Saturday, December 29, 2012

Playing with Shapes

 One of my homework assignments for stitch class is to design with geometric shapes for an applique piece. So I picked out a couple of shapes, cut them out in paper and played with moving the shapes around.

 Here's one with a black background. This one reminded me of a skull. Not what I had in mind.
 So I tried on a white background. Dull.

I liked this arrangement slightly better.

Taking it off the angle.

 Add a bit more.

 More layers to add more detail.

Move the little black shapes higher?

Adding more of the medium tear drop shapes.

This one isn't bad. But still kind of dull.

How about adding a few more circles?

Do a little switcharoo?

Move the smaller elements down?

Another switcharoo?

Change out the top element?

It needed something else at the top now.

Let's start again.

 Hmmm... not much better.

Perhaps I'll add horns??

 And now a new head?

This is silly.

Maybe add a wreath to the top?

Now we have a silly cyclops.

Add a few circles to make it look less like a figure?

Or just add legs?

Turn the legs the other way?

 Sort of clown like.

 Not much better.

 Hmmm... this is getting nowhere.

Turn the top teardrops over?

 This kind of looks vaguely peacock like.

 What if I put the bigger element on top? I kind of like this one. But I have a hard time with symmetrical designs. Perhaps I should try something asymmetrical?

Now that's completely different. But do I want to start all over at this point? I don't think so. Which one do you like? Why? This was a fun exercise and it goes much faster if you don't stop to take a photo of every single example.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Holiday Season

Sorry it's been a while since I posted last. I was off to my stitch class, then I had company and it's the holiday season. It's getting busy at the store (that's a good thing) but it gives me less time to do those few extra things at work that I usually do. At least I have all my Christmas shopping done except for my hubbie. He won't tell me what he wants. Somehow, I've run out of ideas. Anyone have any good ideas for a techie sort of guy who loves gadgets and the newest technology? He usually just buys everything for himself so he already has it all making it difficult to find a good gift.

 I have been getting goodies in the mail. This beautiful notebook cover with address book inside is from Zed. Now that I look at the photo, I think it's upside down but you get the idea. She's used a bunch of felt scraps and stitched them together. The closure is great.

 Here's the back of the notebook. Sorry about the distracting bit in the upper right corner. I don't have a editing program for photos at work.
 Here's a photo of the inside. It's perfect - Thanks Zed.
This is a photo of a scarf that I silk painted when our local surface design group met in November. Louise has a steamer so she volunteered to steam our work so it would be wash safe. This scarf is a wool and silk blend and it came out better than expected. 

This was a small silk handkerchief sized piece that I put into a embroidery hoop to paint. I was just playing with colors to see how the paint worked wet on wet and on dry fabric. I think I will add some stitching to this piece. 

 This is a felted card from Ann. Isn't it a wonderful winter scene?
Ann also sent this gorgeous silk that I'm sure she dyed. It's purple and gold and I love it. I want to rush home and nuno felt a scarf with it. But I'm not sure that is going to happen any time soon. Thanks Ann!

I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends and I really appreciate their gifts and friendship. It's amazing the number of fiber friends I have online from all over the world. Isn't it great that the Internet can bring us all together and that we can share our passion for fiber with others from around the world? If I don't get time to post again, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Thanks for reading my ramblings and leaving comments. I appreciate all of them.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Fiber Exchange

We had a fiber art exchange for the holidays on The Felting and Fiber Forum. Today I received my gift from Judy. It's beyond amazing and Judy put so much work into it. What a treasure!

 It's a Christmas book. This is the front page. It is 10"x10" without the fringe.
 Here's a close up. You can click on the photos to see a larger photo.
 Here's the second page.
 Third page.
And the back page. Isn't it wonderful? Thanks Judy, I love it and I appreciate all the work that went into it.

I am heading out to my stitch class next week so I won't be posting next week. I'll post about my class when I return.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Where's the Purple??

I needed to dye some 30/70 wool/rayon felt for my upcoming stitch class. My initial plan was to dye a rich chocolate brown. We will be using the felt to make beaded books and I was planning on using gold beads. Luckily,  I remembered that this type of felt loses a lot of color when dying with Procion dyes and the brown might not have been recognizable. So I decided to go with red violet and violet.

 Here's the felt after the dye was applied.
 I made several pieces in case I didn't like one of them. And I went really dark because I didn't want pale colors. Since this is a mix of plant and animal fibers, it is hard to get the colors to take well.
 This is the first piece I rinsed out. Eeeeek! It's pink. Not at all what I wanted. It batched for four hours.
 Here is it up against one that hasn't been rinsed. The blue just washed away. So I left the last two pieces for 48 hours before rinsing.
As you can see, the bottom two pieces still have a little purple left. But not at all what I was hoping for. So I decided I would put the felt into a blue acid dye bath. I redyed them for an hour simmering in blue dye.
I am still  unhappy with the result. It is a bit more purple but closer to maroon. At least it's not pink. I may have to resort to Dye-Na-Flow paint if I really want purple. I still have to fuse a layer of organza to the surface so perhaps I'll go with a really dark organza and that will solve the problem. My hands are all blue but the felt isn't, sigh.