Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Weekly Leaf and Line Dance done!

Hard to believe it's the end of the year already, but I've run out of squares for Line Dance and just did week 52 of the Weekly Leaf, so it must be.

The Weekly Leaf
A few weeks ago, before the snow covered everything , I found a bunch of willow leaves.

Out came the Gelli plate and the Jacquard textile paint and I got three prints.
 first and second print from the Gelli plate
print made with paint left on leaf

I used the last print, the one done directly with the leaf and added lots of stitching.

Week #52

Here are all 52 of them.

This year I'm going to attach them to a quilted natural silk noil background. In the picture above they are just placed on the fabric, I haven't quilted it yet. 

I have loved doing these. I have used at least fifteen different surface design techniques to get the image onto the fabric. They include; several different methods with a Gelli plate, stencils, masks, thermofax/screen prints, drawing, tracing, rubbings, stamps, soy wax, discharge, color magnet, Solarfast, solvent transfer, TAP, stitched shibori, and painted wonder under. I've kept the stitching simple using these basic stitches; stem stitch, backstitch, french knots, chain stitch and straight stitches. You can see each one by clicking on The Weekly Leaf page link in the header above.

Daily Stitching updates.

Line Dance #358-#365

All sewn together

 A closer look.

The Daily Paper #286-#293

I have 72 more of these to do (and 72 days to my birthday).

Next post I'll show you what I'm starting on for the new year.

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014


The Weekly Leaf
For this weeks leaf I'm revisiting the leaves that I printed on TAP(Transfer Artist Paper).
leaves on the left, TAP on the right

I'm using the ones in the upper left corner of the paper. 

Here they've been ironed onto my fabric and are ready to stitch.

Week #51

Daily stitching updates.
Line Dance #350-#357, only eight more to go!

The Daily Paper #278-#285

I hope you enjoy this Holiday Season and thank you for visiting.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Postcards

It's Christmas postcard time again and as usual I had no idea what I was going to do until I got started. This year I started with a quick sketch and then threw some fabric around trying to decide what to use. I ended up using a piece of antique  textured silk for the background and a textured red silk from an old blouse for the 'package'. Here is my sketch and first sample.

I decided I liked it and started my assembly line with all the parts cut and ready to go.

The red free hand cut square was fused to the green background which was fused to the timtex, then  hand stitching added for the 'ribbon'. Then fused another piece to the back and took them to the machine and zig zagged around the edge.

A few of the finished cards ready to mail.

Last week I spent some time with two different groups of friends and I made a small paper pieced tree ornament for each of them. The finished size is 1 1/2" square and fused to felt.

The Weekly Leaf
This week I used one of the extra's that I made earlier in the year, October to be exact. I used Solarfast from Jacquard and a leaf from one of my favorite trees.

Week #50

Daily Stitching updates

Line Dance #343-#349

The Daily Paper #271-#277

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Monday, December 8, 2014

New Stitching

I belong to the local art guild and there's a local business,Weiser Classic Candies, that has a gallery wall where the guild hangs artwork. The artwork is changed every two months and I always struggle to have three to five small pieces to hang, frequently I hang photographs. I actually had something new to hang this month. I really like having something to do with my hands so I've been putting together some small scraps and stitching them. I had finished one last week and I realized that if I mounted it on a canvas it could be one of my pieces to hang.

 Green sampler
silk and cotton

The Weekly Leaf
This week I used a square that had been printed on my gelli plate. I have a pile of prints, I've printed more than I've needed  and sometimes it's handy to have especially now that there aren't many leaves around.

I actually did three prints from that leaf, I'm using the one on top.

Week #49

Daily Stitching updates

Line Dance #336-#342

The Daily Paper #264-#270

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