Thursday, January 10, 2019

Project progress

Here we are at the second week of the year already and my stitching projects are progressing.

2019 Weekly Leaf

This weeks leaf is a leftover print from year 3 (2016) of my weekly leaves. It's the first print or shape print from a gelli plate, the 2nd print is the detail print. You can see the second print here by scrolling down to week #41. The two prints of the same leave are quite different.

2019 Daily stitching days 4-10

72 Days of Landscapes #4-10

I'm enjoying doing these, they are very quick and I'm just using stuff I have in the studio. I'm finding it quite freeing to just do something that I have absolutely no plan for. It would be nice if they improved as I go along, but it's just meant to be an exercise and a way of marking time.
 The first 10
rust and indigo dyed cloth, hand stitching

watercolor crayons, dyed cheesecloth and paper towels, hand stitching

watercolor crayons, dyed cheesecloth, machine stitching

watercolor crayons, hand stitching

watercolor crayons, burnt edge silk, hand stitching

dyed paper towels

watercolor crayons, hand stitching

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

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Projects for a New Year

The start of a New Year is always better when you have some new things to work on, but first a finish.
20"w x 24"h
vintage silk ties, kimonos and sari

Now on to new projects.
2019 Weekly Leaf, wk 1
 This is the fifth year of doing leaves and I'm starting out with some extra prints that I've made over the years. The first is a botanical print on vintage silk taffeta.

72 days of Landscapes

The first 72 days of the year I'll be making a small landscape piece each day, they will all be 6" x 8" some horizontal and some vertical. The base fabric on all of them is a piece of canvas, the actually landscape will be made from a variety of materials, fabric, paper, machine stitching, hand stitching, watercolor crayons, etc. I'm using the term landscape quite loosely and I'm hoping that they get better as I progress through the project.

day 1
watercolor crayons, dyed paper towels and kimono scrap with hand stitching

Day 2
watercolor crayons with both machine and hand stitching

Day 3
handmade paper, dyed paper towel and hand stitching

2019 Daily stitching, days 1-3
This year I'm stitching on a vintage damask napkin that is 21inches square. There is a circular design woven into the fabric that I'll be stitching first, after that I'll probably start making things up. There are floral designs woven in but I'll be ignoring those.

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

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 Daily and Weekly Projects Done

On Christmas Day I finished both my daily and weekly projects for the year, so I've time to work on getting the next ones prepped and ready to start. I also finished piecing my silk piece and have started the stitching it. Here's how it looked when I finished.

I spent most of a morning removing all the paper from the back.

These are the pearl cotton threads I'm stitching with.

A peek at the stitching.

2018 Weekly Leaf
Week #52

I also took a picture of the back.

You can see all of this years leaves here.

2018 Daily Stitching #3 days 93-97
I painted the edges of a canvas black and pillowcase a black backing onto the piece.
2018 Daily Stitching #3
97 days
10" x 10"

Two years worth of daily stitching, time for a change.

This week I'm making the final decisions on next years projects, getting materials collected and getting ready to start again.

 I've been doing daily stitching projects since the beginning of 2012, you can see them all here, in the order they were done. Some years I worked on two simultaneously, one from the beginning of the year, the other from birthday to birthday. This year I'll be making some changes again which makes me feel a bit unsettled, but I know once I get started I'll get into the rhythm and feel more comfortable.
This vintage white napkin (and 15 others) was a gift from my friend Lisa. It has been fused to white felt and is waiting for the new year,

I'll be continuing with leaves for my weekly stitching.

In March I'll be 72 and that is the 73rd day of the year, so I'll be starting something brand new to do for each day leading up to my birthday. Here's a peek at some of the materials involved.

I may be sorry with this one because I've already broken one of my rules and have to much stuff involved, we shall see what happens.

I want to thank all of you that read my posts for following along on my journey. Doing a blog post every week helps keep me on task and knowing that there are readers out there keeps me motivated, so Thank You all from the bottom of my heart. Happy New Year to everyone and just for fun give  a daily project a try.

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

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas cards

Since last Christmas I said that I was done making fabric postcards for ever, that meant I needed to try something new for this year. This years cards are on paper and were printed on a gelatin plate. I love my gelli plates but decided to use a real gelatin plate for these. Here are a few of the finished cards, these are the leftovers that I wasn't quite as happy with.

This is the stencil I cut out of tyvek and used in a two color process that I had learned in an online class.

It was a fun process and each card came out slightly different.

I've been working on the paper pieced project made out of vintage silk ties, I've also tossed in some sari silk and vintage kimono silk. Only 11 more blocks to go, then I'll sew them together and do the tedious removal of the paper pieces.

2018 Weekly Leaf #51

2018 Daily stitching #3  days 86-92
Just about done!

We will be spending a quiet Christmas at home. I wish all of you a Merry Christmas.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Getting Distracted

December is when I start to seriously consider options for next years daily stitching, so far I have ideas but nothing is taking form. This is not unusual it has happened before, but this year I've gotten a bit off track.

One of my rules for daily stitching is that it has to incorporate stuff I already have, which of course leads me to digging through a lot of stuff. On Sunday I pulled out my container of vintage mens ties. I used to make vests and pillows for sale using these and had put aside some that I really liked to make something for myself. That was about twenty years ago and I still haven't used them. Well, I'm now using them but not in daily stitching project. Here is the pile .

I'm actually doing paper piecing and making a wall hanging. There will be 48 three inch squares of log cabin blocks. So far they are taking about 45 minutes per block and I have six done. I've got a drawing on paper as my guide and this is what the ones that are pieced look like.

Another idea was to use the four inch squares that I showed a couple of months ago that had been indigo dipped. I sewed them end to end and now have a strip nine feet long.

It got rolled up and stuck in a drawer, so that's two ideas down and a few more to go, but I will have something to start on Jan 1.

2018 Weekly Leaf
Week #50

2018 Daily stitching #3 days 79 -85

Just the bottom right corner to go.

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