Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

At our guild meeting last week we shared our 'sinchie' challenges.  The theme was nature.  These six-inch square challenges can be fairly quick to create which is a good thing.  I had started one with a leaf as the focal point and wasn't thrilled with the way it was going.  So I created the one in the top photo which is a more abstract interpretation of the theme. 
Our meeting was held at The Idea Exchange in Cambridge.  What a fabulous place!  They have a 3D printer, laser cutter, and a few other machines that you can book time to use.  We were shown how the 3D printer works and given a printed button to use.  Also, we were shown how the laser cutter works and given the snowflake ornament.  The guild member that organized the trip has challenged us to use these two things in a fibre piece.  That should be fun!

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Comfort Quilt

My friend Judy is magic.   She put this quilt top together in no time.   I am amazed.  I think we (well mostly Judy) managed to pull our two very different styles together nicely.   This quilt is going to our dear friend Kathi who has recently started chemo treatments.  I believe she will feel the love with which this was created.
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

A little self promotion

Some of my mandala series is posted at Create Whimsy  There are some very talented artists featured there.  Check it out.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Bead Journal

There is a lot of sparkle on this piece.  There is not a lot of beading considering I started working on this in September.  I spent more time this past month on preparing an artist in residence proposal.  I am pretty excited about my idea and really hope I get selected to do it. 
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Altered Playing Card Collages

Here are eight more of my little collages.  These are a bit more special to me.  I used butterfly die cuts that I bought when I was in France.  That was seven years ago!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Work in Progress

My last post was about a crazy quilt block that was finding a new home and purpose.  Well, that is just not going to happen.  The poor little orphan block is going to have to wait for that.  My friend sent me a photo of the blocks that she had created and there was no way that CQ block was going to work with hers.  So, I hit my stash of fabrics.  I have dyed, printed, and have done all kinds of surface treatments to these fabrics and I think they will work better for this project of love.  My friend Judy and I worked on putting them all together into a cohesive quilt today.  It is far from finished but we have made a very good start.  I know Kathi is going to feel our love and support when she uses it.  I will post a photo once we have it all done.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

A small piece finds purpose

A dear friend has been diagnosed with cancer.  How do we show her love and support?  Another friend came up with the brilliant idea to create a quilted shawl for her.  She can wear it while getting her treatments.  Hopefully, she will feel wrapped in love while wearing it. 

Coming together to create this shawl has challenges.  I have this CQ block ready to go and plan to create some surface designed type blocks.  We will have to figure out how to fit them in with the more traditional blocks that are being created.  It will be interesting.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Altered Playing Card Collages

These quick little collages are a lot of fun to make.  They work well to get the creative juice flowing even if you don't have much time to do so.  I was doing them every morning for a while and so have a nice collection of them now.  Not sure what I am going to do with them though!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

I think the stitching is done on this piece.  In this photo, it looks like there are more places to add stitch but that is because the machine stitching isn't showing up particularly well.  This piece will now go sit in a pile.  Once I have done the fun part I tend to feel it is finished when in reality it is not.  I could not put it into a show in this state.  It needs a backing and some sort of edge finish.  That is not the fun part for me.  No worries though.  It will get finished completely eventually. 

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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