Sunday, May 31, 2009

Congratulations to CordovaStudios!



Congratulations to Kay of CordovaStudios.etsy.com. She has been chosen to be our "Hot Shop" this week. I've asked Kay a few questions to get to know her better.

1. Who is CordovaStudios? Cordova Studios is/has been my fiber studio here in Dallas for about 12 years. I named it after the street I lived on in East Dallas . I taught weaving there for about 12 years. Now I have a studio here in my present house as my personal fiber playroom. It houses my Rio Grande spinning wheel, carder, sewing machine and serger and untold amounts of fiber.

2. What kind of crafting/art do you do? How long have you been doing it? I have been knitting since before time, I think. I knit compulsively, mostly montage shawls and scarves from my stash of handspun and anything that works. Occasionally I knit the obligatory baby blanket or prayer shawl. These days I am addicted to my Kromski Sonata spinning wheel where I spin many roving bought on Etsy or batts and rovings I have made myself. Oh, and the dye pots are ripping along right now as I dye up rovings and my, as yet, undyed hand spun.

3. Where do you pull your inspiration from? COLOR drives most of what I do. Sometimes it’s in my photographs, sometimes from my garden, sometimes J. Crew!

4. What is your favorite medium? Merino wool, and combos of it with seacell, silk, etc.

5. Is Etsy your art your full time job, or just an on the side project? It’s an on the side project that is beginning to fill up most of my days. I love it!



6. What is your favorite thing to do with the Etsy Texas Crafters Team? I am brand new to the Etsy Texas Crafters Team so right now I would have to say the blog since I was lucky to win this little contest.

7. Any tips for other Artists? Wow, I guess I used to tell my students to trust their color sense. Look at what they like in their surroundings and use that as a start. Also, mistakes happen. We can fix it!

8. Tell me a Secret about yourself. I won the top Amateur Rider at the Tucson Classic Hunter-Jumper Horse show back in 1985


Congrats Kay! We are so glad to get to know you! You can also find more info about Kay here: http://twistedintexas-cordovasstudios.blogspot.com/ Facebook: Cordova studios Twitted; Kaybelle4


Want to be featured next? Go to CordovaStudios.etsy.com and check out her shop. Post back here with your favorite item of hers. Friday I'll pick a new team member to feature.

44 comments:

Milly said...

Congratulations, Kay! Great interview...and I absolutely LOVE this yarn in your shop: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25301955 (it would make a gorgeous scarf...am adding this to my favorites for the next time I am shopping for yarn!)
Milly / thistlecraft

lavenderlizard said...

This is my fave item at CordovaStudios: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25317060

Betcha can't guess what color it is!

Congrats Kay on being featured!

~Liz

agoodbuild said...

another great TX shop! The errand girl tote is adorable! Congrats!

goagainstthegrain.etsy.com

Taos Sunflower said...

Great interview and photos!

Brenda said...

Kay, Congrats on being the hot shop this week - great interview. Love the sari silk shawl (say that 3 times!) and the blend of reds and pinks. Very pretty!
brendaswhite.etsy.com

Brenda said...

oops, here's the link to the sari silk shawl in case anyone wants to check it out!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23727101
brendaswhite

kimmy said...

THE SARI SILK SHAW IS BEYOND WONDERFUL. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE WHAT THIS GREAT ART YARN WOULD KNIT INTO.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25303105

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Oh, wow! It is great getting to know you.

Dave said...

Great looking shop. We raised alpacas for a while, and understand the work that goes into the yarn. Really like this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25932206

Roy -n- Cheri said...

First off I want to send "Congrats" to Kay on her new shop and being the first Hot Shop! Your items are wonderful! I was first drawn to your Mary Poppins Bag as it is the first featured picture and I have always thought how cool it would be to have a bag that you could pull ALL that stuff from! KEWL!
But as I delved deeper into your shop I must say my favorite is the Southwest Felt Rug in which Trinket was just the cutest model ever!!!!!
Good Luck and Congrats!!!

Alice500 said...

Your yarn is gorgeous! I love this eggplant churro yarn http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25317060&ref=em

Sabrina said...

I Adore the Robins Egg Blue felted purse. It is so precious! Congrats on the feature in the blog! Good Luck to you-

LindaGJ said...

Am I getting this right? You handspin your own yarn and dye it too? I've always loved your shop, but this blog post makes it even more amazing! I love that the best about your shop now!!! I must say I have had my eyes on your darling frilly bags. Too....cute!!!
Awesome. Thanks for sharing your story with us!!!
Linda :)

Jewelis Designs said...

My favorite item is:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25762687

It is a lightweight linen shawl that is perfect for our slightly cool nightime temps in Texas. I love all of your color combinations too.

BesemNaturalScents said...

What a fun interview--your studio sounds like a creative, wonderfully fun place to be! I love your robin's egg blue felted purse--so pretty!

wise impressions said...

I love the robin egg's blue felted purse - the colors are so soft and serene

Janette said...

Congratulations!
Your colors are beautiful. I especially loved the Deep purple Churro

tinybird said...

This is a great new feature. I look forward to seeing more about the Texas crafters. I love the Lagoon Blues yarn http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24457664 Would make a lovely scarf if I knew how to knit.

Carol B said...

I love that blue yarn pictured in the article. I'm glad you've added this feature. I look forward to meeting more members this way!

becks said...

Love those colors! Makes me want to take up knitting again! Congrats.
Becka
BabyBolt

TatteredTapestry said...

Congrats Kay! I love all the colors in your shop, but my personal favorite is the Mary Poppins Felted bag. Such great colors and a clever name too!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23665489

DRyan327 said...

Congratulations Kay! I love the bag you did in the photo up above, I am going to go now and preuse your shop. I have a feeling I will find something I love! Donna~ aka www.dryan327.etsy.com

YarnCoture said...

Congrats Kay! I really love your bags! It must really be rewarding to be able to spin your own yarns! I love the idea of felting too. You have definitely inspired me to give it a try!

~Yarn~

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Oh, I just love Southwestern striped felted throw rug. I love the way you showed it in a natural setting with your lovely furbaby.

renee said...

Your yarns are saturated with incredible colors and your totes and shawls are awesome. Textiles are a wonderful way to express your creativity. Congrats on being in the hot spot.

SNucciDesigns said...

Beautiful yarns, great colors.
Love the Handknit featherweight linen shawl (item#25762687) it is elegant and delicate.
Congratulations Kay!

Terry Moon / Erica Moon said...

I have always had expensive taste, I love the different fibers and textures on this one.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25932206

I tried to take this up once,...disaster, so I guess I better stick with what I do best...

Congratulations on a very newsworthy interview!!

Hatchedforfun said...

I love knitting too but mainly in the winter. Your yarns are fabulous colors . I also love color. This little bag of yours is my favorite

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23666856

kathydkeith said...

This yarn has such a gorgeous combination of colors!

Handspun, hand-dyed Mariachi yarn

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24400485

Fun blog!

www.kathydkeith.etsy.com

Laine said...

Your banner is beautiful!

I always think it's cool to see what's going on in my town (even though I'm technically not in Dallas, but the Mid Cities). It makes me wonder what my neigbors are up to!

I really love these cool and fun colors..
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24457664

This is fun, Amy! Thanks so much.
cradleandall.etsy.com

TheTatums said...

Here's my favorite -- grey yarn! My dd says I'm boring... I must be. :-)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=24673704

debbie w said...

Your talent as a fiber artist is amazing. I especially love your tote bags and the colors of your yarns. My favorites are sapphire and peach.

ruth hill radcliffe said...

I love this new feature, I really enjoyed looking through your shop. My favorite though is
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23727101 I can see wearing it and wowing everyone who sees me.

The Geckos said...

Beautiful fabrics. I really love http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25303105

I think these colors should be in every garden in April and May, but then I'm from Texas. My friends in Alberta and Ontario still think April gardens are predominately white, but you've got that covered too! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24989919

Wonderful work, congrats on being the HotSpot and I hope you make tons of sales!

MoltenGecko and Surfbunny

GemJunkie said...

I absolutely love the Southwestern Stripe Throw Rug: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24851923
Does it come with the cute puppy?

Twisted in Texas said...

Wow, this has been like having a virtual open house at my studio. You all are so great. Thanks for taking a peak.
Kay

Karen said...

It's a cool night tonight, so it's easy to pick this wonderful shawl http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23725559 as my favorite item! Mmmm...makes me fee warmer just looking at it! Wonderful!

KayzKreationz said...

Loved learning that about her winning the hunter-jumper horse show. I did a little bit of jumping when I was younger and always wanted to learn how to do more, but never got a chance. Glad to see her here in our Texas team. I love her handpainted, handspun churro yarn. The colors are gorgeous.
http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
http://KayzKreationz.etsy.com

lisa said...

Kay, I love the Robin's egg throw here:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25932206

The colors you used are so nice, but the textures are just awesome.

Gee, I wish I knew how to knit!

bybethstudio said...

My favorite is the Silk Sari Handknit Shawl. I've added it to my favs list for my 4-0 bday. :)

tina lewis said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25762687

Now this is the kind of shawl we need in Texas.

I just love this shop and the beautiful colors, etc. Almost makes me wish I could knit or crochet. Just lovely.

Charity said...

Great shop! I love the errand girl bag and the Mary Poppins tote.

LL said...

Great interview, love the yarn - wish I knitted! :)

My favorite item is this:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26129797

Cheers! Lindi - lindesigns.etsy.com

Kats Cozy Krafts said...

Wow! What beautiful yarn and projects! I love yarn and crocheting! Congrats on your shop being picked. Your purse with the sriped yarn is my favorite. Kat