Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We spent 10 days working at my Dad's house and then came home. We will go back after the New Year if my brother and SIL can use our help. It was a hard 10 days, but it is always wonderful to visit with my brother and SIL and nieces and my Aunt, no matter what the circumstances. We live so far apart from them that any visit it heartwarming.
We are here in Tennessee having Thanksgiving with family and watching the coming baby grow, we went into Nashville yesterday and went to the Main Library. Oh my, it was wonderful, I was tempted to move in, 3 floors, beautiful reading rooms, its an older Marble building, kind of like the public library in NYC, a lot of art, fabric, quilting, dyeing books!
I've been working on bumper pads for the crib, so I'm even doing fiber work here. In between our time at my Dad's house and leaving for Thanksgiving, I completed two trades that had been due the end of October, my trade partners were all wonderful about my sending them whenever I got them done, and in some cases, I didn't need to send them if I didn't do them. I still got the PC from everyone.
I used a yellow check fabric and then I did an edging technique with different size leaves in a grape and dk. green shiva oil sticks. Some of the leaves I put in some veins and then I added some silk leaves that I had. Wish I had felt a little more creative and I would have made some lace leaves with FME. There is always more time next year.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I don't feel like I will be able to concentrate on the monthly challenges for a while. I will still be keeping up this blog and my other blog with trades, exchanges, and projects.
I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and suggestions, keep it coming.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
What is it to be at the half way mark?
For me three word lead to a mix of ideas. “Half”, “Way” and “Mark” all lead off into interesting directions that can be represented in all sorts of ways."
Well the halfway mark for me this year is that it is halfway to Christmas and I haven't started AnyThing, at all, Nada!
A friend of mine also wanted to make some silk fusion paper, so she go the supplies, came over one Saturday and we made the paper. She gave me a great idea - make a bowl out of the paper. So, I'm going to make a silk fusion bowl for my TIF project and also for a start on my Christmas list.
I had some plain white tussah silk roving that I decided I wanted to use, and I didn't want to paint it at all. So out came the JoJo's Fabric Medium and the tulle and off we went. I think my paper came out very well this time. Its not too thick and not too thin. I sprinkled it with some beautiful blue and silver glitter, quite heavily as a matter of fact. The picture really doesn't do it justice but it is a beautiful piece, even if I do say so myself.
I am very happy about the way it turned out, I think I can make two small bowls out of the one piece of paper, I'm even thinking about using a red corn silk fusion paper I made last time, and use it for the inside bottom, I'll cut it out and see how it works.
I'm still working on the wedding quilt, I want to get the top made by Labor Day Weekend. I think I'm going to have to find someone local to quilt it for me, that way I can see it before its off the frame and make sure I like the way it looks. I don't want to have to do any additional quilting myself. I'll post a picture as soon as I get the top done. Parts of this were way more advanced that I was ready for, its traditionally pieced and uses templates. If I ever do this quilt again I'll have to find an easier way to to the traditional parts. It got some applique on it also, which I am loving.
I've also completed a July Birthday present for my sister and I'm working on a wall hanging for our son's birthday in August. All of this explanation is why I won't get the bowl completed by the end of the month.
I forgot, I also signed up for a pc exchange for the Surface Design group, the exchange was a bowl of cherries. I'll try and blog that later this week.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I've never been nominated for an award before, so I was very suprised to be nominated this time by Jane over at Crazy Here & Now
Its wonderful to make new web friends. The rules for receiving this award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you’ve nominated.
There are so many blogs that I enjoy that I really would have a hard time listing them all, but let me put a few down, so everyone can enjoy can enjoy their blogs
Judy Perez over at Painted Threads
Helen Cowens over at Textile Goddess
Vickie Welsh over at Field Trips in Fiber
Micki over at Fiber Art: If I Create it Will They Come?
Judy Rhys over at Color My World
Jane Davila over at Chary Sprouts
One of my favorite sites has not been updated in awhile, I believe that her mother had a stroke last year, and the journal has not been updated since last ftall. This is the site that introducted me to blogs and has a large influence on how I view my blogs. I think it is well worth it to go to the site and look over the past entries. She has projects and lessons using many different techniques.
So I'm giving this award to N. Rene West over at Fembellish Journal
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I've FINALLY completed my April challenge. This challenge never caught my imagination and I had to fight the piece all the way, from painting the background fabric to hand finishing the binding. I did enjoy the free motion stitching at the bottom for the grasses and the flowers and also the detail work on the tree trunk.
I even had trouble taking the picture at the finish. Oh well, I'm excited abut working on the May Challenge. I'm starting on that tomorrow.
For more detail on the processes I used, look further down to the April Update entry. I went into detail on the individual processes I used for this piece.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The challenge for May is "who are you in your creative life?" If I had to come up with a label, I would probably say that I'm an explorer and a learner. I'm learning all kinds of new techniques and am really enjoying the exploration. Each month, I try to use new techniques and new materials. I think to continue my theme of exploration this month and I will work with the colors and I am going to do some monoprinting. One of the groups I belong to is having a monoprinting challenge and I think I will combine the two challenges this month. Monoprinting is something I have wanted to do, so it should be an interesting month.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The first thing that I did was find a botanical print of the flower and the shape of the leaves. I practiced drawing the images until I had something I liked, and I drew some 4 X 6 squares on heavy watercolor paper. I drew a few until I thought it was what I wanted and then I cut out the shapes with an exacto knife. I've never really been able to draw so this process took me quite a while.
In between drying times for the stencil, I painted some fabric with fabric paint, salted it and then let it dry. Put it in the dryer for awhile on high so it was ready to use the next day.
I started by painting the white ink first in the flowers. The white Tuskineko is opaque, so it gave me a good base for the pink flowers. After painting the white, I then thickened some red ink with aloe vera gel and painted over the white on the flowers. Then I took the stencil off and painted the white in the middle and added some shading to the pedals.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I used the last branch for the winter scene. At the after-Christmas sales, I picked up a plastic bag of that snow they use in scenes (like model trains with snow on the village). I tried to glue it down with some foil glue, but that didn't work all that well, so I put sone more glue ove the top of the snow and then coved it with it with a piece of fine white tule. I had some small plastic snow flakes, so I put them between the limb and the ground. See how handy those little bits and piece you pick up here and there are?
This is what is looks like right now, I've got it pinned to do the thread work on and it should be finished early next week, I'll post as soon as it is one.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
So do I try and portray how I felt during the changes of the last year? I still can't figure out how to do that. For me change has always been a time of growth, and I certainly have had a lot of changes most of my life. If I look back the changes have resulted in something good, but they have been often been painful as they happened, even if I decided to make the changes.
The idea the has stuck in my head the most the last few days are the changing seasons. I think I will try and do something along that line. I need to find a way to show the changing seasons without getting too elaborate. I'll post more as I start my project this month.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The challenge for this month was to notice small things we often overlook. I love the way the raindrop looks in the center of the Lupin leaf, so that is what I did. I made this project 4 x 6", because the call was for small things.
I want to explore new techniques for each months TIF, so this month I did the same.
I started with a 5 x 7 piece of muslin and I traced the lupin leaves on with a marking pencil. Next I dug out the oil pastels I bought years ago, never used, and colored in the leaves with a green and then a brown, and then in some places a light green. I blended the colors with a small stencil brush. I wasn't that happy with the look, but I went ahead and sewed a dark olive border on all the leaves and then used a light olive for the stem and center.
It looked better, but still not right, the muslin was too plain. I picked up some glitter mist at a rubber stamp show last month, opal, so I sprayed that over the entire postcard. It gave the leaves a soft finish and blended the colors all together.
It didn't do much for the muslin though. I decided to give the muslin an olive wash with translucent fabric paint. Turned out a pale yellow-green, but made the muslin look better, you could even see a little of the glitter mist on the fabric. I spread it over the leaves along with the fabric and it made the piece more cohesive. OK, still kind of bland, I thought about using another color of paint and splotching it on the fabric, but I decided that would be too much. Instead I took a blue prisma color pencil and drew some crosshatched lines, very lightly over the background.
That was better, I got out my heat crystals and placed a blue crystal in the center of each leaf, to show the reflected sky in the drop. I looked at it for a while and decided that it needed something else, so I took some flat green crystals and scattered them on the piece and that was the end.
After all is said and done, this turned out almost as I had pictured it. I am pleased with the result. March hasn't been the best month for me, so I still have to put the postcard on the back, and zigzag the edges of the postcard. When the postcard is completed, I spray a light cover of acrylic sealer over the top. It protects the materials that are not water resistant, and keeps the card a little brighter going through the mail. After I do that I will replace one of the pictures with the totally finished piece. It might take me a little while to get that done, so consider me done with this months TIF. Thank you everyone for your comments on my last months TIF, I will be better at answering you comments this month, and I will blog my project more often. I had decided earlier this month what I wanted to to, but I didn't do anything on the project until this weekend.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I've named this months TIF "Looking Towards Home"
I downloaded the image of earth and Mars "Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech." They have wonderful pictures, and they are free to use as long as you give them credit.
The process I used to make Mars I've documented in the last entry. I used another dark fabric to make Mar's shadow and I appliqued them using a Sulky silver/black metallic thread. I used the plain white dryer sheets for the word Dream, and I couched on some Razzle Dazzle to outline the word.
For Earth, I printed the picture on fabric, cut and appliqued it to the background and also outlined it with couched Razzle Dazzle. For the stars on the background, I lightly sprinkled a fusible powder and ironed silver foil over the powder to get the stars.
I enjoyed this project so much, I'm thinking of doing the whole solar system. Time will tell how much I do, but space has always enthralled me, so time will tell.
I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments on my last posting. I usually try to answer each one but it didn't happen this time. Thanks everyone, all the TIF participants inspire me.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Otherwise she summarized the whole thing below.
"So this month stop and think what are you old enough to remember. You do not have to declare your age - but simply what you are old enough to remember."
The color pallet for this month is also shown.
My first thought was that this would be an easy challenge. So I started to list in my head what I remembered: Polio, a friend of my Dad's going off to Korea, the presidential campaign in 60 with talk of the Pope running the White House, the Bay of Pigs, air raid drills, assassination of JFK; Vietnam war and being stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Well, I decided that I didn't want to make a political statement with my memories, but those where the first memories that came to me. So what are some good memories, going to the 1964 worlds fair with my mother, the race to the moon, the first man in space, walking on the moon, I seem to remember that the possibilities of the future felt better than the present. I've always tried to live in the present, put the past where it belongs, and dream about the future.
So, I'm going to do something about space, I've always thought it would be wonderful to be able to go into space, take a vacation on the moon. The last few years Mars has caught my attention. OK, I'm going to do something that features Mars - I'm going to use some tyvek in my piece - that's something new, then I'm going to put in something old too!
Well, I've got to go paint some tyvek and fabric for this challenge, more later!
PS: I also made some postcards for the first time, for a Valentine Swap, I'll post them in the next day or two, as soon as I pull them off the camera.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
After the fabric I did some free motion embroidery over the entire piece, I used a variegated yellow, green, blue and red to add some color and movement to the piece.
Thing I added was the skeletonized leaves, I remembered the rule of odds and layed down 3 of them.
I took some odd and ends of things in my stash, different flowers, beads, fabrics, Angelina, ribbons, etc. and started playing. I had some of the thick Ricky Tim's Razzle Dazzle thread and did some bobbin work, in purple. I think I need more practice on the bobbin work and not use fabric that is quite so thick in spots.
I got tired of the bobbin work and took some of the copper Razzle Dazzle and laid it out on the top in a meandering pattern and then couched it with regular sized copper thread. Found some brown and pink velvet and metallic decorative ribbon and meandered a piece along the top left corner and the bottom right corner.
I had a leftover spiral of Angelina that I put in the bottom left corner, but it seemed to need something else, so I put some small fluffy red feathers on it to give it a vague appearance of a bird.
Still looked a little drab, so I found some stray silk flowers, took off all the plastic and filled the centers with glue and mini beads.
Straight borders didn't seem like they would fit an forest clearing so I randomly curved the sides to give the piece a more organic shape. I then took some fringe yard I had, lightly twisted 4 lengths together and couched it along the sides. I use a medium loft poly batting and a cotton backing. I whip stitched a small thin dowel across the back and used the leftover yarn to hand the piece up.
I had a great time doing this piece, I found that I would work for a while, and then have to stop and do something else, and let the piece sit on the design board. I'd stop and look and think and decide what to do, work on more of the piece and start the process all over again. This is just the process I wanted to start working on, all original. I had some mistakes along the way, but I was able to let them sit for a while and then change or delete them. Once I was sure that I had totally ruined the piece, but after a week, I found something else to do, and I think it all worked out well.
Thank you everyone that commented during the process. I would love to hear both positive and negatives and some suggestions, if you wish. I can't believe what wonderful work everyone has done this month. Now I'm going to make some postcards to exchange, I'm getting brave now!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I'm going in to do some threadwork today, maybe some bobbin work, and see how it progresses. As you can see, I used some other scraps besides the green to add a little zing.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I've been doing a lot of fusible applique using batiks. When I'm cutting out the shapes I put all the little scraps in a plastic bag, (its not my fault, I'm a Virgo, I have to do things like that). Now I have a very full bag of little scraps that I don't want to just throw away.
I'm going to sort those scraps by color and make a new fabric with the scraps. Then I'm going to embellish them and maybe even make a small landscape, I'll have to see after I sort them. I'll post a picture when I get them sorted, hopefully in the next day or so. I'm thinking I want to work with green first.
Off to sort!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
The first option is a concept. This month the concept is admiration, who and what do you admire. Each participant that chooses the concept develops an idea and a design about admiration and then executes the design in a finished project by end of the month.
The second option is a color selection. This color selection for the month. Anyone that knows me knows that these are probably not colors I would select to use in something I do.
So....I've been mulling over ideas and I have yet to come up with an idea or project for either of these options. I've set myself a deadline of January 10th to come up with an idea and start designing what I want to do. I'm going to go into my stash and see if I can pull some fabrics that will work for the colors above. I think that will probably be the biggest challenge for me. I have decided that I won't be buying new fabric for any of the challenges I am in this year. Don't take that to mean that I won't buy fabric, just that I won't buy fabric for the TIF challenges.
Well back to finishing projects, more later.