Not too fussy!

When I began the stitching on this project, I thought that I would be adding lots of bits and pieces of fabric and paper and ribbons and yarn and beads to it.

And then I stitched for a while. And a while longer. And just a bit more.

And my heart stilled and my mind rested and I enjoyed the serenity of simple stitching.

The pieces always tell me what they want.

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Camp……………..

Blue Lake is an absolutely beautiful campus. So peaceful and serene–before 1000 kids are here!

This is my view from the Fiber Art Studio back porch….

Which I am more in love with every year. And today they cleared off a few more scrub trees and more of that is planned for the fall! Beautiful.

Some of the kids have the first part of their project ready to use.

And you know that I love to dye fabric………..

Tomorrow, real sewing and embroidery. It’s hard when you are a beginner, but these kids are troopers! They will get it!

 

Bits and bobs

After I sorted through all those foo foo fabrics,

I was left with a bag of tiny bits that I thought might work for one of those stitched-through-water-soluble-stabilizer scarves, so I laid one out. I don’t normally like using tulle, but these pieces were so tiny, like confetti, that I thought I needed it.

Step one–hard to see through the tulle and the soluble. The usual procedure, again, is to pin the heck out of the piece and then stitch, stitch, stitch. I decided to baste instead of pin because I hate maneuvering through all the sharp pinpoints and it really doesn’t take much longer. And the thread can be left right in the finished piece!

That was step two–

And then it really is time to stitch, stitch, stitch! Step three–I’ve got it started but it takes forever! Another good thing, though, is that you can use up any little bits of thread left on a spool or bobbin. You can add threads or yarns or ribbons to your heart’s content. Really can’t mess it up, but it does take a lot of time. I’ve got it started, but it may be one of those things that I only pick up in spare moments.

I really, really do not like the tulle, but I’m thinking when I get a bit more stitching done, I will be able to cut some of it and expose some of the underlying shiny bits. I do love me some raggedy bits hanging out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But the main project I want to tackle over the next little while is the dyed grid. I put a green border on it and I plan on quilting it with a kind of grid.

Since it’s a hand dye, the colored grid is not machine precise–don’t you love that? And so my quilting will not be a precise grid either, but straight lines at ‘off’ angles. At least that’s the plan right now!

And just when I’ve finally got a project and a plan, it’s time to go work at camp for two weeks. I need that hand work project…………..which I don’t have because I’ve been playing with these two. I’d better get going on ONE MORE PROJECT, so I have fun hand work to take with me.

I have such a good life……………………

It’s Goldilocks time

My little rust fabric squares have been done for a while and sitting in a little stack waiting for some more attention. Because of the colors in the variegated floss I used, I was pretty sure of the background colors I wanted to use, but not exactly the size and placement of the pieces.

So………….on point on a piece of red wool. Good color, red is too big.

And then we tried the medium bowl of porridge………..er, a smaller square of red.

Still not quite right, and I tried a smaller piece so that the edges of the cotton hung over the wool a bit more.

Aaaah–just right. The full background layer will be a single piece of deep purple wool, but I don’t have any of that right now. I was able to find a small piece to try out the color scheme and it will work very will.

My camera exposure wasn’t correct, but you can see how deep this purple is. I think this layout will work just fine and I’ll have lots of opportunity for hand stitching embellishment. This Goldilocks will live happily ever after!

Bored and lazy…sigh…

Boredom is, of course, a reflection of a lazy mind. And my brain is very lazy today. It’s a too hot summer day—I’d much rather be sitting outside on a normal hot summer day than in the air conditioning–and my energy level is near zero.

It’s about all I can do today to lift a needle, much less thread it and actually use it!

I picked up a few scraps and started to work on another little block and hated it. The background was fine–on it’s own–and the scraps were fine–on their own. Not so good when I tried to put them together!

That sent me on a search for some better background scraps. I’m a lot happier with this piece now.

I have so many of these little pieces now and most of them are still waiting for me to decide on beading or no beads. They are certainly fine as they are, for what they are. I simply need to decide if spending more time on them, adding more embellishment to them, will raise them above the level of ‘okay’ to ‘very nice’.

And my lazy brain is not up to that task today. Must be time to lie around on the couch for a while and read a book. Might even slip into a nap!

Nothing planned…

Originally this was a week with nothing planned. It’s summer and we have our grandson on Tuesdays and Fridays so if we make a plan it revolves around that. We ended up with lunch with friends, car service appointments, and other necessary trips that kept us out of the house and me out of my sewing room! Can’t get too far on the huge pile of scraps that way!

The ONLY thing I stitched on this week was this little gingko.

I have so many bits and pieces of beautiful fabric and it’s a pleasure to re-visit them with these small studies. Not sure how they will be finished, but I’m leaning towards keeping groups together and mounting them to wool. I’m really enamored of the fringed edges of my other wool mounts.

And I have plenty of wool to play with!

Small bits of time…small pieces…maybe next week, with nothing planned again, I can get back to sewing up the big pile of scraps!

A life of it’s own

Projects in my house often take on a life of their own. They dictate to me what they need and in which direction they need to go.

This is one such project. It started as scraps on my table, intended for a stitch meditation type project. I didn’t think much of it. Something to stitch on in front of the tv. I put together the scraps of fabric and then added some shiny gold mesh. Long embroidery floss stitches held that down and then I wove some eyelash yarn through the stitching.

I’m never one to let well enough alone, so I started thinking about adding beads. Something organic. Maybe some bead embroidered leaves. I did not take any interim photos, but my first attempts were NOT successful. Good thing beads were are easy to take out and re-do.

So this is where I am right now.

The piece is maybe too long–about 11″–to bead all the way to the top, but I’m pretty happy with what I have so far.

All these pieces of what I’ve learned float around in my head and come out in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. It’s so much fun to live in an art-tilted world. You are always surprised, often delighted, sometimes disappointed, but never bored!