Friday, August 18, 2017

Stitch a day project for August

Yummy!  The goal is to stitch with only silk on this project.  Silk thread, silk ribbon, and silk fabric are so lovely to use!  Even the sound of the threads passing through the fabric is pleasing to me.

Also, I have a delightful announcement to make.  I have been accepted as the Artist in Residence at the Ayr Library for 2018!  I am over the moon excited!  It is going to be so much fun!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Journal Prompt #33

The prompt this week was to be inspired by Morocco.  I created this page featuring a photo of my sweet husband and myself in Morocco (our honeymoon).  The photo was originally black and white but has deteriorated over time.  What a shame I put it into a frame that did not protect it properly, still I do like the sepia quality to it now.  We purchased the photo from a young photographer who made his living photographing tourists.  The background I created years ago by stitching together some interesting papers.  It is high time I used it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Grand Guild of Fibre Artists is doing the six-inch block challenge again this year.  We call them 'sinchies' because they are quick and easy to create.  Well, really they are not all that quick!  Some of us put a great deal of work into them.  This year we are working with one color per month but we are allowed to add black or white.  This is what I have created so far.  Unfortunately, the background looks grey, it is green but I did capture the shine of the transfer foil on the butterfly.  The transfer foil looks rather patchy because of the glitter.  Honestly, I am not very happy with it so far.  More needs to be done to make it presentable.  Or I may need to start over.  We shall see.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Reversed Buttonhole Bar is the stitch Sharon B challenges us with this week.  I love this stitch.  I decided to try it with beads.  No surprise to anyone I am sure.

Monday, August 14, 2017

I heart Macro

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within.  Emerson
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bead Journal and such

My bead journal for July is rather different for me.  I wrapped beads around a piece of driftwood that I found.  Eventually, it will be attached to an altered book.  The top photo is a mixed media fibre piece I created.  Lots of texture on this one!  I believe I will attach it to the cover of the same altered book.  I just haven't found the right book to alter as yet.  Eventually, this will all come together.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Journal Week #32

The prompt this week was to create a page with hearts.  I wasn't particularly inspired.  The background is paper that I dyed a number of years ago.  I like the way the paper turned out but just never got around to using it so it was about time!  I used Gelatos to create the heart.  The quote I used says 'Follow your passion, listen to your heart, make every day a celebration of your vision and soul.' R. Pickens

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

It is now August and my July crazy quilt project is not quite finished. I definitely had some lazy days in July.  I like the way this is coming along and I just don't feel like rushing it.  Not rushing is a big lesson for me to learn. 
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

It feels good to be stitching with Sharon B again.  Life has been busy this summer!  This is my first attempt at Zig Zag Coral stitch.  I probably should have practiced first but it seemed the perfect stitch for adding beads!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Enjoying the challenge

This small quilt had its origin in a workshop.  Rarely, do I choose to finish a quilt started in a workshop.  I don't like leaving things undone but I have given myself permission to do so with workshop pieces.  However, I think this one has potential and I am enjoying the challenge of making it right.  I am going to consider it my bead journal for this month.  The waterfall is going to come to life with sparkly beads!  Fun!
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Journal prompt #31

This week Nina challenges us to use only a credit card and our fingers to create our page.  You can see the video here.  I invited a friend over to get messy with me.  We had a lovely afternoon together and this is the page I created.  I used found poetry again.  It says,
 'Beauty: Opening our eye to
where creativity dwells
a reassuring ritual
comfortable and relaxed'

I haven't played with my acrylic paints much lately.  It felt really good to get them out and have a messy play!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Another quilt finished.  This quilt is all silk, including the batting and thread.  What a delight to stitch it!  I painted and printed the silk and hand quilted it.   I am thinking of titling it "Monet Visits Ontario".
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017


I honestly never tire of being published.  It is such a thrill to me that other people like my work.  I have an article about my process of creating beaded trees.   Pop over and pick up a copy.

Monday, July 31, 2017

I heart Macro

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  Thorton Wilder
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Sunday, July 30, 2017


I know it is summer but the threads DMC provided for this challenge spoke of autumn to me.  I love my little tree!  Now I need to submit a photo to the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design for Summer of Love challenge.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Bits and pieces

Another fabric journal page is coming together.  The base is a gelli print that I further embellished with permanent markers and Smooch inks.  I still need to adhere the paper/fabric dragonfly but I think I will machine quilt the background first.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Journal Prompt Week #30

The prompt this week was simply summer.  You can see Nina's video here.  This page was fun for me to create.  I used a paper towel that already had paint all over it.  I adhered it to my page and added a bit more collage.  The most fun part was doing some found poetry instead of a quote.  I save book pages that have been removed when creating altered books.  It is fun to sift through them and look for words that jump out at me.  I then put them together to form some sort of thought.
Now is the season for splendor
simple little pleasure,
one of those summers which
give birth
an artist
so exquisite

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Another quilt finished feels really good.  A very large leaf was printed in multiple colors to create this one.  I like that the leaf is heart shaped.  I hand embroidered and hand quilted it.  I got this quilt done just in time to show it to a senior's group yesterday.  I was teaching them how to do some nature printing on paper but they loved that it could be done on fabric as well.
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edited to explain
I paint a thin coat of fabric paint onto the back of the leaf.  Then press the leaf onto the fabric.  It is a simple process but a bit tricky to get the right amount of paint on the leaf.  It is always good to practice a bit first.

Monday, July 24, 2017

I heart macro

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.  John Ruskin
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Funky little landscape

I have been doing a lot of teaching with seniors.  Mostly the projects were designed by someone else.  I was pretty happy to be contacted by a senior's facility to come and teach a fibre art class.  I know if I was living in a facility I would love to get to do some fibre art.  The class has to be fairly simple and we won't have sewing machines.  I think this funky little garden will work as it is put together with glue.  I can see loads of room for improvement but won't do it.  There is no point bringing in a sample that no one will be able to recreate in the limited time we will have.   Plus how exciting will it be for them if they can do a better job than the instructor!?
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Journal week #29

The challenge this week is chaos.  Yikes!  So not in my wheel house.  I have to admit I did not want to put a lot of effort into this journal page as I knew I wasn't going to like anything chaotic.  I made a color copy of a coloring page for the background.  I made a color copy of the butterfly that was covered in a mess of stitches and adhered it to the background.  The quote I used is 'I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.' by John Burroughs.  I enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone especially since I can tend to over simplify things but chaos is really not my friend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

My Crazy Quilt Journal Project for July is pictured above.  These are the first four blocks I created for the project this year.  I have put them together and I am working on embellishing those seams.  I also added stitching to the white lace on the bottom right block.  It was too stark.  Adding the stitching really helped to knock it back.  I have been considering what to do where the four blocks come together in the center.  I am leaning towards adding ribbon embroidery there.  Something needs to happen to make these block feel all pulled together.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

I heart Macro

I find the rusting of metal magical.  How can so much beauty come from this deterioration?  Admittedly some won't see the beauty.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am participating in the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design School's Summer of Love  Challenge.  It is my slow/stitch a day project for July.  Three skeins of floss were provided by DMC.  The colors spoke to me of fall and of course leaves!
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Something a little different

This is my bead journal for July.  I found this piece of driftwood last summer and had to bring it home.  I knew I wanted to wrap it in beads but I wasn't sure how I would use it.   I had a brainwave and now I know how and where I will use it.  I just need to wrap the last branch with beads.  The base/trunk will be wrapped with brown yarns and threads.  I then plan to attach it to an altered book. The inside of the book will be full of handmade leaves.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Journal weeks 27 and 28 combined

I have been following a journal prompt a week for about a year and a half.  It was getting rather stale to me and I decided to look for a different journal group.  I found Art Journal Prompts on Facebook and I have jumped right in.  Week 27 asked us to use gold.  Week 28 asked us to rework an existing page.

I have combined the two prompts into one page.  The top photo is a torn paper stitched collage.  It wasn't going anywhere.  I colored copied it as it is kind of fragile.  I added some green acrylic paint to the lower part and hated it.  I removed most of it and am much happier.  I also added my favorite tree shape that I covered in gold swirls.  Since the acrylic paint had too much coverage I used Inktense pencils to add more color in other areas.

I wrote 'be still' repeatedly in cursive around the top of the tree.  That seems to be my mantra this year.  Those words fill me with trust and calm.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Many years ago I took a block a month sampler class at a local quilt store.  I learned a lot.  I learned that piecing really isn't my thing.  I did, however, create this quilt top.  It actually isn't all that bad.  I am debating whether to finish it or not.  I would like to include it in my upcoming trunk show as it is an important part of my journey.  Do you think it would be okay to include it as a UFO or does it have to be finished?
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Here is my Linked Double Chain.  I really thought that I had done this stitch previously.  Funny how the memory works or doesn't.  I am glad that I always post a comment on Sharon B's blog when I do try a stitch.  It helps to keep a trail/reminder.  As usual, my stitches are loose and open.  I admire those whose stitches are ever so neat and tidy but I am learning to not be critical of myself for not stitching in that way.  My relaxed fun loving nature is coming through in my stitches.

Monday, July 10, 2017

I heart Macro

It has been a while since I have posted one of my photos from the wrecking yard.  This one reminds me of a landscape.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Another finish

It feels good to call this piece finished.  I started by painting silk.  I cut holes in it and beaded around the holes.  It is machine quilted.  I added beads on the edge to finish it off.  There is nothing like deadlines for getting things finished!
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Journal Week #26

You are never too old to learn something new.  Again, not a particularly inspiring quote to work with this week.  However, I do try to keep learning new things.  It is very good for the brain.  I made a color copy of a fabric experiment and then printed the quote on it.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am a curious artist.  Exploring and experimenting are a big part of what I do.   I have a plastic storage bin where I put the experiments.  Lately, I have been trying to use up the pieces in that storage bin.   I combined the needle felted spiral with the sari strip/transfer foil background.  I think they look interesting together.  I have a number of other pieces of a similar size that will be combined with this one to form an accordion book.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

My Woven Trellis Stitch is a bit wonky.    The one on the right looks more like a flower than the one on the left.  It is not the end of the world and I can live with the imperfection.  I am so glad that I had the time to participate in Sharon B's Take a Stitch Tuesday this week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

I heart Macro

Last week a friend commented that I am the master of macro abstracts.  Wow!  That meant so much to me!  It was the word master that got me.  The quote 'jack of all trades, master of none' can be heard in my head when my inner critic is running amuck.  I know in art we are told to focus and become really good at one thing.  Why?  Why can't we be really good at more than one thing?
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stitch a day

The stitch a day project for June was so much fun.  I stitched with metallic and hologram threads.  My base is hand dyed fabric and a paper cut/kirigami.  It feels like a spirograph to me.  Click on the photo to see the detail close up.
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Not quite a fail

This is a little paper/fabric collage experiment I have had kicking around for years.  Every once in a while I pull it out to see if I can fix it.  I am happy with the sky, mostly.  The water is definitely getting closer but still not quite right.  I am pleased that I haven't given up on it and  I think I can pull back from the brink of the trash bin.  Once I do get it right I can use for a class I will be teaching at a senior's center.  I think they will have fun with it.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Journal Week #25

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.  That is the quote of this week.  It is decent enough advice but not a particularly inspiring quote.  My journal page isn't particularly inspiring either but I had fun doing it.  I could probably push it further and turn it into something more interesting but ...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is my crazy quilt journal project for May and June.  Life was too busy to consider making two blocks these last two months.  I am trying to come up with a title for this piece.  Any suggestions?  I used some shells that I collected while in New Zealand earlier this year and I want this quilt to be a tribute to that trip.  I actually think that there should be a few more shells added but I am calling it done for now.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

I heart Macro

Nothing new here but I never tire of macro flower shots.  We went to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit at the AGO last week.  When we got to the room with her flower paintings my hubby commented: "Oh, I see why you like her so much, her paintings are just like your photography."  Nice!
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Leaves, leaves, leaves

I am working on two projects that require leaves.  Here are some of the mixed media leaves I have created so far.  I have a 'thing' for leaves.  Yesterday's blog post was about what soothes my soul.  I mentioned art in that post art but not leaves.  My Mom used to tell me that when I was a small baby she would set me by a window so that I could see the leaves on our tree.  She said I would sit there for hours contentedly watching the leaves.  To this day I can look a window and see the wind moving the leaves and feel all the stress leave my body.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Journal week #24

The quote this week is 'Coffee soothes the soul and is always the answer'.  I didn't agree with this quote and changed it to art.  Art does sooth my soul but it isn't always the answer so I left that part off.  I used a coloring page as my background.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am so happy with my bead journal project for May/June.  This mixed media kaleidoscope will likely end up in a quilt but it is finished for now.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

I heart Macro

Capturing beauty with my camera is so satisfying.  This path of creativity is pure joy to me!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Funky Flowers

I love how one idea can lead to another and another.  I am working on a workshop sample for a fibre class I will be doing with some seniors next month.  We won't have any sewing machines available.  Also,  I expect there will be limited abilities due to dementia, stroke or other age related issues.  I am planning to do a collage style class and we will be using a watered down white glue to hold our pieces together.  My sample isn't ready to be shown as yet.  However, when I have some leftover glue mixture I try to use it up.  Pictured above are some fibre/yarn 'flowers' I have created with that glue mixture.  They will be going into an altered book that I am planning.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Journal Week #23

A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life.  That is the quote this week.  I believe attitude is super important.  Learning to be happy and have a good attitude in any circumstance is a fabulous skill to have.  Not always easy though.

I made a colour copy of a bead journal I particularly like and used that as my journal page.  I love two for one!  Getting extra mileage out of a piece is good in my books.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am loving my stitch a day project for June.  I have utilised some of my hand dyed fabric, a paper cut out (kirigami) and holographic threads.  It kind of looks like spirograph to me.  I wish I was better able to capture the sparkle of the threads.  They just make my heart sing!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Laced Herringbone Square Stitch directions are provided by Sharon B.  She really is the best.  I tried this stitch on handmade paper.  It looks very different from Sharon's done on fabric.   Possibly doing it smaller and using ribbon floss would have yielded similar results.  Nevertheless, I think it looks kind of cool.  All the stitches I have done on handmade paper are done on single sheets of paper.  Eventually, I will have enough to put them into an interesting book form.