Monday, August 3, 2015

Canadian Road Trip

We've just come back from an eight day, 2000 mile road trip through the Canadian Rockies. It was fabulous! We drove north through Idaho, going by the Palouse area where wheat is being harvested.

Spent our first night near Sandpoint, ID. Next day we drove into Canada and started our Canadian National Parks adventure with Kootenay National Park. We arrived in Canmore, Alberta late in the afternoon to settle into our very charming inn for four nights. We were meeting up with friends that had flown in from Chicago the following morning.  This was the view from our window the next morning.

Over the course of four days we did lots of hiking and a bit of driving to see some wonderful sights. We did Banff national park, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Johnston canyon and several other stops. Here's a quick look at some of our visit.

Aqua Lakes
Fantasy Hotels

Rode a chairlift up to gorgeous views and a gourmet meal. (Also got soaked in a rainstorm while riding up.)

Our plan was to drive through Glacier national Park in Montana on our way home. Unfortunately the East entrance was pretty much up in flames.
There has been a wildfire burning there for over a week and the East entrance is closed. We drove around the South end of the park and went into the West entrance, but the traffic congestion was bad, we were tired from driving all day so we passed on it for this trip. 

We then visited friends that live in Montana before heading back over more mountains to get home. It was a delightful trip.

The Weekly Leaf

For the leaf this week I used some Wonder Under fusable web that I had painted. I did a quick sketch of a willow branch and leaves, freehand cut the leaves from the painted fusable and ironed them onto a piece of hand dyed fabric.
 The drawing, painted web and fabric.
 Leaves cut out and placed paint side down.
 Peeling off the paper backing after ironing.
Ready to stitch.
Week #31

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #209-#215
 Looks like I was influenced by the mountains on a couple of these.

Sari Ribbon #137-#143

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Business Cards

My business card supply had gotten very low after the SAQA Conference and I do have a show coming up the end of August, so when Moo cards had a sale recently I jumped on it.

I ordered a mix of my black and white work and my weekly stitching pieces.

The Weekly Leaf

This weeks leaf is a Solarfast print that was done during a play day back in April. I was busy playing and forgot to take process photos, but I used two leaves from a weed and avocado Solarfast.

Week #30

The first 30 weeks of the year all lined up.

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #202-#208

Sari Ribbon #130-#136

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Finish!

I finished the piece I've been working on, except for the label. I didn't do a label because I had no idea what to call it, but as I was getting ready to write this post last weeks post title jumped out at me and now it has a title.
"Circles and Curves"
45" x 45"
gelli prints on cotton

The Weekly Leaf
This week the paintstiks and one of my favorite stencils came out to play on hand dyed fabric.

Week #29

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #195-#201

Sari Ribbon #123-#129

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Monday, July 13, 2015

Circles and curves

This week I started quilting the piece I showed last time. Black stitching on black fabric, all curves and circles.

The black is done and I'm about to start stitching the white areas with the same circle and curve design.

The Weekly Leaf
I used sienna Solarfast on a khaki hand dyed fabric this week.

Added some stem stitching and lots of french knots.

Week #28

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #188-#194

Sari Ribbon #116-#122

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"