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I heart Photography

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Does it not feel good to surround yourself with beauty?  My world feels pretty small right now as we are in yet another lockdown that seems like it will never end.  It is a bit hard to see others free and yet I am happy for them. I must be content knowing that my turn WILL come.  Distracting myself with gorgeous flowers helps.  I think I can find beauty anywhere.  Maybe, that is my super power! I am linking to http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/ http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/ http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/

Slow Stitching Sunday

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Well, I dove in and did the face yesterday.  I am definitely not happy with it.  Even unhappy enough to pick it out.  I hate picking out but it needs to be done.  I may be able to salvage some of it.  At least I hope I can.  I am unclear as to how to fix it right now.  Maybe once I pick some of the beads I will have a better idea.  That is two fails this week.  Lessons learned, move on.   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/  

Whole Cloth Crazy Quilt

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 I haven't made a lot of progress on my whole cloth crazy quilt.  I am still working on attaching the main motif.  I am a little bit regretting using this beautiful silk.  It is flimsy and the tree motif square is a bit stiff.  Not making it easy to get a smooth attachment. I will persevere. I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 This is the start of my next dog journal page.  This page is for Farley.  A wonderful dog! I used sari silk to weave a base.  I then added some running stitches to keep everything in place.  It is a very different background from my other journal pages.  I will add his dog tag and probably minimal stitching.   I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I am pretty happy with this piece.  I love all the texture that I have created.  It is pretty close to finished but I am not quite ready to stop yet.  Just a little more.  No holding back on the journal page about Trinity.  She had gusto.  Her page should too. I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Gel plate prints

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I do love to experiment!  It just makes me happy to play around and see what happens.   I have experimented with permanent alcohol markers on a gel plate.  The top photo is the gel plate.  I transferred the ink to fabric using rubbing alcohol and some pressure.  It gives an impressionistic quality. I doubt it would work for a highly realistic image but I could be wrong.  I am partial to impressionism so that works for me.  I have yet to sitch into this but I am certain it will work well.  This method does not change the hand of the fabric at all.  There is a lot of potential for this!  I am linking to  http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/  

Work in Progress

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 Getting close to finished!  I am pretty happy with my Tigger dog.  Yes, I have been avoiding the face.  The face is such an important part.  I really don't want to mess it up.  I have been waiting for the right idea to come to me.  Maybe, I should go looking for the right idea.  Maybe, I just need some inspiration.  Maybe, some fluffy thread couched down.  Maybe, more beads.  

I heart Photography

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  Oh, camera, you are so much fun to play with!  I love creating abstract images.  The possibilities are endless. I am linking to  http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/ http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/ http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I have been adding beads and embroidery to my next dog journal page.  This page is for Trinity.  She was a golden retriever but definitely didn't have the typical golden personality.  She was quite the character.  I can see adding a lot more ribbon embroidery to this one.   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Textile Journal Page

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 This is my completed journal page for our dog Baily.  There is a lot of pink considering he was a male.  I am pretty sure he wouldn't care.  These colours and textures are pleasing to me. I went for a garden feel as his dog tag looks like a flower.  I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Work in Progress Wednesday

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  Slow progress is better than no progress.  I have added some silk ribbon embroidery to this piece.  I guess I haven't made a lot of progress because I am not quite sure what this wants.  I need my piece to speak to me.  I find it better to work that way than to push ahead.  I don't mind working on another piece while waiting for the right idea.  

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 Okay, I like this better now and I am calling it finished.  I swapped the dog tag as this better represents Tigger, our first dog.  He was a little spaniel with springs on his feet.  This piece has a lot of energy and movement, just like Tigger.  I took out some stitches that didn't seem right and I added more beading.  Now I need to get this photo sent off to San Fransisco School of Needlework.  It feels good to have something finished.  I have been starting so many new things and haven't finished much for a while. I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Finished Mandala

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 I did not add a lot of beading and stitching to this mandala.  The pattern I created was enough and only needed to be enhanced.  Having a quick and easy piece to finish was good.  Sometimes that is all my attention span can handle.  I have been flitting from project to project lately. Writing two proposals and taking a writing course have been using up my powers of concentration.  I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/  

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 I am so excited to be trying something new!  I have been making crazy quilts for a long time and this week I learned something new!  I bought the ebook Crazy Quilting Volume 1 by Kathy Shaw.  In the book, she describes whole cloth crazy quilting.  Well, honestly that is right up my alley.  I love the handwork!  I got out this gorgeous piece of hand-dyed silk.  I have started applying the main motif which is tree done in silk ribbon embroidery.  Once I am finished with that I will start doing the faux seams.  I love learning new things! I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/ https://quiltingpatch.blogspot.com/2021/04/atozchallenge2021quilt-link-party_10.html

I heart Photography

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  There are actually some tulips starting to bloom since we are having such a warm spring.  An early and warm spring are most welcome.  It is like nature is saying 'sorry you are facing yet another lockdown'.  Having some cheery blooms aids one's spirit.   I am linking to http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/ http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/2021/04/fff488-catalpa.html http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2021/04/garden-affair-mesembryanthemum.html

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I made a lot of progress on my puppy this week.  The weather has been glorious and stitching outside is one of my favourite things to do.  Yesterday it was utterly perfect so I overdid it and I got a bit pink.  It was worth it.  I am still not sure how I am going to stitch his sweet face.  I will keep working on his body for now.  I trust the right idea will come to me.   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Mandala stitching

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 Many years ago I was gifted with some hand-dyed fat quarters.  Seeing the set of them you would know why they didn't particularly appeal to me.  The set ranges from blue to purple and have a lot of grey in them.  I tend towards a more pure saturated colour.   Still, they were a thoughtful gift and I have kept them all these years.  While looking for fabric that would work with this mandala I stumbled upon that set and decided to look at it with new eyes.  When I pulled this fabric from the bunch I could see that it would work nicely with mandala.   The mandala is done on a coffee filter which I made more sturdy by adhering to fusible interfacing.  I am excited to get stitching on this one.  I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 My fibre journal page for the San Fransisco School of Needlework challenge is getting close to finished.  It needs something to pull it all together as it is looking disjointed and overly busy to me.  This page is in remembrance of Farley.  Best dog ever!  He was a quiet and gentle golden retriever and this page is not reflecting that at the moment.  I need to ponder a good solution. I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/ https://quiltingpatch.blogspot.com/2021/04/f-fabric-tissu-atozchallenge-2021quilt.html

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 Puppy progress has been made.  I have been avoiding the face other than the eye.  Getting the face right is important and I haven't decided how to do it.  I am not certain that I want it to be done in beads but then what else?  If embroidery stitches, what threat?  What stitch?  I can picture exactly how I want to do the ear so that will be next.  I find it best to work the things that I know for certain.  The step always presents itself. I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Another Mandala

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 I have added a bit of beading to this one.  I could almost call it done at this point.  Usually, I like to add more beading so this doesn't quite feel enough.  I do love the acrylic skin I created.  It was easy to stitch down as I left openings for that.  Mind you, acrylic skin would not be difficult to pierce with a needle.   I will continue to ponder adding more beads or not. I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/ https://www.create-with-joy.com/2021/04/friendship-friday-blog-hop-476.html

Work in Progress Wednesday

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  This is the start of another journal page about one of my dogs.  We definitely have a flower theme happening.  That makes me think of my sweet Trinity girl.  She has been the only female dog we have had.  She was definitely not your average golden retriever.  She was quite the character and loved to tear up my garden.  Her digging only ever hastened the inevitable destruction. I am not much of a gardener but do love flowers.  I will have to be satisfied with my stitched gardens. I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/  

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I seem to be jumping about with my stitching projects.  The dog theme is pretty obvious with this one.  I plan to add it to my dog themed journal.  It represents our dog which was a cocker spaniel.  Oh, how I loved him.  This is just the outline and I plan to fill it in with stitching and beads.  I don't know if that will capture his fluffiness or not.  We will see, maybe I won't try too hard for that. I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Taking it further

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 This piece started life as a sweater.  I purchased it at a thrift store already shrunk and felted.  I felted it further and then needle felted in some loose flowers.  I am now adding some stitches to it.  So far just some silk ribbon French knots.  The wool is quite lovely to stitch into but I do have to be aware of the gaps that were formed when it was knit.   I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/ https://www.create-with-joy.com/2021/03/friendship-friday-blog-hop-475.html http://www.aquariannart.com/2021/03/manicure-black-and-gold-nail-stickers.html

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 I have a lovely collection of beaded fabrics.  Mostly the fabric came from saris I collected from thrift stores.  Sometimes they seem too precious to cut up but what else am I going to do with them!  I decided to piece some together to make a cover for a box/book.  Love it!  Beads make me happy.  I totally enjoy stitching beads but I don't have to be the one who stitches them to enjoy them.  Now that the cover is finished I need to continue working on the pages inside.  The pages are made from interesting papers I have created over the years.  They need to be bound together in some way.  Pondering that. I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

I heart Photography

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 My macro flower photos give me a lot of joy.   A number of them have been published in  Flora Fiction  an online magazine.  Check out this lovely magazine and consider submitting! I am linking to http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/ http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 Farley's dog tag is attached.  I am not totally sure if I really like the way I have attached it or not.  I will continue to consider it.  There is still more stitching to do.  There aren't enough beads on it yet.  I definitely made progress on this piece and I am really liking it.  I am excited to do more dog tag stitched journal pages.  One for each of the beautiful souls that enriched my life.  Dogs are the best. The first dog that came into my life was Lady.  A furry ball of energy attacked my shorts and pulled them down.  I was only 4 or 5.  I remember vividly being humiliated and not understanding why my parents didn't help me.  Of course, they were splitting a gut with laughter.  I am sure I would have done the same in their place.  Even though it was a bit of a rough start, I loved Lady.   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 This slow stitching piece has now turned into a project.  I have added a dog tag.  This is going to be a page in a fabric journal dedicated to my precious pups. I have saved many dog tags from my dear pets over the years.  This one belonged to Baily.  He was a rescue and we are not completely sure what mix of breeds he was.  He definitely had a beagle in him.    There is still more stitching to do.  The big fabric bead I created and added on the left side seems to work but needs something.  This is a fun way for me to honour the beautiful dogs that have been in my life. I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/

I heart Photography

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 It was four years ago when in New Zealand that I captured this lovely flower.  That trip was to celebrate our 30th anniversary.  We saw so much beauty on that trip.  Oh, how I long to travel again! I am linking to http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/ http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I have started working on my Remember Me challenge piece for the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design.  I felted some funky yarns onto a wool base.  I have stitched on the smooth gold bullion that was provided in the trinket pack.  I have placed an old dog tag on this piece and I am not sure that I like it.   I think possibly with more stitching the heart-shaped dog tag will look better.  I would like this piece to be about my sweet Farley who has been gone for five years.  He was perfect.  His sweet and gentle nature was typical of a golden retriever.  I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Still Experimenting

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 I am pleased with the acrylic skin that I created.  I have been auditioning different backgrounds for it.  I am leaning towards using this one.  It is three sheer fabrics that I have stitched together.  I think the colour combination is good.  Once I adhere this mandala to the fabric will add a bit of beading.   I am linking to https://www.create-with-joy.com/2021/03/friendship-friday-blog-hop-473.html http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 A bare block, aw the possibilities!  I really enjoyed using up all the little scraps I had saved.  Now, what to do with this block?  I am leaning towards encrusting it with beads and stitches.  I know big surprise.  But, then what.  It seems just one such block is not terribly useful.  Do I really want to take on a bigger project and do more of this sort of block?  Maybe.  Not sure.   I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/ https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/

Kaleidoscope

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 For anyone that could use a pop of colour, here you go.  I used Kaleidoscope Kreator to create this one.  I think I need to print this one out.  

I heart Photography

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 I can get lost in the beautiful intricacies of a flower.  I am so grateful I have a fabulous lens that allows me to get some really interesting shots.  I submitted a number of floral images to  Flora Fiction  an online magazine and just found out they were accepted.  Yay!  So fun when someone likes my work well enough to publish it! I am linking to http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/ https://www.create-with-joy.com/2021/03/inspire-me-monday-week-477.html http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2021/03/garden-affair-spring-flower-bellis.html

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I have added some stitches to this one over the past week.  There is still no real plan for this and I think that is why I am enjoying it so much.  I will let the stitches take me where they please!  I have gone through my stash and found some threads that I have hand-dyed and I am enjoying using them.  I want this piece to encrusted with stitches and likely some beads as well. I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-slow-sunday-stitching.html

Experimentation

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 I am playing around with an idea right now.  I have painted this mandala onto a plastic sheet protector.  I used dimensional fabric paint as acrylic skins need to not be flimsy.  If they are too thin they will just rip.  I plan to apply this to fabric and then, of course, add some beads and stitch.  I hope my idea works out.  I love the way this looks so far!   I am linking to https://www.create-with-joy.com/2021/03/friendship-friday-blog-hop-472.html   http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 My mandala is really taking shape.  I have added some funky trinkets that are in my stash.  Like many things, I have had them for years.  The intention to use them has always been there and now I have made that a reality.  I am leaning towards calling this one done as the surface design I created is quite busy.    I am linking to https://www.quiltfabrication.com/ https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/

Stitching Treasures

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 Oh, such fun to go to the mail and find this little packet of treasures!  I signed up for the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design's newest challenge.  It is called When This You See Remember Me and you can find details here  https://sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/?mc_cid=52b6dba315&mc_eid=2b4088f0f6   They are providing these lovely sparkly bits to use in our pieces.  I am eager to try out these things.  I have purchased bullion in the past but have yet to actually use it.  Now is the perfect time to do so!

I heart Photography

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 Taken at the wrecking yard.  The colour and texture are so pleasing to me.  Most of my photos from the wrecking yard have a more abstract quality.  I love the abstracts that I create but I also love the simplicity of this one.  Doesn't it make you wonder how that hammer got there?  How long has it been there?   I am linking to https://www.create-with-joy.com/2021/02/inspire-me-monday-week-476.html http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I have needle felted some funky yarns onto a piece of pebbly wool.  Then I started to add some embroidery stitches.  It doesn't look like much yet.  Don't judge a piece before it is finished!  I am using some of my wool yarns to stitch.  I have played more with the Kiko's flower stitch and think I have it figured out now.  This piece is more relaxing to stitch because I have no preconceived ideas about it.  That works better for me.  I have put my silk piece away for the moment as it was stressing me.  What is the point of stitching if it is not relaxing! I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Last pages

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 My little book is filled with mandalas, bead journals and slow stitching pieces.  The size is what determined what went into this book.  No real theme, other than stitching.  I have a bunch more six-inch square pieces that I have been pondering.  Our fibre guild did a square challenge for three years.  Those pieces have been languishing in a box.  I think it is time to make a book from them.  One for each year.   I am linking to https://www.create-with-joy.com/2021/02/friendship-friday-blog-hop-471.html / http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Fabric book

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 Here are more pages from my fabric book.  Things are neatly contained in this book and that makes me happy.  The fan could maybe use a bit more something.  Maybe buttons or beads. 

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 I have been fun going through my stuff.  I have boxes ready to go to the thrift store.  It feels good to let go of what I won't use.  While going through things I have come across bits and pieces and I really want to use them.  Mostly they are small pieces, experiments that turned out well.  I decided to house them in a fabric book.  The top photo is the cover and the next is inside the cover. More pages to come! I am linking to https://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com/