Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Last Bowl

but it isn't a vessel used in the last supper, it's my last Christmas present finally completed. I did this one in a circle shape using two layers of painted cotton batting with a piece of canvas sandwiched in between. I had the cotton batting left over from a project I did last Christmas (still have some left for another project).

I like how this one turned out and hope my friend likes it. It's much more "arty" than the 11 square bowls I made.

I probably won't blog again until after Christmas. I want to wish anyone that reads my blog a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate every one's comments. I should mention that I won a blog award from Kim. Thanks so much Kim, I really appreciate it but I don't think I'll pass it along to anyone, if you're in my list of favorite blogs, consider yourself awarded!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another Fabric Bowl and December TIF Challenge

Here's another fabric bowl. I decided not to give this one away. For one thing, I didn't think I would be able to finish it. It is made with denim and then I stenciled it with oil paint sticks. The problem is that now it has four layers of denim, plus stiff interfacing and the dried oil paint to stitch through. Needless to say it was a little difficult to satin stitch the middle square. Note to self: consider the eventual thickness when choosing fabric for this type of bowl or consider buying a sturdier sewing machine.

But I liked the outcome even though the stitching is less than my usual standards. Another reason not to give it as a gift!

Here is the start of my December TIF challenge piece. The subject is generosity. The pomegranate is a symbol of abundance and generosity. I did buy two pomegranates with the hope of doing some stamping with the cut pomegranate and then use pieces of pomegranate and seeds to make a deconstructive silk screen. Since I didn't have time for either of those projects, I decided to complete this canvas that I had gessoed many moons ago. So I used my oil paint sticks again to draw the pomegranates and then used a watercolor wash of Paynes Grey for the background. However, the grey is very blue. I like it but had wanted it to be blacker. I'm kind of afraid to do anything more with the background as I don't want to spoil it.

I think I will add some text. Perhaps just: " Pomegranates - a symbol of abundance and generosity". My plan at this point is to either take it further and make a larger wall hanging. Or the piece of canvas was originally planned for my fiber bag which I did a "graffiti" treatment to here. So I could just sew it to the bag. The other cool thing is that in lieu of Christmas, I am taking a class in January in machine embroidery at the Gail Harker Creative Studies center. It is a 5 day class and I am so excited!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Package from Finland, Fabric Bowls and Wool Flower Pins

I got a package all the way from Finland today. This is for the Felting Forum Ornament Exchange. I got a needle felted snowman, some lovely red wool and a cute little card from Amanda.

Isn't the snowman cute? Thanks Amanda!

I've been working on these fabric bowls for some Christmas gifts.

Here's a Christmas one.

And here's the whole set so far. I've got several more to go. Have to be done by Saturday.

I also started working on wool flower pins. Rebekah and I cut out all the shapes this summer. But I never got around to constructing any.

Here's the whole set so far. I have lots more flower shapes cut out. I'm going to make some other items as well, just haven't had time to work on any. Hope everyone is having a non-stressful lead up to the holidays. There just doesn't seem to be enough time...

Friday, November 21, 2008

November TIF

Here is my November TIF piece. It is 4"x6" and is going to be used for a "green" postcard exchange in December as well. Two projects in one or how to save time during a busy holiday season. This month's challenge was to use typography as design. I had a hard time getting enthused about this one. This piece has several layers and I originally planned to use some amorphous "letters" that I had stitched into some green organza but I didn't like it. So I added a layer of very light green silk hankie which looks white in the photo. And then added a large letter with stitch on dissolving fabric. Did you figure out the letter?

How about now? I was going to try and do the full word Green with a kind of optical illusion emphasizing the negative space around the type but the idea just didn't pan out as I wanted it to. So I kind of just winged it as I needed to finish.

Here's a close up view. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving next week.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tree Stories Complete and a Postcard

I have both of my "quilts" completed for the Salvaged Threads Challenge being held by Cynthia St. Charles in Billings. I am a little concerned because they are not really what most people call quilts. But I've finally gotten better photos and will send them in soon. I won't find out until January though. This is Tree Stories I. It is based on tree rings that I've taken photos of in the woods around my house. This one also has "pine lichen" which I did with thread on water soluble fabric. The salvaged material is used in the tree stumps and then burned back. These pieces both measure about 10" x 14 1/2".

Here's a close up. I did lots of hand stitching on this one.

This is Tree Stories II. The base has layers of the salvaged materials which were free motion quilted and then burned back. I then added photos on silk and machined cord that is hand couched to the background.
Here's a close up.

This is a post card I received from Candi Harris. Beautiful fall colors and great embellishments. Thanks Candi!
I worked all day Friday on combing out/picking the wool from my last post (drowned sheep photo). I thought I could get it all taken care of in a day. HA! I don't think I've even done a 1/4 of the wool. Sigh - these things always take longer than expected, don't they? I have to agree with every one's comments that it is much simpler just to buy processed wool. This will be my last venture into buying it straight off the sheep!
I have started working on November TIF challenge but I'm not getting along very well with typography as a subject. It is not inspiring me too much. I have to do a "green" postcard for December so I think I'll try combining these two projects. Hope to show you something soon.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A sheep drowned in my bathtub or what I did this weekend

I have had this fleece for ages and have been putting off washing it. Not a good plan. I washed it on Friday and even though it is significantly cleaner, it is still full of vegetable matter. It still has a lot of work to go. This is the reason you should buy processed wool - it is more expensive but you won't have your husband telling you that a sheep drowned in your bathtub!

I am also working on Christmas ornaments for two exchanges.

These are from fused silk paper.

And this is fuzzy photo of another part of the ornament. A few more embellishments, put it all together and "presto", ornament finished.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dyeing on Halloween

This is what I did all day on Friday. I dyed wool for more felting projects which will include bags, ornaments and perhaps a few postcards.

This is a silk tank top. I am pretty much the opposite of Vicki when it comes to dyeing. I don't measure much and I pretty much leave everything up to serendipity. Of course, I never know how it will come out and I can't repeat anything that I end up liking but that doesn't really bother me. I just love the process and see what comes out of it.

Here are all the silk scarves that I did.

The one on the left is my favorite one.

Some of these were dyed back in the summer but I didn't really like them, so I over dyed several.

I liked how these two came out as well.

Kind of blah...

These last two also have oil paint sticks stenciled on. Altogether I am pleased with how they came out and will be putting them up for sale at my store. I am currently trying to make some hang tags for them but the programs I am using to do that are driving me crazy. I'm not sure why it has to take so long and end up not really looking like I want it to. I guess I'll keep trying. I'll post a photo if I ever can get one printed up that I like! Hope you had a happy Halloween.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

October TIF

Here is the piece I came up with for October TIF Challenge. It represents what my textile work space means to me. It is made from a base of sweater felt which embellished with purple, deep red and gold silk roving. I then free motion embroidered on the machine with purple thread. I hand sewed the silk rods in place. I chose the colors for their warmth and richness. My textile space is comfy and cozy and fulfills a need in my life to have a space of my own for my creative endeavors. The silk rods were from Val - I traded with her and she sent these lovely dyed silk rods. They matched perfectly and represent the people I have "met" online and the online fiber community. I have learned so much from everyone and I really appreciate the openness and giving qualities in the online fiber community. The silk rods remind me of something organic and growing. I hope my workspace contributes positively to my continued growth in fiber art. I'm trying to decide if this needs anything else, perhaps beads? What do you think?
Here's a close up.

Friday, October 24, 2008

More Quilts, TIF October and Update on Tree Series

The October TIF challenge is to consider your workspace, how you feel about it and what role it plays in your life. My space is one of our guest bedrooms. So it has to have a bed. I would love for it to have a large work table instead of a bed but I make do. This photo shows my sewing machine corner. The bed is always a mess but I try to keep my other areas fairly neat.

This is my needle felting machine corner with roving, wool, yarn, and silk stored above. The cabinet is also full of scrap material.

This shows more of the messy bed and the storage of my paper type supplies, paint and whatever else I can shove on to the shelves. You can tell me space isn't very big as the ironing board is on all the photos. I use the ironing board as a work surface most of the time while in my room. But I do all my dyeing, painting, messy work etc. in the kitchen. I didn't take photos of my dye supplies there. Plus we hardly ever eat at the table as it always has my stuff laying all over it. I have started a piece that conveys my feelings about my work space and it should be completed tomorrow with any luck.

This is part of Tree Stories II. I completed Tree Stories I today. I just need to put a label on it and it's complete. I have to write an artist statement and explanation of the use of the salvaged fabrics before I send in a photo. I'm entering both of these into a quilt and gallery showing which will be held in 2009. Wish me luck with my first ever entry.

Here are more quilts from the LaConner Quilt Museum show of SiX Stories. This show was the reason I wanted to go to the museum. I enjoyed the rest of the museum but this was my favorite part. This quilt is by Edwina Mackinnon and is called Secret Garden. It has a transparent section and is hung in front of a window so the light shines through.

Books 1, 3 & 4 by Bobby Britnell

Hunter in Disguise by Catherine Nicholls
Shaman by Marie Roper

The Trickster's Prize Laura Kemshall

Golden Tulips by Linda Kemshall
I took a lot more photos but won't subject you to any more. I have the book "The Painted Quilt" by the Kemshalls and it was really great to be able to see the quilts in person and work out what techniques were used. If you're ever in LaConner, WA you should stop by the museum and see what show they have going. SiX Stories is showing until Dec. 28th.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

More from the Quilt Gallery

These are all quilts by Reynola Pakysich. This first one is called Windows Study.

This is Chuckanut Trailleaves.

Moonlight Sonata

Italian Urns

Autumn Star

More to come later...