Friday, August 27, 2010

My Art Quilt in Etsy Treasury

"Autumn Stillness"

I just received notice that my quilt, "Autumn Stillness" has been included in the Etsy Treasury, "Leaf Peepers." It's a nice collection of various art expressions in autumn colors.

Hand dyed thread painted leaves lay upon a densely free motion quilted pattern of leaves on a painted canvas cloth backdrop in emulation of the last leaves of Autumn. The reverse is also hand painted with fabric paints and features a unique 4" hanging sleeve of hand painted and individually crafted leaves. (14 1/2 "x 28") Hand dyed thread painted leaves lay upon a densely free motion quilted pattern of leaves on a painted canvas cloth backdrop in emulation of the last leaves of Autumn. The reverse is also hand painted with fabric paints and features a unique 4" hanging sleeve of hand painted and individually crafted leaves. (14 1/2 "x 28")

Front of Quit
Front detail

Reverse of Quilt

Detail of Hanging Sleeve

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Art Quilt:

"Escape and Return"

This quilt was designed to honor the greaceful crane and the efforts of those seeking to protect this elegant bird. It depicts cranes as they take flight to clear skies from the dense air of a wildlife reserve that has been set ablaze to clear dense growth that retards their natural feeding habitat. Soon the air will be clear and the controlled burn will make it possible for these elegant birds to return to their breeding grounds to forage for the nutrients that are essential for their successsful breeding and for their noteworthy longevity.

"Escape and Return" is a 21 3/4" x 28 1/2" a one of a kind, original design that was executed with the use of a 3 silk screen printing process and the crane figures were further enhanced for visual dimension with Tsukineko fabric inks. The diagonal swath of color across the quilt was achieved by the application of 3 shades of these inks. Various quilting techniques include echo, stitch in the ditch, outline and free motion circular stitching. The piece is double fold bound with satin fabric and is hand stitched to the reverse side which is signed and which also has a 4" hanging sleeve, the top of which is imbedded into the binding at the top of the quilt. Care has been taken to make this quilt immediately ready to hang.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


This original, one-of-a-kind, 16 3/4" x 22 3/4" quilt features a floral motif and is highlighted with a free motion, machine embroidered bumble bee.

The flowers are made from hand dyed fabric that has been fused and then raw edge appliqued. The bumble bee is an original design that has been thread painted on the machine with free motion embroidery. The geometric fabric elements which support the floral arrangement were applied by turn under machine applique. Dense free motion machine quilted floral shapes and parallel diagnonal lines emphasize the focal theme.

Animation of the bee is suggested by a curving line of gold colored glass beads that have been individually sewn to the quilt.

The quilt is double fold bound with mitered corners and handstitched to the reverse and the hanging sleeve's top is imbeded under the binding.
The piece is signed and dated, also on the reverse.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Crocheted Black Necklace with Faux Pearls

Although I finished this necklace a few days ago, it only made it to my Etsy shop today.

I am fortunate beyond words to have a studio that is stocked with a multitude of different fibers and supplies so that when I am not quilting or designing wearable art, the supplies are readily available to create other art related items. Years ago my grandmother made a necklace similar to this and I always wanted to create a similar piece of neckwear in honor of a lingering, gentle remembrance.

This 17" necklace was crocheted with black, cotton, crochet thread and is studded with an abundance of white, faux pearls. One end of the necklace has a loop which accommodates a large, transparent, pale blue bead at the other end for a fast and easy, yet secure, closure. It's timeless design makes this neck piece appealing to all ages and would be stunning with either casual or dressy attire.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fanciful Pink Boa

This boa was constructed with 1" strips of pale pink cotton fabric and knit on large, $35 needles. The ends of the fabric strips were tied, rather than sewn, to produce an open texture that lends a light, airy feel to the boa. The piece measures 65" in length and approximately 3 1/2" in width and may be worn in any nujber of ways. Its delicate color and whispy texture will punctuate any article of clothing over which it is worn fron elegant winter white woolens to summer tank tops and skinny jeans.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Floral Theme with Bumble bee

"All a Buzz"
(a work in progress)
The inspiration for this quilt came from a quick sketch that I did of a pitcher with flowers. With the exception of the flower heads it is nothing like the sketch. The flowers and stems were fused and then loosely raw edge stitched with monofilament thread.

I drew this bee on a swatch of yellow fabric, put it in an embroidery hoop and set about free motion embroidering it on the sewing machine. The bee is only pinned onto the fabric in this picture. The edges need to be cut more closely and I believe that I am going to shade its body a bit to give it volume. When the quilt is complete, I will post a picture of the finished work.

Enjoy the day!

Sun Printing with Ordinary Fabric Paints

I found a great blog posting on on how to sun print with ordinary fabric paints mixed 50/50 with water. Very interesting. Check out the following blog for clear descriptions and photographs of the process.

Fun in the Sun Printing via @creatingthehive

I haven't tried this yet, but will test it out tomorrow and post a follow-up, hopefully with pictures to show the outcome

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More Stitched Post Cards

When not at the sewing maching making textile and fiber art pieces or at the sink dying fabric or drafting new designs, I might be found creating one of a kind ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals) or painted, collaged, embossed and stitched post cards. Here is a link to a Roxio slide show of some of my most recent creations. Often these become the inspiration for larger works of art in fiber.

Emulating Japanese Boro ("Rag") Art

A few nights ago while perusing YouTube I happened upon a video about old Japanese fabrics and was particulary intrigued by this one...

It spoke of Japanese Boro art, the ancient art of salvaging useable pieces of fabric from garments that were otherwise worn out.

The second garment shown captivated me. For as long as I can remember I have kept and recycled and upcycled outworn fabrics and fabric scraps into diverse forms of art. A stack of 4"x4" denim square from my grandaughters' outworn or outgrown jeans remained in my stash from a denim and velvet quilt that I made for my daughter at the holidays last year. Also in my stash was a swath of homespun fabric that I had inherited from my daughter's mother-in-law. The homespun fabric had, heretofore, never found its way into a project.

Here is my completed modern interpretation of the ancient, fine art so skillfully developed in the Far East.

2010 Take on Ancient Boro Art

Jacket Front

Jacket Back

Reversible Jacket Front

Reversible Jacket Back

Jacket with Front Panels Open

Designs Created with Clorox Bleach Pen

Initial Layout of Back Panel

Back Panel Construction

Back Panel on Dress Form

Jacket Front Laid Flat

Connecting Side Tabs

Old Lace Dyed, Old Friends Revisited

Old Lace Dyed

I inherited this old piece of handwork years ago and just today unearthed it in my stash of laces. It was like finding an old friend and dying it seemed just right--like revisiting and revitalizing relationships with old friends.

I laid out a piece of vintage, cotton lace on a disposable baking pan, lightly diluted liquid Rit Dye concentrate into glass bowls and painted the dye onto the lace with a natural bristle paint brush.

I then place the lace onto the glass plate turntable in the microwave oven...

and set the timer to 1 minute on a high heat setting and repeated the heating process 3 times.

After removing the dyed lace from the microwave oven, it was rinsed thoroughly in clear water until the water ran clear. The final step involved drying the piece with a heat gun (not a hair dryer) to further assure heat setting of color. Special care was taken not to get the heat gun too close to the lace and not to leave it too long in any one area.

I like the lace just as it is but something tells me that it is destined to develop further into a fiber art piece. Time and meanderings of the mind will tell...