Friday, September 19, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
On this day every year I bring this quilt out of storage to honor the memory of all the precious lives that were lost on 9/11/01. It was one of my early art quilts and created soon after the attack on the Trade Center. This quilt may lack sophistication but it brings the day back as if it were today. Never, ever should we forget-- those lives lost on 9/11, the first responders, the families that lost loved ones, and the men of our armed forces who have given their all for our nation.
Over time I have experimented with creating dimensional fabric elements to embellish my fiber art works. Some of these have worked well and made their way into several of my art quilts. You might want to try this process to add a tactile element to a quilt that teases the eye and begs to be touched.
I started with a blank, white remnant of white cotton blend fabric. The following pictures show how I added color to that fabric; however, you might wish to start with an already colorful commercial fabric.
|Diluted Setacolor fabric paint was added to dampened fabric with paint brush|
|Diluted fabric paint was brushed onto the damp fabric|
|The fabric was folded in half, right sides together after fabric had dried and was heat set|
|A leaf shape was drawn onto fabric with a chalk marker|
|A final leaf shape was drawn with the chalk marker|
|A length of butcher's string was laid over vein line|
|Supplies used to affix butcher's string|
|Liquid Stitch was "painted" onto vein line with a stiff brush|
|Butcher's string was applied to all vein lines|
|Two layers of fabric were secured with pins|
|A cutting line was drawn with pencil|
|The leaf shape was cut out of fabric on cutting line|
|This is the leaf shape removed from the fabric|
|The leaf form was stitched along the chalk outlinewith 2" left open for turning|
|Tips were clipped to remove bulk|
|A thumb was inserted between layers to begin turning process|
|A finger starts the turning process by pushing it through the 2" seam opening|
|After turning right side out, a bone folder was used to poke out corners|
|After turning, the leaf form was ironed flat|
|This is what the leaf figure looks like after it was ironed flat|
|The 2" opening was closed with hand stitching|
|Both fabric layers were pinched around butcher's string vein and a needle was inserted|
|Small stitches were taken along the length of the butcher's string vein|
|This demonstrates two completed veins|
|This is the top view of two completed veins|
|This shows all veins completed (front of leaf form)|
|This shows the back side of leaf form after veins were stitched|
|Derwent Inktense Color Blocks|
|Color was floated with application of water applied from an Niji water brush|
Monday, August 25, 2014
I am quite thrilled to report that after hanging in the "Spring Forward" show at the Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, CA, "Dancing Iris" was selected to travel to the City of Berkeley Planning and Development Department where it will be available almost exclusively for decorators, designers and collectors to view.
I regret that I was unable to travel to the opening reception for the "Spring Forward" exhibit. According to the Expressions Gallery Facebook page the opening was blast. Here are some pictures that the gallery posted on Facebook. I picked and chose a few of the many photos that showed my work hanging in the gallery on opening night. It sure looks like it was a well attended and fun opening.
|The red arrow in the middle-top of this frame shows "Dancing Iris"|
It is very rewarding to see fiber and quilted arts establishing credibility in the art world at large.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Because my work has traveled to several venues, you may have seen it posted on my blog before, but if you have not, this one is my submission and I am tickled pink that it was selected for use in the publicity photo.
|"Between Heaven and Earth" (38" x 48")|
A New Series is Born
Couched yarns and threads meld with a felt star lit night sky to sing to the wonder of the firmament. (9”x13” excluding fringe)
Traditional needle turned appliquéd cherry tree branch highlighted with embroidery and beads atop a free motion quilted and triple bordered background. (12”x13” excluding frame)
(In Blum Private Collection)
Heart of Pepper
Original needle punched botanical design on background of dense free motion quilting. (12”x12” excluding frame)
Patchwork heart dotted with French knots atop hand quilted tree of life design executed with paintsticks and a variety of thread embroidery and yarn embellishments. (13 ½”x13 ½” excluding hanger)
Single needle felted botanicals on a back-ground of quilted patchwork and bordered by prarie points. (22”x18” excluding antique hanger)