As I've mentioned in a previous Crafty Living blog post, the Orchard Gallery currently has ornaments on display.
Well, I noticed in the last couple weeks a posting on the gallery's Facebook page that one of the artisans whose work is on display is retiring. That means, once the gallery runs out of her works (wool ornaments) there will be no more.
I stopped by the gallery, 6312 Covington Road, last Friday to pick up a Rural Artists Studio tour map and was drawn to the wool ornaments by Madeline Jordan.
Here's how Jordan describes her work, according to information provided by the gallery:
"I begin my work in early Spring with about 150 pounds of raw wool from my neighbor, who keeps a small flock of sheep. I soak one fleece at a time, in a large tub outside. It takes about 3 washings to get the wool clean. It is sundried, then shipped away to be put into a form I can use more easily. When it comes back, I dye it. After all this, I am ready to start creating. I start with a wire frame and sometimes use a styrofoam ball for the head. In addition to the sheep's wool, I use silk, camel hair & flax...always natural fibers."
If you're interested, check out the ornaments currently on display. Once they're gone, they won't be restocked.