Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Spider Web--An Essay

© 2014 Ku'ulei Stephenson

The web provides shelter, food and water to spiders.  Then nature adds a kiss of morning dew to produce this magnificent lace. The spider web, a beautiful, magical creation.  

What you see and how you interpret what you see depends upon your "makaaniani"--eyeglasses, spectacles, crystal eye.

To some, the spider web brings fear, thoughts of an unwanted eight-legged creature lurking nearby. To the women of the Victorian era, the spider web is an embellishment for their crazy quilts.  To exploring children, the web could be play time in nature's lab, tossing a blade of grass, a clump of dirt or a tiny pebble to see what sticks and what doesn't.

When my daughter texted this photo to me this morning, she said:  "It looks like diamond-y, sparkly, crystal-y lace!  So little and delicate and could easily be missed but so stunning.  It's a lot like life. . . ."

Yes, Ku'ulei.  It's a lot like life.  Scary sometimes, delicate and beautiful oftentimes, and when you create each moment from your best self and offer it to others, nature kisses it and adds sparklies, a validation, an acknowledgement, "well done," "we see you."

Our work is to "see" all the sparklies, and when we do, a grateful heart is born.

The spider web, a beautiful and magical creation.  Life, a beautiful and magical creation.

What you see and how you interpret what you see depends upon your makaaniani.

Mahalo and Aloha,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka

© 2014 Fannie Narte

Enjoy your holiday celebrations with your family and friends. You are loved.

Monday, December 1, 2014

One Day, 100 Artists, 100 Patrons--$10,000

100 Generous Patrons

Fiber Fundraiser Event

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


To raise $10,000 in One Day to benefit
the American Cancer Society

Become a $100 Donor

All $100 Donors will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous and talented artists listed at the FFAC website. Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator. Artwork will not be shared at the FFAC website in advance, but may appear on artists' websites or other social media before the event.

All the details are here:

I am happy to help Virginia Spiegel and the FFAC, again, in this 2015 fundraiser.  As one of "The 100" artists selected to donate and ship an artwork to our patrons, I hope you--my family, friends and "fans"--will consider helping us make this fundraiser a success.  

You will see some "sneak peaks" of my artwork here on my blog.  

Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

 © 2014 Fannie Narte

You are a special Gift.

Each day is exciting because you're in it.

Thank you for choosing to 
dance with me.

Thank you for giving me the space
to sing my own songs. 

Thank you for allowing me to be silly.

You are Love.
You are Joy.
You are Gratitude.

You are loved and appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Butterfly Cross-Body Purse

Butterfly Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte

This is how I created the flap of this purse:

I started with two pieces of Batik fabrics:

On this piece of fabric, I wrote my thoughts about friendship using gold gutta resist in a tube. Before it dried, I placed the second piece of fabric, shown below, right sides together, and gently patted the two pieces of fabric so the gold writing would transfer to the second piece of fabric.  I let this first piece of fabric dry.

On this second piece of fabric, I wrote my thoughts using black gutta resist onto the cloth.  This is what I wrote:

"When hearts gather to share life's stories and all who gather do so with open hearts, magical moments occupy the light-filled space and bind hearts,  once friends, now family, eternally connected because they just showed up with the willingness to share the love and light that were in their hearts from the wisdom of the ages, and life is richer.  Love & Light."

Then I placed one fabric on top of the other, right sides up, and cut them into one inch and one-and-a-half inch strips.

Then I removed every other strip beginning with the far left strip and

stitched them together to make one piece of fabric.

Finally, I cut, redesigned and stitched the above piece into the design shown below.

The above piece was placed on a piece of batting and muslin fabric and quilted before finishing the front flap.

That's it.  Fun!

This purse is available in my Etsy Shop.

This purse pattern offers so many possibilities for design fun.  On to the next purse . . .

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cross-Body Purse Class at Quilt Passions

 Geisha, Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte

Jingle Bells . . . Jingle Bells . . . it's almost that time of year!  I love my Geisha Cross-Body purse and use it almost daily while I'm walking around the Village.  I'm working steadily to fill my shop with these purses, which you can find in my Etsy Shop . . . and . . . I'm teaching this class at Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona.  If you're in the area, sign up and see you in class!  Make a purse or two or three for yourself and for everyone on your Christmas gift list, birthday list or "Just Because" list.

Here's the Class Description:

November 20, 2014
     9am - 12 noon; 12:30pm - 3:30pm  Fannie Narte
     Cross-Body Purse
     Whether you're walking the aisles of the quilt market or the super market, or the Kona Stroll or a cruise ship, this easy-to-make purse is a delightful accessory.  It is large enough to hold all your shopping and travel essentials and small enough for hands-free shopping!  Make several for yourself and one for each person on your gift list.
Class Fee:  $40
Class Kit:  $20
Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing and quilting supplies (cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, threads, needles, rulers, etc.).
Over 30 images available.  Contact Fannie to make selection:

In December, I'm teaching a fabric bead class!  Fun, fun, fun!!!

Have a fun day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pineapple Delight Quilt

Pineapple Delight Quilt
© 2014 Fannie Narte

Hospitality--that's what I think of when I see the pineapple design.  This traditional design offers lots of movement and design possibilities.

Having fun with traditional pineapple blocks with a contemporary twist!  Here's the first of many to come:  Pineapple Delight.

Thanks for stopping by.