Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year




















Happy New Year Everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Thank You

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday. First, I want to thank each and every one of you for stopping by this past year and for all of the wonderful comments you left. It really means a lot to know there are people out there who are interested in what I am up to.

Now that Christmas has past I can show a photo of some of the things I had been working on before.

These were gifts for family members.













Each one of these holds a 3 x 5 inch notepad.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Wishing a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mail

Just wanted to share what came in the mail.




















This is an unexpected and wonderful surprise Christmas postcard from Waltraud.

Monday, December 03, 2007

More Felted Landscapes

I’m finally getting around to posting again. Sorry for being so lax. Anyway I thought I might as well show the other two felted landscapes.

















This one I call Autumn Meadow. I have a terrible time of coming up with titles for my art. It was completely hand needle felted.

















This beach scene is based on a Claude Monet piece. It is hand needled felted also. Both pieces measure approximately 5 x 7 inches without the matting.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Two More Felted Pieces

Just a quick check in. Sorry to have been absent from blogging for so long. In my last post I showed a couple of felted pieces I had done and promised to show some more.

This first one is a desertscape.


















This second one is an interpretation of another Van Gogh piece.

















These two pieces were done completely by hand; none of the felting was done on the embellisher. If you compare them to the two pieces in my last post, you can see the difference from hand felting over the machine felting. Neither piece is actually matted; I just placed the mat to show how they would look with a double mat.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Update on Felted Piece

I decided a few weeks ago I wanted to try my hand at landscapes and florals again; and having had my Janome Xpression needle felting machine since last February, I figured it was time to really put it to use.

This is the first piece I created and was done entirely using the embellisher. My inspiration for this one was a Monet piece. For some reason I wasn’t bothered with the holes and rather like the look I achieved.





















However, I wasn’t quite so happy with the one I in my last post. (remember)?




















I decided to finish felting this piece with the embellisher as you can see in the above photo. Still wasn’t crazy about all those tiny holes in this one. So I then decided to see if I plunged it into some boiling hot water and let it soak for a few minutes if by chance the holes would close up. Nope. Nothing!

Well for a bit I thought okay you screwed this one up. I could always turn it into a book/journal cover. But I was determined to see if I could salvage it and keep its’ original intention of a piece to either frame and hang or display on an easel.


So I decided to do a bit of hand embroidery. It is sometimes hard for me to decide if a piece is finished or not, but I am happier with it now.




















I have 4 more pieces that were created in between the first one and this latest one. I’ll show them another time.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Work in Progress

I mentioned before that I have been working on several things.

This is the latest piece that I started a few days ago. The background is a piece of white wool. The whole piece was hand felted (measures roughly 5 by 7 inches) and, as you can imagine, this takes a long time to do as it takes a while to get the basic layout needled in. Then the whole thing has to be punched over and over to get the wool roving really needled in and my wrists were beginning to give out; so I decided to give in and put it under the embellisher. I was not happy with the look of all those tiny holes.





















As you can see in the photo, I have only done the top third. I think that all those holes ruin the effect. I tried lightly spraying with water and using my steam iron to see if I could get the holes to close, but it did not do any good.

I guess I have one of two ways to go now. One would be to finish the piece under the embellisher. The other would be to hand needle in more wool over the area I used the embellisher on and hope that I can blend it in. We shall see.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Lucky for Us and a Little Something

A number of storms went through my part of the country last night, but we were lucky and only one actually past through here. It really wasn’t all that bad here at my house, it could have been much worse as a number of areas close by received strong winds/near tornado strength.

I did a little playing around on the embellisher yesterday. I wanted to see if I could make circles using the thumb tack method. It worked pretty well.

This is just a piece of white craft felt I attempted to paint last year. I used several small pieces of felt and embellished from the back.

Front side.





















And back side. I trimmed the excess felt after stitching. Of course, I could have done more but I just wanted to test this to see how it would work out.






















This next piece I did two or three weeks ago. I punched some wool roving onto a piece of felt, couched some yarn and added the three circles. It is in the process of being made into a pouch.




















This last piece is one I did a couple of weeks ago also. It has fancy fabrics, yarn, ribbon yarn, cheesecloth and some fibers laid out on a piece of what I believe is polyester organza. I haven’t quite decided what to do with this as of yet.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Checking In.....

Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately. I have been working on a few different projects, but not ready to share anything just yet. I don’t have to tell you that some things can be very time consuming and trying to work out the details. Just keeping up with email from four different groups takes a lot of time, especially if I am away from the computer a day or two. And then there is the blog reading, which I am behind on right now. Oh well, it will all work out eventually.

I have one last FAF birthday postcard I made and sent. This one went to Dianne in Australia.




















Alright, I will fess up, this is a commercial embroidery design not one of my free stitched ones. But I love the Van Gogh sunflowers and word has it that Dianne does too.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Two More ...

Two more fantastic postcards came in the mail.

This first one is from Emmy. The picture does not show it but the leaves are shimmery. Isn’t it great?





















And this one is from Elaine. It has such great texture and wonderful stitching.















Thanks to both ladies very much. Now I am off to do some work on my own projects.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

My QA House and Postcards

I received two more postcards over the weekend. This one is from Anna. Isn’t it great?
















And this lovely one is from Mags.
















Quilting Arts magazine had a “Doorway to Imagination” challenge back in their April/May issue. Some of the entries are in the newest issue out now. I figured I would show the piece that I made.

Here’s what I did…

Once I chose which door I wanted to use, I went to work creating a surrounding for it. I manipulated a photo of a brick wall in PSP8 and then printed it onto cotton fabric.

Using PSP8 again I used a portion of another one of my photos and composed my own words on it. Through manipulation I made sure they were in place where I needed them to be so you would not see them until you opened the door and then printed it onto cotton fabric. This was fused into place behind the door frame.

The door frame is constructed of two pieces of painted stabilizer which I cut out and glued together to give it the 3-dimensional look. The stones around the door and the stone steps are painted peltex glued into place.

I manipulated an image until I got what I needed for the front and back door panels and printed onto fabric. A thin magnetic sheet is sandwiched between the door panels and another piece of the magnetic sheet is glued in place behind the background fabric to hold the door closed. The window in the door is a piece of acetate. I drew the wrought iron on using a permanent pen. The hinges and the door knob are pieces of faux leather. The hinges are glued to the door panel and then stitched to the door frame.
The shrubbery and pathway are fused onto the background. I then free motion quilted the piece. The binding was fused then stitched into place.

as usual click on image for better viewing...





















With the door open….






















I had intended to do some hand embroidery where the shrubbery is, but time got short on me and I used the commercial fabric instead.

Now I am off to read through 150+ emails. Sheeesh!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Lutradur and Lace

As most of you probably know by now, Fibre & Stitch made its debut a couple of weeks ago. There are some really wonderful articles in the zine, written by some very talented ladies. If you haven’t seen it you should check it out. There is a yahoo group (you have to be a subscriber to join), and they are currently having a challenge based on the wonderful article Carol McFee wrote about lutradur and lace.

Following her instructions I lightly free stitched my scrim and lace pieces to the front and then turned it over and painted the back with dark purple acrylic paint that I thinned with water.













The front was painted first with watered down lavender acrylic paint. When dry I applied the dark purple. You can’t really see it in the photo but Metallic silver paint was applied after that. I also sparingly applied a little silver Rub ‘n Buff.













I then did some free machine stitching around the lace motif. Next I fused the inside fabric, added a pocket and cut the scallop and zig zag stitched around the outer edges.















The inside
















And the finished piece, a small padfolio.






















And one more piece of eye candy before you go. This wonderful postcard came in the mail Saturday from Francoise.



Saturday, September 15, 2007

More Birthday Postcards

Two more birthday postcards arrived yesterday.

This one is from Suz. It is just beautiful. I love the beading.
















This one is from Kim. As you can see, it is one of her wonderful 3-D postcards. I love that morning glory.




















Thank you ladies for these delights.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Incoming Birthday Postcards

These started coming in a few days ago.

This one is from Carol.














This one is from Sue B.














This one is from Lynda.















She sent these three along also, so very nice of her.



















Are they wonderful or what?

This is from Helen.
















This one is from Terri.




















This one is from Dianne.
















So wonderful and such fun to receive. Thank you ladies very much.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mermaid

I recently finished an online class at Joggles where I created a “Wrapped Mermaid”. My attempt in doing this on my own some time ago resulted in a less than desirable piece; so I took the class to learn the correct way to make a wrapped armature.

First came the wire armature:




















Then the wrapping:





















Her boobies are made of glue dots as I didn’t have any of those flat glass marbles.

She is more or less complete. I may give her something to hold later on if I come across the appropriate item.




















Sideways view:
















A close up pic. Her face is one that I made last year using polymer clay. I think her lips need a little more color.




















And the ribbon piece on the back of her head:


















She is not quite what I had in mind, but at least now I know what I like and don’t like about this type of doll making.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Another Purse

I’ve been trying to catch up on all my blog reading and a couple of small things after having been a little under the weather the past couple of days.

I finally got this crocheted bag finished. It is made from suede yarn. Actually the bag has been done for sometime now. I just needed a button for it. And I decided to make a tassel also.





















I was finally able to get out the polymer clay to make it.














The lining and pocket.














Now I am off to work some more.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

Things haven’t been going quite as planned. I had hoped to have a few more projects done by now. As it turns out I only have completed one of them.

I started with a rectangle of felt and used the single needle attachment on the Xpressions to punch acrylic yarn in place.





















The back after that initial punching:




















I then placed the five needle unit on and continued to punch all over. This is the back afterwards:




















And the finished front:

















As you can see, after all that punching the shape is distorted from the original rectangular shape. Because of this distortion, it negated the original intention I had for it. So I decided to use it as the decorative front piece of this little denim shoulder bag. It measures 8 inches across the top, 7 inches at the bottom, 9 inches tall and 1 inch deep.


















The inside features a pocket and has a magnetic closure.














Hopefully I am now off to complete a couple more things on the list.