Category Archives: Pond Water

Going Forward

 

IMG_8142Hello,

We continue to go forward into the wonders of spring.  I love all the smells that assault my nose as I take my daily  walk.   Some flowers are fading, but others Like Spiraea, and Lily of the Valley  seem to quickly take their place and demand the attention of the bees.

Sharon's laeves  I went off to see the  art show at St David’s last week.  It was very impressive and with so many of my friends represented  I really enjoyed  the  powerful work.  This is one of Sharon’s new works.    I like how she is building up the surface and overlapping the leaves.    IMG_8136 Carol had two sculptures  in the show.  I know she struggled with this one.

 

Barbara had two pieces as well and this one is a part of her street seen series.Barbara's street  Beth had two pieces too and both of them had red stickers on them.   She was delighted with the sale news. Beth's barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Friend Angela had work in the show too.  I learned later that this piece sold too.  It is always a powerful show with lots of interesting work.   I am delighted for my friends.IMG_8126

I went off to play with Beth and Barbara on Thursday  afternoon at the Turquoise Street Studio.   IMG_8140 They were both working  away on pastels as is there usual thing.  It is fun to work in a parallel setting.IMG_8141

 

Button WeedProgress Report:  Button Weed   This work is 16” X 20”.     I enjoyed working on this piece as I have good memories from the Iowa farm and picking these weeds.  We use to use them as noise makers when we did Indian dancing.  IMG_8164I was always taken by the fact that they where such a strong spring green. IMG_8165

 

 

Pods Pods   I keep working away and finding new ways to embellish these little pods.   It is fun to find homes for the last few odd beads and buttons that I seem to have lots of.

 

Pond Water Pond waterI did hand work on this project at Turquoise Street.    I am adding the gold units now.   It is very calming   almost meditative  work  for me.

 

 

 

 

 

IrisIMG_8145 This project had proved to be a challenge.  I made all these iris blossoms and then discovered that they just got lost on my background.  I guess there will be a second one in this grouping.   So I built some in blue and purple for the actual project.  IMG_8143    I am ready now to go back in and build up this flower with more detail and color.

 

Little JellyfishCurvy Cut Jellyfish   This project is moving forward.   I really like the shapes of these jellyfish.  I have had to really challenged myself  with  I could  how to build them up to get the effect I want. IMG_8155   I am sorry that the dark centers get lost with the many layers of organza.

IMG_8144Brown Back  I found a use for the back I made last week already.  I am ironing down all the cut-a way’s from the   fusing I use in my work.

Red ScarfIMG_8150  I keep working away on these works.  They are fun to build, but they do take a lot of time.   I will add the soft neck unit when I have all the nets filled.  Only three more to complete.

 

 

Wool Brown  wool brown  I am a little beyond half way along with the felting of this work.  I will do the free motion work on top when that step is complete.

IMG_8159Mixed     I am all done with the felting here and ready to add the stitches on top.

 

Label Block # 121Label Block # 121    They just keep on coming.

Keep Creating

Carol

Spring Rains

 

Red BudsHello,

The spring rains here in central New York sure have pushed the buds forward and the trees are greening up.Silk Paper  Its so pleasant outdoors I even ate my breakfast out on the patio this morning.       I finished up the drying and pressing of the silk paper from last week.  This one is my new favorites with the captured Japanese Lantern pods from Regina in it.    I did a lot of work in the studio this week and the project report will support that.

Milkweed Pods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress Report:  Milkweed Pods    This stretched work is 18” X 24”.     There is a lot of  free motion machine drawing in this piece.   IMG_7977   The background was built up and then the milkweed pods were added on top.   The steams were created with three yarns that were   zig-zagged   together and then sewn down on the surface.   I did a lot of stitching on the pods to show the woody  textures on them. IMG_7978

ScribbleScribble    This small quilt is 18” X 21”.   It is made from   the cut away fuse backed scrap fabrics that I have  have created in the last few weeks.  The green from the Jacks and the pink from the blossom projects.   I then just do a lot of free motion machine play on top to hold it all down.   This quilt along with two others will go to the  Animal  Shelter here in town to be put in the wire cages.  They  soften the effect of the  metal cages a bit.

 

Flags- Wood Ibis    Wood IbisI just keep working away on the flags that I made in Florida.   The lettering here was done with a Sharpie marker.

 

 

THe FoxFox This too is one of my Florida Flags.   I used fabric markers to add color and do the   big lettering on this one.    The small text is stamped work.

MantisIMG_7939 This work has fabric crayons as the color agent.  The lettering is done with a stencil and  silver stamping ink.

 

 

Pond Water  Pond Water  This project is going slowly as most of the current attachments are being made by hand.  I work for several hours last week  adding these little white units.   This work is a part of my curvy cur series.IMG_7980 The white is deconstructed screen worked fabric that I purchased from Randy.

Four more PodsPods   I continue to create more of these pods.  I am having fun using lots of the beads from my box and some of the fancy buttons I have purchased  of the years.   It is much nicer to do little projects then to build a big beaded work.

 

 

 

Scrap HappyIMG_7982   Ethel’s scrap box was calling to me this week too.  So I got busy and spent time putting together the little  strips she had precut.   I can see this project will be a slow one- but sometimes I need to do “no mind” stuff  and this will go the trick.

 

 

Iced LeavesIce   Two days of cold rainy weather got me going again on this project.  All the white/snow  is free motion quilted  now and most of the leaves are attached as well.

Close up I do enjoy the process when I get going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarves    ScarrvrsI have completed the stuffing of two more scarves.  I like the process but it is very slow.  I takes over half an hour to fill all the units for one row of the scarves.    I am ready to add the silk fabric in the centers of these works.  I have learned that the nylon net is to scratchie for the neck, so I add a unit of softer fancy fabric to the center that rests against the neck .  The good part is finding homes for all those little  stray objects that collect in the drawers.   I am including lots of jewelry bits from grandmother’s   button tin  too.

 

Label Block # 118 Label Block #118 I put a lot of hand work into other things this week so I only got one block done.    Only 27 to go now.

Keep Creating

Carol

Supporting a Friend

IMG_7102.jpgHello,

It’s a brisk 10 degrees out side this morning and the heat from my neighbors  chimney is clearly visibel.

 

 

My big event for this week was to be a support  a person for my friend  Noel at her Trunk show at the Schweinfurth  on Sunday.   Donna and Noel                      This shot is of Donna and Noel.

As it turned out most of the work was displayed on the walls and I only ended up holding a few pieces.   It was very impressive to see most of her wonderful  work  hanging  toghther.

QuiltsThese works represent years of effort on her part and they show how she has taken an idea that she loves and run forward with it playing with new color approaches and ides along the way. IMG_7065.jpg  She even explored using an artist’s work as  a jumping off place for some of her own work.   I sure cant tell what work is based on another artist.  A lot can be learned from this process.

IMG_7068.jpgShe dyes most of the silk she uses in her work too so there is an extra layer of personal involvement in what she does.   It is one thing to see works by others one and two at a time and quite a impressive and wonderful thing to see them all together.    I am glad she is a friend.

 

 

 

SpottedProgress Report: Spotted   This work is 39” X 38” and is one based on a collage.   I am seeing the end of this type of exploration for a while.  Doing one a month is not necessary any more.  IMG_7099Not only have I learned how to build a work without strait lines I feel my quilting has improved with this series of projects.  IMG_7101  I also feel more free in my approach to design.

Rred NebulaRed Nebula  I am getting ready for a solo show in Januray and  as a part of this process I am looking at older works.   I did this piece a while ago but did not finish it.   I decided to stretch it and add it to the mix of possible works for the show.IMG_7083   Working with older pieces and doing  this additional work makes me want to return to this subject and do further  exploration.

close up of Red Nebula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Dry FallsFrom Dry Falls This work too is one I did  over a year ago.   When I check this piece for the stack of works to be considered I discovered that I had not stitched the label to the back.  So I had to do that to complete this project.IMG_7092My labels include the title, size, my name and add.

Pond Water
Under the Miscrope Close upo
  This work has not had any attention for a few weeks and it too came to the top of the pile this week.  I am enjoying adding  embellishments to the top with hand stitches.  I have seven pieces that need hand work on them at this time so it may be a while before I finish this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Patch  IMG_7072  This work is in the washer at the moment.  I have stitched all the patches to a solid purple background fabric with may raw edges on the top.  I want to see if the frayed parts add a texture that I can use and control in my work.

 

IMG_7077.jpgCircle Challenge I  This is a personal challenge I am working on.  I want to use circles as a stronger element in my work.  I am to the hand step here and the threads on top are what I am thinking about using for some big  hand stitched lines on top to hold the work together.

Circle Challenge IIIMG_7093.jpg

This is the second on in this challenge.  More circles and I am still using the cut away as a part of the design.   I will trim it to the same size as the first one.  Beyond that I have not made any decisions about this second work.  I know I will have to make some modifications as I am out of one of the fabrics in the circle section.

 IMG_7094 Dog quilt    Our local dog pound has called for little quilts to add to the metal cages that the dogs are put in to add to there comfort.  I had started the quilt, but lost my intention so it was just a top.  I thought it would do better to go to this cause then sent in the box of UFO’s.

Label Block #98  Label Block# 98One more done.   I am happy to say my embroidery thread stash is shrinking  as I work on this project.

Keep Creating

Carol

Falling Back

LeavesHello-

The winds of autumn are stripping the trees of their golden bounty now.  I have been out  raking for two days.   It is cold and soon days will be spent inside.   This last week has been a busy one out side the studio for me. IMG_6845 I spent Friday mixing dye with my friend Liz.  We will be a part of open studio at the Schweinfurth during the up coming weekend.   Play is in my future.

Then this week end I was part Wall of workof and Exhibition and Sale at John Doweling’s studio  for two days.  I sold three little framed works and I am very happy about that. The work is still hanging there although I am not in attendance.  It will be there until the middle of Dec.

 

IMG_6817Progress Report: Hand Bag  I did put together a hand bag this week so I guess I did finish one thing.

close up of pond waterPond Waters   Because I was away so much there is not a lot of progress to report.  I continue to work away on this project in the evenings and it is building.   Hand work is just slowbut very calming.

 

IMG_6822Circle Play  This is my self challenge to play with faced circles in a creative way.   I have  a lot to learn with this process.    I have challenged myself to do seven works using this striped circle as the main unit.

wool II Wool works 1 2 3    I started these works last week but did not put too much time into them yet.   This work is # 2 only because I numbered my sketches as I did them.  I am sure it will get a better name with time.  This one is just about ready for some machine stitching.

wool wook 3

 

 

 

 

#3   This one is ready for fabric and machine work.   It really is not much different than last week.

 

 

 

 

 

#1 is still at the prep for wool stage.IMG_6834I have drawn the areas our for the color changes but that is all.  I will get to that later today I hope as the felting machine is out on the desk and waiting.

landscapeFelted Landscape I did make progress on one wool piece though.     This too is in an early stage.  I will keep you posted.

IMG_6824New Work  I did pull fabric for a new pieced work too.  This one will be a lot simpler then the pieced work I have been doing of late.   I hope I can stick with that attitude.

Label # 92-93Label Blocks # 92 & # 93  I can see the end of this project.  There are only 27 more blocks to complete.

Keep Creating

Carol