Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Shibori and Indigo Dyeing with Sandra Johnson

We attended Sandra Johnson’s Shibori and Indigo Dyeing class today and it was amazing. We had the privilege of using the culinary arts classroom at Calabasas High School for our workshop. The fabric enthusiasts quickly got underway with different patterns and endless possibilities. Give me some space and the ability to make a mess and I am a happy guy. I’m totally clueless as to what I’m going to make with new fabric, but we both had in incredible day! Check out her blog @

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Museum of Natural History Butterfly Pavilion

Our weekend adventure took us back to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. The last time we were here I got talked into purchasing a dual membership to the museum. It all sounded good and we would like to go more often and it just seemed like the right thing to do…SOLD! Flash forward to three months later…I’m still getting emails from the museum about all the awesome events they’re hosting. The butterfly exhibit sounds like something we would like to do and who knows…there just might be some inspiration to be found in the exhibit as well. We went on the last day of the exhibit, so it was now or never. We got up a little earlier than usual on Sunday, and made our way to see these beautiful creatures. Wow! They were a little more troublesome to photograph than the dinosaur bones, but I’m so glad we were able to get to see them. The exhibit was well planned and organized. I can’t say enough nice things about the museum. Now I need to get out my sketchpad and start working on my interpretation of the many things I saw today. The Spider Pavilion makes its debut on October 28th and I will go on record to say that I’m planning on going.

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Hammer Museum | Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957

Ahhh…a beautiful, lazy Sunday! We decided to visit an exhibition at the Hammer Museum here in Los Angeles…Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957. When we entered the museum, we were greeted by the street art of Kenny Scharf, a New York street artist, prominent in the 1980’s…lots of fun! Black Mountain College was an experimental college in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The College gave equal attention to the arts and many influential artists, poets, musicians and performers either taught or were students there. We went to see the work of Anni and Josef Albers, specifically, but were impressed and inspired by all of the work that was produced there. If you’re in LA, it’s worth going to see…the exhibit is free and parking was only $3.00!