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  • Arlington, TX
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Harvesting Cactus Fiber for Gourds
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 I live in Texas where the prickly pear cactus grows abundantly. Thanks to Janice Lyon's message about how she gathers cactus fiber for using on gourds, I became excited to try my hand at harvesting…Continue

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At 7:20pm on November 21, 2015, Anne Harris said…
Hi Georgia, yes I'm going to be at hart pottery again this year. Are you going to come?
At 7:45pm on July 8, 2015, Lee Jam said…

Love the coiling--that's the next thing on my list. I did pine needle coils in a class recently and will do another class just on coiling in September. Love that there is so much one can do with a gourd! Currently I'm adding water color pencil to the details on a gourd mostly done in ink dye.  Fun stuff! 

At 2:15pm on July 8, 2015, Patricia Lelie said…

Hi Georgia, the copper is patina'd with chemicals.

At 5:32pm on May 30, 2015, Donna Watkins said…

Your work is absolutely stunning!!!

At 2:43pm on July 16, 2013, Janice Lyon said…

 Hi Georgia. Last year I  brought home lots of the cactus but all it did was rot and was hard to do anything with. so I threw it away. This year when we went down to Casa Grande I found that if I just walk a round in a cactus patch, with gloves ,and find the dead old ones it is so easy to separate and use the layers of cactus I still haven't used it but Have quite a bit of it. am looking forward to experimenting with it.

At 4:04pm on August 13, 2012, Judy K. Burkett said…
Hi ! Martha sent me a postcard with your gourds pictured. Very nice, I loved them! I wanted to come to Graham to see them but my scedule wouldn' t allow it . To many gourds and gourd shows and not enough time! Lol !
At 10:22pm on April 3, 2012, Vicki Dyas said…

Can't wait to hear more about it.... thanks

At 6:53pm on April 3, 2012, Susan Ashley said…

Your pictures look great!

At 6:19am on April 1, 2012, June Johnson said…

Welcome.  I am new to gourds but it looks like you have been at it for a long while.  You will enjoy this site and the friends that you make.  Everyone is so willing to share and help.

At 5:14am on April 1, 2012, Nanette Bartet said…

Hi Gloria, I see these are your first posting.  I assume you are new. If so, welcome to the pack.  This site is a blessing and is so helpful.  It is a place where kindred spirits can share.

Blessing and looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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I am interested in finishes, coiling, and carving (filigree in particular).

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