Monday, January 26, 2015

Learning

Earlier this month I took a one day class in watercolor. The first thing we were to do was sketch the still life that was set up in the middle of the room. My immediate thought was "I'm in over my head". I never sketch, I can, but I don't. So now I'm trying to remedy that  by taking an online class from Jane LaFazio, Sketching and Watercolor: Journal style. The first lesson is on Friday, I'll let you know how I'm doing.

The Weekly Leaf
This week I got out the gelli plate, a leaf mask from Dina Wakley, and russet textile paint from Jacquard. Unfortunately I didn't get out the camera until I was ready to stitch and then I took two pretty bad pictures of the prints.

The first print made with the mask on the gelli plate.
The second print made after the mask was removed from the gelli plate. This is the one I stitched, the first one was used on the back.

The weekly leaf #4, yr2




Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #20-#26


The Daily Paper #313-#319



Monday, January 19, 2015

Finishing

I've been finishing up some projects this week. Line Dance has it's backing, has been quilted, has a sleeve and even a label, but no official photo yet. I was just very proud of getting the sleeve and label on, I tend to put those two things off, sometimes forever.

I also finished a sweater I had been knitting, I wore it today when I got together with friends, but alas no picture. There may never be a picture, the sweater came out great but is not very flattering on me. It would probably be perfect for someone much younger, it has a neckline thats tends to slide off the shoulder — not my style at all.

I've also finished the eight remaining 'Voids', well the stitching is done but I haven't gotten them wrapped around the canvases yet. I did put them up on the design wall for a quick picture.


The Weekly Leaf year #2

This week I pulled out just my leaf stencils.
Decided on the Eucalyptus stencil on top.

I used the leaf on the bottom left. I love the larger one on top but it is too big for my six inch square. The stencil is from Diane Ericsson.
I used a paintstik and applied the color.

Then added stitching.
The Weekly leaf #3, year 2



Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #13-#19




The Daily Paper #306-#312





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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quilting Arts Challenge

Last October a reader challenge for Quilting Arts was due. I rarely participate in challenges, but this one, "My Favorite Things" stuck in my head. So the day before pictures of the finished piece were due to be emailed in, I decided to go for it. I walk everyday and it was during one of my walks that the idea had popped into my head. My favorite things are; walking, leaves, circles, hand stitching and simple surface design. I took a piece of white on white fabric that had circles on it as the printed white part, stenciled on some leaves with paintstiks, masked them off and stenciled in a circle for the sun, masked it and stenciled in the sky and grass.

Then it came into the sewing studio and got layered with batting and I stitched everything. I drew a figure on freezer paper and cut it out to stitch around to represent me walking. Finished it late that afternoon, took pictures and got them sent in well before the deadline.





The current issue, February/March of Quilting Arts Magazine arrived at my door today and there I am, walking across the bottom of page 47.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Continuing On

I've been working on a variety of things this past week but have little to show you. I finished knitting a sweater and it is in the blocking stage, hopefully I'll have it ready to wear by the end of the week. I've also got the backing on Line dance and the facings pinned but not yet stitched. So I just have my weekly and dailies to share.

The Weekly Leaf Year two

Several years ago I printed some autumn leaves onto fabric that is printer ready, I had vague plans for them and nothing ever gelled. I got the prints out and found that I had already put a fusible on the back

Chose the bottom left leaf.


Very carefully cut it out , that white fabric really shows up if it's not trimmed very close.


Pressed it onto my fabric and started to stitch.

Week #2




Daily Stitching updates

Silky Fragments #7-#12


The Daily Paper #300-#305



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Projects

I knew at about half way through last year that I was so in love with my Weekly Leaf that I would be continuing on with it this year. There will be a few small changes, like color scheme and possibly some mixed media included, but overall the size will be the same 6 inch square with surface design and stitching. Here are a few of the fabrics in the pile for this year.

You will note that some are already printed and ready to go, I did a lot of extras last year. The difference in color will be some darker, stronger colors instead of the fairly light neutral and pale green from last year. (A few of last years lighter ones may slip in.)

This week I used the dark green and gold blueprinted one you can see above. This is one of the pieces of colored fabric treated with cyanotype chemicals that I purchased from Blueprints on Fabric. I did this print last fall, the leaves are from a plant I found near the waters edge at the local pond. I think they are from a noxious weed, but I was attracted to how very delicate they looked.


The above picture shows them on the fabric, under glass out in the sun printing. It took about twelve minutes in the sun. It was quite late in the fall so it is propped up to get the direct sunlight.

The print before stitching.

The Weekly Leaf week #1, year #2



Daily Stitching updates.

All of my daily stitching projects use something that I have on hand in my stash of stuff. This year I'm using four very light weight hand dyed shibori stitched silk scarves. These scarves and about ten others were given to me at least twenty years ago by the woman who dyed them. She had spent many years living in the Philippines and took various art class while there. She gave them to me because she knew I would find a way to use them. It has taken me a very long time to do so, but there's no turning back now.
These are the scarves, each one is about 34"sq. and very light weight. I got 64 4" squares from each one and have added the three hand dyed solid color pieces hanging on the bottom left and some plain black silk to get enough for the year. I fused flannel to the back of each scarf to give it some weight and body.


Then did a lot of cutting.
In the plastic container ready for the coming year. All I have to do now is add stitching.

#1- #6



I'm not sure what to call this one yet, Silky Geometry was one option, but I'm open to suggestions.

The Daily Paper #294- #299



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