Saturday 08/05/2017, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Robbi Joy Eklow
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Finding Your Voice Through Fiber with Robbi Joy Eklow
Robbi Joy Eklow is a quilter, who likes to knit.
Robbi claims that she isn’t a very good knitter, professing that her skill set leans more toward yarn shopping. Her lovely yarn stash and extensive knitting library are proof. She has completed very few knitting projects due to a very short attention span.
She loves her knitting books because she enjoys looking for color and pattern ideas. When she was exploring Fair Isle designs, it dawned on her that she could use some of those principles in her quilts.
Instead of working knitted rounds, Robbi works concentric fabric circles and creating design rules inspired by Fair Isle. Peeries are replaced with narrow solid-color rings that border larger bands full of colorful repeat patterns. At first, she had planned to change colors a hue at a time, but forgot about it as she became more excited about the process.
Robbi is an award winning quilter. She uses her hand-dyed fabric in her work. She fuses her quilts, so the construction of the tops goes quickly. She then enhances the designs with free-motion quilting.
She’ll bring a selection of quilts to view, perhaps one will inspire you to add another fiber technique to your repertoire.
Her process may motivate you to new color depths.
Her story may challenge you to approach your work differently.