Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Last Pear

Here's the last pear using Carol Shinn's technique. I wrote a longer post about it over on the Felting and Fiber Studio if you'd like to read more about it.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

More Machine Embroidery

I've been steadily working on completing my homework for my stitch class. I am supposed to be trying out different methods of machine embroidery, some historical and others from contemporary machine embroiderers.

 I decided I would try different methods but use the same subject. Then I could see which one I liked best.. This first one is granite stitch using directions from a Singer instruction manual from the 1940's. This is the underlayer of stitching. I had a really hard time going in circles. It was a bit jerky.
 This is the finished pear. Looking at it now, I think the shadows on the bottom are a bit dark. But that just might be because there are no corresponding shadows on the ground section. I just embroidered the pear and not the background. I got a lot of distortion of the background which is a heavy weight Pellon.
 This is my second attempt. I used heavy weight Pellon again but used the mossing stitching as described by Australian Ken Smith. I find this stitch easier but maybe because this is the one that I've practiced the most. Again, this is the underlayer of colors.
 The colors seem to mix better with this method. But the center of this one doesn't have much variation either.
 This last one is on canvas. I am going to use Carol Shinn's technique. She stitched on canvas cut on the bias and either uses a photograph transferred on to fabric or paints the image first. This is the painted image on white canvas. I decided it needed a background color since the other two had background colors.
 So I painted the background with Dye-Na-Flow. Here's the finished painting after heat setting the paint. Now I need to stitch it. But I can only do so much of this type of work at once. Perhaps tomorrow.
I had extra paint so I painted a couple of pieces of fabric and then scrunched it up and left it outside to dry. It looks like mountain ranges from above.

Next weekend I am hosting a felting retreat. We're going out to a rustic lodge by a lake and felting all weekend. I am planning on washing some wool, doing some drum carding and hopefully getting something felted as well. I'll let you know how it goes!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Botanical Sketches

 I promised to show some of my homework for my stitch class. We're working on free motion machine embroidery with botanicals as our inspiration. Some are done in black and white and some are painted afterward. I have been really enjoying working on my sketching skills and improving my free motion on the machine. These are a sampling of what I've been doing and some I've sketched but still haven't stitched yet. I also have a post on the Felting and Fiber Studio tomorrow with a slide show of further work in the sketchbook if you'd like to check it out.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Complete Photo Guide to Felting

 Woo Hoo! Look what arrived on my doorstep yesterday! The advanced copy of my book. How exciting to finally see the results of all that hard work. The books are not available yet for sale but will be in just a couple of weeks.
 Here's a few sneak peaks of the book so you can see what it looks like. There are more than 800 photos!
 The book includes information about wool and different fibers, fiber preparation and dyeing, wet felting, nuno felting and needle felting including using a needle felting machine.
And you get to see my hands over and over again! If you'd like a signed copy, just send me an e-mail at info at purplepomegranate dot com. I'll let you know the payment procedure and send the books out as soon as I get them in. I won't charge you until the book is on its way. You can also pre-order at Amazon and other online sources. Keep your eyes peeled here and over at the Felting and Fiber Studio site. I'll be doing some give aways and perhaps you'll win a free copy!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dyeing Day

 I spent most of the day yesterday dyeing 24 scarves to sell at the store. I used Procion MX dyes and actually they were a bit old. The colors were not quite as expected but still nice. I like to use fiber reactive dyes because you don't have to steam them but I don't like how much you have to rinse them. The acid dyes are really nice because the dye exhausts and you don't have to rinse out all that extra dye.  And then of course there is the ironing part...
The other thing I did yesterday was to free motion machine stitch this tree on tulle. I then cut it out and stitched it down to a piece of linen. This is part of my homework for stitch class. We have also been working on "botanicals", sketching flowers and leaves and then stitching them on the machine. I'll show you  more soon. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.