Thursday, September 14, 2017

More leaf studies and a different type of leaf prints

I enjoyed making the little leaf studies so much last week that I made a few more. I got out a few of my hand carved stamps, some hand dyed fabric and did some prints.

Then pieced some borders and now I've got nine.


I've decided to stop making them and actually finish them. The three on the left now have embroidered leaves, but that's as far as I got.

I got a bit side tracked trying some eco printing/botanical printing. Even though I've dyed fabric for over twenty years, I've always avoided natural dying. My rational was I didn't need to add more chemicals to my studio. I finally succumbed to the allure of natural prints. Right now I'm working mainly on watercolor paper although a piece of silk noil did get tossed in. Here are yesterdays results.


The papers and silk were first soaked in an alum solution, the leaves were dipped in an iron solution and everything was bundled together and steamed for two hours. As I'm writing this I have another bundle steaming, this time the leaves were dipped into a copper solution, and more silk pieces were added. I'll know in about an hour how they turned out.

I keep trying to use up all my fabric and yet I signed up for a monthly mailing of sari silk fat quarters  from Darn Good Yarn. Today I got my first shipment and I'm quite pleased, not only did I get the four fat quarters but included was a sample of some sari yarn. Not that I needed any, I still have leftovers form the daily stitching I did a few years ago that used sari silk.


I have an idea floating around in my mind on how to use these, but it's not fully formed yet.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes
wk#37
more french knots


2017 Daily Stitching #2 days 94-100

French knots here also and more background

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Some new work and a studio"helper"

This week I pulled out some leftover scraps from making our great grandsons quilt last year. The scraps were pretty small and I did add a few other fabrics to the mix, but with the thought of an overgrown landscape I came up with this.


Now how do I quilt it? It's 24 inches square so probably doesn't need much.

I still had a few small pieces left and remembered some leftover prints from the weekly leaf series so ended up making 3 smaller pieces.



These pieces will get some hand stitching on the leaves and will most likely be mounted onto canvas when finished.

Then there were a few blueprint scraps and this happened.
This will also get some hand stitching.

I belong to the local art guild and we have several new places to display artwork in town so these will be perfect for that. Here's the whole group on my design wall.

Missy, the new kitten that adopted us has decided to come my studio helper, which is okay when
 she is like this.

But not when she's doing this.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes
week #36
I did lots of french knots this week and but it really doesn't look like much.


2017 Daily Stitching #2 days#87-93

A few polkadots, triangles and background stitching.

I'll linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

One more donation quilt

I didn't spend much time in the studio this week, I did get one more donation quilt done. I used some leftover stripe fabric from the curtains I made for the kitchen window. The curtains are very faded now and need to be replaced, but the piece of leftover fabric looked great.

I now have 5 donation quilts ready to go to a local relief nursery's fund raiser next month. I keep thinking that my fabric stash would start getting smaller, but there's no noticeable difference.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes
weeks #31-35
 Finished and fused to black felt.



This years weeklies

The next five weeks are ready to go. I started with this drawing.

Auditioned lots of thread.

Decided on this group of threads and a white background.

I'm ready to get started. I think there will be lots of french knots.

2017 Daily stitching #2 days#80-86

French knots and more background

I'm almost half way.


I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eclipse

Not much time was spent in the studio the past week, although I did finish the quilt I was working on and gave it to my granddaughter since she was admiring it.
Kayla and Will with their new quilt and new kitten.

We had a very full house for the eclipse, everyone came a few days early and didn't leave until the day after. It was a lot of fun but exhausting, fourteen people is a lot.

This is most of the group at the very beginning of the show.

Here I am with my daughter and granddaughter, my son and his boys are in the background.

We had one member of the group with a tripod, good camera and lens filter, mostly I ran around taking pictures of some of the very cool shadows.


We had 2 minutes and 5 seconds of totality and it was awesome, I'm so glad we got to experience it.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes 
week #34
some orange stitches were added



2017 Daily stitching #2 days #73-79
Just a bit of background filler


I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quilting spirals, another kitten and eclipse guests

A very quick post today, we are getting eclipse ready! By the time Sunday is done we will have 16 family and extended family members  here ready to view the total eclipse from our yard on Monday morning. The first two arrived on Monday, the rest will be coming at various times over the weekend. We've been stocking up on food and beverages, cleaning and finding space for everyone. We expect to have a great time!

The last two kittens will be going home with my granddaughter, one for her and one for a friend of hers. She is here now and is totally in love with them both. Last Saturday we had another kitten show up and she decided that this was where she wanted to live. We've named her Missy and after eating a lot she came into the studio and made herself very comfortable on the ironing board and slept for five hours.

I'm beginning to think we were meant to have kittens in our life, they most certainly have been fun.

I've had a bit of time to do some quilting on a quilt that has been waiting its turn since early spring.


2017 Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes
wk#33

Some blue stitching was added this week.




2017 Daily Stitching #2 days #66-72



I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cutting and reassembling another failed print

Several years ago I purchased a sewing machine for $5 at a yard sale and put it away in Studio B. My plan had been that it could possibly work for one of my granddaughters, that is until I went looking for it earlier this week and can't find it. There are only a few places in the studio where I could have put it and it's not there. I think it must have ended up in the donation pile when I did a major studio cleanup a few years ago. Oh well, it was a good idea.

I did come across another piece of  deconstructed screen printed fabric that had some problems. I took a picture and it looks pretty good until you get close.


It is silk noil and a bit nubby and I don't think the fabric got saturated with enough dye to go thru all those little nubs, and it also looks like it had some wrinkles. I cut it into 5" squares, got rid of some of the worst spots and played around with the layout.  I really had fun taking pictures of different versions of it on my cell phone in black and white.

The final version that I just finished sewing together looks like this.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes
week #32  more seed stitching in the background



2017 Daily Stitching #2 days-60-65




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