Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Work in Progress


Top photo is my bead journal for December.  Bottom photo is my crazy quilt block for December.  Actually, both of them I would like to do a bit more work on but I have run out of time.  I am ready to move onto new projects anyway.  2014 wasn't a particularly creative year for me.  Caring for my dying mother took a lot out of me.  More than I realized at the time.   I am feeling like my head is above water now and that my creativity is returning.  Happy New Year!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

I created this snowflake in Kaleidoscope Kreator using a photo of one of my bead journals.  Pretty cool!  I haven't managed to get a lot else done though.   I have many ideas perking about using these snowflakes and look forward to being able to spend more timing creating after the holidays.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

I heart Macro

Isn't this a burst of sunshine!  We have seen peaks of the sun far too rarely this last little while.  I am a solar powered girl and long to see the sun regularly.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Another snowflake to share

I have so much fun creating these snowflakes!  I also have a number of ideas for ways I want to use them in my art.  I am hoping that one of my ideas comes together in time for an upcoming show.  Please feel free to use this snowflake.  I would love to see what you do with it!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It is snowflake time!

I have so much fun creating these snowflakes with Kaleidoscope Kreator.  I am glad to share them with you.  Please feel free to download and use for your art.  Just share where you got it from!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday


Yesterday was the Grand Guild of Fibre Artists meeting.  I decided to bring my fibre book for show and tell.  I was very pleased with the favorable comments even though the book is very much in progress.  The comments spurred me into action.  I really enjoyed working on more pages and feel pleased with my progress.
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and
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Take a stitch Tuesday

I am linking with Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/ for the Take a stitch Tuesday challenge.  Even though Sharon isn't posting new stitches in December she is opening up a post so that we can leave a comment.  I have worked the Beaded buttonhole stitch on this piece.  It is interesting in that you can use numerous different beads with this stitch.

Monday, December 15, 2014

I heart Macro

There is something quite peaceful about this image.  The gentle curve of the petal is compelling as well as restful to me. 
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

New York City shopping finds

I used Paula Nadelstern's web site to help me decide where to shop.
http://www.paulanadelstern.com/fabric/guides/index.php  It is a great place to start.

I mostly stayed with a color theme for shopping.  They are my favorite colors.  I probably already have way too much of these colors in my stash but oh well.  It makes me happy!  I figure I can do a project with these purchases and it will always remind me of the wonderful trip.

The four pieces of fabric I bought at B&J on 7th.  They are silk chiffon and silk organza.  Oh how I love silk!  It was a nice store, helpful staff.

The silk ribbons in the upper left corner are from Mood.  Yes, I got to see Swatch the dog.  Again helpful staff.  It is a busy store and well worth going there.  The prices on the silk ribbons were good.

Just below the silk ribbons are some trims that I bought at Daytona Braids and Trimmings on 39th.  It is a small store that is jam packed with treasures.  The trims are sparkly which doesn't show up in the photo.

I purchased two packages of embroidery ribbon from Mokuba.  The store is loaded with gorgeous ribbon.  There are no prices on anything though.  Their pricing system is absolutely antiquated!  Kind of annoying.  This store carries more than the Queen Street store in Toronto but because nothing actually has a price on it I found it unpleasant.  I don't like having to ask for the price of things.

The buttons I found at Hobby Lobby.  They were having a half price sale and I couldn't resist.

My trip was wonderful and I can't wait to use my new things!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

It is increasingly difficult to have work in progress at this time of year.  However I did manage to get a bit done.  These are three crazy quilt blocks from my projects this year.  I got them stitched together and one of the seams decorated.  I can see where some improvements can be made.  Not sure when that will get done though.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Take a stitch Tuesday

I am continuing with Take a Stitch Tuesday even though Sharon B isn't showing us new stitches for the month of December.  I totally understand why!  I am keen to go back and revisit the beaded stitches.  I am hoping the repetition will cement them in my mind.  I have done the Beaded Looped Cretan here.  You can find the instructions at http://pintangle.com/2014/04/01/stitches-105-and-106-cretan-looped-and-beaded-cretan-looped/


Monday, December 8, 2014

I heart Macro

Ah butterflies.  They are so beautiful.  The colors of this one aren't my favorite but the pattern is quite nice.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I haven't got a lot done this past week.  I have been doing a lot of research about NYC as we are going there tomorrow!!!!!   So excited!!!!
This piece is an experimental piece I have been playing with.  I painted fusible web and adhered it to velvet for the background.  I think it look quite interesting.  I added needle felting, beads and stitching.  I am not sure how much further I will go with it.
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and
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Take a stitch Tuesday

Although Sharon B is taking a break from Take a Stitch Tuesday for the month of December I have decided to continue doing it.  I am going back and revisiting some of the stitches I have learned over the year. You will find the instructions for the Beaded Feathered Chain stitch here  http://pintangle.com/2014/05/13/take-a-stitch-tuesday-112-and-113-feathered-chain-and-beaded-feathered-chain-stitch/   I have added it to my December bead journal project.

Monday, December 1, 2014

I heart Macro

Some more of my weird  abstract macro experiments here.  I have have a lot fun just trying things out.  The ideas never seem to stop.  Not everything is successful but nevertheless I enjoy trying.
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