Thursday, February 28, 2013

Home Again, Home Again

We're back home and I'm happy to be staying put for a while. That was a bit much with our two back to back trips. I wanted to show you a few shots of the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center including our mini exhibition. If you ever get a chance, the classes are wonderful there. I signed up for Level 1 Color Studies in June. If everything works out, I want to take the Level 3 Art and Design starting in September. But we'll see...

 Here's all my stuff piled up on a table when we first arrived.
 Here's my work station and as usual it is a bit messy.
 The next photos are of our exhibition. It is so amazing to see your work that were just samples, framed and looking professional. These are three machine stitched pears that all started the same size but due to the different techniques used, the sizes changed.
 Here are two of my print to stitch pieces. I really like both of these pieces of photos taken in Glacier National Park.
 Here are another couple of samples. They look much nicer with a black background.
 Here is all our stuff laid out on the tables. There were four of use showing and we filled up 6 large table areas. This shows Lynette's work in the front and mine in the back.
 This shows Patti's work in the front and Nanci's in the back. We weren't supposed to share photos of the others work so I'm just showing mine in close up.
This front table held the Level 1 hand stitch work and then Patti's table behind that. We had a fairly good sized group come and see our work and it was rewarding to hear people comment positively on our work. We are holding another exhibition in September here in Montana and everyone is coming for the opening. It will be such fun to see everyone again. So if you have plans to be in Montana in September, our exhibition/opening will be on September 5th.

Today I worked on finishing up the cat toys that I started on the way to Washington. I'll put them in the wash to wet felt them.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Last Day of Class

Our last day and then to drive home. We worked on a machine stitched cut back applique and watched some really inspirational slides of costumes and church vestments. Back to regular blogging tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hand Stitched Book Bindings and a Bit of Fringe

Today we had our mini exhibition and quite few people showed up. Everyone was very complimentary of our work. We also worked on several ways of book binding.  We also made some hand stitched fringe. Tomorrow is the last day and I'm sad. I will really miss everyone in our class. Then we'll be heading back to Montana. I could not get the post to publish with photos so I'm trying without.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Another Machine Stitched Book

Today in class we made another machine stitched book with a different method of binding. It used ribbon to hold it together. We just made a prototype so it is  white. We also worked on a mounting method and matting some of our other pieces. We are having a mini exhibition tomorrow.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Machine Stitched Book

Today in class we worked on an accordion style book.

First we did a mock up.

Then one page with holes cut out and the stitched.

And the last page is just started. It will be filled with various sections of stitch.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Last Stitch Class

I got a large dose of fiber today as it was the first day of the last session of our stitch class. We started on machine stitched books and had last sessions work reviewed. My bead book was well received so I was happy. You can see the center where I attend class at their website. Sorry there aren't any photos but I left my camera at the center. I will get those photos up tomorrow, I promise!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cat Toys in the Car

Luckily there were no cats in the car. Just me needle felting cat toys. I use practice golf balls and put wool over them. Over the years I have sold more than 96 dozen. I know that because that is how many I ordered the last time I bought them.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Busy, busy

I wish that meant I was busy doing fiber art but alas, no. I have been busy at work putting in all those new orders we placed in Philadelphia. And at home I'm getting ready to leave for my last stitch class tomorrow. But I had a few moments to sketch some poppy seed heads.

I will add more to this sketch later as I have time. I'm thinking of different angles of the poppy. I am not sure how the blogging will go for the next week as I will be at class and I don't have much extra time. But I will try and pop in with a photo or two. I will definitely be getting my daily dose of fiber though.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Finished Sketch

I completed the sketch I had started on the plane trip. I like how it turned out and will try a few more on already painted backgrounds. I hadn't tried that before. Of course, it helps if the background is lighter.

 The inspirational photo is on the left. I took it on one of my trips to Washington state.
Here's a little closer view. I used a black felt tip pen for the outline and Inktense pencils for the coloring.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sketching on the Plane

I am working in my studio journal today. I brought along some photos for inspiration. The background was already painted with some left over dye. I have sketched the flowers and leaves in pencil. They are a little hard to see but I will be going over the lines again with black ink and then filling in more color with Inktense pencils.

You need to click on the photo to be able to see the sketched in lines on the right page. Hopefully, I can show you the finished page tomorrow.

Monday, February 18, 2013

More Traveling Kantha

We drove home to Richmond today and I stiched on the traveling Kantha piece. I did add a bit of satin stitch to make a more established focal point.

 Here's most of the piece so you can see how much I've stitched.
Here's the satin stitch spiral. I only have a small amount of this thread left, it's hand dyed wool. I think I need to add more of it to balance the spiral out somewhat. I will be stitching more on the way home perhaps.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Here's the view out our hotel window. We finished at the market and went shopping in the afternoon. Does trying on clothing count as my daily dose of fiber??

I'm going to try and do a little sketching if shopping for clothes doesn't count.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Traveling Kantha

I spent a few minutes this morning stitching before we arrived in Philadelphia. We visited Buyers Market of American Craft and I did see some very nice fiber art at the show, lots of nuno felted scarves and several people who make hand felted items.

Sorry there are no photos but I have been trying for more than an hour to upload a photo which didn't work and now we are going to dinner. I will show you my traveling Kantha piece another time.   Hope you have a nice weekend.

Edited to include photo.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Couching on the Plane

Hmmm... Wouldn't it be nice if they had couches on planes? But of course that's a big no and I was couching down yarn to my applique piece on the plane. We're on our way to Philadelphia today.

 So it is complete. I used the same green yarn that I used for the blue and red applique.
Here's a closer view. These little blue men really look like body builders now!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Traveling Art Kit

I am off to Richmond, VA and then to Philadelphia, PA today. I am going to the Buyers Market of American Craft to shop for new stuff for the store. I packed up a couple of sewing projects and my traveling art kit to take with me.

 This is my art kit. It includes watercolor crayons, ink pencils, colored markers, black markers, a pen, double sided tape, glue, pencil sharpener and a water brush. I just noticed that my pencil isn't in there. I better go put that in! It all fits in the magenta zipper bag.
 Then I take my studio journal and I have some photos of plants and flowers that I will make sketches of as I have free time. I might only get a couple done but it's good to have photos of something to draw in case you don't feel like drawing airports.
And my stitch projects go in zip lock bags with my needle case, small scissors and the threads that go with that specific project. I will be finishing the applique I showed you yesterday. The blue/green bag is an ongoing Kantha stitch project that I have been periodically stitching while traveling. It is a very slow work in progress. I have never had a problem taking my needles and small scissors on the airplane through security. Hopefully that won't change.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Edges Complete

I cut the edges off evenly and stitched all the way around the edge. Now just to couch down yarn/cord around the shapes. I'll probably end up using the same green I did with the red and blue applique.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Angry Blue Men

I stitched the applique center portions today. I was going to cut the edges but decided I should wait until I got home and use my rotary cutter. I'm just going to cut straight along the edges and make the edges even.

 If you enlarge the photo you can probably see the stitching. The entire time I was stitching this, I kept seeing the blue negative shapes from the original design.
They look like angry blue men with their fists clenched. I didn't notice this at all when I stitched the positive shapes.
But there they are, little red men.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Is It Valentine's Day Yet?

I finished the stitching on my two Valentine's Day cards. Now I just have to fuse them down to the card stock and write something "sweet" inside.

 I think I'm going to use this one, although with the stitching, I like them both.
Here's an extra one. Perhaps I can just use this one for next Valentine's Day.
Here's my next stitching project. I made the yellow felt piece yesterday and fused the blue cut piece down to it this morning. Now I need to stitch it down. I will trim the outside edge once I stitch the middle section down. The right side edge is really thin and I thought it would be better to stitch and make it secure before I cut around the edge.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Be Mine?

It's getting close to Valentine's Day and I usually make a card for my sweetie. He would be disappointed if I bought him one now. So I thought I would make a shadow applique to put on the card.

 This was my original design. I already had this fabric with fusible on the back. So I just cut it out, found a background and fused it down.
 I ended up cutting the applique pieces with a craft knife so I had two appliques. I think I like this one better.
I then covered them with silk organza. Now to stitch them down and attach them to a card. I'll do the stitching this week and I'll show you the result soon.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Final Layer of Painting

I did a final layer on my leaf painting. I'm sure I could add more but I think it's enough at this point. I will be doing another  one anyway and since this is just going into my studio journal, I decided to stop.

 Here's the whole spread. I really enjoyed painting this because if you "mess up", you can always paint over it on the next layer.
 Here's a little closer view.
And the other page a little closer. You can find the directions for this on Create Mixed Media.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Stamp Carving Party

Today I met with my local group and we carved stamps. We had a great time and the stamps turned out great.  I also put another layer on my leaf painting and fused the fabric down on my stitched cards.

 Here are the cards all finished up. I just took fusible webbing and fused the fabric to the paper card.
 Here's another layer finished on the leaf painting. I think I will add a few more layers yet. This is what we're going to do for our next monthly meeting. I think I'll do the next one on a canvas.
 This afternoon our group met and carved stamps. This is Louise's stamp based on frost patterns. Isn't it cool?
 Here are some of Jan's designs.
 And another of Jan's designs.
 Here is one of my stamps partially carved out.
 These are more of my stamps. You will see these in the future as I have plans to make some wall hangings with these.
 Here are a couple of stamps that Carole carved.
 These are Bunny's prints of ginkgo leaves.
 And Bunny carving her take of the frost design.
 Here's Bunny's butterfly stamp.
 This is one of Carole's prints.
 Here's Bunny's leaf stamp.
 And prints of her butterfly stamp. She is going to work further into these with pen or colored pencil.
 Here is Louise inking up her stamp. I forgot to get a photo of her stamped image. We had a great time.