Friday, July 21, 2017

Funky little landscape

I have been doing a lot of teaching with seniors.  Mostly the projects were designed by someone else.  I was pretty happy to be contacted by a senior's facility to come and teach a fibre art class.  I know if I was living in a facility I would love to get to do some fibre art.  The class has to be fairly simple and we won't have sewing machines.  I think this funky little garden will work as it is put together with glue.  I can see loads of room for improvement but won't do it.  There is no point bringing in a sample that no one will be able to recreate in the limited time we will have.   Plus how exciting will it be for them if they can do a better job than the instructor!?
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Journal week #29

The challenge this week is chaos.  Yikes!  So not in my wheel house.  I have to admit I did not want to put a lot of effort into this journal page as I knew I wasn't going to like anything chaotic.  I made a color copy of a coloring page for the background.  I made a color copy of the butterfly that was covered in a mess of stitches and adhered it to the background.  The quote I used is 'I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.' by John Burroughs.  I enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone especially since I can tend to over simplify things but chaos is really not my friend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

My Crazy Quilt Journal Project for July is pictured above.  These are the first four blocks I created for the project this year.  I have put them together and I am working on embellishing those seams.  I also added stitching to the white lace on the bottom right block.  It was too stark.  Adding the stitching really helped to knock it back.  I have been considering what to do where the four blocks come together in the center.  I am leaning towards adding ribbon embroidery there.  Something needs to happen to make these block feel all pulled together.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

I heart Macro

I find the rusting of metal magical.  How can so much beauty come from this deterioration?  Admittedly some won't see the beauty.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am participating in the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design School's Summer of Love  Challenge.  It is my slow/stitch a day project for July.  Three skeins of floss were provided by DMC.  The colors spoke to me of fall and of course leaves!
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Something a little different

This is my bead journal for July.  I found this piece of driftwood last summer and had to bring it home.  I knew I wanted to wrap it in beads but I wasn't sure how I would use it.   I had a brainwave and now I know how and where I will use it.  I just need to wrap the last branch with beads.  The base/trunk will be wrapped with brown yarns and threads.  I then plan to attach it to an altered book. The inside of the book will be full of handmade leaves.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Journal weeks 27 and 28 combined


I have been following a journal prompt a week for about a year and a half.  It was getting rather stale to me and I decided to look for a different journal group.  I found Art Journal Prompts on Facebook and I have jumped right in.  Week 27 asked us to use gold.  Week 28 asked us to rework an existing page.

I have combined the two prompts into one page.  The top photo is a torn paper stitched collage.  It wasn't going anywhere.  I colored copied it as it is kind of fragile.  I added some green acrylic paint to the lower part and hated it.  I removed most of it and am much happier.  I also added my favorite tree shape that I covered in gold swirls.  Since the acrylic paint had too much coverage I used Inktense pencils to add more color in other areas.

I wrote 'be still' repeatedly in cursive around the top of the tree.  That seems to be my mantra this year.  Those words fill me with trust and calm.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Many years ago I took a block a month sampler class at a local quilt store.  I learned a lot.  I learned that piecing really isn't my thing.  I did, however, create this quilt top.  It actually isn't all that bad.  I am debating whether to finish it or not.  I would like to include it in my upcoming trunk show as it is an important part of my journey.  Do you think it would be okay to include it as a UFO or does it have to be finished?
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Here is my Linked Double Chain.  I really thought that I had done this stitch previously.  Funny how the memory works or doesn't.  I am glad that I always post a comment on Sharon B's blog when I do try a stitch.  It helps to keep a trail/reminder.  As usual, my stitches are loose and open.  I admire those whose stitches are ever so neat and tidy but I am learning to not be critical of myself for not stitching in that way.  My relaxed fun loving nature is coming through in my stitches.

Monday, July 10, 2017

I heart Macro

It has been a while since I have posted one of my photos from the wrecking yard.  This one reminds me of a landscape.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Another finish

It feels good to call this piece finished.  I started by painting silk.  I cut holes in it and beaded around the holes.  It is machine quilted.  I added beads on the edge to finish it off.  There is nothing like deadlines for getting things finished!
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Journal Week #26

You are never too old to learn something new.  Again, not a particularly inspiring quote to work with this week.  However, I do try to keep learning new things.  It is very good for the brain.  I made a color copy of a fabric experiment and then printed the quote on it.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am a curious artist.  Exploring and experimenting are a big part of what I do.   I have a plastic storage bin where I put the experiments.  Lately, I have been trying to use up the pieces in that storage bin.   I combined the needle felted spiral with the sari strip/transfer foil background.  I think they look interesting together.  I have a number of other pieces of a similar size that will be combined with this one to form an accordion book.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

My Woven Trellis Stitch is a bit wonky.    The one on the right looks more like a flower than the one on the left.  It is not the end of the world and I can live with the imperfection.  I am so glad that I had the time to participate in Sharon B's Take a Stitch Tuesday this week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

I heart Macro

Last week a friend commented that I am the master of macro abstracts.  Wow!  That meant so much to me!  It was the word master that got me.  The quote 'jack of all trades, master of none' can be heard in my head when my inner critic is running amuck.  I know in art we are told to focus and become really good at one thing.  Why?  Why can't we be really good at more than one thing?
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stitch a day

The stitch a day project for June was so much fun.  I stitched with metallic and hologram threads.  My base is hand dyed fabric and a paper cut/kirigami.  It feels like a spirograph to me.  Click on the photo to see the detail close up.
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Not quite a fail

This is a little paper/fabric collage experiment I have had kicking around for years.  Every once in a while I pull it out to see if I can fix it.  I am happy with the sky, mostly.  The water is definitely getting closer but still not quite right.  I am pleased that I haven't given up on it and  I think I can pull back from the brink of the trash bin.  Once I do get it right I can use for a class I will be teaching at a senior's center.  I think they will have fun with it.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Journal Week #25

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.  That is the quote of this week.  It is decent enough advice but not a particularly inspiring quote.  My journal page isn't particularly inspiring either but I had fun doing it.  I could probably push it further and turn it into something more interesting but ...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is my crazy quilt journal project for May and June.  Life was too busy to consider making two blocks these last two months.  I am trying to come up with a title for this piece.  Any suggestions?  I used some shells that I collected while in New Zealand earlier this year and I want this quilt to be a tribute to that trip.  I actually think that there should be a few more shells added but I am calling it done for now.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

I heart Macro

Nothing new here but I never tire of macro flower shots.  We went to see the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit at the AGO last week.  When we got to the room with her flower paintings my hubby commented: "Oh, I see why you like her so much, her paintings are just like your photography."  Nice!
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Leaves, leaves, leaves

I am working on two projects that require leaves.  Here are some of the mixed media leaves I have created so far.  I have a 'thing' for leaves.  Yesterday's blog post was about what soothes my soul.  I mentioned art in that post art but not leaves.  My Mom used to tell me that when I was a small baby she would set me by a window so that I could see the leaves on our tree.  She said I would sit there for hours contentedly watching the leaves.  To this day I can look a window and see the wind moving the leaves and feel all the stress leave my body.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Journal week #24

The quote this week is 'Coffee soothes the soul and is always the answer'.  I didn't agree with this quote and changed it to art.  Art does sooth my soul but it isn't always the answer so I left that part off.  I used a coloring page as my background.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am so happy with my bead journal project for May/June.  This mixed media kaleidoscope will likely end up in a quilt but it is finished for now.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

I heart Macro

Capturing beauty with my camera is so satisfying.  This path of creativity is pure joy to me!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Funky Flowers

I love how one idea can lead to another and another.  I am working on a workshop sample for a fibre class I will be doing with some seniors next month.  We won't have any sewing machines available.  Also,  I expect there will be limited abilities due to dementia, stroke or other age related issues.  I am planning to do a collage style class and we will be using a watered down white glue to hold our pieces together.  My sample isn't ready to be shown as yet.  However, when I have some leftover glue mixture I try to use it up.  Pictured above are some fibre/yarn 'flowers' I have created with that glue mixture.  They will be going into an altered book that I am planning.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Journal Week #23

A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life.  That is the quote this week.  I believe attitude is super important.  Learning to be happy and have a good attitude in any circumstance is a fabulous skill to have.  Not always easy though.

I made a colour copy of a bead journal I particularly like and used that as my journal page.  I love two for one!  Getting extra mileage out of a piece is good in my books.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am loving my stitch a day project for June.  I have utilised some of my hand dyed fabric, a paper cut out (kirigami) and holographic threads.  It kind of looks like spirograph to me.  I wish I was better able to capture the sparkle of the threads.  They just make my heart sing!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Laced Herringbone Square Stitch directions are provided by Sharon B.  She really is the best.  I tried this stitch on handmade paper.  It looks very different from Sharon's done on fabric.   Possibly doing it smaller and using ribbon floss would have yielded similar results.  Nevertheless, I think it looks kind of cool.  All the stitches I have done on handmade paper are done on single sheets of paper.  Eventually, I will have enough to put them into an interesting book form.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I heart Macro

Years ago a friend showed me her very expensive macro lens.  Something went off inside me.  I knew I had to get a macro lens.  It took me a while to save for it but it was worth it.  It is my most used lens.  I am amazed and captivated by the beauty and detail in our world.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

May/June bead journal

I am happy with the way this bead journal is coming along.  I excuse myself from producing two bead journals for May and June.  I really do like to stay on top of projects but I don't want to rush this one.  There is still a bit more to do on this one, almost there!
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Journal Week #22

The quote this week is 'Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.'  I love this quote but feel a lot more could be added to it.  What would you add to the list?
I used pastel pencils to draw these calla lilies.  I have never considered drawing to be a strong skill of mine but these aren't half bad.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Possibly I have posted about this little quilt previously.  If I did I probably called it finished when in reality it still needed a binding.  Proper quilt bindings are just not my thing so sometimes/most times I struggle with that bit.  I am super pleased with the idea I came up with for this quilt.  This quilt is fabric and paper and paints so using paper as the binding makes perfect sense.  I used unryo/mulberry paper and glued it.  Unryo is fibrous, strong and flexible when wet.  I love it when an idea works out so well!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

I thought the Knotted Cable Chain would look good on my under the sea crazy quilt.  I am not thrilled with the way it turned out.  I should know better than to stitch a new stitch to me when I am tired.  I actually do know better but I wanted to get it done.  Oh well, there is a lot happening on this crazy quilt so not likely anyone will notice the not great looking stitches.  Thanks to Sharon B for the instructions.

Monday, June 5, 2017

I heart Macro

Some water droplets seem appropriate on this rainy day.  The sunshiny yellow adds some cheer to the day and that makes this photo perfect for today.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stitch a day

Stitching with silk ribbon is such a treat!  I really enjoyed my stitch a day project for May.  I am still really enjoying this fun tree shape.  I am taking a break from it for my June project but will definitely be returning to it again.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Crazy Quilt Project

Some progress has been made on my May Crazy Quilt Project.  It is now June and there is still a lot to do.  This will be a two-month project.  I will not stress about it.  This about enjoying the process.  Adding more color and beads is next on the agenda.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Journal prompt week 21






Interrupt anxiety with gratitude, empathy, and mindfulness.  That is the quote for this week.  I think I would add and art making.  For me, art making is a balm for my soul.  I forget all troubles when I am creating.  I printed this quote on one of my favorite photos.  It is going to look good in my journal!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Work in Progress/completed

Last week was a good week!  The St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival was a success.  This is the Grand Guild of Fibre Artist's 'sinchie' (easily created 6-inch block)display.  We had so many wonderful comments about it.  I had a lot of participating in this challenge.  I hope the guild does something similar next year.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

This is my Breton Stitch done on handmade paper.  Sharon B showed us this stitch back in March 2013 and it has been that long since I have tried.  I really do wish that stitches would stick in my head!  I think it looks super interesting done in a circle.

Monday, May 29, 2017

I heart Macro

There is so much beauty to be found in a flower.  It is so fun for me to find it.  Such a lovely way to spend one's time.  My macro lens has opened up a whole new world to me.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Altered Book Escape



This is my altered book entitled Escape.  I created it last year and it was accepted into the show Transformations in Georgetown.  I was extremely disappointed in the way the book was displayed there.  I can understand that the curator was a bit intimidated to extend the pages.  But extended they needed to be!  Anyway, I have this book on display at the St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival.  There is a lot of fibre in this book.  The cover (which you cannot see) is a quilted butterfly.  It was great to be able to extend all the pages since I had enough space to do so.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Journal page #20

'Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.' is the quote I used this week.  It has more meaning to me than the quote that was sent.   The quote that was sent was  'Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.'   That may be well true but it didn't particularly inspire me.  Maybe, because I think I am a mostly honest person, not that I haven't ever been less than honest!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I finally got started on my bead journal for May.  The substrate is a painted coffee filter adhered to fusible interfacing.  There is still a lot to do and I am not sure if I will get this completed by the end of May.  May is such a busy month!

The Grand Guild of Fibre Artists has a marvelous display at the St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival.  Yesterday was the first day of the show.  I wasn't there but I have heard that our sinchie display is a big success.  I will have to remember to get a photo before it comes down!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B. shows us the Woven Cross Stitch this week.  I tried it with silk ribbon.  It looks okay, how bad can anything be when done with silk ribbon!

Monday, May 22, 2017

I heart Macro

Oh, how I enjoy photographing flowers!  Their beauty is limitless.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Painted Silk

Oh, silk is so luscious!  I have painted some silk fat quarters to sell in St. Jacobs next week.  The St. Jacobs Quilt and Fibre Festival is such a fun and busy time!  I have lots of bits and pieces to sell.  The Grand Guild of Fibre Artists will have a fabulous display at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.  Come and visit us!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Journal Prompt #19

The quote this week was 'Get up an hour early to live an hour more.'  It will be no surprise to anyone that knows me that I did not use this quote for my journal page.  I admit that when I do get up early I get more done.  However, I believe I am a productive person and more isn't always better.

I went with the quote 'Allow your light and vision to shine.'  I  am learning to do that more and more. For this page, I used a color copy of a quilt block I created years ago. The piecing is far from accurate yet I still think it is beautiful.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

It is a little difficult to see but there is a tree outline on this block.  It is the same tree shape that I have used in the past.  Working in a series never used to appeal to me.  You would think that all the french knots I used to fill in this tree shape last month would deter me from doing another.  Nope!  I am having so much fun with this shape and will definitely be doing more.   This is my stitch a day project for May.  I am using only silk ribbon this time.
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