featuring Donna Kallner and Sue Koleczek
Donna Kallner is known for the ways she tells timeless stories using ancient techniques like looping. Older than weaving, knitting and crochet, looping is a living legacy from the Stone Age that contemporary fiber artists give their own spin. In this show, Donna collaborates with her friend and neighbor Sue Koleczek, who originally learned looping from Donna and has evolved a style that is uniquely her own.
In looping, a single thread travels a path that moves in and out at the edge of the work and passes over itself. As each stitch is made, the entire length of the thread follows that path. Since you draw the entire length through each stitch, looping is worked with relatively short threads. Looping produces a fabric so stable it cannot unravel.
Looping can be structural or elaborative. In other words, you can use it to build things or to embellish them. For this show, Donna wanted to illustrate looping’s versatility. This collection contains five paired pieces. Each pairing explores a theme with one piece worked in two dimensions and a second piece worked in 3D.
Donna teaches workshops throughout the United States and is the author of two books, New Age Looping and Altered Images: A Handbook For Fiber Artists. Her work appears in Fiberarts Design Book 7 and Baskets Now: USA. For more information about looping, about workshops Donna teaches, and about the stories that inspire her work, visit www.donnakallner.com. Donna’s New Age Looping podcast series is available at her blog, Two Red Threads. Find it at www.donnakallner.blogspot.com.
Looping: a 40,00 year old and honored construction
Ruth Knight Sybers
Monticello, WI 53570
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The Dining Room at 209 Main
TEN YEARS OF KNITTING WORKSHOPS IN MONTICELLO, WI
Green County Barn Quilts and the Courthaus Quilt Guild
RareWear - Fiber Artist Laurie Boyer
Mary Kay McDermott
The Story of the Textiles from Guatemala
NANCY L. DAVIS & JOANNE SCHILLING - TEXTILE ARTISTS
MARY JO SCANDIN - Fiber and contemporary painting
FULLING AND FELTING
Nostalgia - Apron Collection by Jean Adler
TEN YEARS OF TEXTILE EXHIBITS - Ruth Knight Sybers
SILVER THREADS -- Lee Ann Kleeman
Point of View: thread-work by Beth Blahut
Hooked Rugs by Ellie Beck
JOYCE MARQUESS CAREY
First Knitting Invitational
Weaving and the Structo Loom
Valentina Devine Creates
JAPANESE TEXTILES -- OLD AND NEW
Men Who Knit
Quilts by the Thursday Friends
WEAVING WITH SEWING THREAD
HISTORIC MONTICELLO WOOLEN MILL
Katherine Pence Inspired by Everything
WHY DO I SPIN?
THE EARLY KNITTED WORKS OF JOYCE WILLIAMS
EMBROIDERY - the late Ellen Scheidler
QUILTS OF MONTICELLO
23 HATS BY ESTHER AND OLGA
FROM GRANDMA'S TRUNK
JEAN NORDLUND - Ewe Hues
NAVAJO RUGS Weavings - Fran Potter
FIRST SHOW: Knitting - Ruth Sybers, Wall hanging - Kathy LaBeil