Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
My sanctuary and me. When the theme was published, I had a certain picture
in mind, I did take at a special place. I like the atmosphere, it shows - but was not certain, if I should take it for this quilt. But one of my words for this new year is
fun, having fun creating my art and feeling free to create what I feel.So I have taken this picture and did my quilt with it.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
So far, I have used both commercial and hand dyed fabrics, prisma pencils, and acrylic paint. There will be additional paint added and some thread painting. Who knows what will be added by the time I am done; I do love a good surface embellishment!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
This picture is my fabric wall-don't forget it is a 28 year collection and my best friend, Rascal. He is a Labradoodle who follows me everywhere. I have two design walls across from each other.
You can see the cutting table better and some of my many storage boxes. I am an avid garage saler and I stock up on storage drawers and goodies to fill them with all summer long. My sewing machine is in the back corner beyond the cutting table. I moved into this house 5 years ago and I designed it with the builder. The only thing I really cared about was my dream studio...and it is.
The one at the top of the list is my piece for the Sanctuary challenge coming due in a few weeks. I've been fiddling with it off and on for a while but finally found the right direction last week.
I spend nearly as much time writing as I do making fiber art. I've always got a journal and a sketchbook going at the same time, and I love handmade books. I usually treat myself and purchase a handmade one each year but I recently bought a couple of books so I can learn to make them myself.
It didn't take me long after Karen announced the theme as Sanctuary that I knew I wanted to do something about writing since I find total piece of mind when I do it. My initial plans were to make a black and white piece but the more I looked at it, the more underwhelmed I became with it.
So I did what any self respecting artist would do...I kicked its butt into the trash can and started over.
I found a good groove and today spent much of the day working on it. I stitch everything by hand and I mean everything. I feel like it connects me with the piece more. The first thing I do is what I call a foundation stitching. I like big bold stitches (I figure if I'm going to spend hours with the needle and thread, I want it to really show up) so that's the first layer. This holds everything in place (almost like a fancy basting except its permanent and part of the design) and then as I continue to add things to the piece, I stitch it more densely.
Here's a peek of the foundation stitching:
I also enjoy adding three dimensional things to my pieces as well so that's what I'll be doing tonight. I've got three elements that I'm pretty excited about so I need to stitch on those as well.
If you'd like to see an another sneak peek of a different portion of the quilt, please visit my personal blog.
Can't wait to show it complete!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I was happy to finally see some posts. Helen, you beat me to it. So Here is a peek at Sanctuary. You can't tell a thing from the photo so I'll tell you a bit of my technique. I colored a silkscreen of my image with Caran d'Ache Neocolor Aquarelles and screened it with a medium onto muslin.
I also have used some cheescloth I painted with Dynaflow silk paints. I know about the poor picture quality, but I didn't have my tripod handy. I'm looking forward to new posts. Cathy Ortelle