judy Warner ...unique wall hangings by Leslie Rinchen Wongmo of Threads of Awakening...  

Homeward Flight by Linda Friedman
Homeward Flight by Linda Friedman

Stairway to Heaven by Sally Gould Wright
Stairway to Heaven by Sally Gould Wright

Delightful home textiles by Nestle and Soar ...lovely woven works of Alison Yule Textiles ...joyful felted products of MOLICAAustralia.

Kangaroos by MOLICAAustralia
Kangaroos by MOLICAAustralia

I invite you to stop by and browse the site.   You will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A New Set Begins....

In the summer of 2005, I created the Bhavana Project, an ongoing community work centered around prayer flags.  Back then I could not have predicted the joy and connection that would encompass this project. Please read more about the history here.  Other than flag exhibits, things have been rather quiet since the completion of the third set.  Seems very fitting to begin a new fourth set in 2015, the 10th Anniversary of the project.

I usually start out each set with the initial flag.  YES kept rising up in during my reflections about what to express with this flag.  It speaks of positivity and openness.  May others join in with this spirit while sharing their personal aspiration.

Yes prayer flag
First Flag in Set 4

 Are you interested in playing a part?  The flags are waiting for your attention!

Also, coming on March 15th in Oxnard, I will be teaching another Creative Circle workshop to make prayer flags.  Learn more here.  I would be appreciative if you could spread the word.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Perusal, Reflection and UFO's

It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that's sitting here right now... with its aches and its pleasures... is exactly what we need right now to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.
-Pema Chodron


Sharing some links of New Year's inspiration-
David Limrite offers a thought provoking list for clarifying your artistic intentions.  And after, here is part 2 of the list.....

I have been meaning to post this talk from my friend, Sandra Lauterbach about inspiration and process in creating her moving quilt, "The Wailing Wall of Krakow", on exhibit at 2014 International Quilt Festival Houston.

Finally finished a knitted UFO (unfinished fiber object).  I was trying out breed specific yarns several ago.  The yardage of this hand dyed purple Wensleydale yarn was too short for a full scarf, so it became a cowl (with enough length to wrap twice around my neck).  I chose Wensleydale for softness, and it is!  I learned about breed specific yarns in the Craftsy class "Know your Wool" with Deborah Robson.  Robson's Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook is a fascinating reference book on all things fiber.

cowl by Linda A Miller
Wensleydale yarn cowl

Monday, January 5, 2015


Hello and Happy New Year!  Slowly packing away the holidays.  How about you?  Here are some views from my New Year's day walk on the Santa Monica bluffs.

Santa Monica by Linda A Miller

Santa Monica by Linda A Miller

And as promised, a Christmas gift project.  This is an exploration book for young Jackson.... to exercise the coordination of the fingers and mind (still may be a bit early, but he'll grow into it).  I created a similar textile book some years ago for my nephews, and was fun to revisit this.

Activity book by Linda A Miller
Activity book

Activity book by Linda A Miller
Activity book  first page

Activity book by Linda A Miller
Activity book page

Activity book by Linda A Miller
Activity book page Snap!

Activity book by Linda A Miller
Snap open

Activity book by Linda A Miller

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
-John O'Donohue

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday!


Friday, December 19, 2014


buddha at Pacific Asia Museum

December has brought SoCal some glorious and much needed rain.  Everything feels washed clean.  May it continue, to shift the drought conditions.

Whether already celebrating or still preparing, how are your holidays going?  I wanted to pass along some inspiring book titles that I recently read.  

"The Art of Stillness- Adventures of Going Nowhere" by Pico Iyer is a lovely petite book about discoveries made when doing nothing.  Iyer writes, "Stillness is not just an indulgence for those with enough resources - is is a necessity for anyone who wishes to gather less visible resources."  Watch Iyer speak on this TED Talk.

In "The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life" Donna Jackson Nakazawa, having suffered for years with chronic illness, relates her healing journey using meditation, yoga and acupuncture in a very down to earth way.  She brings in the science behind each of those modalities and why they work to bring benefit.  It was fascinating reading and a book I can recommend not only to you, but to my yoga students.

I will have some holiday projects to post, but they will have to wait until after Christmas!

Postscript:  I know the word "cure" is a loaded one.  However, it is what Donna Nakazawa chose to describe her healing process.  Others may have used a different word.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sharing Ideas

I don't know about you, but here projects are being put aside (somewhat reluctantly) for holiday prep.  Not much left to do for gifts... but there will be baking and other assorted projects preparing for family's arrival.  Looking to have fun with this and forget the stress...

Shot from 2013... my plants have only just set blossoms this year!

Looking for gift making ideas?  Today I came across Linda Matthews blog post with a list of  free creative sewing ideas.  You might find an interesting project there for yourself.  Enjoy!
And, I have a furry visitor keeping me company this week, while my folks travel north.  Meet Scooter...

Enjoy your holiday preparations!


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