Friday, February 21, 2020

My February Bead Journal

The beaded edge of this is a bit wonky.  I believe once I can fix it a bit when I stitch this down but I have to decide on a substrate onto which to do that.  For now I am calling this done.  I enjoyed the process as usual but particularly because I took a mixed media approach.  I am keen to do more mixed media beading and embroidering. 

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http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mandalas

It is easy for me to get carried away creating mandalas.  I get lost in the process and have so much fun using different media/supplies.  This one I had adhered to one of my altered books.  After doing so I realized it wasn't quite up to snuff.  So, I am taking it further. I have added some 'gem' stones and think that works well.  I still feel like more could be done and will see what speaks to me next.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

Sorry for the not great photo.  I am handicapped with technology this week.  It is so inconvenient to not have my computer working.  It does make me think of new ways to do things and that isn't bad but also not fun.  Anyway, I have resurrected this piece and have been doing more stitching on it.  I also removed some bits that weren't working.  I am happier with it now but also know that there is a lot more stitching I want to do on it.  No deadlines though and that feels good.

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https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Friday, February 14, 2020

Progress

I am making progress on this piece.  I am calling it My Boho Garden.  There probably isn't much more embellishment needed.  At least I don't see any obvious places to add stitch right now.  I am planning to do a button border around the edge.  It might end up weighing five pounds!

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http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mandalas


I was asked for a tutorial on mandalas.  I honestly have no clue what the proper way to do a mandala is but I can explain the way I do them.  I purchased some mandala stencils last year and I am so glad that I did.  I use them regularly.  I believe I found them on Amazon.  I start with a white coffee filter and add colour.  I have numerous ways of doing that.  I use markers, watercolours, food colouring and anything else that grabs my attention.  I often do them in batches so that I have one dry and ready to go when I am.  I then choose a stencil and fill in the lines.  Again, there are many choices for this; coloured pencils, gel pens, markers etc.  Now that the basic design is started I let my imagination go wild to finish it.  I keep my marks fairly simple by using dots, dashes, Xs, C shapes etc.  I like to use a variety of markers, gel pens, pencil crayons, shimmer paints etc.  When I want to take a mandala even further I will stitch into it or glue on sequins etc.  The possibilities are limitless and it is very relaxing.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

My February bead journal has been fun so far.  The base is a painted coffee filter adhered to fusible interfacing.  Coffee filters are quite durable and the interfacing makes them even more so.  I am not exactly sure what comes next for this piece.  I need to go digging through my bead stash to figure that out.

I am linking to
https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B shows the Raised Close Herringbone Stitch this week.  Love it!  It is such a pretty stitch.  I have never done this stitch and really hope that I remember to use it from now on!  It makes such a nice leaf and since I have so many floral projects that I am doing it will be very useful.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am not much of a gardener but I do love flowers.  This piece is progressing slowly but pleasantly.  It is cheerful to work on my colourful little piece especially when all is white outside.  I am thinking I will take this piece on holiday with me.  I can just picture myself by the pool stitching!

I am linking to
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 7, 2020

An Experimental Approach

This is the beginning of my bead journal for February.  I have painted a coffee filter with acrylic paints and while they were wet I added some thread bits.  I have fused the filter to interfacing and I am ready to start beading.  At the moment I have no clue as to how I am going to bead this.  I am confident that it will come to me though.

I am linking to
http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Mandalas

Okay, I am officially addicted to creating coffee filter mandalas.  The process is incredibly relaxing to me.  Not only that but I feel like I have learned a lot.  I can stop a project too soon.  With these coffee filter mandalas I just keep pushing.  I am not afraid to ruin them by going too far.  It is helping me be more courageous/daring in my other projects.

I am linking to
http://mybijoulifeonline.com/

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have been revisiting some work that I had considered finished.  I had stopped working on them before they were truly finished though.  I think I lose interest and need to move onto another project.  Or it could be that I just don't know what to do next and it is best to wait until I know for sure.  So, I add more stitching to this block and I am liking it better.  It still isn't finished but I am making headway and that feels good.

I am linking to
https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B showed us the Feather and Chain Stitch this week.  I decided to resurrect my stitching on hand made paper project.  It has been a while since I have stitched on these pages.  I think this stitch worked well.  This project has been going on for a long time and it is about time that I concentrate on finishing it. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

It is fun to win art supplies

I follow Koh-i-noor and Grumbacher (different brands but one company) on Facebook.  They often do contests where you can win art supplies.  Last week I won and supplied them with my mailing address.  Today this is what arrived.  I have never used woodless colour pencils but I am excited to try them out! 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have really enjoyed adding more hand stitching to this.  It is fun to do at my job, which is basically babysitting a door.  I get the most wonderful comments from the people that come through and see it.  Nice comments are always gratifying.  I think I am getting pretty close to finished on this one.

I am linking to
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 31, 2020

Another Finish

I am on a roll!  It feels so good.  It is fun to use up some of my button stash to create a frame on my mandala pieces.  I think it works quite well.  It is also a good project to do while I am at work as it doesn't take a lot of thought.

I am linking to
http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

So I persevered on this and added some more beads.  Stitching through the canvas was a bit difficult so I worked with smaller beads and therefore a smaller needle.  That made things easier.  I also added some dimensional fabric paint.  I am pleased with the results and consider the embellishments finished.  I am not completely sure how I will finish this project, as usual. 

I am linking to
https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Taking it Further

I was happy with this piece but decided to take it further.  While I had out my hotfix crystals I decided to add some to this piece.  I like it even better now.  I still need to quilt/bind it but that shouldn't take too long. 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

I heart Macro

I am pleased to say that today I am installing my Kaleidoscope show at the Art$Pay Gallery in Waterloo.  The show will be running for three weeks.  I got a lot of help from my technology proficient sons and I am so grateful.  I feel confident that I can set up the computer and projector because of them!

I am linking to
http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

This Dresden plate started with my Aunt Pat.  I love the idea of collaborating with her by using the pieces that I inherited from her.  I started embroidering the seams a number of years ago.  At the time I called it finished but wasn't truly happy with it.  I have decided to resurrect it to include in my mandala series.  I added a fair amount of stitching to it this week but there is still more to do.

I am linking to
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 24, 2020

A bit further

I have been trying to concentrate on finishes.  I have a number of mandalas that need something a little more.  This one is paper-based and could only take so much stitching and beading. I did not want to perforate the paper so much that it fell apart.   I wasn't overly pleased with it but couldn't think of what else to do until this week.  I decided to add hot fix crystals to it.  No stitching needed.  Definitely a mixed media approach and that makes me happy.

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http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is my bead journal project for January.  First I printed one of my photos onto canvas.  I then started stitching into it.  Yikes!  Not fun.  The canvas has a coating on it so that the printer ink doesn't sink into it.  It helps the colour stay more vibrant which is good.  However, it does make the stitching rather unpleasant.  Lesson learned.  I will not be doing that again but I did need to figure out a way to keep working on this piece.  I decided to take a more mixed media approach.  I have used heat-set crystals, dimensional fabric paint and glass gems.  I am not finished yet and may still add a bit more stitching.  I am not quite sure what the next step it at this moment.

I am linking to
https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I love the Reversed Buttonhole Bar Stitch that Sharon B shows us the week.  I created a flower with it but it does look kind of spindly.  I think I need to add another stitch in between the spokes. 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

This piece is truly a slow stitching piece.  There is no deadline to finish it.  I can work at it as I please.  I love the way it is progressing.  I have started stitching on the left-hand side of the piece and will continue to work towards the right.  I have only photographed where there is stitching.  There is a lot more to do but no rush.  Working on something so bright and cheerful feels good in the thick of winter.

I am linking to
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 17, 2020

Another Finish

Once the embellishing and stitching is done I call the project finished.  In truth, it is not finished.  The not-fun part for me still needs to be done.   A backing and edge still need to be done.  If I worked like a regular quilter that wouldn't be a big deal.  Just do the same old same old.  But for me, I always have to figure out a way to finish.  That can be a challenge.  This time I used seam binding to 'frame' this piece.  I knotted and twisted and crumpled it as I stitched.  I quite like the results.  It also feels really good to have another mandala piece completely finished.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have been quite keenly working on this piece since I have figured out what I want to do.  It is coming together and I am pleased.  There is still a fair amount of stitching to do but I feel like I am making progress and that is a good thing.

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https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Take a StitchTuesday



Thanks to Sharon B for showing us the Italian Border Stitch this week.  Such a good stitch!  I tried it with beads and love the way it turned out.  I probably should have added seed beads to each end of the bugle beads to prevent breakage.  I found it a bit difficult to get things lined up with the beads as it was though.  I will definitely be using this stitch again!


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Slow Stitching

I am loving the way this piece is coming along.  I am mainly just using up the last bit of thread on my needle from other projects for this piece.  This piece is pretty cheerful.  I love bright colours but especially at this time of year!

I am linking to
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 10, 2020

Working at Finishes

I have had these four blocks stitched together for a while.  I had been thinking I would add more blocks to them and make a bigger quilt.  Nothing was working for me though.  I have decided that these four are enough.  I am having fun further embellishing them.  I love it when I figure it out.  I have a plan and that makes me eager to get it done. 

I am linking to
http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/
https://quiltinglearningcombo.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

I did this mandala a while back but wasn't completely satisfied with it.  I had already hand quilted so I didn't want to add more stitching and make the back a big mess.  Yes, the backs of my pieces are generally pretty messy until I add the quilted layers.  Anyway, I decided to glue on some rhinestones.  Yes, glue.  I am such a rebel!  I used a heavy body gem type glue so they should not be going anywhere.  I am much happier with the piece now.  I still need to finish with a border trim of some sort.  I haven't decided what that will be.  Any ideas?

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https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Take a Stitch Tuesday

So good to start the new year off with being able to participate in Take a Stitch Tuesday.  I am so grateful for Sharon B and her commitment to stitching.  I really enjoyed doing the Linked Chain Stitch.  I tried to use it in unusual ways.  I think the pink wasn't all that unusual but an interesting way to make flower petals.  The purple stitches I added a pistil stitch to end it and like the combination.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

It feels good to have the holidays done and get back to a more normal routine.  I was able to get some stitching done on this piece this week.  I have photographed a small section where I have added my embroidery.  The piece is more than double the size shown but this is the only section where I have added some stitching.  So far that is.  It is such a cheerful piece to working on in the winter!

I am linking to
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 3, 2020

Water


I worked on this altered book steadily in 2019.  It feels good to have it complete.  I put the final touches on it yesterday.  Starting off the new year with a finish feels really good.  Of course, I have new projects that I want to start this year.  That goes without saying and most people start new things at the beginning of the year.  Starting new is easy.  It takes discipline to finish things.  Starting the new year with a finish feels like more of an accomplishment to me.

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http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

My December crazy quilt block is what I am calling done.  I think it could use a bit more stitching but not right now.  I will likely return to it at some point in the New Year.  I have had a lot of joy stitching on this.  The texture the painted lace adds is quite interesting to me.  This technique definitely requires more exploration. 

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https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/
https://www.quiltfabrication.com/