Thursday, December 11, 2014

Owl Booklet Mistakes

 Well I've learnt by my mistakes once again.  I had stamped this owl design on the cloth and stitched on it and thought everything was fine. When I applied the wheat paste to the back of the cloth to adhere to my binding board, the ink ran as you can see and then I realized too late that I had forgotten the beak!! 
 The ink on this one ran too but not quite as bad.  Remembered the beak at least.  I've started another cover but just drew the simple design onto the cloth lightly with a pencil. 
 The only ornament I've made this year to give as a Christmas gift.  This hardanger design stitches up so quickly with no cutting or wrapping.
 I received this lovely package of hand dyed perle cottons from Lorraine at Colour Complements.  I'm giving them away as Christmas gifts but think that I'll just have to keep one for myself.  The colours are beautiful.  You do wonderful work Lorraine!  Thank you :)
 More progress on my whole cloth piece for the stitchery guild.  I painted the flowers and stems with acrylic paint and a bit of textile medium.  I heat set it just with a hot iron.  So far I've used buttonhole stitches on the one purple flower and on a stem, crossed buttonhole, running stitch, herringbone, stem stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch and french knots.  I love incorporating as many stitches as I can into a piece. 
 These 4 Sharp-tailed Grouse flew up and perched on a poplar branch the other morning.  
 I was glad that they stayed long enough for me to grab my camera. 

Running stitch and french knots on the orange flower and cretan stitch on the stem.

Wishing everyone a most delightful December day!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sampler in Blue Nearly Completed

I had thought I was absolutely finished but then when I took this picture I saw there was a row on the right side border that I haven't crossed yet!! There might be more uncrossed stitches so I'd better look carefully. Very carefully.
 More candy wrapper stitching.  Certainly glad for friends that are saving wrappers for me.
 This month's guild stitching project is to make a 9" x 9" whole cloth piece.  Using a light box I traced flowers and curly cues onto the cloth.  Then using acrylic paint, textile medium and a small brush I began to paint.
 This is my completed painted design.  Next I will put a pellon backing onto it and begin to outline stitch the flowers and stems using running stitches, back stitch, chain or maybe even cable chain.  Not sure yet.  I should be working on Christmas gifts but this has gotten me side-tracked.
I didn't have an onion mesh bag for the suet I made for the birds but this Downy woodpecker didn't mind that I used an avocado mesh bag instead.

Have a most wonderful day and thank you for stopping by :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To Stitchers With Love

 Our Public Library has a community program going on right now where they give you a free sketchbook  to fill with art, sketches, writing, poetry, etc.,  Once returned, it will be placed in their Art Bound Books permanent collection.  I knew right away that I would fill mine with stitching :)
 I spritzed, sponged, painted or stenciled the pages and then stitched one kind of stitch per page. Most of the time I stitched through 2 pages to give support and to help prevent the paper from tearing.
 I did not have a well thought out plan of what stitches or designs I would create but just let it happen.
 I glued a number of the pages together and took out pages as well.
 It was tricky to stitch close to the middle.
 It was good to revisit stitches I had done through Sharon Boggon's Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge.
In total I stitched 16 different kinds of stitches.
 I also drew on some of the pages.  The outline of the owl is couched but the feathers, beak and tree were drawn.
Other stitches that I did besides these ones were:  detached chain stitch, seed stitch, cretan, wheatear, chevron, buttonhole wheel, woven spider web and the pistil stitch.
 My favourite page was combining all of the stitches for my bird design.
There was a pocket at the back that I put some threads and small pieces of Aida cloth for anyone to take if they wanted to.  I printed a Maya Angelou quote on the pocket after I took the picture:  "You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have." It was a great project for me and I will return it to the library next week.

Wishing everyone a very creative day :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Running Stitch Circles

 In my previous post I mentioned that the stitchery guild program for this year is to explore embroidery stitches from around the world.  September was to explore the embroidery of India and I've added circles of running stitches around a buttonhole stitched washer.  For the centre I used a piece of paisley material I had.
 Along one of the sides I added this star shape and played with filling it with different stitches, ie:  stem, straight, chain, buttonhole and herringbone
 I liked the star design so I also put it along one of the other sides again experimenting with different thread colours and stitches ie:  chain, straight, buttonhole, stem and french knots.
 At the October meeting we were to explore the embroidery of Japan by stitching a shashiko design. We were each given this indigo blue cotton 12" x 12" piece of material to which we marked a grid and added circles using a white dress maker's pencil.  This is my finished and first shashiko embroidery.  I did not do the centres correctly but was not thinking of that while I was stitching.  A few of the circles are not perfectly round either. Next time :)
 I received a large bag of candy, gum and chocolate wrappers from a friend at the stitchery guild and I made this landscape fabric postcard using them. Thank you Carol!  I sent it to an International Mail Art Exhibition being held in Nov. and Dec.
 I backed it using a Sun chip bag someone else at the guild meeting gave me.  Thanks Shelley :)
 Also made a couple of wrapper landscape atc's
 backed with more of the Sun chip bag.
 While driving on a back road we came across this beautiful large Great Grey Owl perched on a fence post. 
Needless to say we were thrilled when he/she let us take some pictures before flying away.

Have a most delightful day everyone and thank you for stopping by :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wrapped Washers

 At our September stitchery guild meeting we were each given a 12 x 12 " yellow piece of cotton to start off the new program for the year.  The program for the year will be Stitches of World where we will exploring embroidery stitches from around the world.  
 This month's theme is India and we were asked to draw a curvilinear line on our fabric, follow the line with chain stitches, wrap washers, do shisha mirrors and fill in the design with running stitches, herringbone, cretan....
 I have this last washer to finish and then I will tackle a shisha mirror.  I have never done one but we were given good instructions and there is always YouTube if I can't figure it out.  It's going to be a great program for our guild and will be interesting to see all the different designs we all do.
Felt like melting something again with the heat gun so I laid snippets of organza plus pieces of a granola bar wrapper on some felt and gave it a blast.  Did a free motion spiral square design on top and then filled it with seed stitches and french knots.  I was going to mail it away but now I want to keep it.  A good reason to make another :)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone :)


Friday, October 3, 2014

Poppy Fabric Postcard Swap

 I participated in a poppy themed fabric postcard swap in September with Lin at St. Viktor Quilts and this is the lovely postcard she made and mailed to me.  Poppy Seed Heads was made using shibori dyed fabric, gold Markal rubbing of a poppy seed head and hand stitched.  Thank you very much Lin for making such a nice postcard for me.
 I heat gunned organza and a granola bar wrapper onto a piece of felt, fused the red organza to the felt, added some beads and hand stitching for my Poppies for Lin fabric postcard.
 Slow progress on my Sampler In Blue.  I really hope to be finished by the end of October or November at the latest.
Enjoying the beautiful Autumn colours.

Have a delightful day everyone :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Swaying Wheat & Dyeing Results Are In

A swaying wheat fabric postcard made on hand marbled evolon, wheat kernels fused using a soldering iron and backed using a metallicky cookie bag.  I'm almost out of candy and granola bar wrappers so last night at our stitchery guild meeting I asked everyone to please save me some wrappers. 
 Left over piece from my Swaying Wheat Postcard which I made into an artist trading card.
 Very poor solar dyeing results using dahlia flowers.  The cloth was very nice and pinkish when I took it out of the jar that it had been sitting in for almost 2 weeks but when I rinsed it the colour all went down the drain.  Nothing ventured nothing gained though and I'll use the cloth for another dyeing experiment.
 The marigold solar dyeing on this piece of evolon turned out much better and I am quite happy with the results.
My first try at rust dying turned out very well! Using an old Edwards coffee can I soaked my piece of cotton in vinegar and wrapped the cloth around the can.  I spritzed it with a mix of 1/2 water 1/2 vinegar and this was the result in 1 day.  I soaked it in salty water to stop the rust process and then washed it in soapy water.
One cannot tell from the photo but the goldenrod solar dyeing cloth and thread did become a nice yellow though not as dark as the marigold.

These pieces will all go into my small fabric stash and I know I will enjoy using them sometime down the road.