Saturday, July 31, 2010

Castle Page for July and the Sad Tale of June's Page

Carmen has received her July page based on castles so I can show it to you. It is based on a photo of Nunney castle that I found online. It's an inside view of the ruins. It's all done with machine embroidery with the techniques I learned from Carol Shinn's book. I really liked this technique but it shrunk much more than I thought it would. Because the book pages are supposed to be a certain size, this was somewhat of a problem. I had to add an inch to the bottom after my first attempt turned out to be too short.

Here's the back - pretty boring - just  a piece of black felt but I didn't want to do an edge so I needed something that wouldn't fray. The neat thing about her technique is it makes an edge to the embroidery that doesn't have to be framed.

Here's a close up. I really liked all the play of shadows and light in this piece and chose this castle because of the photo image that I had found. It doesn't look exactly like the photo but it certainly has the same feel. I hope you like it Carmen!

Now for my tale of woe. I made this page for Juliette with the theme of The Seashore and sent it off to the UK on June 19th. Juliette still hasn't received it. So I had to make another page to send her. I couldn't duplicate this page because I don't have any of the fabrics that I used left.

I had found the perfect seashell fabric for the base but only had two pieces of it. And the rest is made from scraps and bits I had left over from other projects.

Here's a close up of the heart rock that I found some time ago and attached. There was a page that had been missing for two months on it's journey from Germany to India and it finally arrived so maybe there is still hope. But I went ahead and made Juliette another page and finished it today. It is completely different.

Here's a sneak peak of it. Now I've got to start on August for Chris with a theme of coastline. Hopefully, but the middle of next month, I will be able to get back into some felting again. My goals have fallen by the wayside this summer, first the back problems (which I'm still dealing with) and then loads of company. I've got two more weeks on the company and then I'll get back to a more regular routine.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Solar Dyeing and Various Other Tidbits

This was the solar dyeing experiment when it started. I forgot  to take a photo before I took it out of the jar. After I threw away the soggy, pickled mushrooms or toadstools or whatever they were, I used Synthrapol to clean the wool and then rinsed it out.

Here it is after being dyed. It's the wool on the right. I put it up next to some undyed white wool so you could see the change in it. It is kind of a pale, creamy color tending toward yellow. It was in the jar for four weeks and I thought I would see more of a brown to orange tone but it really didn't change all that much.

Here is another page spread I'm working on in my journal. It's pretty blah right now - looks rather like camouflage. More will have to be done as I am not pleased with it so far.

Here's a sketch of a future project. I want to base a felted vase on the bark of the Ponderosa Pine. Hopefully, I will have time to felt soon. I have lots of company now and won't be able to do much until mid August.

Here are a few photos of when we hiked on our trip to Quinn's Hot Springs for my birthday.

Here's one of my fellow hikers taking a rest.

And here's one of my numerous inspirational bark photos that I took on my hike. I won't bore you will all 30 of them. I only took 30 because the batteries died in my camera!

And last but not least, here is a sneak peak of my July page for Carmen based on castles. It's done with machine embroidery following the methods used by Carol Shinn in her Freestyle Machine Embroidery book. I was pleased with the outcome and will be doing more machine embroidered pieces this way. But you'll have to wait to see the whole thing once it's received by Carmen. Hope everyone is having a good summer (or winter for anyone down under) and hopefully, I'll be able to blog again soon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

June's Tree Page from Chris

Here is my tree page made by Chris. She used silk paper, carrier rods, silk string and French knots. The color is off in the photos. The page is off white.

Here is a close up of the roots.

Here's a close up of the top.

And then she included this lovely flower brooch. Thanks so much Chris - the tree is beautiful. I have been working on the July page with the theme of castles. I've had a bit of a trauma with it but more on that story later. I can tell it is summer because I'm very busy at work, I have company, we're going to be on Big Mountain for two days and then we're driving to Casper, Wyoming on Friday and driving back on Monday (at least 12 hours each way). So, if I blog again soon, it will be a miracle. Hope every one's summer is going well and I wish you more time to do the things you want to do!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Book

I have been considering buying this book since it came out. I finally got the book and it has lots of good information. I am currently doing a machine embroidered page with the theme of castles for Carmen. So it is about half completed but I can't show it yet. I have used the techniques from this book and since the pages are not too big, it is a good way to practice. More later when I complete the page.