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introducing Patigator

I describe myself as wife, mother, fiber artist – beads, quilts, knitting, gardener, reader, retired nurse. My husband and I moved to Port Townsend 8 1/2 years ago after almost 30 years in Wyoming. We believe we have landed in a little corner of Paradise.

I started my life with fiber embroidering pillow cases with my grandmother when I was five, onto tablecloths printed with patterns, then to expressing myself embroidering on shirt yokes. I purchased a loom in the early 70’s and sold woven mostly utilitarian items at local craft fairs. The loom took up much room and was a magnet for curious daughters’ fingers. The bicentennial introduced quilts and little calicoes. I was hooked and began quilting and making dolls. Artist friends in Port Townsend introduced me to beads. They satisfy my inner magpie – so many shapes and colors. Much to learn and explore and they will be the focus of this workroom.

I don’t think there is a yellow pencil in the Herkal household. Our older daughter decided to collect pencils and we have drawers and boxes of her funky collection – here are a few with my favorite mechanical pencil on top. I occasionally use her pencils chosen for color or design preference of the moment. I prefer a mechanical pencil when making quilting templates because of the precise line it makes. I travel with a container of colored pencils for illustrating my journal.

a few of Rita’s pencils

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