Thursday, July 23, 2020

I've been missing

I haven't posted in close to two months for a few reasons, my blog takes forever to download on my computer and on some of my readers computers and I don't know how to fix that and then I felt like why bother. Not great excuses but that's how I felt. I do post regularly on Instagram as thrulindaseyes, so you can follow me there.

I've been keeping busy with my stitching, collages and gardening, but pretty much staying home like most everyone else I know. Idaho and our very rural small town were among the last to get a
ffected by the Corona Virus but now we are one of the hot spots. Our town has about 150 cases and a whole lot of people that refuse to wear masks or social distance, so for me staying home is the best option.

I took an online class from Linda Germain on using books as art material. I got a box of old books from the Library and jumped in. We did collages from parts of the books, took photos of manipulated pages, created a new book and several more fun projects.

I made two more donation quilts.

Started something different for my July daily stitching. I've been attracted to asemic writing for quite some time, so I did something about that attraction. I'm stitching on a piece of denim from an old pair of my jeans.

I'm really enjoying doing this, except for stitching the date, I do wish I hadn't started using the date each day.

I'm up to 75 daily collages.

These have been fun and I'm amazed at how much stuff I have around  to use.

The weekly leaves, Burr Oak series is also on track.

That's it for now, I'll try to be a more consistent poster, although I can't say I'm impressed with the new blogger interface.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Some stitching and some collages

2020 Weekly Leaf, Burr Oak series week 24

This one is a wet cyanotype that was sprinkled with turmeric while wet.

Daily Collage, 25-36

June Daily Stitching, 1-10

This was probably not one of my best ideas, but I'll keep going and do something else next month.

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

Thursday, June 4, 2020

New Daily stitching

2020 Weekly Leaf, week 23, Burr Oak Leaf Series
Eco/botanical print on vintage silk

Daily Collage days 25-29
I've switched it up and am using 5 inch square pieces of recycled cardboard for the base and gel medium to apply papers.

I've gone 21 days without doing a daily stitching project and I missed having it to start my studio time. The daily collages are enjoyable but I missed the stitching. Doing the collages has made me very aware of how much stuff I have tucked away to use someday, so much that it gets overwhelming. While putting away the fabrics I'd been using for the collages I came across a pile of silk noil scraps that I've had for a very long time. They were very odd shaped but out of six of these scraps I was able to get 30 squares in three different sized, 6", 4" and 2". Another box had scraps of pole wrapped shibori fabric with fusible web on the back,  in odd shapes and sizes. The six and four inch squares each got a scrap fused to them and they will get added stitching, the 2 inch ones will just get stitching. Here is the basket ready to go.

Here are the first four days of the month.

At the end of the month all thirty pieces will be stitched together.

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

Saturday, May 30, 2020

A splash of color and printing weeds

A pack of 10 inch squares in very bright colors became a very bright donation top this week, I do have the backing so it should get quilted soon.

After pulling some weeds I selected some to print (they have to be good for something).

2020 weekly leaf, Burr oak series, week 22
A eco/botanical print on silk

Daily colleges #13-24

Starting tomorrow I'm going to switch it up some and do a different background and a little more complexity . Anyway that's the plan we will see if I can break out of my minimalist approach.

I've also had company in the studio, a 6 week old kitten that is learning to climb everything including my roll of flannel.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Still here and still stitching

I've been reminded a few times lately that I have been very remiss with my blogging, it's gone from a regular weekly post to a random occasional post. Starting today I'll try to get back to regular, but I'm not promising anything.

I put together six of my weekly leaves, weeks 13-18, and I love how it looks. I had just enough of the stripe fabric in my stash, I had to use it because it went so well with the prints.

SAQA 100 days is now finished, has a backing on it and is waiting for me to do facings.

This looks so much better than the original 3 yards of fabric. I'm now looking at other printing rejects in my stash to pull out for future cutting up and stitching.

2020 Weekly leaf, Burr Oak Series
week 19, an altered cyanotype

week 20, SolarFast on a commercially printed fabric

week 21, cyanotype

I have saved odd scraps for decades with the thought of doing collage and have finally decided to just do it. My first stumbling block was the amount of stuff I've saved and where to start with it all. It's been narrowed down to a small selection of fabrics that already have fusible web on them and a few assorted other pieces that are in eyesight. I've started with a 5" x 7" size because I have a pad of canvas paper that I have no other use for. I expect these to change as I go along , switching out some of the material for papers, change size, etc. Here are the first 12.

Daily Collage 1 - 12

I did number 13 yesterday and started to add a few stitches and may continue doing that for maybe the next 12. I've really been enjoying doing these, none of them are great art but who cares.

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