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...