Kids Craft Hour for March will take place from 4-5 pm on Friday, 3/24. Come get creative with us! Supplies provided & all ages welcome.
It's time for our monthly drop-in tech help hour! 📱 💥 💻 Having trouble with your phone, tablet or computer? Unsure about uploads, downloads, apps, pdfs, and more?? Convinced that technology senses hesitation? (It does.) James Harvey, our local Tech Wizard, can help! Stop by the Chelsea Public Library between 4:30-5:30 PM on Friday, March 31st for answers to your most confounding questions. Bring your device, if applicable, but we'll also have computers on hand for quick demos. Now is your chance! No appointment needed.
Come enjoy free coffee & refreshments at Veterans & Friends Coffee Hour on the first Friday of the month from 10-11 AM! This event is sponsored by the Chelsea Public Library, Heath-Doyle American Legion Post #61 and Chelsea Area Senior Center. ☕ Please join us and build community while honoring our veterans and servicemembers. Stay tuned for special presenters and other opportunities. These events are free & open to all!
Our regular Yarn & Craft Circle meets weekly, every Thursday at 5 PM, in-person at the Chelsea Public Library. All skill levels and crafts are welcome!
Current Art Exhibit:
Art Quilts by Janet Jaffe
Janet made her very first quilt nearly 35 years ago using her mother’s old Kenmore sewing machine. It was a small quilt, a baby gift for her new niece. Despite a total lack of experience, the finished product was actually quite lovely. Unfortunately, it was composed of delicate, nonwashable fabrics making it totally unsuitable for regular use. The quilt quickly fell apart after being inadvertently tossed into a load of laundry, washed in hot water and, subsequently, thrown in the dryer.
As Janet began to acquire basic quilting know-how and skills, a love affair with fabric began to blossom and quickly became an addiction – characterized by frequent and uncontrollable purchases of fabric – for which there remains no known treatment.
Even as her proficiency increased, Janet found herself struggling to follow rules and quickly became bored with the repetition inherent in traditional quiltmaking. Thankfully, she stumbled upon an illustrated hardcover book entitled “Liberated Quiltmaking” by the late Gwen Marston, published in 1996. In it, Marston pushed back against those who staunchly insisted on traditional design and perfect piecing. Instead she advocated experimentation and encouraged quilters to free themselves from long-established schools of thought.
This was a pivotal moment for Janet, who immediately embraced Marston’s concepts and began to explore various out-of-the-box ideas and techniques. She became a devotee of improvisational quilting, in which the design process is free, fluid, and flexible. While she may or may not begin with a palette or an idea in mind, Janet’s quilts are, essentially, created as she works on them.
Over the years, Janet has produced close to fifty large bedquilts. However, in recent years, working “small” has become her go-to as it lends itself perfectly to hand quilting and gives her a canvas on which decoratively embroider to enhance the quilt’s surface design. Not only does handwork on “smalls” keep her fidgety fingers busy, its portability allows Janet to work wherever and whenever she chooses, untethered to her sewing room or even her sewing machine.
Janet’s output has tapered considerably in the last few years after she unexpectedly fell into a successful, full-time, post-retirement career designing unique international itineraries for small groups of mature women. She tries to attend at least one quilting retreat each year to disconnect from everyday life hiving her the time and freedom to her work as a visual artist expressing herself with fabric and thread.
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