Monday, April 13, 2015


I downloaded the new update for iPhoto and now everything has changed!! Why do they do that?? Okay, got that off my chest. I think the photos I'm using today have been resized and I hope I can find them. I did not resize them in Photoshop Elements like I'm used to because I couldn't get them there.

Last week I pulled out a pack of fabrics my daughter sent me from her visit to Japan. They are hemp and quite stiff yet not tightly woven. In my frustration with the computer I forgot to get a full picture of what I'm doing with them, but here are a couple of closeups for a teaser until next time.

On Thursday I will see the doctor for an update on my foot, it is feeling better so I'm hopeful that it is healing properly.

The Weekly Leaf

This week I used  a paintstik and a mask from Greenpepper press to print my leaf.

Then added lots of french knots.
Week #15,yr2

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #97-#103

Sari Ribbon #25-#31

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Monday, April 6, 2015


This has been a different sort of week for me, everything feels a bit off balance. I'm sure it's because of my foot and not being able to get back to my normal routine of long daily walks. The foot is feeling better and it's only ten more days till I have it checked again. I've started five different things this week and have put all but one aside. Some may never come out again. The one that I am happy with is different than anything I've done before, maybe next week it will be far enough along to share.

The Weekly Leaf
This weeks leaf is done on a piece of hand painted fabric done with Jacquards Dynaflow and some salt sprinkles. Then I used a stencil to print the leaf with paintstiks.
I used the fern stencil from Dina Wakley.

The areas I don't want are masked off with blue painters tape, it also holds the stencil in place while I brush on the paintstik color.

Color on.

Week #14,yr2

Daily Stitching updates.

Silk Fragments #90-#96

Sari Ribbon #18-#24

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Monday, March 30, 2015

SAQA Auction piece finished

I finished and mailed in my SAQA Auction piece last week. I used four prints of the blueprinted mimosa leaf and lots of hand stitching, over fourteen hours worth of hand stitching.

I was able to do lots of hand stitching because I'm still keeping the foot up a lot. I did get to see the Podiatrist and he has given me a larger boot to wear.
The one on the left is the original that I got in ER, the beast on the right is the one I'll be wearing for the next three weeks. Then I will have more X-rays done to see if it's healing well enough so that I can avoid surgery.

I did get out to studio b for a short time yesterday and played just a bit. Lisa gave me a new stamp for my birthday so I had to try it out.

I also printed a leaf for next week.

The Weekly Leaf
This weeks leaf was done a few weeks ago when I was playing with flour paste. I cut a leaf out of freezer paper, then ironed the background piece , not the leaf to a piece of rust hand dyed fabric.
Below is the freezer paper ironed on with the flour paste scraped over the cut out, and veins drawn in with a skewer.

Next shows the freezer paper removed and cleanser with bleach painted over the whole piece.

After washing and neutralizing the bleach.

Week #13, yr2

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #83-#89

Sari Ribbon #11-#17

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Monday, March 23, 2015

New Daily Stitching Project

I started my newest daily stitching project on the 14th (my Birthday!). This one will be using some Sari ribbon that I purchased a few years ago from Darn Good Yarn. Like many other purchases it has been sitting in the studio unused.
I have a skein of silk chiffon and one of heavier weight silk.  The fabric has been ripped into strips and twisted to make the yarn. I've been untwisting it, pressing it flat and cutting it into 4 inch pieces.

The background fabric is a natural colored basketweave silk noil, something else I've had for a long time. I'm stitching the ribbon down the center of each four inch square of silk noil. My only "rule" is that each one has to have a least one french knot.

Sari Ribbon #1-#10

My fractured toes are still causing a great deal of discomfort, so I'm spending way more time sitting than I normally do. Since I'm sitting I've been keeping my hands busy stitching. I've stitched a piece for the SAQA Spotlight Auction that will be held at the SAQA Conference in Portland the end of next month. I'll actually be going for the very first time. I used one of the pieces that had been blueprinted last fall.

There were four more pieces of the same leaf print and I've got them together for the SAQA benefit auction. I'm still stitching on this one.

The Weekly Leaf
This weeks leaf is a leftover print from last year, getting out to the studio to print a new one was more than my foot could handle.

Week #12,year2

Daily Stitching updates
Silk Fragments #77-#82

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