Skip to main content

Christmas in February

A few days ago I received a wonderful gift of fabric. Five big boxes of it! I've done a quick look threw the boxes but not gotten it all out and sorted it yet. I'll have to wait for the weekend for that. It is such a treasure trove of wonders. I'm sure it will prompt me to design new things.\

When I buy fabric I tend to buy the same color families and types. Anyone who's seen my stash knows I've gone wild with oriental fabrics. My favorite fabrics are things I l love to look at when I'm sewing and afterwards. I like to look at them even when they are just laying on the shelf. But when some ones gives me fabric it's sometimes a bit out of my normal scheme and I'm always glad of this cause it gets your design brain working in new directions.  My friend Paula turned me on to the 30's fabrics which I am now very fond of, wandering away from my favorite earth tones. The influence of your quilting buddies widens your outlook on fabric. I started collecting civil war prints a while back and I'm just about finished making my first wall hanging from it.

Another thing that influences my designs is the art I look at. I recently was on line looking at the art work of Gustav Klimt which I've admired for many years. Now thou since I've been quilting I want to try to reproduce one of his painting as a wall-hanging. His Tree of Life painting just amazes me and to think about doing it in fabric would be a challenge, but well worth the effort. I'd also love to try The Kiss as a wall-hanging. Like most quilters I've got lots of plans, and not enough time to make all the quilts I want to. There is just never enough time to sew as much as you want. You do have to spend some of your time buying quilting books and of course fabric.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sewing Withdrawal

With my next jewelry show a mere 15 days away I've needless to say been twisting and hammering to get new items ready. This will be the last show of the year and I really need to get busy with my Christmas sewing. I have 2 projects on the machine cabinet ready to jump into - but that will be after Nov 12 when the show is. I did combine my two loves last week thou when I was at Stefanie's sewing. I started the base for 4 different fiber jewelry projects. I've always wanted to make one of the big fiber bib necklaces and got a good start on that - it's not done yet thou. These smaller mixed media pieces are finished. 

Happy to say that I sold one of my fiber art wall hangings on my Etsy shop today.  It's always such a great feeling to know someone loves your work.  I like making wall hangings and post cards the best.  The freedom of knowing I can put anything into the art and  let my creativity run amuck is a wonderful thing.   So Stars In The Sand is now history. 
Stefanie

Sewing Withdrawal

Well it's just been days since I've done any sewing - 7 as of today. I do feel like I'm not quite centered when no creating is going on. I have had time to squeeze in a little doodling but that's about it. 
With Earth day this month I wanted to share the tote bag I made from a bird seed bag.  There was almost nothing left over from the original bag. They only thing tossed out  was from evening up the bottom. The wonderful Edna showed me how to make this. The only thing you need to keep in mind is don't use your regular sewing machine needle. She had me get a leather needle and it worked great. I just used regular thread too. So now Angel has a big old tote for her treasure hunts at the flea markets/yard sales. The handles were cut off the top of the bag above where the pretty bird drawing is. 

This morning I finished up Angel's hand print zen doodle. I used water color pencils to color this in - you use very little water. Just enough to blend the colors. 


And speaking…

It's Cold out - stay in and create

The weather here has been very odd, freezing, 60's, snowing - so my desire to go out is nill. I've been working on jewelry pretty non stop lately. So I thought today I'd do some sewing! Oh my word I'm making little pot holders that are quilted. Don't be shocked. I've not given it up. Just have to get going on the new stuff for 2018. It's time for new designs and new techniques. 
So here are a few of the recent designs. 
I've been playing with smooth river stones and wrapping them in silk. Adding beads, wire and other bits of fiber. 
This one has several layers of silk hand dyed ribbon two hole and single hole beads and some wire wrapping on a leather cord. 
I've had this crinoid stem fossil for years and the other day when I looked at it I decided it's time had come. I added some of my favorite beads.  This was a plant at one time living in the ocean, just think.
Continuing to play with clay and this faux fossil is from my imagination, maybe it'…