Monday, January 25, 2010

Peace Coming

Still catching up...

This is Peace. I have always wanted to do one of those off white, lacy, Victorian sort of, weddingish type of pieces. They are always so pretty to look at. I tried to add a hot gun effect, melting away some areas...and that didn't really go well. I'll have to try that out on some other piece. I really enjoyed doing this one.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

No Name Yet

I wanted to do something with graffiti. I bought paint pens, had an idea in my head about how to make bricks. I am working on some trading cards. Trying to clean up the bits and pieces in my pre-fused baggie and Bam! I completely changed directions. This is an example of my studio. Total chaos. Bits here, bits there, sock yarn, fuzzy bits, threads hanging everywhere. Each layer of the piece has two straight sides. None of them are lined up. I put some netting on there, couldn't even cut that to fit over the top. Oh well, story of my life. Now to get back to the trading cards.......


Friday, January 15, 2010

Well, I finally got COLD done! I thought I would try out Superior's Texture Magic & it was fun! I just used white fabric, white thread, and the backing, which I folded over to the front for the binding, is white flannel. I've included a close-up--I just scribbled with my stitching. Now, on to CHAOS!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Comfort Spelled Out

Sorry, but I'm still trying to catch up. This is my comfort challenge and after seeing what brought about this word, I wish I had taken a more profound view, but this is what I came up with.

I love working this small, because it forces me to work smaller, getting all of my ideas in the allowed space and sometimes my brain says I can't fit it all in, but I did! I also am a lousy artist, but I just finished reading a book (called Remembering Isaac) about keeping a sketch journal, and drawing and writing your thoughts and ideas, and it inspired me to just go for it: mixing up the drawings (no matter how bad or silly) with words and ideas.

Just as a side note: Comfort comes as a result of seeing the success of doing something you didn't think you could do.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Chaos- Is Our Nation Unraveling?

When the word chaos appeared, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. Using my son's help, we generated a picture of the Capitol and words using Microsoft Publisher. After printing the picture and text onto fabric, I then used some of my painted fusible for laying over the top of the picture.
Big stitch hand quilting was randomly added in the blank spaces. I wanted to add thread work, to make it appear that the unraveling of our Nation is happening in front of our very eyes.

I love our Country and feel that in the preceding year chaos had overtaken our government. When this will all end I have no idea. I crave what is lost, and pray that those principals our Nation was founded upon will not perish.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Beverly H.- Frog!

I managed to get a previous word done this weekend, although I've been thinking about it for a lot longer. I'm a confirmed foodie, I've raised three foodies- so what else could I do but

Frog Legs??? Honestly, all I could think about when I saw the word was Doc Hopper's Fried Frog Legs in the Muppet Movie.

Here's a closeup of the threadwork and quilting--

One down, four to go!