Tom, thanks for that wine from Christmas. I finally cracked it open and shared it with friends after an action packed day. Long time since I've done that. Toasting the end of January, and a very long year.
A raw shot of Thing Two taken just for a record. Off it went with its better half, Thing One, to RIT's ShopOne2. That is a little, and pretty terrific, gallery on the campus, in their Global Village complex. And my Things are in good company.
Don't be fooled, there are 7 more hiding in the brush. They were out in the yard doing their winter maintenance -- fertilizing, pruning -- you get the idea. Wish they would get a real job, so they could take vacations at least.
The freezer paper template is checked against my fabric. The veins are cut freehand, then it is all pieced. But with some guidance from my drawing. Hope that the work will retain some of that freehand cut feel.
Quick trip down the mall way to take care of upcoming birthday presents and I was stopped (and moved to document) this window from Anthropologie, where they constructed a "dress" (ditto background) with dyed wooden spoons. Understated color. And GREEN.
Camouflage the back? You bet. I love to hide my stitches, and even better, to sink my sleeve in the fabric back as well. My pin cushion is a hunk of spray painted cloth, left over from Mary Diamond's class on portraits.
Often, people think that we (fiber artists) just throw fabric on the wall, and figure that what ever sticks, works. Not so easy. Here is the pattern on the fringes, and the fabric test. Now we will see what comes of it.
Last seen in November, my shibori half-square triangle quilt is bound. Though you might like to see how I approached the quilting. I'll be bring this with me to teach the pattern in Lancaster this March.
Jeanne, fellow Peep and author of Quilt2012 blog, shows he trick for tucking a piece of foam core board in the attached ears of a small-sized work. The hanger is attached to the board, making hanging easy. Apparently, not a new trick, but certainly new to me!
It is just like loading the white page into the typewriter, which no one does anymore, when the design wall is clear and waiting. My boots are the catalyst for the design. I have the drawing, now I will grab the freezer paper to make the template.
Strangers in Paradise is back from its travels. I am always happy to see the box return. And the packing material -- extra noodles, bits of foam, plastic foam sheeting -- keep it from rattling around. In this case it was Schweinfurth that did the packing, and it was done perfectly.
Once that tree goes on the curb, I get in decorating mode. Here is my exercise in editing. I took a yard of screened and painted lightweight muslin and framed it up. A pair should do the trick for my blank wall.
At the day's end, when the energy to create is gone, I like to do processes like wrapping poles for shibori dyeing. Here is my pvc pipe, cloth wrapped and then twisted, and shoved down. I am halfway through. Then I will rubber band the top. Rubber gloves give me grip.
Made of raffia, woven in beautiful patterns, this kuba cloth was hard to resist years ago. Now I think it is time to unwrap it and frame it properly. I have already attached it to a backing muslin, and now I can look for the perfect frame.
We're having a meltdown outside this weekend, so there might not be much snow left. Thought it would be nice to remember Christmas Eve's dessert with the decorative snow. No doubt our snow will return; but this chocolate cake will not.
My friend Bev said the larger cutter would be better and by George, it is! I am sure that I have dissed this (even in my classes) believing that smaller is better, but after cutting 500 strips of fabric -- go big -- it is the best.
Spotted on Park Avenue, this decoration on an electrical box caught my eye. My apologies for poor image quality, but I do hope that you can see the birds and symetrical design. Just translates into quilting for me. Must be the red and white.
Nothing beats a little dissection to make a stronger composition. I still think of this as a sketch, and like it much better than yesterday's version. Good stretching exercise, but I am still not finished.