Monday, August 31, 2009
My sister and I have been discussing getting together for a painting session for quite some time now. She's preparing for a driving trip to the east coast so our session isn't going to happen a least for the next three weeks.
I felt like getting a head start. This is my first piece made with the limited materials I have on hand. It was an enjoyable experience and I learned a thing or two. I didn't have a plan. Just went at it to try out different things. Even though I like the result today, I'm sure I'll hate in a month or so.
Sister's hubby, my very generous brother-in-law just got a new fancy table saw that does everything but make breakfast, has offered to make frames for me. The right frame would definitely enhance this piece.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Blue Sun is finished. I was going to embellish it, but after staring at it for quite a while, I decided it was best to leave things are they were. The gold highlights in the printed cotton and the embroidery thread that I used to stitch around the edges gives it all the sparkle it needs. I'm sorry that I am not able to capture how pretty it really is on camera.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I've been meaning to make something out of burlap for a while and I finally bought some from my local fabric store to give it a try. Also on hand I found some narrow rope, some alpaca yarn and a polished horn shaped stone that has been patiently waiting for the "perfect" project. Above is the result of those materials.
What a mess cutting the burlap and unravelling the yarn - bits of fibres all over the place. But what a lot of fun.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I love celestial themes so I am making another sun, this time in blue tones. Judy Merrill-Smith sent me some fabulous fabrics including this blue sun-moon-stars cotton. Unfortunately, the strip was a bit narrow but I wasn't going to let that stop me from using it. I sewed the two pieces together. There's a seam through the middle but once I sew on the face and start embellishing, it shouldn't be very noticeable.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
My nomadic friend, Karin, left yesterday afternoon. I am grateful for the six days we had together as I likely won't see her again until next year. Karin and her husband travel around in their motor home full time.
After they left, I sat myself down in front of the fan and finished up the Sun. Thankfully, this Sun didn't contribute to the heat wave are having in Southern Ontario or I just wouldn't have been able to work on it.
Click on the image for a closer view of the stitching.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Pictured above is one of the techniques I spotted at the quilt exhibit the other day. The artist had cut little pieces of fabric, leaving the edges raw, and embroidering swirls over them. I loved this idea and just had to try it right away on something new, even though I am supposed to be finishing my sun face first.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Yesterday was a great day. I have a long time, dear friend staying with me until Monday. Hubby had to go out on business in the charming Ontario tourist towns of Elora and St Jacobs and took us along with him. While he took care of business, my friend, Karin and I browsed in the shops.
These are places where you see a lot of original, one of a kind arts and crafts. Even the mass produced items are much different and far more interesting than the things you find in the large box stores, which I detest. Yesterday, shopping was fun again.
I didn’t buy a lot, just a couple of craft books that were heavily discounted. I am always keeping my eye open for a bargain and try not to spend too much on a whim.
One of the most exciting parts of our adventure was unexpectedly spotting a quilt exhibit. I got to study up close a lot of interesting textile and fibre treatments and managed to scribble a few notes to remind me later. The timing was perfect because I’m working on a couple of items that I wasn’t sure how to finish. And now I’ve got some great new ideas.
The cloth doll I bought on Etsy arrived yesterday. It always interests me to see what other doll makers do and compare their work to my own and learn a little something. I’m so isolated that I don’t get to see many dolls other than those I receive in swaps or that I can view on the Internet. Anyway, I love this Wild Woman made by Kristen Molder of Purple Lizard Studio. Isn't it great? Be sure to click on the picture for a better view.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Here's a new ornament I made as a test. I plan to make something similar only much larger. The face is painted on tea dyed muslin. The gold swirls are stitched with two strands of satin thread (which is trickier to work with than cotton embroidery thread but I love the shine). The background is upholstery fabric surrounded by a earthy olive green yarn.
My sun face is on hold because I am having company for the next four or five days and won't have time to finish it up until next week.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
It's a good thing the back of my Sun Face will be hidden behind a felt backing. I once read somewhere that good embroidery should be as neat on the back as on the front. Mine's quite the mess. However, I am pleased how the front is taking shape. Just a few more touches and I will be ready to finish the edges.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I have started on a new sun face. Above is a preview of what it looks like. It's going to require a lot of work yet. I've used a pretty yellow quilting cotton for the background but I think it needs a lot of embroidery and texture so that the background will remain in the back. I was thinking about twisting and sewing on some organza ribbon for some of the texture. Actually I have a few ideas but I need to test them out on scraps first. I really like the way this coming along so it makes good sense to make some tests first. I don't want to risk messing this up.
Another thing I have been working on is the idea of opening up an Etsy shop. I'm in the process of familiarizing myself with all the online information Etsy provides and then getting hubby's input (because he's the business guy in our household). And while I was acquainting myself with Etsy, I spotted a cute little cloth doll which I ended up buying and will share with you when it arrives.
My sister and I have been discussing getting together and having a painting day. Not painting walls. Making art kind of painting. I am hoping we can find the time for that sometime this month.