Friday, December 2, 2016

Back to Stitching & Some Painting

Years ago I made a simple table runner for a table that sat in front of our living room window in our old house.  One side was Christmas fabric, at least I thought of it as Christmas.  I was with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law at the time and they didn't think it looked like Christmas at all.  We all have different taste don't we.

Anyway, the other side was just plain burgundy so when Christmas was over, it was turned over and pretty much stayed there all year.  Eventually the fabric faded badly along with the boarder binding which showed on both sides so I put it aside planning to throw it away.  That was probably 20 years ago.  Every time I went to get rid of it I looked at the Christmas side and put it back on the shelf.  I still love the fabric.

Finally, this year I decided to forget the bad side and just put new binding on so I can use the Christmas side.  Here is the bad can see it once was quite nice

And here is the Christmas side with the new boarder.  Not a perfect match but close and now I can use it again.... for many more years since it will only be out for Christmas.

I've also done a little more painting, working on some starts that my friend Annie Morgan gave me so finish.  They aren't finished yet, I have to sit with them for awhile, they'll tell me where to go next, I hope.  These are mixed media pieces which is something I've been playing with for awhile.

I added the pears, no I brought out the pears on this one, added more white for contrast and gave more definition to the line work.  Much of the color was there but fainter, I added to it.

On the one below the lower left side and making the whites whiter and the golds golder is all I've done and I am thinking this one may be done.  What do you think?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas is Coming

And our front porch is ready...

No stitching or painting yesterday, instead I filled the crock on the porch and made a wreath for the door. 

The only other thing I did yesterday was start on the clutter clearing in my studio.  I have one work surface cleared, today I’ll be able to work on some  WIPS (works in process) and start to clear another surface. 

The goal is a clean, clutter free studio by Christmas.  We’ll see!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sun Moon and Stars Progress and some Christmas

A bit more on this one and then a break to do some Christmas stitching while I consider where this is going.

I usually make a table runner for Christmas but one can only use so many table runners and I've already given enough away; it's time to do something different.  I saw this wreath in a fabric store and thought it would make a nice centerpiece with a candle.  I  bought some very nice Christmas fabric but couldn't get a pattern so I took a photo and bought some not so good Christmas fabric to try and figure it out.  This is the not so nice though it isn't too bad.  I think it will work just fine in the middle of our kitchen table.

This is the good fabric
And some detail...

The one I saw had little star buttons  holding the tips together where I have the butterfly pin.  I don't know if I'm going to add those or not.  There's time to decide.  Meanwhile I have some of this fabric left, lots of the flap fabric and a bit of the stripe,  Maybe another table runner after all.  We shall see.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sun, Moon and Stars Continued

A bit more progress, now it's time to think a bit about what direction it should take.

Meantime I'm stitching another bookmark....

I have a lot of thoughts today but don't want to share, my mother taught me... "if you can't say something nice don't say anything."  I started the morning smarting off to someone who said something about the deplorable Trump supporters and how upset she was with we Americans.  She is Canadian.  I regretted it but too late.  Hillary was gracious in her speech today.  Trump gave a good one too.  They both worked hard.  Now it's time to put differences aside and move forward.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bookmarks, More Sun Moon Stars & A Fish

I finished this one today, This one is 9" x 4".  The rest are about the same + or - a bit. Here are 4 more.  They can act as a mug rug while you are reading or they can hang on your wall.  They'll be at the Gallery Uptown along with the wine bags.

So back to Sun, Moon and Stars.  I've stitched the 9 patch to a larger piece and printed it so I can play with what to do next.

Meanwhile, I've passed this fish on the sidewalk every weekday morning walking our grandson to the bus.  Finally as I walked back home today I decided I had to take a photo and use it somehow.  I'm not sure how for certain but I love it enough, it may end up in several works, fiber and paint.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Back to Sun, Moon and Stars

The suns, moons and stars are mine but credit goes to Jude Hill (Spirit Cloth) for the layout.  The only difference is hers is horizontal.  I'm not sure where I'm going with this so I scanned it and will do some doodling.  Grandson said he wanted it so maybe this will be a small quilt for him.  So far I have only a few very sketchy thoughts that need to be flushed out.  

Meanwhile I've also done more work on bookmarks but need to photograph them.  Maybe for tomorrow's entry.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall & Another Wine Bag

Every year for the past several I've made a Christmas table runner.  This year I decided to do one for Fall.  I still have some hand stitching to do to finish but it's close to done.

A design wall would be helpful.  Now that this is all together I can see that I should have put the top one the other way around and on the bottom.  Oh well, most that see it won't notice.  Perhaps I'll do another one next fall.  One can only use so many Christmas table runners.  On the other hand, there is still time... maybe there is room for one more for Christmas. But first, more wine bags.

This one is denim with ribbon from my grandmother's knit shop and tatting done by my mother.  The ribbon is an indication of how long I keep things.  My grandmother has been gone since 1958.  It's taffeta and pretty sturdy but just in case, I put a fusible backing on it before adding it to the bag.

I've used the ribbon on wreaths and lots of other holiday decorations and think of her every time I use it.  This is the first time I've used it on something that may go away.  Still plenty left though so I'm not feeling a loss.

I recently saw a knit wall hanging where the person used a lot of her grandmother's knitting tools to make it an art piece.  I have been thinking about doing something similar though not a knit wall hanging. While I was once an avid knitter, my fingers no longer enjoy it so I do another type of stitching.  I have some of Grandma's tools, some of my mother's, and some parts of quilts done by my great, great grandmother.  One of these days I'll figure out a way to put them all together in a piece of art.  Maybe that will be my project for the January exhibit at the Gallery.  We're suppose to do a work of art that is totally different than anything else we have done.... maybe an assemblage?  Have to talk with my friend Annie Morgan... the assemblage expert.