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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Friday, July 12, 2019

Water

I used rovings to create this depiction of water.  I wet them with a watered-down white glue mixture and applied them to a texture plate.  Once dry, I removed them from the texture plate and had this lovely textured piece.  I added some beading. 

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Journal Page

This journal page is dedicated to my two-year-old granddaughter, Juniper.  She loves making marks with crayons and I love creating with her.  We had fun collaborating on this crayon garden.  I am going to have to remember to take a photo of our sidewalk chalk collaborations.  They are equally as bright and cheerful. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have been creating leaves to go into an altered book.  I have adhered fabric scraps to paper with a watered-down white glue mixture.  Once dry, I cut out the leaf shape.  There is a certain pleasure in using up the tiniest of scraps.  Using up rather than throwing out is really important to me.  When you think about it that is what the original quilters were doing.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B challenges us with the Linked Double Chain stitch this week.  I feel like I have done this stitch previously but could not find a record of it.  Nevertheless, I feel quite comfortable with the chain stitch and many of its variations.  I decided to not stitch it in a row as per the instructions.  I stitched it to form a flower and used beads so that it would work on my bead journal this month.  I am actually kind of pleased with my creative take on this one!

Monday, July 8, 2019

I heart Macro

Ah, don't you just the texture I captured here!  I do.  I may have to print this one onto fabric and add some stitching to it.

One of my I heart Macro blog posts from about 1 1/2 years ago has been getting a constant barrage of spam comments for the last two months.  I don't want to take the post down because they will just start in on a different post.  This has happened previously.  I do not understand why this happening and I do not know how to make it stop.  Any suggestions?

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Water

My weekly water experiments are quite enjoyable.  Six inch blocks are fast enough.  I like that I water is rather easy to depict.  I have not put any undue restraints on myself.  This is just playing although it could turn into something, that is not the main concern.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

This project got sidelined.  I had done most of the stitching when I hit a problem.  My machine acted up, snarled the thread and created two holes.  So disappointing.  I was chatting with a friend yesterday who had the same problem.  It made me think there must be some way to rescue this project.  I should be able to come up with a way to cover those mistakes.  I had not planned to do any hand stitching on this project but now I believe that might be the way to redeem this.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Take a Stitch Tuesday


Sharon B challenged us with the Beaded Fern stitch and the Zig Zag Coral stitch this week.  It has been a while since I have had the time or inclination to participate but both stitches appealed to me today.  It was lovely to have the time to stitch both of them.  The beaded Fern stitch works perfectly with my July bead journal. 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Slow Stitching Talisman

Oh bear, I love you!  I am quite pleased with myself!  This bear is full of nature.  Bugs, flowers, leaves and a tree fill her up.  They fill me up!  I don't need to camp in the wilderness, like my husband to be filled up with nature.  I am so glad that he could get away this long weekend to camp.  I enjoy having the house to myself and not having to cook!  Chick flicks and stitching for me.  Of course, there a bit of soaking up the beautiful sunshine as well.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Water

This water project is great for using up the tiniest of scraps.  I had done a monoprint onto deli paper that was not terribly successful so I used it for the base and adhered the tiny bits and threads.  Once all dry I added some hand stitching.  Each water piece is not super interesting on its own but I think when they all come together it could be an interesting large piece. 

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Journal Page

I made a colour copy of a mandala I had created a while back.  I wanted to take it further and added some white highlights and darkened some dark areas.  Making the colour copy is a safe way to take something further without ruining the original.  I added it to my journal and some found poetry.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I just realized I haven't posted about my bead journal for June at all.  I am still working on my circle/mandala series.  I was thinking this was finished but maybe it could use some more beads.  I do have to be careful about how stitching I add as the pink and mauve part is paper.  It can become too perforated and fall apart.  Not good.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Water

This piece feels rather dark to me.  I don't generally gravitate towards dark colours so I am not overly loving this one.  Still, it was a good experiment.  I sandwiched yarns, threads and fibres between two sheets of tissue paper and adhered it all together with some watered down white glue.  I also add a bit of paint to the top of it.  My water experiments are wide open for me.  I am allowing myself to work with anything that appeals to me at the moment. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have been bringing an art program to seniors for years.  A few weeks ago I had the brilliant idea to have them do a quilt block.  One of the marvellous volunteers agreed to sew/quilt them all together.  We will then raffle off the quilt.  It has taken me a bit to figure out what we could do for the quilt block. Pictured above is what I have come up with.  We will be using fabric paint and stamping/designing our own flowers.  My seniors have varying abilities so I could not ask them to stitch.  I have different foam shapes that they can use to create their flowers.  Each flower will be unique but they will all be working with the same background fabric so that it is cohesive.  They are pretty excited to be contributing to a quilt and so am I!

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Slow stitching Sunday

Earlier this spring I signed up for the Talisman challenge with San Fransisco School of Needlework.  I honestly didn't know what a talisman is but I was drawn to the challenge. 
Here is the definition
tal·is·man
/ˈtaləsmən,ˈtalizmən/
noun
  1. an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.


I have more faith in hard work than luck so I choose the bear as my symbol.  For me the momma bear is powerful and that is the way I like to think of myself.  I am filling the image with things of nature, mostly flowers.  

Every 13th person that signed up for the challenge was offered some Swarovski crystals to use.  If you accept them you must send your challenge piece to the school to be in the show by Aug. 15.  I was a 13th and agreed to work with the crystals.  I was surprised the crystals were so large.  They are used on the tree at the back of the bear.  I received them on Friday and eagerly started on my project.  I spent a good part of yesterday stitching.   I am better than halfway finished.  


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Water

This was a good way to use up some tiny scraps.  I trapped them under some organza and then machine stitched over it all.  My machine was giving me trouble yesterday.  The thread kept breaking.  The tension was wrong and was pulling the bobbin thread to the top.  It was rather frustrating but I persisted.  I won't pick out those stitches as this piece is not that important to me.  I have better things to do with my time.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Journal Page

Feeling hot, hot, hot.  Or at least wishing to.  I must be working with warm colours to combat the long, cool, grey spring we have been having.  At least I don't have to water my flowers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday

A few weeks ago I bumped into someone who had been at one of my trunk shows.  It turns out I had inspired her to try crazy quilting.  Yay!  She showed me her work and it was beautiful.  Her stitching was very fine and delicate.  Since seeing her stitching I have felt a little bad about my own.  My stitching is big and bold and this piece really emphasizes that.  I love this crazy quilt block.  The colours are cheerful and it makes me happy.  Why do I feel bad that my stitches are not fine and delicate?  I need to learn to admire someone else's beautiful stitching without allowing it to make me feel that mine is inadequate.  After all, I want to be the best me and if that is big and bold, so be it.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A little different

Ideas for creating my mandalas just keep coming.  This is the start of a new one.  I have cut a circle of wool felt and then needle felted some silk scraps into it.  It doesn't look like much yet.  I haven't started any of the beading and stitching as I have other projects to work on first.  I think stitching through this will be a dream.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Water

I am still playing with my water series.  Here I have used a rubbing template and oil sticks on silk.  That is the first layer.  Second, I used a shell slice and oil stick to create another layer.  I am not sure if this one is finished.  It may need another layer.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Junk Journal

How many journals does one person need?  I have at least 10 on the go at the moment.  How crazy is that?  It actually isn't surprising given my penchant for excess.  Whatever, I have fun!  This page was done in my junk journal.  The base page is braille from an old book.  Love the texture!  You probably recognize the tree from yesterday.  I had made a colour copy of the fabric piece to test out my idea.  I figured there was no point in wasting it and added it to my journal.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday


Rarely, if ever am I happy with what I create in a workshop.  I took a curved piecing workshop oh so many years ago.  In that workshop, a very kind lady gave me a piece of pink floral fabric because the colours went so well with the colours I was using.  True, the colours matched but the style of that fabric was so wrong.  Over the years I have returned to that piece to try to make it right and had no success, see the top photo.  I have wanted to throw it out but just couldn't bring myself to do that.  This week I decided to cut it up to see what would happen.  I used my favourite tree shape as it always makes me happy.  I then applied some gold transfer foil and some gold fabric paint (an ode to Klimt).  I quite like these trees!  I think I have enough to create one more of them.  I am not exactly sure what I will do with these trees but it will come to me.
On another note, I do an art program with seniors.  Yesterday while teaching I chatted with one of the volunteers.  She is an avid quilter.  She has agreed to sew together blocks that I have my seniors create.  We plan to then auction/raffle off the quilt so they can use the money for more programs.  My seniors have very limited abilities and we won't be able to sew our blocks.  I am thinking of having them paint/stamp their blocks.  Any other suggestions/ideas?

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Water

This is my weekly water experiment.  I adhered transfer foil to the fabric base.  I stitched some sari silk strips to the top of that.  So simple but it works.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Work in Progress Wednesday



Years ago I was gifted with a lovely quilted table runner, not my colours.  I was certain I would find a way to use it even if not for its intended purpose.  I have turned it into a cover my flower book, bottom photo.  Inside the book,https://www.quiltfabrication.com/ there are four vines.  Each vine has at least 25 flowers.  There are four sheer pockets/pages that hold the flowers.  The vines and flowers can all come out of the pockets to create a garden, top photo.  The flowers are made with bits and pieces of fabric, beads, doilies and buttons.  Some are wet felted, some are crocheted.  I have also used paper and tyvek.  This was an absolute play time for me.  So fun!

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