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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Friday, August 30, 2019

Water

Does this look watery?  I am not totally sure but I do like it.  This piece is really textured.  I started with some gesso on fabric.  I then added a layer of paper towel that had lots of colour as I had used it to clean up.  There was lonely blob of green colour that stood out too much so I added more green ink.  I also added some shimmer with Pearl Ex.  Some stitching or beading could be interesting on this piece but I think it would be absolutely miserable to stitch through it.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Still circling

I have had a lovely quiet summer.  It has been restful.  I have enjoyed many an hour sitting on my deck, in the sunshine creating mandalas.  At least my version of mandalas.  They have been mostly created upon coffee filters which are super cheap and very durable.  It is quite likely that some of them will end up in stitch/beaded projects. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

Oh big surprise, another circle.  I have been playing with some of my mixed media supplies and created this with a stencil and Lumiere paint.  The shimmer of the Lumiere paint doesn't show up particularly well in this photograph.  I wonder if it would have looked better on black fabric.  Nevertheless, this is just the start.  Stitching and beading will be added.  When I get to that is another matter.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday

A while ago I was experimenting with oil pastels on fabric.  I created this cheerful little landscape but didn't know what else I would do with it.  Having finished my floral slow stitching piece I decided this would make an interesting base to stitch into.  I hand quilted on the black lines.  I have started using up some short bits of silk ribbon.  At this point, I think I will just stitch in the field areas but that may change as things progress.  There are no great plans other than to enjoy the stitching.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Water

Just surface treatments on this piece.  First I used a stencil.  I did not love all the white that remained so I added permanent markers and blended with rubbing alcohol.  That was definitely an improvement but I continued.  I added some silver/white dots with a pen and some glitter fabric paint.  These six-inch experiments are ever so interesting to me.  Will I take them further?  I almost always want to take things further but maybe I don't have to.  Maybe, I can just enjoy doing them and call that done.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mandala/kaleidoscope

Coffee filter mandala/kaleidoscopes have endless possibilities.  I haven't counted how many of these I have created but I bet in the hundreds.  Coffee filters are cheap and very durable.  They are obviously not indestructible but they will take some stitching.  Markers and paint are not a problem at all.  There are many ways to take them further but do I have to?  What if I make them just for the pleasure of making?  Period, end of the sentence. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

Here is my crazy quilt project for August finished.  I just can't stop myself from working in a circle form.  I remember being interviewed by my sister for a project she was doing about twenty years ago.  She asked me about my favourite shape.  Even back then it was the circle.  Somethings don't change, nor do they need to change. 

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Slow Stitching

It has been a while since I have posted about this piece.  I have thoroughly enjoyed stitching on this project.  I haven't added a significant amount since I lasted posted about it but I do think that it is now finished.  At least the slow stitching part is finished.  I am debating as to whether I should use it as a book page in a large book I am thinking of making or have it be a separate piece on its own.  I am eager to start another slow stitching piece.  It is so relaxing.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Water

Well, you would have thought that since my dear husband was away on his annual guys' camping trip this week I would have been more productive.  My weekly experiment only got tackled this morning.  I love that my fabric base is still wrinkly.  It is hand-dyed and I think the wrinkles add to the water feel I want.  I did some wire coiling which I haven't done for quite a while.  Also adding some 'gem' stones.  Nothing is actually attached at this point so it could change a little but I do like where this going.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

Summer is a great time of explorations for me.  I have so much fun playing with different/messy techniques.  Here I worked with crayons.  It is a riot of colour and I can't wait to start stitching into it! 

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Water

Still playing with my water experiments.  I pieced together some of my surface-treated fabrics and then collaged on top of that.  I used some of my silk paper, cellophane, sari silk, sheer fabric and some dyed cheesecloth.  Even with all of that, there seemed to be something missing so I added a piece of shell that I had coloured with alcohol inks.  These six-inch squares don't take a long time to create but ever so fun for me.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I decided to play with making silk paper again.  This piece is fairly large for me sized at 22' x 26'.  I had fun adding odd bit of thread, yarns and something called angel wings.  A friend had given me the angel wings.  They are meant to be included when you make your own paper.  I think they are a flower petal, possibly.  Some of the colour ran and I quite like it.  It gives it a painterly effect.  I am wanting to add some stitching and possibly beading to this.  I plan to incorporate it into a large textile book. 

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Monday, August 5, 2019

I heart macro

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. Jean Houston

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Water

My dear sister recently bought Dimensional Cloth and recommended it to me.  I haven't purchased it yet but the cover reminded me of an experiment I tried years ago.  Using a polyester fabric I tied marbles into it.  I boiled it for I don't remember how long.  Once cooled and the marbles removed the cloth retained that shape.  Pretty cool.  I decided it was time to use that experiment and incorporated it into this week's water experiment.  Love the dimension!

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

A spot of sunshine

Yesterday was one of 'THOSE" days.  You know the kind that is frustrating, nothing goes smoothly.  I decided to stop trying.  I took myself outside to sit in the sunshine and play with a mandala.  Working in a circle form has me mesmerized these days, years.  Perfection is set aside and I doodle/draw happily.  Just what I needed.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have made a good start on my crazy quilt block for August.  I decided to use all silk fabrics again.  I needle felted them onto a wool base.  I love the texture that creates.  Now for the fun part, the embellishing. 

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Monday, July 29, 2019

I heart Macro

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."
~ Joseph Campbell

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Water

My water explorations are so much fun for me.  This is my latest one.  It features an agate slice, mica flakes, beads and microbeads.  All but two of the fabrics are my own surface-treated fabrics.  I am still pondering how I will put these six-inch squares together.  It is not really an immediate concern as they are not all created yet. 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I had a lot of fun with this one.  I think it is done but I may add a few more embroidery stitches to it before it is sewn to the other blocks.  I am especially pleased with the texture created by needle felting the silk.  I have no clue what I will do for my crazy quilt project for August.  There is still a little over a week to figure it out though.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Postcard Art



I saw a call for postcard art at WKP Kennedy Gallery in North Bay.  I thought it would be fun for the seniors that I teach to participate and have their artwork on display in a gallery.  They were excited to join in the fun.  Pictured above is what they came up with for the show that has the theme home/belonging.  I think they did a terrific job.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Water

This weekly exercise of depicting water in some way is quite enjoyable.  Eventually, all these six inch squares will end up together.  I haven't completely decided what that form will be but I know the idea will come together.  This week I used fusible web and embossing powder on silk.  I totally love the way it turned out.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

Supposedly there are no rules when it comes to crazy quilting.  And yet I did find myself reading some rules about CQ not that long ago.  I am a challenger by nature.  Admittedly, there are times when I feel like I should fit into the box but I usually come to my senses.  This crazy quilt block some will find objectionable as it doesn't quite conform to those rules so I have hesitated to post about it.  I have needle felted silk onto the base fabric instead of piecing them together.  I love the texture that happens with needle felting.  I have begun the embellishing process but there is still a fair amount to do. 

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

July Bead Journal

This bead journal was quite fun.  It is big, bold and colourful.  I had fun creating different flowers for this piece.  As always, beading is slow stitching and meditative for me.

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