Monday, August 13, 2018

I heart Macro

I was gifted an orchid almost two years ago.  I really am surprised it is still alive!  What is even more surprising is that it has bloomed again for me! 
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Now what?

This is the start of my Monthly Art Project.  The parameters I have set are pretty wide open.  Choose something from my pile of experiments and take it further.  I will likely keep it to 6x6 inches as I have other challenges that size.  I find it to be a manageable size plus some or all of them may come together into a larger project some day.

This piece is painted felted from my stash.  I have machine stitched on some sheer fabric and used a heat gun to melt some of it away.  I feel it is a good start but I am unsure as to what the next step is.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

 This piece has been sitting around for a couple of years.  I wasn't sure what to do with it.  Finally, I added a bit more stitching and landed on a use for it.   This little piece is going to become a journal cover.   I am participating in the New Hamburg Studio Tour again this year so it will be available for sale there. 
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I really like the Bullion Knot Stitch.  I don't often remember to use it, unfortunately.  I added the Bullion to this seascape and think it works well.  I guess you can't really tell that from this photo as it is so close up.  I used some hand dyed silk thread and some regular cotton threads. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

I heart Macro

Finding the beauty in the warn, the broken, the decayed.
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Slow Stitching

This 'garden' is really coming to life.  I loved the way the surface treatment turned out and wish I would have made a colour of copy of it.  Oh well.  Adding beading and stitch has made it even better.  I am completely enjoying the process of making this. 
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Friday, August 3, 2018

Burlesque Challenge

This Burlesque Challenge with the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design seemed the perfect time to unleash my love of all things sparkly.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love glitter and glitz.  In most cases, I try to keep the shine under control and balanced.  However, I felt that over the top sparkle was what was needed for this challenge.  Kreinik supplied beautiful shimmering threads for us to use.  What fun to stitch with them!  Going through my stash of fabrics to create this crazy quilt block was also a joy.  I am looking forward to the next challenge!
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

My bead journal for July is a bit of an odd combination but I think it works.  I am so happy to have finally come up with a way to use the piece of indigo dyed cotton that was gifted to me.  Even though the tatted doily is a failed experiment with surface design I love the riot of colour.  The beading isn't exceptional but good enough.  This will eventually be quilted. 

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Monday, July 30, 2018

I heart Macro

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.  Sam Levenson

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Playing with my new printer

I bought an Epson large format printer.  I neglected to think about the size of this printer would actually be.  Of course, it is large!  There is no room in my studio for it.  Thankfully, it works with wifi and my dear husband was able to set it up for me elsewhere in the house.  I have finally got around to giving it a try and I am pleased with the results.  I printed a kaleidoscope photo onto silk.  Naturally, I want to take it further with beading and stitch.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

This bright and cheerful piece is coming along nicely.  I still have the sky area to work.  I am thinking some gorgeous metallic threads would work well.  Also, I am considering adding beads, big surprise.  This piece is just for fun, no challenge is involved. 
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday

When I first saw the Half Chevron Stitch this week I thought, 'I don't like it and I am not going to do it.'  I thought about it a bit more and decided to try it.  Then I looked back at the comments on Sharon B's blog and saw that I had tried it last time and really liked it.  Interesting.  I stitched it on handmade paper.  Eventually, I will have enough of these pieces to put them into a book form.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bead Journal

It is rather a late start in the month for my bead journal but the inspiration was lacking.  It feels good to finally be using this lovely piece of indigo dyed cotton.  Funny that this piece doesn't have a single bead on it.  Yet.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am really glad I signed up for the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design's Burlesque Challenge.  It is due in less than a month and I feel confident that I will have all the stitching completed.  Challenges inspire me and due dates help to keep me focused.  I am having so much fun playing with the glitzy threads (donated by Kreinik) and fabrics.  However, I am not liking the row of silk ribbon flowers in the center.  I knew it as I was stitching them that they were likely going to be removed. 
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday


I really enjoy when I have the time to participate in Sharon B's Take a Stitch Tuesday.  This week it is the Bonnet Stitch.  I think it made an interesting center for my flowers.  I have only tried this stitch once previously, back in 2012.  I did not feel successful with it that first time and never used it again.  I am happy to say that I felt more successful this time and have added to it to a crazy quilt block that I am also working on.

Monday, July 16, 2018

I heart Macro

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.  Louisa May Alcott

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Indigo dyed cotton








This piece of indigo dyed cotton was given to me by a lovely woman who belonged to our fibre guild years ago.  I came across it while cleaning and purging this week.  It was so kind and generous of her to give me this fabric and I always try to honour the giver by doing something with the gift.  I have had it for several years and no inspiration has struck as to how to use it.  What to do?  It is about half a yard of fabric.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Keeping a journal


I keep a variety of journals.  The ones that I like the best are my mixed media and junk journals.  Having just done a tidy and organize I looked through some of my older journals.  They reminded me of all the fun I have sloshing paint around in them.  Pictured above is a journal I have created using a box from an Amazon book order.  The top photo is the cover and I love that it wraps around.  I am still pondering how to keep it closed.  The bottom photo is the inside.  I haven't done much other than collect some things/junk that will go inside and sew in a couple of signatures. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

It occurs to me that I have never posted about the finish of this quilt.  I finished it last year and had it hang at a show in St. Jacobs this spring.  I started this quilt many years ago and I am trying to not be critical of it now that I have learned and grown. 
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B showed us the Herringbone Square stitch this week.  I had not tried this stitch previously.  I must have intuitively known that I would not be able to do it well.  I decided to try it because Sharon suggested that the lacing step could be done with interesting threads.  I have a lovely collection of threads and want to use them more often.  However, I definitely chose the wrong thread as it is nubbly and it just makes the stitch look messy.  Also, getting the stitch to actually be square was a big challenge for me and I failed.  I was thinking this could be a really interesting start and was hoping to build it into a larger motif.  But since it turned out rather poorly I think I will pick it out.  I enjoyed trying this stitch but I won't be doing it again.

Monday, July 9, 2018

I heart Macro

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.  Mae West

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Stitching journal covers

I am having a good play with stitching fabric collage journal covers.  My daughter in law suggested I do a mermaid altered book and I still may.  The mermaid theme inspired me to make my own style of junk journal.  I plan to give one to her and sell some for an upcoming studio tour. 
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am not exactly sure what I will do with this piece.  I am having so much fun stitching and beading into it though.  I love the riot of colour!  It is a bit too big to become a book cover and a bit too small to become a quilt.  I suppose I could add to it.  I definitely don't want to cut it down in size.  I will contemplate what to do as I continue stitching.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Comments

I always enjoy getting comments on my blog posts.  I have such kind and thoughtful readers!  For over a month I have not been receiving comments by email.  Blogger isn't working properly and that is quite disappointing to me.  I like to respond by email to all who take the time to comment on my blog.  Trust me when I say that I am not ignoring you I just can't respond to an email that doesn't come to me. I am really hoping that they get this issue fixed soon.

Monday, July 2, 2018

I heart Macro

Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible.  Pearl Baily

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Adding Texture with Stitch

This piece is just fun.  I am enjoying have a good play with it.  Adding the embroidery stitches is what it needed.  Possibly there will be some beads added as well.  It feels like it has been a while since I have made a piece just for the fun of it.  So grateful to have the time to do that right now!
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Paint Class

I was booked by a local company's Wellness Committee to provide a paint night for their staff.  How cool is that this company cares enough about their staff to have a Wellness Committee!  Typically, participants in a paint night all produce close to identical paintings.  I was not keen to run my paint night that way.  One of the participants had been to a paint night previously and was annoyed with me for not teaching in a way that would lead to all have the exactly same results.  I explained that I valued individuality and hoped that everyone would put their spin on their painting.  Thankfully, everyone else in the class was on board with my idea.  Cranky lady did come around in the end.  I heard her comment that she thought it was really cool how everyone produced something unique!  Yay!
It is important to me that my students have fun.  So at the end of the night I asked them to come wreck my painting.  I encouraged them to clean off their brushes and use the paint leftover on their palettes.  Pictured above is the result of that.  It was interesting to me how many were hesitant to wreck my painting even though it was not finished.  I explained I really didn't want another painting to match my sample so they had at it.  I think it could be a really start to piece.  I will add more paint and possibly some collage to it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Ah!  Summer, a time for slowing down.  My spring was pretty busy but I don't have much on my calendar for the summer and I am relieved.  I now have time to think about the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design summer challenge.  The theme is burlesque.  I looked up the definition for inspiration.
bur·lesqueˌbərˈlesk/
noun1.
an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work; a parody.
"the funniest burlesque of opera"
synonyms:parodycaricaturesatirelampoonskitfarceMore
2.
a variety show, typically including striptease.
"burlesque clubs"
verb
1.
cause to appear absurd by parodying or copying in an exaggerated form.
"she struck a ridiculous pose that burlesqued her own vanity"

The word exaggerated gave me the inspiration to let out my inner magpie.  Go for the glitz!  I am planning a crazy quilt block with the above fabric.  The two on the end are absolutely stunning but I am not sure if they play nicely with the other fabrics.  Possibly I could make them work together, not sure.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

I heart Macro

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.  anonymous
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Friday, June 22, 2018

A daily practice


I have been creating a mandala on a coffee filter every day for a couple of months.  They don't take very long and I love them.  It is so fun to create a small piece of art that makes me say "oh wow!  I love this".  No harsh criticisms.  I feel like I should take them further as I have stitched into coffee filters so I know it is possible.  Maybe it is okay to just enjoy them as they are.  I tried the same technique on a doily with a tatted edge.  It did not work quite as well.  All is not lost, I can salvage it and turn it into something beautiful by adding beads.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

  I used permanent markers and rubbing alcohol to create this.  It is such a fun technique and rather serendipitous.   This definitely looks better from a distance.  I was tempted to start over because I didn't like the way some of the colours bled into others.  However, I think once I add some embroidery and quilting to it that will help.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

I heart Macro

I was given a bouquet of flowers on the weekend.  It was the end of the day and the flower seller had not sold all of his bouquets.  Being the end of the day the flowers were not the freshest but still pretty.  One of the flowers completely fell apart in my hand when putting them in the vase.  The petals looked super interesting to me.
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Time to play

A while back I had an idea for an altered book that features flowers.  I made a few flowers but got sidetracked.  This week I found time to make some more flowers or at least some components (on the left).  I am going to need quite a few flowers so will have to put on my thinking cap for more varieties.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday




Closing reception for my artist in residence with the Ayr Library is tonight.  It is a bit sad for it to end but I am excited about moving on to other things.  I hope they are pleased with the altered book I and the community created.
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Monday, June 11, 2018

I heart Macro

I have been organizing my files a tiny bit and came across this image.  A photo of frost on a warm spring day, sure, why not!
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Playing and experimenting

I have been playing around with an idea.  A new way to add colour to cloth.  Eventually, I would like to do an article about it for a magazine.  I am confident in the process but not in the finished project.  I am contemplating adding the paper shape to the piece to give it a focal point but not really loving it.  Feeling a bit stuck at the moment. 
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have one week left to finish my altered book for the artist in residence with Ayr Library.  I am attempting to depict Watson Pond on the cover.  I have needle felted the green area and I am beading the pond area.  The proportions look completely wrong at this point but when it is wrapped around the book it looks right.  I still have more beading to do but I am confident I can get this finished in time.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

I heart Macro

Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.  Patton
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Playing with the romantic

Normally I gravitate toward bright and cheerful colours.  Every once in a while I feel the need to play with soft, romantic colour schemes.  I found a vintage wooden spool and decided to create a scroll book with it.  Vintage laces, velvet and quotes from old books will fill this book. 
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

work in Progress Wednesday

May has been an exceptionally busy month.  My bead journal has not received as much attention as I would like to give it.  Still, I am pleased with it and will call it finished.  Please excuse all the dog fur on it.  Using wool fabric for the base was probably not the wisest choice when our golden retriever is shedding so much! 
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Last week was a catch-up week but Sharon B did offer a mini challenge.  It was to use five stitches in a small sample.  I was inspired to do a flower with five stitches.  I used buttonhole wheel, detached chain, pistil, cross stitch and french knots.  It was great fun and I definitely want to challenge myself with this again.

Monday, May 28, 2018

I heart Macro

More rusty bits.  I love rust when it comes to photography.  However, the whole rust/eco dyeing of fabric has absolutely no appeal to me.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Digital Collage

FreeMix is a very easy to use digital collage tool.  I was introduced to it a couple of weeks ago and have thoroughly enjoyed using it.  I need to figure out a way to print my collages on fabric so that I can add beads and stitch!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Tassels

One of the very first fibre classes I took was about making tassels.  That was many years ago and I haven't made a lot of tassels since but decided to give them a play again.  Using scraps, bits and pieces really appeals to me right now so these tassels are a real hodgepodge but I love them.
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