Tuesday, January 29, 2008
He also did the photos below, thought he did a great job at catching the different colors in the sky. I love the clouds in the third picture that I took & you can also see where the sun is hitting as it's rising.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I received these last week & aren't they wonderful? The top postcard is from a "Something Red" swap I did with Dianne Ceray (sorry couldn't find a website for Dianne to post). Dianne gave me some wonderful pointers on how to straighten up the edges when I use a satin stitch on the edges of my postcards & ATC's (note previous blog entry) THANK YOU, DIANNE!!
The flower stitch foot pc is from Annette Jeavons. I just love it!! The colors & the shiny metallic fabrics used in both really makes the cards "pop". Thanks ladies!! (I have them both on my wall at work so I can admire them every day.)
Monday, January 21, 2008
Ok, so I'm starting to like yellow more & more. These were for a Metals ATC swap for Fiber ATC. They're a batik yellow fabric, with machine stitching, hand-dyed cheesecloth, lumiere metallic paint & metal clips. Thought I would make something to nice & bright, since the weather here in Seattle seems to be pretty much cloudy & drizzling ALL of the time & the sun maybe thinks about showing itself once every 2-3 weeks.
We woke up to 24 degree weather this morning. You know it's cold outside when you & your husband wake up to 2 cats & 1 dog all under the covers with you. It's one of those mornings where you'd rather just stay in bed all day than go out into the cold & go to work. Apparently, we're supposed to keep this cold weather snap for the next 3-4 days or so. I know many of you are probably reading this & thinking you have weather temps colder than this, but for Seattle, that's pretty cold. When we moved to Seattle a little over 10 years ago, the summers stayed around mid 70's & the winters averaged around the lower 40's. (it was wonderful) Now the summers are getting hotter (thank goodness for AC) & the winters are getting colder. If I wanted these temps, I would have stayed back in Iowa. I'm am SO ready for summer & the SUN!!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Well I conquered brown, now onto black. The first photo was an unsuccessful attempt. As you see the color didn't take very well. It's a nice pewter gray, but that wasn't what I expected when I pulled it out of the dye bath & rinsed it. I thought of over dyeing it, then realized, hey you might have a need for that color so leave it as it & start over.
I knew it wasn't the water temperature since I dyed it inside my warm studio. I added salt, I added water softener, & I added enough dye powder, which makes me think it was the dye itself. It was over a year & half old. So back to the drawing board. I remember seeing on Dharma's website, that with one of their black MX dyes that it works best if you heat the bath to around 130 degrees. I was using Pro Chem's dyes but thought I would give it a try. It worked, check out photo number 2. There is a small hint of dark blue in each of them but I think I can live with that.
If you were wondering, in the first photo from left to right the materials are (before dyed) white on white cotton swirls, cotton velveteen, cheesecloth & bamboo fabric. The second photo, left to right: cheesecloth (one can never have enough dyed cheesecloth), cotton velveteen, the white on white cotton swirls & bamboo fabric.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Aren't these fabulous?!! A friend/co-worker of my husband's spent a month in Sri Lanka with his family who owns a rubber tree plantation there (which sounds kinda cool) & he knew that I was a fiber nut, so he brought these wonderful pieces back for me. (Isn't he a GREAT guy?!)
The first piece is from Sri Lanka & the last 2, I think were from the area of Thailand. All 3 of these pieces are HUGE. The batik piece is approximately 68" by 37". The middle green piece, (this photo does not do it justice) is made from beautiful metallic threads throughout the entire piece & it's roughly 60" by 36". The last photo, (this piece is the biggest of the 3) is woven silk & it's 60" by 90". He bought this for me thinking it was the traditional fabric that the women wear in that area. (I've been told that this is a sari.)
I wonder if the first two pieces he bought from a garment district area(do they have those there)? The reason I question this is the first two pieces have finished seams in the them like it was possibly a remnant from another finished piece. I love that they have these seams. It makes me wonder what the rest of the fabric was used for.
As for having any plans for these beautiful works of art, they're to sit on my shelf & be admired for awhile since I just can't bring myself to cut into the first 2 pieces & the 3rd piece, I haven't decided how to display that one yet (I'm running out of wall space).
I keep hoping some day, I'll be able to travel to these far away places & have the excitement of bringing home my own little textile treasures.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Isn't this just wonderful?!!! I received this in a Surface Design trade from Ingrid who lives in Ontario, Canada. It is a 6"x6" block that has been stitched with metallic thread. We were to create a traditional quilt block & give it a modern twist. I think she did a GREAT job, don't you? I would have never thought to use M&M wrappers. We're in a few more swaps together & I can hardly wait to see what else she does in them! Thanks Ingrid!!
(I just realized that the M&M wrappers are partially in French, which makes them even more unique.)
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Happy New Year!! I really don't work much in black & white so I thought I'd give it a try. All of these stitched round circles have been done with a Flower Stitch Foot. You attach the foot to your sewing machine like you would any other presser foot, pick the stitch & away you go. Most of these have been done with a zig zag stitch, however on my sewing machine, there is a heart shaped stitch which I used in the 2nd photo (in gray, up in the top left area). I'd like to try using a wash away stabilizer so the centers of these circles would be open & one could see through them.