Sunday, December 30, 2007

Postcards from Leftovers!

Not dinner leftovers, but material leftover from Christmas presents I made. You can see the description of how I made the material in an earlier post. It seems very cheery and perfect for New Year's.

One is for a friend's mother. He was describing my work to her and she couldn't believe that fabric could be sent through the mail that way. So I'm sending her one. The other two are probably going to end up as thank you notes. But if anyone out there wants to do a trade - let me know and I'll send you one.

I'm looking forward to the new year. I can't wait to start on the Take it Further Challenge. I think I will do 12 little quilts for each monthly challenge. I don't really do traditional quilting but I think they'll be kind of like journal quilts. I've about decided to do 12"x15" as the size. Not too big but more room then say post card size. I still have some WIP that needs to be finished. Mainly some felting that hasn't been completed. So I need to get those projects done in the next several weeks so I can concentrate on new work. I did get three new books for Christmas that I ordered and are on their way. I'll show you what I got when they arrive. I would also like to take an online class with Sue B. on journals at Joggles in the spring. Plus I'm still getting WOW online. So it sounds like I'll keep myself busy! I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year and that 2008 will be a new start for whatever journey you would like to take. I'm having a wonderful time on my journey in fiber art and I can't wait to learn more, do more, create more...

Friday, December 28, 2007

Rusty Journal

Here's a journal I made today with the quilted rusted bits left over from my bil's present where I cut out the center to put the bird pictures. I made a lining and used torn strips of cloth for the spine.

Here's the inside. The journal can be removed and the cover used for something else.

Here's the spine from the bottom and top before I attached it to the cover. It kind of reminds me of a caterpillar.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Two posts in one day!

Look what I got in the mail after I got home from two hours of volunteer bell ringing. A beatiful postcard from Tina. Thanks Tina - it is beautiful.

The wool is from her sheep Mick Jagger - so I have a lock of Mick's hair!

Merry Christmas and two last minute gifts completed!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas! This beautiful card came in the mail yesterday from Cathy! Thanks so much!

Here is an address book I made for my mother-in-law. Hers was such a mess I decided to do a new one for her and put all her addresses in for her. Boy was that a nightmare trying to figure it all out but it's done =0) I used the same fabric I used on the photo album shown previously. I still have a little of that so if anyone wants to do a postcard swap after the new year, just leave me a comment.

Here's the inside of the address book.

I finished the knitting needle case for my friend. Here is it rolled up. (poor picture, sorry)

Here's the outside. I added hand stitched rectangles which you can't see very well in this shot.

Here's a closeup of the outside.

Here's the inside. There is a large pocket on the left with velcro closure. There are three pockets in the middle for circular needles and then long skinny pockets on the right for regular knitting needles. I worked my poor little fingers to the bone getting this done not to mention by aching back! But she's a big knitter so I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Knitting Fragments

First things first, I don't knit. All of these pieces were knit by someone else. One is a scarf that I got from the LYS for free and the other bits are by my friend Barb. She wanted to see how they would look if I needle felted them to a background. The background is a grey commerical felt with Icelandic wool needlefelted on top. Then I added the knitting fragments and needle felted from both sides. I am going to make Barb a knitting needle case for Christmas. I am planning on adding some FME but haven't decided exactly what I want to do. Don't have much time left, do I?

Closeup (fuzzy, sorry!)

More closeups...

Still more...

And the last bit - this is from the scarf.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Mini Photo Album

This is what I started with. I painted cotton batting with regular (office store) red and blue ink with water added.

I then covered it with Mistyfuse, little cut up bits of ribbon and angelina. I ironed it covered with ironing cloth. Then I FME'd over the entire surface with red thread.

I made it into a mini photo album.

Here's a closeup.

Here's the inside. It's a gift for an old friend of my DH's.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Another present marked off the list1

This is a Christmas present for my brother-in-law that I made from a rust dyed piece of fabric. I made it into a small quilt which I quilted with variegated thread in a wavy line pattern. I then cut out the holes for the cards that I bought for him in Victoria, BC. I zigzagged the edges of the opening with the same variegated thread.

Here's the final framed cards. The cards are by Kenna Fair. They are prints of her originals. She does wood cuts which she then paints. The originals were beautiful but unfortunately, I couldn't afford one of those. So I bought two of her greeting cards.

Here's the back. I used fusible interfacing to attach the cards. Then I fused the back of the card that tells about Kenna to that.

Here's a closeup of the top card.

And here's the explanation of her work. My b-i-l is a bird watcher so I hope he likes it!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Tree Pins

This is just a quick note because we're having an office Christmas party here at the house in 45 minutes and I haven't changed my clothes yet. But I wanted to show you these little tree pins that I made for little gifties. Some for the party goers this evening and some for our fiber group party on Thursday. I made 8 altogether. The first ones I couched the eyelash yarn on with blanket stitch. But it took forever and kept getting tangled up. It was a PIA. I glued the remaining ones. So was I doing something wrong or is it always painful to couch eyelash yarn??

Thursday, December 6, 2007

PIF comment

This is just a short note as I got a comment on my PIF exchange. Joline - you are set up in blogger as a "no reply" and since you don't have a blog, I don't have a way to contact you. I would love for you to be a part of the PIF exchange, but I need an e-mail address so you can send me your snail mail address. If you change your profile in blogger to "reply to this e-mail address" and make another comment here, then I'll be able to reply to you privately. I hope you get this message as I don't want you to think that I didn't reply. =0)

Monday, December 3, 2007


Look what I got in the mail today. It's a beautiful needle case by Annica. I commented on her blog for her Pay It Forward exchange.

Here's the other side. I needed a needle case so it's perfect. Thanks Annica! I've only had one comment on my PIF post so if you'd like a piece of my work, you can still comment here.

Here is part of what I worked on last Friday. Did lots of painting. Now I've got some bigger pieces to work with for more padfolios. I've still got more Christmas presents in mind. We'll see if I get them all done.

Here is a UFO that I tried to fix. It's been reincarnated several times and I still don't think much of it. I guess I'll have to cut it up and reconfigure it or perhaps I'll just give up. It seems a total loss to me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Take It Further Challenge

I've decided to join the Take It Further Challenge by Sharon B. The challenge aims to apply textile technique skills to design. It's a monthly challenge, so I think I can manage that. If you haven't joined up, click on the link and take a look. It starts in January and there are about 80 people already participating! I'm excited - it looks like fun.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Two Christmas Presents Finished!

This is a datebook/organizer that I made for my sister for Christmas. It is based on an article Textural Book Wraps by Angie Hughes in QA mag. I used pomegranates because we own a gallery together called The Purple Pomegranate ( I hope she'll be able to use this in her new job.

Here's the inside with the book in place.

Here's the inside without the book. The purple lining part is made similar to Sue B's padfolios. I then fused it to the cover. I still need to hand stitch around the edges as I fear it won't hold up if I don't.

Here's a closeup of the cover. Do you think my FME skills are improving??

This is a notebook cover for my niece who is a freshman in high school. She's really into music and plays the harp. This is based on an article in CPS by Alisa Burke called Graffiti Composition. She makes wall hangings but I just adapted it to a notebook cover. This photo shows the front cover.

Here's the back cover.

Here's the inside.

And a close up of her name on the front.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Another Postcard and Book Wrap Nearly Complete

Here's a lovely quilted postcard from Sharron. I really like the floral fabric she used. Thanks Sharron!

Here's the book wrap that I made for my sister for Christmas. I think I'm going to adapt it to fit a datebook/organizer type thing so she can use it in her new job. If anyone out there wants to see all the steps of how I made it just leave me a comment. I took photos during the process and I'd be glad to go through the steps if anyone is interested.

Here's a close up. I love the way the little pomegranates came out =0)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving and Bag Exchange

Here's wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I have so much to be grateful for in my life and it's nice to show my gratitude to my friends and family. I'm also grateful that everyone in fiber blogland is so giving and kind. Thanks!

I participated in a fabric bag swap recently and this is the lovely bag that I received. This is the front side. It's from Cynthia in Wyoming. The funniest thing is that when I sent an e-mail to Cynthia to thank her, she had visited Whitefish and been in my store! It's a small world.

Here's the back of the bag.

And here are a couple of close ups. I love the little pair of scissors! Thanks Cynthia!