Friday, October 12, 2018

Small progress

Well, this is supposed to be my bead journal for September but it has been slow going.  I hope to finish it by the end of October.  However, there is a lot going on right now.  I am working on two installations for 2019 and an artist in residence proposal.  So many arty fun things in my life!  I refuse to stress about this bead project.  It will get done when it gets done.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Quick collages

These little collages are just so much fun to create.  They are quick and really get the creative juice flowing.  I give the playing card a quick sanding and then apply one layer of paper napkin.   Then adhere some collage elements and the found poetry words.  Not sure what exactly I will do with them.  I guess they could be included into an altered book.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

As I have mentioned our 'sinchie' guild challenge revolves around themes this year.  Nature is the theme for October.  This is my start on that project.  I was inspired by a Craftsy class I watched the other day.  Craftsy is free this week if you are interested.  The class was about machine embroidery.  I have a lovely sewing machine but it does not do machine embroidery.  Nevertheless, I thought I might learn a little something from the class.  I did!  She showed how to machine stitch onto mylar.  I thought well if you can machine stitch on mylar then you can hand stitch into it.  I love exploring different things to stitch into so I cut out a leaf shape and have started stitching. There is still more stitching needed but it is an interesting material to use.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Slow Stitching

I hand dyed this piece of silk.  I love it.  I have added decorative machine stitching to it and now I am adding hand stitch.  This is a take on Carol Ann Waugh's Stupendous Stitching.  I don't normally like to copy someone else but her technique lends itself to self-expression.  There is still a lot of room for hand stitching so this project may take a while.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Another Challenge

San Francisco School of Needlework and Design is hosting another challenge.  No surprise that I signed up again.  The Make Do Mend challenge is right up my alley.  I have been wanting to do something with these jeans for a while.  I absolutely love the way they are coming along.  I can't wait to wear them.  I had wanted to have them finished so I could wear them at a trunk show I just did.  They are so me!  Do you think that is acceptable attire for a trunk show?  I am kind of doubting it.  Maybe better suited for a workshop.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

I did this crazy quilt block in the summer for the Burlesque Challenge with San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design.  They now have the all the challenge results posted.  So much interesting work!  Not all of it is to my taste but I think that was to be expected with the topic of this challenge.
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Crazy Quilt Calendar 2019

Pamela Kellogg has very kindly included my work her Kitty & Me Designs 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar.  I am thrilled to included with such talented artists.  You can purchase the calendar at
http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me or https://www.etsy.com/shop/kittyandme
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Lots of texture going on here.  This is my interpretation of the forest floor.  I have adhered burlap, lace, yarn, paper leaves, and a needle felted leaf.  Oh yes, and paint.  This piece has become quite stiff with all the glue and paint.  I am not sure if I will be able to add any stitching to it.  The plan is for it to become a cover for an altered book I am creating.  I have some leaf shaped beads that I would love to add and will have to give it try.  Hopefully, it isn't too miserable to stitch.
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Monday, September 24, 2018

32 Years

Even though my husband was out of the country on our 32nd anniversary he still made sure that I got roses.  He's a keeper.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Slow Stitching

It feels good to have found a few minutes to add some stitches to this piece.  Choosing the right thread and the right stitch is relaxing.  Not rushing to finish this is also relaxing.  No pressure.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

A bit of progress

My bead journal does not look significantly different from the last time.  Some of the beading I had added I subsequently picked out as I just didn't like it.  Some beads were added that I like.  It is rather slow going this month.  I am having a hard time imagining that it will be finished by the end of September.

My focus has been on creating journals for the studio tour that happens tomorrow.  My Little Golden Book journals are just the cutest!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

It was so fun to play with some of the fancy stitches on my beautiful sewing machine.  Now I am adding some hand stitch to this piece.  I hand dyed the silk and it is lovely to stitch into it.  There is a lot of metallic thread on this piece so I am debating as to whether or not to add beads.
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Monday, September 17, 2018

I heart Macro

However long the night, the dawn will break.  anonymous

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Vintage Linens and Embroideries


Years ago I was gifted with some beautiful embroideries.  I tucked them away in hopes of someday knowing what to do with them.  They were meant to be made into a quilt but I didn't really want to do that.  I have been making some really interesting and funky journals to sell at an upcoming studio tour and decided that these embroideries would make an interesting addition.  I have sewn them into an envelope form and will tuck them into the journals. 

I have also been going through my extensive stash of linens, handkerchiefs, etc.  Most have been lovingly collected from thrift stores over the years.  They were meant to be included in my crazy quilts but I have far more than I can use for that purpose.  So in the journals, they go as well!

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Quick Collages

These altered playing card collages are so much fun for me.  I enjoy the entire process which is pretty quick.  The part that takes the longest and which is the most enjoyable is choosing the words.  I pull a page out of a very old art book and scan the page for the words that jump out at me.  They don't always make sense and I am okay with that.  I have been making a set every morning for a little over a week.  I still have more ideas so will continue until I don't.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is the start of my bead journal for September.  The background is a dark blue velvet and in the photo it looks kind of grey.   A lot of light is needed to capture the holographic shine of the beads and therefore the rest is washed out.  I have used rather large elements to start off this design.  I don't usually and so I am a bit concerned that it won't turn out so well.  It is too soon to judge though.  Bring on the tiny beads!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I really enjoy participating in Take a Stitch Tuesday with Sharon B.  Especially when it is such a fun stitch.  This week was Raised Cross Stitch.  I am pretty sure that I have tried this stitch once before but then forgot about it.  So my attempts this week are not the best.  First one on the left is really bad and needs to be removed.  The second one in the middle is acceptable and I will keep.  Third one not so good again.  I did not want to end on a sour note so I gave it one more try and used some Glisten Gloss Estaz thread (bottom photo).  I love the way it turned out.  I really must practice this stitch some more so as to keep it in my head!

Monday, September 10, 2018

I heart Macro

Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.  Einstein

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Slow Stitching

I have made some progress on my slow stitching.  The more I stitch on this piece the more I love it.  It a little bit reminds me of Chihuly glass.
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Friday, September 7, 2018

I love a good challenge

Ailsa Craig Quilt & Fibre Arts Festival& Arts Center has posted a fibre art challenge.  New Zealand through our eyes is the theme.  I was really excited by this as I was in New Zealand in 2017.  I bought one piece of fabric while I was there and knew I had to use it for this challenge.  It is the batik at the bottom.  This is just the start and can't wait to do more!

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Collage

I have been having an awful lot of fun creating these tiny collages.  I have some old playing cards that I sand and then adhere a paper napkin.  Then a few collage bits are added and finally some words.  I have an 80-year-old art book that I have been using.  I randomly tear out a page and then scan it for the right words.  Phrases jump off the page at me and I glue them down.  I think looking for the right words is so much fun.  Not sure why that tickles my fancy so well.  Pictured above is the set I created yesterday.  I have made three sets so far and can see myself doing this again and again.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

My Dream `sinchie` is done and ready for the September guild meeting.  I feel really blessed to be a member of the Grand Guild of Fibre Artists.  I have met some of the best people.   One of whom was just here to borrow one of my pieces to show at a talk she is doing.  We chatted for an hour and could have easily talked further.  It is so great to be on the same page as someone.

I had fun creating this piece using angelina fibres, a sheer ribbon and sequin waste cut up to make the flowers.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Machine stitching

I have been getting a lot of enjoyment out of my sewing machine this week.  I have been using the decorative stitches to embellish this hand-dyed silk.  This photo doesn't capture the sparkle of the metallic threads that I have used.  This started as practice for another piece that I am wanting to do.  I think it will take it further with some couching, beading and hand stitching.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Learning and using up bits and pieces. I have not learned to do free motion quilting and therefore need to practice.  I put together lots of little scraps as I love to upcycle. Then I tried free motion quilting over this.  It doesn't look like anything really but at least I wasn't concerned about ruining a piece of good fabric.   I actually think that I can use this as a journal cover.
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Monday, August 27, 2018

I heart Macro

You know you are on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.  anonymous

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Dream

Our fibre guild has decided to continue our monthly 'sinchie' challenge for the coming year.  Previous years the challenges were based on color.  This year we decided to focus on a concept/idea.  I think this will be very interesting.  For September our word is dream.  So many possibilities for that one!  Pictured above is my start on it.  A friend gifted me with some Angelina fibres so I created a base with them.  Actually, my friend gifted with a big box of supplies as she is preparing to move.  I have used some ribbon from that box.  It is sheer in areas but it has not adhered properly in some places so I need to hit it with the iron again.  Also in the box was some sequin waste ribbon.  I have cut out a little star shape from it and plan to cut out more and stitch them onto this.  In the past, I have always made my 'sinchies' perfectly square but not this one.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

My August bead journal is finished.  This one is quite different from what I have done in the past for my bead journals.  It was really enjoyable to do.  I plan to mount this on black fabric and quilt along the black lines.
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Monday, August 20, 2018

I heart Macro

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.  Thoreau

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Slow Stitching

Adding stitch to this piece is so relaxing for me.  Taking the time to pick out the right thread and ponder which embroidery stitch will work best on each of the flowers captures my soul.  At times I feel myself rushing and wondering how soon I will get this done.  Then I remember there is no need to hurry.  This piece is not a challenge that requires a finish date.  I love how it is progressing!
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Bead Journal progress

There is not a lot of beading left to do on this piece.  Some star sequins are definitely going to be included.  This piece feels light and fun to me and I quite like it.  What a great feeling.  Do you think one likes their art more when you have grown to love and accept yourself more? 
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have taken my Monthly Art Project a step further by adding some hand stitching.  I feel like that is just what was needed.  These six-inch blocks do not take a lot of time but they are definitely a challenge that I am enjoying.  I get excited thinking about putting all these challenges together.  I am not completely sure how I will do that, possibly a book form.
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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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