Sunday, May 16, 2010

Patriotic AMERICANA Themes In My Designs

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers

I truly am Patriotic.

The Freedoms and Rights provided us in the United States of America by the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our Constitution are so valuable to me as a person -- well words are not enough to express it, but I can in My Designs In Fiber!!

It does, I admit, have a lot to do with my family's history going back generations -- more generations than I know of, I am sure. The generations that I have known in my life have had a lot to celebrate in being able to emigrate to the United States of America. The discrimination earlier generations suffered -- both religious and "class", I am afraid -- was all too real and did cause real suffering in my family, but I will leave it at that generally and not go into details.

Various members of my immediate and extended family have not only made good use of the Freedoms and Rights in the United States of America, but once established here, they extended offers of help to others in need. This, again, as in other blog posts I have written will be left at: "Those who know, know!"

So, over more recent years, since I have been creating in my crafts, I have expressed my Patriotic feelings by creating Designs In Fiber in AMERICANA themes.

Most recently, this year, I designed the Basket and Coaster in this image. They will be available in different places on the Internet this year:

(Noted Added July 23, 2010: The Bowl pictured below is availabe as part of a Set of Bowls for Sale as Fundraising for Design Style Guide at !!
The Set of Coasters in this picture are available in my Etsy shop at !!)

One year not too long ago, I decided to design a Thread Crochet Doily in a "Star Spangled Banner" theme - as it was to be used for Home Decor, I made it round, with White Stars in a Field of Blue with Red and White Stripes around that:

Also, one year not too long ago, I decided to make an Image in Fiber representing what I considered a typical AMERICANA theme: A Flag Bearer on a Horse, as you would see in any Patriotic celebration:

And, ah-h-h, one of my favorite AMERICANA themes - the Majestic Eagle -- not only a symbol for this country, but, as wildlife, an environmental one!!

The last three items pictured have been long gone -- but I can always do my best to reproduce any of them by Special Request.

I do still have a few AMERICANA themed items in my Etsy shop, if any are interested. By the way, the lacey basket in shaded blues and whites would obviously be considered Vintage Style AMERICANA!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Elizabeth Graf's "VISIT MY ART GALLERY" - A Permanent Treasury on Etsy!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers

Elizabeth Graf has made a Treasury East -- a Permanent Member-Curated Gallery on -- the picture above links to the actual Treasury!

Beautiful Colors!!

This picture is of the Treasury as of the date of this post -- it can change whenever Elizabeth edits it!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

WHITE FLOWER BEAUTIES - My New Curated Gallery on Etsy

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers

One of the Features that I really like on is their Member-Curated Galleries called "Treasury". I have written about them before - but now they have a new one (it is still in Beta, but it is functioning)!

It is called Treasury East - it has 16 slots for 16 Etsy listings to be featured - and, so far, it is permanent and editable by the Curator.

I created my first one yesterday:

It has a combination of Etsy items from people who are Thread Artists on Etsy (search "threadartiststeam" under Handmade on Etsy) and in Design Style Guide (search "designstyleguide" under Handmade on Etsy). I went through different shops on Etsy and found these 16 items of -- WHITE FLOWERS!!

All beautiful and Handmade!!

As it is permanent, I plan to maintain it, checking it regularly to see if anything has sold -- and replacing the sold items with newer Etsy listings.

The photo above links to it on Etsy - and you can go there - and then click on any of the listings to see them.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Internet Shop of Handmade Items In Fibers

I am a huge supporter of Handmade!

On Etsy, that includes paintings, photographs, Mixed Media pieces, ACEO's.

Well, a member of our Design Style Guide Etsy Team, Elizabeth Graf, a painter herself, reguarly is the curator of Treasuries on Etsy of Visual Art - in the most beautiful colors!!

I love color in lots of things - it shows in how I make things in fiber in Colors!!

But Elizabeth Graf's series of Treasuries on Etsy "VISIT MY ART GALLERY" has some of the most beautiful and striking color than any others I have seen!!

You might want to check the Treasury list on Etsy and look under "Curator" for "ElizabethGraf" -- you may just be amazed and pleased and *!*!*!* with what you will find!!