Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wheat Stitching and Solar Dyeing

 As harvest nears on the prairies I've been stitching wheat lately.  For these wheat kernels I fused a few of layers of organza together and stitched them down on dyed and stamped fabric to make a fabric postcard.
 I recycled a granola bar wrapper to make these wheat kernels and again stitched them down on dyed and stamped fabric for another fabric postcard.
 Playing with organza, I fused snippets of pieces down onto black felt and then stitched a row of wheat using the wheat ear stitch.
 Lazy daisy stitches for the kernels which I made into an atc. 
I should have started this in July but here I'm trying my hand at some solar dyeing.  I mixed a 1/4 tsp of alum and an 1/8 tsp into this gallon jar which I 1/2 filled with warm water.  I added a piece of ready to dye cotton and some white DMC thread and filled the jar with wild goldenrod flowers.  I then topped it off with some more water.  I'm stirring it every day and will see what happens after 10 days.  It rained for a couple of days and it's been cool so I might have to wait longer than 10.
I also started a jar using marigold flowers
and a jar with dahlia flowers.  Both have a piece of white cotton fabric and white thread.  Just have to wait and see what happens now.

Have a lovely day everyone :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Poppy Post

Playing with organza pieces that I fused making marks onto felt with the soldering iron.  Pistil stitches on the poppies.
Another postcard sized piece again with organza and mark making onto felt with the soldering iron.  I cut the poppy shapes out of a piece of polyester and used the pistil stitch for the centres.  The stems were some leftover pieces of spun wool.
A poppy unfolding in my flower bed.

Have a beautiful week everyone!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Creative Postcards with My Sweet Prairie

 Last week I had the wonderful experience of hosting and taking a creative postcard class with Monika Kinner-Whalen aka My Sweet Prairie.  I finished this branch postcard adding a few french knots and fly stitches.  My zigzag edge is quite uneven but that's because I rarely sew and had never done an edge like this before on anything.
 I cut out the red flowers from a scrap piece of fabric and tacked them down with pistil stitches.  The postcard edge is a bit more even on this postcard but not much.
 My unfinished basement was the class location and Monika brought plenty of material for all of us to use.
 It was a delightful and fun afternoon and I can see that fabric postcards are going to be popping up in my blog now every once in awhile.
There were 7 of us in the class and these were the creative postcards that we made.  Not all were finished when I took this picture.
For hosting the class Monika brought along some of her wonderful prairie fabric postcards along for me to pick from.  This is the one I chose.  She has many more available at her My Sweet Prairie Etsy shop too.

Have a wonderful summer day everyone :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stitching and Skydiving

I began stitching this floral needle case years ago and then I put it down to work on something else. It's high time I finished it though and this time I'm not going to get distracted. The flowers are worked in woven wheel, whipped spider web wheel, buttonhole wheel, lazy daisy and cast on stitching.  The leaves are fly and lazy daisy and the centres of the whipped spider web wheels are filled with french knots.
My finished silk paper doodle
and a close up.
I received this neat pomegranate titled atc from Lin Tarrant who lives in France.  She has a wonderful blog at St. Viktor Quilts.  Thanks Lin!
I also received this lovely maple leaf postcard from Debi in honour of Canada Day on July 1.  Thanks Debi :)
I finally did something I've been wanting to do for the last few years.  A breast cancer survivor I had met had gone tandem skydiving and she told me that I just had to go. So on Monday I finally went :)
Here I'm listening intently to the instructions which were to: relax, cross my arms before we jumped out, to take a deep breath and before landing to put my legs up.
At 7,500 feet we had 20 seconds of free fall
WOW - it was quite the awesome experience :D
Wishing everyone a summer adventure plus time for some wonderful stitching :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Silk Paper Doodling

 I absolutely love my Oriental Poppies but sadly the delicate petals don't last very long and in 2 days they are starting to wilt already. 
 With one of my shaving cream marbling pieces of fabric I made this seascape atc. I had fun playing with different stitches and adding some dyed bits of cheesecloth along the edges.
 Close up of some doodling stitches:  straight stitch, fly, chain, buttonhole wheel and spiderweb wheel. I don't have any real design in mind but am simply enjoying stitching.
I received some lovely threads from Lorraine's Colour Complements shop and am using them to doodle on this piece of silk paper. 

Have a wonderful summer day everyone :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Leaf on Silk Paper

 I'm really enjoying stitching on silk paper.  So much so that I made another maple leaf stitch sampler on it for myself.
 From left to right the stitches are:  chain, fly, needle weaving, french knots, wheatear, seed, cretan, seed, buttonhole wheel, chain, lazy daisy, cretan, spider web wheel, coral, satin, seed and a few more french knots.  Now I feel like making more silk paper and another stitched leaf :)
 We were on a trip last week and to keep my hands busy while in the car I crocheted this small doily.  I love doilies and have them under just about everything and love giving them away too.
 We had so much rain in June that up in the hills the pincushion cacti are blooming all over the place.  In 7 years, I've never seen so many.
 The female bluebird still has her young in the nest,
while this baby coot was swimming madly across the pond and peeping like crazy to get back to mom.

Have a great week everyone :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shaving Cream Marbling

 My finished maple leaf postcard for the CQT 2014 Postcard Exchange is now in the mail.  I used over a dozen different stitches:  chain, cretan, feather, spiderweb wheel, bullion, fly, seed, satin, stem, et. al.  I enjoyed doing this so much I'm making another one for myself :)
 I had another very, very fun play day with our Fibre Arts group recently. We experimented with marbling using shaving cream as our base.
 We tried out different kinds of paints and here's my spot on the table using regular craft acrylic paint.
 I put down about 2 inches thick of shaving cream and smoothed it out using a disposable plastic card.
 Drippled paint on top 
 and then swirled it with a wooden skewer.  I laid my piece of cotton on top, smoothed it down, waited maybe a minute and then peeled it off.  I waited maybe a 1/2 hour or so before scraping off the shaving cream and rinsing in water.
 Here I had scraped off the previous colour swirls, added some more shaving cream, smoothed it and played with different colours and marble design.
 After rinsing I then heat set my pieces and here are a few that I did.  I used cotton, heavy interfacing, evolon and water colour paper.
These marbled cloths we had made at a previous play marbling day using a gelatin like base and paint designed for marbling from G&S Dye.  I will use all these marbled pieces to make book covers, a pincushion or two, atc's and postcards.  It was great to play and experiment and have fun.

As Albert Einstein said:  “Play is the highest form of research.”
Hope everyone can take some time to play.