Thursday, November 16, 2017

A herringbone quilt top

While we were in NY I watched several videos on facebook that were from Quilt Market in Houston, one of them was Victoria Findley Wolfe demonstrating how she does a herringbone quilt. I loved the effect and over the weekend I pulled out a bunch of multi colored hand dyed fabrics and started cutting them up. On Monday I finished up the top, it's about 52" x 60"I just sewed until I ran out of cut strips.


I'm happy with it and I think I'll even keep it for myself, but with a very busy week or two coming up it will have to wait to be quilted.

Also finished the stitching and mounted the discharged wet cyanotype leaf.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes
Week #46

Two shapes done, the yellow in rows of chain stitch and the red in rows of blanket stitch.

2017 Daily Stitching #2
Days #157-162    Filling in the background and I'm working slowly trying to stretch it out till the end of the year(it's not going to happen).



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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I'm back

I have been traveling for the past couple of weeks, went to Wallkill, New York  to visit family and to be tourists. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.

Went to a nieces wedding where I met up with all three of my younger brothers, first picture together in many years.

We borrowed my brothers car and drove to Corning, NY to visit an uncle of Don's and to spend some time at the Corning Glass museum. Then on to Niagara Falls since neither one of us had ever been there.

Then back to Wallkill to just hang out for a while before flying back home. It was a good to see my family and to just hang out with no real agenda.

Weekly stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes weeks #43-45





 Weeks #41-45

Only seven weeks left in the year! My next group will probably last for the whole seven weeks. I'm going to be stitching on a piece of silk noil that I had used soy wax paste on. When steaming it I incurred a problem with bleeding both from the dye and the newspaper I had rolled it in. I did this early last spring was disappointed and just put it aside. Since I need to get another one started I decided that if I covered it with stitches the bleeding would be hidden.


It looks better in the photo than it does in person. I've started pulling out some threads to work with and I don't plan on using french knots, but we will see what happens.

2017 Daily Stitching #2
 I'm down to just filling in the background on this one.


Since returning home I've also started machine stitching another small leaf piece.


I've also been knitting a lot. I finished a pair of socks while in NY, so have started another pair. I'm making this pair out of yarn leftover from previous socks.

I've also started a cardigan made from several different single skeins of yarn from my stash. Most of these are yarns that I would not have purchased for myself, but they were all gifts from my hubby. I'm usually cool in the house so this will be my sweater of many colors to keep me warm. I'll also use up the yarn!

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Just stitching

It's been a quiet week on the creative front, but I did go thru some old stuff and purged! One was blocks from an exchange done in 2000, an online stamp carving group held an exchange of ten inch blocks printed from a stamp that each individual had carved. Most of the participants were not familiar with fabric printing since the majority of the group worked only on paper. Out of the twenty blocks I received only three appealed to me, but I've kept all of them for seventeen years. They have moved into the box of fabric pieces that my grandkids use when they are here and creating.

The other old project was a top done as a round robin exchange back in 2003, I've found a piece of fabric that will work for backing and it will get quilted and added to the donation pile.

There was more "stuff" that just got thrown away, it feels good for it to be gone!

The three little tops I was piecing last week are in the process of being finished, one is quilted , the other two have the leaves stitched but are not quilted yet.



Weekly stitching
Signs of Life: the five universal shapes week #42

The stitched circle
With threads gathered up
After dying and threads removed

Attached to the background


2017 Daily Stitching #2 days #129-135
French knots again


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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

More small pieces

I'm in the process of making more small pieces, both leaves and yoga inspired. The yoga inspired ones were printed a few years ago and were languishing in my pile of possibilities. They are cyanotype on magenta fabric, using some shapes cut out of heavy dark paper.

I've got three canvases painted a dark navy waiting for me to attach them.

I've also started the piecing process with a couple of the wet cyanotypes on turquoise fabric. This is how they look this morning on my work table.

The fabric that was used for both of these is from here.

I did  bit of experimenting with one of my other wet cyanotypes, I dipped it in a soda ash solution to remove some color. This is before.


And this is after.



Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes week #41

This group of five will have much less intense stitching than the last one! Since I had an active indigo pot and had taught a class on shibori, I decided to do some stitched shibori dipped in indigo. Each shape is on a piece of silk noil and I'm stitching them to a linen background that was also dipped in indigo, but for a very short time so that it is lighter.

The square  stitched before the threads were gathered.




After the threads were gathered.

After the indigo bath, drying, rinsing and threads removed, but before ironing.

Week#41

I love the texture that I get using a running stitch. It's very similar to Kantha stitching. I also dyed the #5 pearl cotton in indigo.

2017 Daily Stitching days#122-128

The hexagon is filled in and some french knot shapes have been started.

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wet cyanotype, reupholstery and more french knots

I played with a few more pieces of wet cyanotype this week using some old pretreated fabric and I'm quite happy with the results.


Because the treated fabric was past its prime it didn't get the usual intense blue, but more of a blue gray. I will probably use  these in another set of small leaf study pieces.

All the ones that were finished last week were hung today in various venues around town.

I finished the quilting on my abstracted overgrowth.


Last Spring I dyed some heavy weight hemp fabric to use on my big old chair. It was finally done last Saturday and is so comfy. Here's a combined before and after picture.

Weekly stitching
Signs of life: the five universal shapes
weeks 36-40  All french knots


It has been wrapped around a ten inch canvas.

There will be no french knots in the next five weeks!!

2017 Daily stitching days 115-121
Starting to fill in the hexagon shape


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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

More French knots, SAQA Auction,Indigo and some finished leaves

I've had a busy week which included a surprise visit and four day stay by my sister in law and her husband. They came to surprise Don for his birthday.

I've finished all the little leaf pieces and each is mounted on a canvas.



The second week of the SAQA Auction is in full swing and my piece is still available.


Today I had a wonderful group of creatives here to learn some shibori techniques with indigo. I managed to get one picture of them all together in front of a line of their work. The pieces that are being held haven't had time to oxidize yet, that's why they are green.


Weekly stitching
Signs Of Life:The five universal shapes
week #39
Lots more french knots



2017 Daily Stitching #2 days108-114



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