Thursday, October 11, 2018

Miscellaneous items

I thought I would start off my post with a few of the miscellaneous items that are happening around here. We have had two rainy days in the past week, the first real rain since last spring and now frost is a big possibility for tonight. So my zinnias and other plants are looking good right now, but who knows what they may look like tomorrow.

The scarlet climber that was planted last spring is doing really well but the red trumpet shaped flowers that are supposed to attract hummingbirds haven't shown up yet and the hummingbirds have been gone for a month.

The red flowers that are at the base of the plant are from other plants that the vines have covered up. The second reason I plant this is because of the leaves, well maybe that's the first reason. I love the leaves.

Yesterday I delivered a few quilts to a local museum for the annual quilt show coming up this weekend. I took the scenic route home and had to stop in the middle of the road when I came across this.
There were flowers coming out of this all over it. I do a calendar every year for family and this will be the October picture.

Most nights I have a cup of Sweet Dreams herbal tea before bedtime. There are rose hips and hibiscus in the tea and the bag gets a pinkish color to it and I love the color of the stains it makes. So I've been keeping a piece of an old linen tablecloth folded on the end table to put the bag on and I think it might be ready for some stitches.
I don't know how light fast the color is and I also know that if I were to wash it the pink turns grey.

The last miscellaneous item is a before and after picture of my drafting table. The before picture was taken last spring and the table had actually gotten quite a bit more cluttered.

It now looks like this, I sure would like to keep it this way because it can actually be used for its intended purpose instead of being a dumping ground.
The small pieces of wood on the bottom left are going to have quilt block patterns painted on them and will be sold at the Art Guilds annual Art and Craft Show in November. All the members were given a few to paint.

2018 Weekly Leaf Week #41

2018 Daily stitching #3 days 16-22

As usual I will be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, October 4, 2018

SAQA Auction

I've been remiss in mentioning the annual SAQA Auction that has been going on for the past two and a half weeks. There are still several wonderful pieces available (including mine) in the third section.
This is the piece I donated.

Poplar leaves

I gathered a bunch of leaves again this past weekend and did a bit of printing. First were some gelli prints on muslin.

Second group is botanical prints on silk broadcloth, except for the 2 on the left which are on scraps of vintage linen tablecloth.

I love how the leaf outline printed on this one.

I also did some finishing work on a group of last years weekly pieces. These were done in groups of five called "Signs of Life: the five universal shapes"
Today I hung it in the Art Guilds display area at Weiser Classic Candies.

2018 Weekly Leaf  week #40

2018 Daily Stitching #3 days 9-15

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, September 27, 2018

A couple more wet cyan pieces

I've had one of those weeks where I've been busy but not very much to show. Every year my dear husband celebrates his birthday by having a barbecue , this year it was a pig out. He smoked pork for pulled pork, smoked several racks of ribs and cooked up some sausage, a whole lot of pork. He then invites lots of friends over to eat, they all bring side dishes so there is a whole lot of food. Everyone then gets a bag of pork to take home, needless to say, his pig out was a success and we were both very tired when it was over and cleaned up.

The day before I had friends over for our monthly lunch and we played with the indigo vat. The only piece I did was of some ripped and woven fabric that had been rusted, now it's also blue and rust.

Monday night I got to go over to the hospital and do a sleep study. I did one about 6 years ago and have been using an oral appliance to curtail my snoring, unfortunately it is no longer working. I'm now waiting for the results to see what's next.

Then yesterday I helped a friend sew 8 dog beds, she layered and cut out and I sewed.

We have had some absolutely beautiful weather, so I did do a few wet cyanotype pieces.

These two will probably end up in a composition with the previous ones, they are hanging out on my design wall.

I also did one that combined cyanotype with solar fast.

2018 Weekly leaf Week #39

2018 Daily stitching #3 days 2-8

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SAQA Mini Group and Daily Stitching #2 Done

Last Friday four SAQA members and a guest (an artist, but not with fiber) met at my house. We started by spending time in Studio B looking over some of the wonderful artwork in the trunk show.

Linda V, Carol, Gail, Mary Beth and Carol with the trunk show.

We ate lunch and had some wonderful discussions about what each of us wanted from the group. Then back out to the studio to play with some indigo.

It was a great afternoon that slipped by very fast.

Over the weekend I came home from my walk with a large handful of leaves, so I had to do some printing. I think I ended up with about 25 prints.
The top row is gelli prints on muslin, the middle row is botanical prints on silk broadcloth that were dipped in indigo at the end of their two hour steam bath and the bottom row is botanical prints on silk broadcloth. Some of these will be used in my weekly leaf series, the rest will go in my stash and they may show up next year in a weekly series.

2018 Weekly Leaf #38
I'm starting five weeks of prints done with soy wax and indigo.

2018 Daily Stitching #2 is done!

117 Days
May 25, 2018 - September 18, 2018

2018 daily stitching #3 has been started, I took yesterday off so it starts today.

before stitching
After todays stitching.

Here are the finished four.
The current one will be the last in this series.

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Daily #2 almost finished

This week has flown by and I don't have a whole lot to show, but my house is cleaner and the studio is organized, at least by my standards. Tomorrow is the SAQA mini group meeting here, mini because there's not very many of us in this region. I'll try to remember to take pictures, we will be seeing part of the trunk show and doing some indigo.

2018 Daily Stitching #2 days 106-112

Almost done, just the bottom right corner left to do.

2018 Weekly Leaf #37

Before stitching
After stitching

This is the last of the eco/botanical prints, next up are the ones done with soy wax and indigo.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching "