You will be jealous…

Yes, you will be jealous that you are not the new owners of this commission piece when it is done! I’m liking it a lot and I’m pretty sure the new owners will, too.

And BAM!!! There is a huge spike of uncertainty in my head as soon as I write that. Well, nothing to be done but continue on, because it has to get finished before that final decision is made!

Looking at possible embellishments.

At this point, the only beads I am positive that I want to use are the long yellow bugle beads in the center. Embellishment is a voyage of exploration, though, so we shall see.

Trying to get it blocked square and even and then a detail of what I have so far.

It’s coming along and should be done soon.

I’m also narrowing down what I want to spend some quality time studying. I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing a lot of gelli plate printing on fabric. Did I tell you that already? Anyway, I picked up a few more playthings while I was out yesterday.

Now all I need to do is clear off enough space to work effectively. THAT will not be an easy task!


‘Self-directed workshop’

‘Self-directed workshop’ is a term I saw posted by someone on FB today. It’s a wonderful description of a great way to work. See something you like, get intrigued by something you have never done, remember something that you started and would like to re-visit…There are so many paths to explore and I’m certainly in the mood to grab onto something and study it in depth.

I keep saying that I want to get away from commercial fabrics and use only fabric that I have ‘created’ in some way. However, that means more than just skimming the surface of some technique and thinking that I know it.

Today is going to be an assessment day. I’m giving myself permission to hang out on the internet and surf for fun stuff. Ask myself what I MOST want to do and learn and spend some real time absorbing it.

This will be quite difficult, I believe, because I love everything to do with textile and fiber and stitching and printing and painting and beading……………..I want more than superficial so let’s see what grabs me enough to dig deep!

Aaaaand….no pics today because I don’t know what direction I will be traveling! Wish me luck!

This is going quickly!

The first challenge project of the year is moving along very quickly, indeed. Now that I have all the materials I need, I’m jumping in with both feet.

Mostly pictures this time–made a light/dark background, added the cheesecloth and started snuggling the mica tiles in.

I even thought about how I want it mounted and finished, so this part will be done on batting only and any ugly thread work will not show through. I found some glittery thread in a drawer that I didn’t think I would ever use, but it’s perfect for the dark side of this.

Yes, you can stitch through mica…because mica is a unique stone that can be split into layers thin enough to sew through!

Ready to add embellishments…

Oh–nope–that’s the layout before the dark thread and sewing down the mica. But basically this is where I started with the beads!

And that’s where I’m at! The quick part is done and now it’s beading and some hand stitching. Slow work, but enjoyable, for sure.

And it keeps me from worrying about the exhibit opening reception Friday at Northville Art House. What if no one comes? What if everyone hates it? Oh, hell’s bells……..I don’t really worry about that stuff anymore! I’m happy with what I do and other people’s opinions are just that…everyone has one and mine is the one that counts for my work.

But it’s still good to stay busy!!!

Night Lights BRIGHT

Dissatisfaction can make me put up a piece on the shelf or DO something about it. This time I got right after it and added lots of stuff to the unsatisfactory Night Lights piece.

This is the piece as I left it yesterday.

Rather blah and not conveying my idea of bright city lights at night at all.

After looking at the picture for a while, I got a few ideas.

I started adding yarns………

and more yarns and a bit of ribbon. It made the image pop.

I quite like it now. It’s got a bit of character. It will do!

Now on to the next adventure!

Night Lights

That’s the title of that new little sample I worked up for Textiles in Milan. I made blocks to show how to sew and assemble and enough blocks to make a finished sample. This is the second time I’ve tried to make a black and brights sample and I’ve not been thrilled with either one. But it’s almost finished and it will make a good teaching tool.

Arranging the blocks is very arbitrary and size doesn’t always matter.

That’s why I wait before I trim them. I add bits and pieces and trim as needed during assembly!

Remember that with most improv sewing, exact size doesn’t matter until final assembly and when adding those bits and pieces, it’s mostly important to find or make a straight edge and sew a straight seam.

I was more focused on getting it done than I was on the artistic aspects of what I was trying to convey, so I will readily admit that this could be quite a bit more attractive. In fact, I added one more little bit of color after this pic!

Now it’s all quilted and ready for squaring up and binding. I think it’s never too late to add more and this may really need it. I’ll get that finishing done and then decide.

Yeah, not lighting my fire, and just looking at the picture, I’ve got several ideas for improvements. I’d like to get it to the shop tomorrow, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. Got more work to do…………..


Puttering day

Mostly thinking about new projects and which projects should move up or down the priority list.

I have a new commission, using this fabric.

It will be whole cloth, and I’m doing something I don’t usually do…

planning out some of the stitching! Circles and rays, so far. May stick with that, may not.

So I moved on to thoughts of another sample for the class I’m teaching at Textiles Fabric Shop in Milan in January.

Originally going to use solid black and then the blacks with color, but that looked too dead. I made a few blocks and threw them up on the design wall.

I may need a few more of the medium size, or perhaps the addition of the extra fabrics for assembly will be enough. Can’t seem to stick with it today though…maybe I have a tired brain. Tomorrow will certainly be soon enough!

What’s up next?

Usually when I finish one project, I have several others clamoring to be started. That is the case this time, but I’m ignoring them. I want to do some time consuming experiments and as we head into the Christmas season, as well as being in hockey season, long sessions of working time are hard to come by. This is the time to work on no-brainers that can be picked up and put down as time allows.

Some black and whites jumped off the shelves and I thought I’d work with them.

Ironed and pressed and stacked up–yeah, there is a lot of fabric, but it’s stuff that I’ve used and used and it doesn’t interest me much right now. I’d rather wait and start a purposeful black and white project.

Then I found this pile of a sample pack of fabrics that I bought quite a few years ago. I’ve tried to use them several times and have not made much progress. This time I am determined to use them up.

I have a bolt of black and it will be used as filler. I’m going to use the fabrics in big chunks rather than cut them up into any kind of blocks other than what I’ve already done. It will be fine, I’m sure…………..and it will be used up!!