Friday, December 6, 2019

Water

This is the last of my water experiments.  I have started putting them into my altered book and I have found that the book is already bulging.  I think it is going to look really cool once it is all finished.

This six-inch square has some paper pulp added to it.  I mixed in some glue to make sure it adheres.  I added some Brusho crystals and then some beads.

It has been a fun little series of experiments.  I will post photos of the book once I have it all put together.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is the start of my bead journal project for December.  Big surprise, another mandala.  I just don't tire of them.  There is still a lot of white space on this.  I may need to add more colour with Inktense pencils before I start beading it.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

This is my crazy quilt block for November.  I tried a new technique and I love it.  Pretty sure I will do something similar for December.  The base of the block is an inherited block from my Aunt Pat.  She had done most of the embroidery of the preprinted block but not all of it.  I wanted to figure out a way to use the block but not cover over all her beautiful stitching.  I think this works.  You can the lovely yellow roses she stitched and my stitching only enhanced it.  I am quite pleased with my garden.  I hope everyone feels the sense of joy that I do.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

November Bead Journal

Hmm, now I am wondering if this piece needs more beads.  I was thinking it is finished.  I don't like to dither but deciding when something is finished can be a challenge for me.  I am not loving this piece at the moment.  I doesn't make me say 'oh wow' but I am not sure what I would add to it.



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have started another slow stitching project.  I couldn't resist!  This piece I created with crayons and watercolour crayons in the summer.  I am now adding stitching to it.  Such joy!  I was working on it at my regular part-time job last night.  My boss came by and commented that it makes him happy.  It is so great to have a boss who is supportive of my art!  It would be an excruciatingly boring job if I couldn't work on my stitching.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I did both stitches this week.  They both work perfectly for the piece that I am working on right now.  Open base needlewoven picot instructions and Raised Cross Stitch Flower stitch instructions are generously given to us by Sharon B. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

I heart Macro

I am enamoured with my kaleidoscope photos.  I love that I have come up with a unique way to create them.  People often ask me how I create them and I am not willing to share.  I think some artistic ideas are not meant to be shared.  Last month I signed a contract to have some of my kaleidoscope photos be on a digital display on top of my city's City Hall.  How cool is that!

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Look what I threw together

It has been a busy week but I have made a bit of time to play around.  I bought a beautiful piece of grey duponi silk from a thrift store this week.  I couldn't resist for $3.00 but I do have a rule for myself.  I am required to use any fabric I bring home in a reasonable amount of time.  I try not to buy a lot of fabric since my stash is monstrous.  Whose isn't? 

I got the fabric wet and started sprinkling Brusho powders onto it.  The colours spread beautifully and I achieved the impression of a garden which is what I had hoped to do.  The Brusho crystals are not likely permanent and I am okay with that.  I have no intention of washing it.

This is kind of a large piece for me.  It is approximately 30 x 20 inches.  Is it weird that I am thinking that this will be a book page?  That I want to make a giant book?

I am excited to start stitching into this but it will have to wait until a couple of other things are done first.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

This slow stitching project is such a delight to me. It is tempting to rush it and put a deadline on it.  I do not want to do that though.  Adding to it here and there is relaxing and enjoyable.  I don't need any more deadlines at the moment!

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

My latest beaded mandala creation is coming along.  There are still a lot of ideas to explore with this one and I am enjoying every bit of it. 

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Making Progress

I am really enjoying stitching this piece.  There is still more to do but it is really coming together.  The addition of the butterflies, ladybug and dragonfly really work well.  More flowers and leaves need to created/added.  I love my little garden and that my hands didn't have to get dirty to create!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am still playing with my six-inch square water experiments.  I scrunched up white fabric after adding turquoise paint.  I let it dry while scrunched up.  I love the wrinkles/texture and the way the paint pooled in some areas.  I added some cellophane and dyed paper towel.  I also added a bit of stitching. 

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have made some progress on this piece.  I think it is starting to take shape.  I am trying to think of more ways to add some flower shapes.  I don't want to cover up the two yellow roses that were stitched by my Aunt.  That usually causes me difficulties, not wanting to cover up something.  The area becomes too precious and then it doesn't fit with the rest of the work.  I am still puzzling over that. 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Water

It is fun for me to go through my vast stash of fabrics.  I have truly gorgeous material with which to work.  I picked out a couple of silks and a sari fabric to create this little collage.  I added beads and called it finished.  These little water experiments are quick and easy.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mandala Meditation

I can really get lost in doodling these mandalas.  It is so relaxing to me.  They are far from perfect and I just don't care.  Can you read the word that I created on this one?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

It doesn't look like much yet but this is the start of my bead journal for November.  There is a lovely shimmer to the paint I used to stencil.  I haven't had the chance to add many beads yet.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

I heart Macro

“Open the bloom of your heart and become a gift of beauty to the world.”– Bryant McGill
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

This is my crazy quilt block for October.  I know, it isn't exactly a crazy quilt piece.  That's okay.  I love to push boundaries.  For this block, I stole ideas from two artists I really like.  Van Gogh and Klimt are the artists.  Can you recognize their influence?  This block was a lot of fun to create.  Did I mention I love to push boundaries?

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Water

I am still playing with my six inch square water experiments.  These little pieces are all going to be going into a book form.  Or at least that is the plan at the moment.  This piece is truly mixed media.  I did some hand stitching and then added glass beads in gel, fibre paste, transfer foil, glitter and paint.  I love the sparkle and shine of this piece. 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am having so much fun with this experimental piece.  The colour and texture arehttps://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/ making me really happy.  I can definitely see myself exploring this idea more.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am still stitching away on this piece.  I am enjoying it so much.  I think it is really coming to life.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Water

I am still playing with my water experiments.  Possibly this piece could use more work.  It is rather simple but not every piece has to be a star.  I did a surface treatment on sheer fabric, pulled some threads to fray that sheer fabric and stitched to the velvet base.  I also added some beading.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have made some progress on my October crazy quilt block.  I am mainly happy with it.  I don't love the way the transfer foil is looking on the tree.  I will have to redo that. 

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Monday, October 21, 2019

I heart Macro

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me.
Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
~ Anaïs Nin

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

There were two things that contributed to my creating this.  First, was learning a new technique.  That does not happen frequently these days.  I have been a fibre artist for over 20 years and I love to research so I have a very broad knowledge base.  Check out the videos starting with this first one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUYm4pDs40s  I loved the idea of this because of the colour and texture.

The second thing that informed the start of this piece is that I did my trunk show this week.  That got me looking at some of my older pieces and reminded me of some lovely stitching/quilting I inherited from my husband's Aunt Pat.  I have repurposed some of that stash that I inherited but I would like to do more of that. 

The base of this piece is an embroidered quilt block that Aunt Pat had started but not finished.  I hand-stitched on small pieces of fabric and lace.  In the video, they used dyes and paints next but I wanted to work with my Inktense pencils.  I can never follow someone's instructions to the letter!

Admittedly, this doesn't look like much right now.  I think I want to change the colour in some areas.  Then I will start adding more hand stitch and beads.


A note about my trunk show, it was very well received.  The Paris quilt guild is a lovely bunch and remarkably warm and welcoming.  My confidence was bolstered by the overwhelmingly positive response to my work.  I would genuinely love to do more trunk shows.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Water

Playing around with mixed media is so much fun.  I painted with Inktense pencils, glued and stitched embellishments on to some dupioni silk. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

It occurred to me that I have not posted about this piece.  I consider it my bead journal for August and September.  How is it that I worked on this for two months and never posted about it?  The seashell is the largest shell that I have ever found on a beach.  I almost didn't keep it because it had lost all it's colour and was only white.  Not very interesting.  However, I do love to rescue/upcycle things so I brought it home from the Bahamas.  I painted it with nail polish and love the way it turned out.  I also painted some large buttons with nail polish for this piece.

All the beads, buttons and shells were stitched to hand-dyed wool.  I will be using this piece for an altered book cover.  I am leaning towards putting all of my six-inch square water pieces into this book.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am absolutely loving the way this piece is turning out!  I discovered the podcast The Hidden Brain on NPR and have been listening to it while I stitch on my beads.  What an enjoyable past time.  At this point, I think I will stop working on this piece.  I am leaning towards calling it finished but want to reserve the right to return to it.  I really can't think of anything more to do on it but that may change.  I do not have to rush.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Water

Oh, this one was fun to create.  I finally was able to use the funky turquoise fabric that I bought so many years ago.  The textured fabric I added on top of that is interesting but it does make the beading I did hard to see.  I knotted some interesting fibres together and applied them.  I think that idea needs to be pursued further.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is the start of my crazy quilt block for October.  I know, it doesn't look very crazy quilt like!  I am okay with that.  I enjoy pushing boundaries.  I am eager to get to the hand stitching part of this.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have a very good start on my bead journal project for October.  I am so enjoying this.  The beading process is a meditation for me.  Especially, when I stitch a mandala.  I only need to make one decision and then proceed to stitch it around the circle.  Once, that stitching is complete I make the next decision and so on.  I am hoping I can spend some more time stitching today. 

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Water

I am still plugging away at doing a six-inch square of water each week.  I have over twenty of these pieces now.  I did a paint stick rubbing on silk and then stitched on some funky yarn.  Unfortunately, the sequins on this yarn do not show up.  I love the sparkle and always find it disappointing when the camera doesn't capture it.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Talisman Challenge

Last spring I signed up for the Talisman Challenge with San Francisco School of Needlework.  I didn't know it at the time but I qualified to receive some upcycled Swarovswki crystals.  I had to agree to send my work to San Francisco if accepted the crystals.  I applied the crystals to the tree shape on this bear.  I love my bear talisman.  For me, it signifies the strong Momma bear to whom I strongly identify.  Don't mess with my kids!

This week I found out that this piece has been selected to be in a show in New York City.  How cool is that!  You can see the challenge work at https://talismanschallengegallery.tumblr.com/

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

My September Crazy Quilt block is finished.  A bit late but that isn't the end of the world.  The fall colours are very pleasing.  I should have stabilized the silk before stitching it.  Silk is lovely to stitch through but it can be unwieldy. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Take a Stitch Tuesday

How fun that I can participate in Take a Stitch Tuesday again this week.  I used variegated perle cotton by Valdani and beads to do the Whipped Spoke stitch.  This piece will be my bead journal for October.  I am also leaning towards using it for the San Francisco School of Needlework's design challenge.  The challenge is to create something based on healing/reflection.  Such a great topic!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have added very simple stitches to this mixed media mandala.  I wouldn't mind adding more but just can't see where to do that.  I will call it finished for now.  I do reserve the right to return to if the inspiration strikes though.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Water

Oh, this doesn't look very interesting in the photograph.  I guess it is slightly overexposed.  I did this piece with different silks and the camera didn't capture the lovely sheen of the silk either.  No time to take another photograph.  The simple stitching was so relaxing. 

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Play Day

My DIL (far left), Marianne and I have been talking about having a fun painting day for quite a while.  This past Saturday we were able to make it happen.  Oh, we had such fun.  My middle son, Jeremy joined in and is a very talented artist.  My granddaughter, Juniper is a budding artist and completely immersed herself in the experience.  I am happy with my piece even though it is quite different for me.   Miriam, a friend, also joined us.

We all had a blast together.  We used spray bottles, water guns, fluid acrylic paints and glitter.  The weather was perfect for being messy outside.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

Is it weird how relaxing I find working in circles?  The possibilities are endless and I can get lost in that.  I used a stencil on white fabric to create this one.  There are a couple of areas that did not turn out perfectly and that does not bother me.  I have used mainly surface treatments so far and I am looking forward to adding bead and stitch.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Take a Stitch Tuesday

It has been forever since I have participated in Take a Stitch Tuesday with Sharon B.  I didn't do anything particularly clever with the stitch this week.  I do love the Long Tail Chain stitch though.  I was glad to have it brought back to my remembrance.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday



Slow stitching on this piece is a delight.  I am actually finding it a bit difficult to not turn this into a project that gets worked on very purposefully.  There is no deadline so need to push myself but I do find myself wanting to make progress.  I love the way it is progressing and I am eager to see it finished but I will not rush it.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Mandala update

I took my mandala a little further and like it much better now.  Not so much white space.  I think it is time to stitch and add beads and possibly a layer of tulle (thanks Queeniepatch!).

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have been working on a lot of mandalas the past couple of years.  I decided to do an altered book to house some of them.  This is the cover of that book.  I love combining altered books with stitching and beading. 

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Mandala

Gosh, there is a lot of white here.  I don't like a lot of white in my pieces.  I like the mandala I have created so far with just surface treatments.  I definitely want to take it further with stitch but what do with all that white? 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I do a dementia-friendly art program in a long term care facility every week.  This summer we created painted flower quilt blocks.  One of the volunteers there very generously put the quilt together for us.  It is finished!  Isn't it fabulous!  My seniors are so very proud of themselves.  This quilt will now be raffled.  I hope they raise a lot of money!  I definitely plan to buy tickets.  I want to win this so I can include it in my trunk shows.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have added some slow stitches to this piece.  I was showing my son my progress as he is home this weekend.  He commented that it has a storybook quality to it.  I love that!  I feel like I don't have the natural ability to do high realism.  I think with time I could develop that ability but I really don't care to do that.  Bright and colourful suits me just fine.  The stitching is so enjoyable.  When I have a short length of thread left on a needle I use it up on this piece.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Water

I pieced together three of my surface-treated fabrics.  I wrapped a pipe cleaner in some funky yarn and stitched it down.  I then added a bit of sparkle paint to infer water ripples.  Working on this series is good.  I used to think that working in a series was not the least bit interesting.  Odd how much I disagree with that thought now.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mandala/Kaleidoscope

Relaxing.  These pieces are so relaxing for me.  I love the way they turn out.! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

Here is the start of my crazy quilt block for September.  I am so original!  I went with an autumnal theme!  Actually, it is rather different for me.  These are not the colours that I naturally gravitate to.  How fortunate for me that still have managed to collect fabrics in these colours! 

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday Slow Stitching

I have been stitching with some metallic threads to this piece.  I love all things shiny and sparkly.  They make me smile.  I recall quite a number of years ago a neighbour commenting that metallic is so garish.  How odd I thought that was but it left me feeling like there was something a bit wrong with me for liking something that is garish.  Of course, that is her opinion and she is entitled to it but it doesn't make me wrong.  I have come to learn that two people can have opposing opinions and both be right. 

This piece is truly mixed-media.  Dyed coffee filter,  painted tracing paper, buttons and gems and the aforementioned metallic thread have come together.  I still plan to add more metallic thread because it makes me happy!

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