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Sacramento, CA and New Hampshire
a blog about handmade fiber crafts and arts, especially traditional and contemporary fiber arts; "monkey hands," describes my hands and work, which are in many ways like monkey mind: "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable." (
Interests: Traditional and Contemporary Fiber Arts,Teaching, Social Justice, Travel
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Creativity! I'm adding sashing to these wonderful blocks created by 11 different Wisdom artists. This was a "fun, fast, fused improv" class I taught as part of the fiber arts classes I teach. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at monkey hands
Jude, hello! Yes, it's been a long time...strange trip of sorts. But you, too! I read your every post. Hope your back feels better soon--i have great empathy. Yikes.
Mt. Fugi, as seen from the roadway. These photos were taken from the second seat of a moving van on my way to (kimono museum). Two days ago I returned to Beijing after spending two weeks in Japan, where I visited family before heading out on an incredible 10-day fiber... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at monkey hands
all things great and small--you love them all! I've missed you, dear Grace.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2016 on how it goes at windthread
These gorgeous panels were created by artists at Women's Wisdom ART in a weekly fiber arts class I taught this past spring. This project was inspired by the art and wisdom of artist Susan Shie This quilt and another will be on display at the Crocker Museum from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at monkey hands
hello dear grace, your sketch has such power and movement--I have missed tuning in, but here I am now remembering how deeply your work and your musings touch me, from ali of beijing and new hampshire, and just now as of late sacramento, ca--sending love
Toggle Commented May 12, 2016 on not quite going at windthread
quiet wait, yes, and love back to you, dear grace. much love
Toggle Commented May 22, 2013 on 81 an Away Day at windthread
Toggle Commented May 22, 2013 on 81 an Away Day at windthread
A new day dawns. One advantage of my 5am mornings for an 8am class this winter and spring. I've been gone from here for some time, not reading blogs, not posting, not making anything to post. It feels as if that may change soon. I hope so. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at monkey hands
This sign on my road warns of the muddy, deeply rutted conditions ahead--a sure and welcome sign that spring has finally arrived, even in New Hampshire. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2013 at monkey hands
Thanks, Etty! They are sure to bring hope as well as warmth.
Your work is lovely, and the miracle, I think, is in the new connections and communities formed in the context of all this generous giving. (And now I will correct the spelling of your name--sorry about that!)
It's been a labor, but of caring and love from around the globe.
I am transfixed--it seems to embody depth of feeling, of spirit...
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2013 on Ode to place at Spirit Cloth
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this is so creatively cool--what a project!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2013 on february at handstories
oh Grace, I have been off-line for quite a while, but I'm back and eager to catch up now. I love your little wonderbird
Quilts one, two and three were delivered long ago. Quilts four and five are on their way! Quilt six is back from Quilter's Pantry and ready for binding, and quilt seven is assembled and on its way to talented, generous Phyllis for longarm quilting (contact info link at end of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at monkey hands
Recycled from here Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at monkey hands
Everywoman loved herself away, fading to opaque, until she understood that for all her loving, one person had not been loved, or not nearly enough; she vowed to love more.
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read 30 as 50
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Everywoman loved the world, tending siblings, friends, lovers, children, community… She loved herself away, fading into opaqueness, becoming invisible to others, until finally she understood that for all her loving, there was still one person she had not loved, or not nearly enough, and she vowed to love more.
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High tide Saturday morning, I think, and a new moon, all coming along with the storm, fierce winds, from you to me and all around us
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2013 on Again at Spirit Cloth
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that branch is a beauty all right! your rich dyed colors are luscious -- I eagerly await the unforeseen...
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2013 on looking long enough at windthread
everything is a story in some way, I think
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2013 on wings from a broken heart at monkey hands