Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays







































WISHING ALL OF YOU
A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS
AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Three More

I’m sure everyone who celebrates this time of the year is very busy and in the midst of many preparations and doesn’t have a lot of time for blogging. I just wanted to share a few more embroidered designs with you.

















































There are two more, but I haven’t taken pics yet.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Two More Designs

Just a quick posting. Here are two more embroidered designs.

Click on pic for larger view.



































Everyone have a good weekend.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Getting Ready for the Holidays















I’m sorry it’s been such a long time since my last posting. You all know how it is; sometimes life just gets in the way. I’m sorry too that I have been lax in acknowledging comments, but I really, really appreciate all of you who take the time to comment or even to just stop in for a visit.

The photo above was taken with my new camera (an early Christmas present). This photo was taken during the daytime. I just love that ornament.

What have I been up to the past few weeks? For starters, I have been doing some machine embroidery Christmas designs (time permitting). I really had intended to start these months ago because I know it takes such a long time just to stitch out one design.

Here is a couple so far. You can click on the photo for a larger view.



















I have more but will share them over the next week.

Here is another ornament photo. I took this one at night. His hood really is reddish but looks a little orangey in the photo. I obviously have more to learn about using this camera.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Wigwam Book

I am one of the many people who have been participating in Maggie Grey’s free online classes. You have to have her book Textile Translations in order to participate.

We have been experimenting in Mixed Media using a number of different things.

This is my work for the first lesson. The colors are fairly true in this photo.

















In these photos that follow the color is bluer than the piece really is.
























I didn’t have any hand made paper for the pages so I used some scrapbook papers I had and stamped images on the blank sides.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunset

Here are a few photos of the sun going down on the little bit of fall color still left around here.

Looking to the east.















These photos are looking more or less to the north.




















This one was taken last and already it was getting darker just within a few minutes time.














Tomorrow I’ll show what I’ve been doing this past week or so.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Moonflower

When I first started this I really didn’t have much of a plan. I knew I wanted a big flower and that was pretty much it. Well I also knew that this piece would either be hung in our bedroom or the hallway. Anyway, I just kind of played it by ear and this is what I ended with.




















I know it’s not the best photo (as usual) but it really looks better in person. The leaves seem to blend into the background too much when viewed from a distance but they really are quite different from it. I may work a little more on this to see if I can do something about that. Here’s a couple of close ups.

















Looking through some of my books and after a little bit of playing around on paper I finally came up with the leaf quilting design. It took me a little while longer to get my nerve up to start free-motion quilting the bottom.

Click on any of these for a larger view.




















If you look back in the previous post you can see here that I eliminated one of the halos around the moon. I’m not sure if that was a good thing to do or not. DH thought it looked too big, and after all, the flower is suppose to be the focal point.

Something I want to mention here is the size. It is 19 inches by 28 inches, which is a little off from the original plan. It was supposed to be 18 x 29 ¼, which seems like a weird size to me, but I was trying to use the Golden Mean Ratio with this particular wall hanging. The Golden Mean Ratio was used in ancient times by the Greeks in their architecture and is said to emphasize elegance and beauty of line. The ratio of the Golden Mean is approximately 8:13, meaning that if your piece is 8 inches wide it should measure 13 inches long. I’m not sure if the Golden Mean made my piece more elegant but it did keep it from ending up looking too short and fat.

I am open for all critiques and thoughts on this piece.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Work-Sort of

Last week or so I picked up working again on a piece that I started way back at the beginning of the year (January or February?). This is what I chose for the background.




















That light-ish rectangle in the center is where I had a piece of totally stable ironed on the back. It is no longer there.

Next I drew a pattern and cut out these pieces.
















They were stitched together and pinned to the background. Then I made some leaves and a moon. They were also only pinned on at this stage. I stopped there.




















More on this to come soon.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Finally















YEA! I have finally completed the lap quilt. I started it back last April. Of course, there were periods where I didn’t work on it at all and that’s why it took so long to finish. That is the front above. This is the largest piece I have ever worked on. It measures 49 inches by 72 inches. When it came time to decide how to quilt it I chose to simply “stitch in the ditch” because I only have my domestic sewing/embroidery machine to quilt it on. It did prove to be a hassle at times trying to wrestle the thing through the machine.

You probably don’t remember that when I finished the top I mentioned I ordered fabric for the back but then didn’t really like it after it arrived. I went back to the stash and pulled enough fabrics to piece together a backing.This is what the back looks like. Sorry for the poor picture quality. The fabrics really look better in person than they do in the photo.
















Now when I started to piece this backing I had in mind that I wanted the squares to line up with the blocks on the front even though they are different in size. When I got ready to put together the quilt sandwich I used a temporary basting spray. I “basted” the back to the batting, sprayed the batting again to adhere the front and discovered that lining up the front with the back was going to be a lot harder than I thought. After two attempts, I pulled the top off and left the back/batting pieces lay out on the living room floor for about a week waiting for the stickiness of the basting spray to “go away”. I proceeded to try laying the top out again, this time really taking my time and all in all I did a pretty good job of making it happen. This isn’t a prize winning quilt but it certainly will keep us warm.

On another note as you can see in the photos, we still need to stain the deck flooring.

I also want to thank everyone once again for stopping by. I will try not to make it so long in between postings and hope to have more to show soon.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

This Is...

Just a quick post to update you on what’s happening around here. DH and I have been working off and on re-doing our deck. Since he works third shift, we have to work on it when he’s got time and/or feels up to it. So I still have not really done much in the way of getting any art/sewing etc done. Sunday past, we had the remnants (read as very high winds-around 65-70 mph) from Hurricane Ike. We lost power around noon. About half an hour later we discovered a small field fire at the back of the property and the fire department had to be called. They/we worked that for a couple of hours and when it seemed it was out they left but told us to keep an eye out for any flare ups. We stayed out in the wind and watched for a couple more hours until we felt that it was definitely not going to catch fire again. We were lucky we caught it when we did, because with the winds it could have been a lot worse.

Our power came back on the next morning around 11:00 a.m. and though it seemed like a lot longer we are fortunate because there are many people who are still without power, our son being one of them.


My heart goes out to the many people who have lost their homes due to the hurricane. Sometimes we think we have it bad, but there are many others that have it so much worse.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Checking In

Since it’s been two weeks since my last post I thought I’d better let you know I’m still around. I kind of got behind on my blog reading but am slowly catching up and therefore haven’t left too many comments on your blogs, but I wanted to let you know I am reading them whenever time permits. I hope you don’t give up on me here, either.

I have been working some on the lap quilt. Even though I bought fabric for the back, I decided I really didn’t like it after it arrived. So I went back through the stash and found enough fabrics to piece together. I just have the borders to sew on and then I will be ready to put together the quilt sandwich and attempt to quilt it.

I will try not to be so long posting again and hopefully will have a photo or two for you.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What I've Been Up To

First off, thanks to all who left comments on my last postings. I usually try to personally thank each of you through emails, but I have to admit I have fallen down on the job here lately. I really do appreciate them, really.

This is one of two things I have been working on recently. DH asked if I would make something for a co-worker. I made this eyeglasses case.




















This is the backside.





















The front has wool tops, silk throwsters waste and painted cheesecloth embellished onto felt. Tulle was placed on top and then I added some free-motion stitching. The flower was made by embellishing wool tops on felt, and then cutout and hand stitched to the front. I added the diamond stitching on the back piece. I actually like this one better than the one I made for myself.

The other thing I have been working on is I finally got the two borders added to the lap quilt I wrote about in this post. I don’t have a photo as it is too gloomy today.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Notepad

Not much to blog about. I spent some time over the weekend trying to take new photos of some of my pieces. I don’t know why, but no matter what I would try some of them just would not come out looking good. I guess I could really use a better camera.

Remember this piece from a couple of posts ago.
















I turned it into a small notepad holder.




















The colors in the first photo are more accurate, I guess because I scanned it.

I have been looking through my books and magazines for inspiration. I have a several ideas, but haven’t really acted on any of them as yet.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

In the Mailbox

I don’t have any new samples to show yet as I’ve been busy doing those things that have to be done, you know housework, yard work etc. Tomorrow DS is coming to visit for the day so I probably won’t get anything done either. Soon I hope.

A week or so ago,
Sue B had a give away on her blog. Imagine my surprise to learn that I was one of the winners. I was even more surprised to learn I had my pick of prizes. This is what came in the mail a couple of days ago.




















It is a fabulous journal she made using grungeboard motifs. I don’t have any shots of the inside but it has 3 signatures and a couple of pockets with several tags.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lesson 5 Samples

Here are my samples from Lesson 5 of Dales’ Embellish Stitch and Enrich class.

This first piece has Kunin felt for the background that I applied Misty Fuse to hold down the small bits of fancy fabrics and ribbons and angelina fibers. The bottom half has been needle punched from the front only.














This is the piece after punching all over and then I added machine stitching with metallic thread. Click on the photo for larger view.














This is the back. This is the first time I have used Kunin felt and so when I took the heat gun to the back of it, I thought at first it wasn’t going to melt because I was holding the gun too high up. But when I placed the gun a lot closer the little holes started appearing. I didn’t really want to distress this too terribly much because the felt shrinks the more it is heated.














This is another piece with Kunin felt for the background. The circles are wool roving and the lines are fun yarn.















This is what it looks like from the back side. Lovely watercolor effect.















I was going to use the heat gun on this, but since I wasn’t sure what I will make with this I have decided to hold off on that for the time being as I kind of like it the way it is.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lesson 4 Samples

Lesson 4 of Dales’ Embellish Stitch and Enrich online class had us knitting/crocheting sample shapes and then seeing what we could do with them. Since I really don’t do much of either, I did up some simple samples.

These two flowers are crocheted with fuzzy yarn. The one on the left hasn’t had anything done to it; the one on the right has been run under the embellisher quite a bit from the top side only. I like how the colors blend together.












This sample scrumble was both crocheted and knitted. This was my first attempt at scrumbling. I haven’t done anything to it yet as I haven’t decided how/where I will use it. I probably will lightly embellish it to a background and add some hand stitching and perhaps some beads.



















This is a crocheted fan made from wool yarn. Don’t know what I will do with this yet.














This flower is crocheted from the same wool yarn (duh).




















These two samples are knitted from the wool yarn using size 3 needles. The one on the left has been run under the embellisher blending the colors very nicely. The thing about these little samples is that they are fairly thick. This may or may not be a problem depending on what I decide to use them for.













I’ll have to see what I can create with some of these. I have also made a couple of samples for Lesson 5. I’ll show them soon in my next posting.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

More Embellisher Fun

I know I am a little late getting back with more samples. The July 4th holiday had me doing other things, plus DH was off work several extra days.

This piece is a sample made from two different colored felts, cut in strips and then woven together. I applied Misty Fuse and then added some gold foil. Next I cut up some pink and green cheesecloth and lightly fused them on, after which I machine needle felted it all together.





















I used part of the woven piece for my next sample. I loosely knitted some yarn and then cut it apart in places to stretch over the felt. I then proceeded to machine needle felt it. This shows the green half felted.














This one is after it was entirely punched from both the front and back.















I think I liked the piece better before it was felted from the back, but it depends on the look you are going for. I may use this to make a small book cover or perhaps a needlecase.

I used the same technique for making this case for my sunglasses. I could have embellished it further with some hand stitching and maybe even some beads, but I was in a hurry and decided to stop where I did. Plus with all the handling it would get I didn’t want the worry of it coming off.






















I know the holiday is past, but I wanted to show you the pin I made for the 4th. This is my Independence Day Wild Woman. I wanted a tiny flag for her, but by the time I thought of it, I didn’t have time to get out and look for one. Maybe next year.