Category Archives: Felt Work

Spring Warmth

Hello,

The north east has finally warmed up and we are enjoying the weather.  I have spent a lot of time pulling weeds and moving plants.  I do like playing in the mud almost as much as doing studio work.    I did spend and afternoon dyeing with Liz, but I have yet to wash out the dye so there is nothing to show for that yet.

IMG_8368FAB did meet on Tues and there was lots of activity.  Judy was tying  three baby quilts during the meeting.  She always uses such bright colors for them that it is a joy to the eye.  Nancy is finally finished with her Blue Bird quilt.  It is beautiful.  Unfortunately my photos of it are not- so take my word for it.

Spring Jacks 18X20Progress Report:  Spring Jacks  This work is 18” X 20”.  The background is all felted work  and the Jacks are appliqued on top.   IMG_8387 Sense the big Three Jacks piece has a new home I did this smaller one to remind me of that other project.  IMG_8389

 

 

 

Prayer Flag PinsPrayer Flag Pins  As the picture shows I am having too  much fun using little bits of projects and stuff that ends up on my desk making these little guys.  The freedom of no size or shape restrictions is wonderful.

 

  Rainbow Tree IMG_8383   I keep working away on this project in one hour units.  I love the effect so I am not at all unhappy that I am only about one third done with this project.   I am sure it will be well worth the time when it is complete.

JellyfishLittle Jellyfish    I am working by hand on this piece with a fly stitch.  The tentacles are  couched.   I do not want to use the machine to pull away from the movement  they produce.

Green Dragon IMG_8375 I am doing  machine drawing on this piece.  I did outline the print( its from Ethel)  and started to continue the body.  I took a lot of that stitching out yesterday as it was too big for the body.  I will try again this week.

IMG_8380Texture Project   I painted this background this week.  In doing a second look I think it needs another layer  of horizon so I will go back in and add some more paint   before I machine draw on top of it.

Label Blocks # 127 #128 #129Label Blocks  Do to the warmth I spent a lot of time out of doors in the evening this week and did a lot more  work on this project then usual.  I am having fun as I see the pile of black square diminish.

Keep Creating

Carol

PS   I made an error last week I   Label this  jewelry  as being created by Carrine and it is by Linda CIMG_8324_thumb.jpg.

 

 

 

 

This  beautiful work is by Carrine.  Please accept my apologies. IMG_8326

Travel plus

 

IMG_8279 Hello,

We hit the open road to test out Eric’s new car.  It was fun but we spent a lot of time in the rain.  We went to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Coppers Town first. IMG_8260.jpg Then on the Norman Rockwell museum.  We saw Edith Wharton’s newly restored gardens were a sculpture show was going on. The sculpture was mixed among the woodland paths too.  We did the Emily Dickinson  home  and then moved on to Shaker Village in Canterbury.   I really liked all the wonderful innovative machinery there.IMG_8269  These machines were in the wash house.    We made it all the way to the Maine coast before we headed back west.IMG_8272  This model boat was in an old boat house that was converted into  restraint where we had dinner.    We stopped in the Adirondacks  for the night and then went to the Adirondack  Experience museum and had a good time looking at the treasures there.   The travel was great but as always I am glad to be home with many great memories, lot of photos and the ideas are flying in my head.

Tue as the  the QuEG’s meeting so I got even more stimulation.  IMG_8324Corrine has been doing a lot of beading and the results are beautiful.

Linda's top Linda C showed us this beautiful top.   There is a lot of hand work on it.

Liz is finding lots of UFO’s as she dose some spring cleaning.  She shared three.  IMG_8328 I look forward to seeing the finished work too.

IMG_8331  Linda H shared this hand printed fabric that she has started doing hand work on.    We all had stories and lots to share.  It was a good time.

 

IMG_8338   I have such great friends .   Yesterday I got a treasure box from   Debbie.   I love all these little bits of trim and ribbon.    She knows me too well. They will all go into the next batch of Creative Assistants that I will begin as soon as QBL is over this year.

White Iris's 15" X 19Progress Report White Iris   This work is 15”w X 19”h.   The white blossoms where originally created for the 9 Blue Iris quilt that I showed in the last post.  But they were too pale and faded into the background.

IMG_8356So  I did a felted and fabric wall and used the flowers on top.     I do like the shape of iris and hope to do some more of them.

ButtonweedButton Weed    I did a little rework on this piece.   IMG_8366It needed a center of interest so I added a dragonfly.   IMG_8364The body is three cords twisted together and then zig -zagged over with a  satin embroidery thread.  The wings are a florist’s ribbon.

 

PodsPods  These are the last two pods.   I have 36 of them and I have had a good time.  I also have all my little Christmas Favors done for this year.

 

Prayer Flag Pins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Flag Pins   I made these after reading the June/July issue of “Quilting Arts Magazine”.    The  article made it seem so simple and it really was.   This shot makes them about life size on my computer.  I will make a lot of these little guys as they are fun too.

Spring Jacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Jacks    When I make felted backs I try to do more then one at a time.  I did three when had the felter out  and this one is going to be my support for the third Jack In the Pulpit  project.

Rainbow Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Tree This is the third of the felted  pieces.   IMG_8337I am having fun using my many clear beads to embellish this work.

Pond Water

IMG_8353This project is also done with a lot of hand work so it usually does not get much attention.  I did add the gold units and a lot of stitching this week because I got a head on my Label Block project while traveling.

JellyfishJellyfish  I continue to struggle with this work.  But I keep at it.  I sliced the top layer of the organza and did hand work on top of that.   I like the texture and will continue to work on all the Jellies in this fashion.

 

 

 

Green DragonsGreen Dragon   This work is all assembled and I have done the stitch in the ditch step on it.  Now to move to the dragon quilting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flags- Play Time   IMG_8250I worked on the flag project from my trip to Florida this week too.   I only have two more images to alter.  I used oil paint sticks to add color  to the works this week.

IMG_8248Flag- Monkey Business   With this flag I used a paint marker to do the lettering.

Flag –Along the Shore    IMG_8246 With this piece I used the oil sticks for the water.  The lettering was done with markers.

4 Label BlocksLabel Blocks #123, #124, #125, #126   This was the only hand work I took on the trip so every night I worked away on these blocks.    The pile is getting smaller.

Keep being Creative

Carol

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 Energy

 

IMG_8121Hello-

Spring really brings on fast changes around here.  Last week this lilac barely had leaves and now it is in full bloom.  And the smell is wonderful.  So too of so many plants.  I love all the quick changes Thaw in Xavier Woodthat happen this time of year.  The  leaves fill in all the empty spaces  as they reach for the sun shine and soon one feels under a canopy of green. The vast views of  the land are cut down as the leaves block the eye line to the horizon line and one feels enclosed and protected.   I find it really energizes me as well and I have had a great week.

 

Progress Report : Thaw in Xavier Wood   This work is 38” X 40”  and based on photos I took last fall when we had a nice thaw in mid November.     Ice is a subject that seems to constantly call back to me.IMG_8115   I love how the leaves are effected too not only in color but how they deteriorate. IMG_8116 I even tried using copper for a few of them knowing that they will also fade with time.   IMG_8119

 

PodsPods     I seem to be fascinated by the areas of connection of the units for these pods this week.  They sure got  most of the attention.   I am also using Sharron’s buttons as focus points on the surfaces of many of the pods.

IMG_8078 Curvier Cuts   This is the back ground for a new study of jellyfish.  All the curved cuts suggest the motion of moving water to me and  jellyfish  sure take advantage of the ocean’s motion to move.

 

IMG_8071Flags: Tajira   I keep working away on the flags that I started in Florida.  This one is called Tajira because that is the name of the new baby Giraffe that was just born to April  last week.   This “ child”  was 90 pounds and 6 Feet tall at birth.   The lettering was done on silk paper.

Flight IMG_8070  I enjoyed making this stencil.  It is colored in with water color pencils.  I had to add the beaded fringe because so how this piece of cloth was too short to meet the size requirement.

 

Spring Iris'sSpring Iris’s   I built up a base of several layers of different types of creams and white  fabrics and then added some brown and yellow  stains  to the surface for this piece.   I used some old lace that my grandmother Ruth created for the edge of a pillow case here too.   Then  I did a life sized drawing of the Iris’s I want to put on top of this work  and now I am ready to begin that step.IMG_8102 Because I want to use layers of sheers for the petals I am moving very slowly.  I am considering adding roving between the layers  for more color.

 

 Buttonweed Buttonweed   This rock wall background has been waiting for me to make a decision about the top layer for  a few weeks.  This week I finally decided to go with my original plan and drew these big paper  patters for the seed pods for the Button Weeds. IMG_8105 They will be cut from this bright green because that is the strong color the weeds are and that plus the shape is what draws me to them.

IMG_8107Harlequin Papers     This is a pure experiment.  I had read some where that one could fuse down candy wrapper  papers and use them on a work.  So this week when I spilled the box of papers I thought that it was a sign that I needed to act on that idea.   I will need to look and think about it for a while before I know how to proceed from this point.

 

Wool- Red  IMG_8097   My friend Tanya , gave me a big piece of red wool this winter and I finally pulled it out and cut three pieces from it.  The roving is just hand felted into the surface here.

wool BrownWool- Brown      This felted beginning has the same red wool base.  It also has a lot of fabric mixed with the roving  and wool yarn on the surface.   I have not started laying out the third one yet.  When it too is hand felted I will get out the felting machine and do that step to all three pieces and go from there.

 

Brown Base IMG_8092   These fabrics seemed to go together so I untied them.  It is just a raw base for  a future something.  I know that I will use it at some time and be glad that it is ready like a primed canvas is for an painter .

Purple Possibilities   IMG_8111 While I was pawing through my stash looking for the the green to use in Button Weed  and the blues I used in the curvy cut piece, I noticed that there were lots of small purple bits in the bottom of bins and such.  So I started collecting them in one place.   I will use this as personal challenge to use them all together in a piece some time.     I enjoy a little problem solving   every now and then.

Label Block # 120 Label Block # 120      I keep working away on these blocks.  Only 25 more  to go at this point.

Keep Creating

Carol

PS- One last look at the spring flowers.IMG_8088

Winter

 

IMG_7387Hello,

We are deep in the cold of winter here and that makes me stay in the studio and get a lot done.  But I do have the meetings that come at the first of each month.  QuEG’s meant.    Liz is busy doing hand work on her project that she dyed last fall at the  play/work retreat at the Schweinfurth.  That is her work at the top.

Sue Ellen'sSue Ellen is busy too and she made this colorful quilt for the Linus Project.  I always get  a lot more out of the group meetings.

Circle Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time I showed them all the Circle Challenge pieces all together.  IMG_7436.jpg That lead to a whole lot of playing with how they could or should be presented.   I continued the whole idea when I got home.

IMG_7433.jpgThere are just so many ways to go with them.

 

circle placementThe Diva’s had a good time playing with them too.   There was a lot going on at that meeting as well.

 

 

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Alice has finished her Bed Quilt and she made prints of the finished work to give to all the folks in the family who owned the bed so they have the history.   I think that is a good idea.

 

LiesaLiesa  is building a wonderful book on stamps.   She printed the stamps on fabric for this work and laments that she still has all the original  stamps left.

 

Donna's work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna just returned from a 10 day retreat where she did a lot of Gelli printing and pastel work. IMG_7409Maureen is doing lots of work with indigo so she can do more teaching of the techniques.   She shares her knowledge so very kindly.

 

Regina's work Regina went off to the  conference called “ Rocky Road to California” and took a class with the Tentmakers of Cairo.    She keeps exploring new techniques.

 

 

Ruth's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth is busy with her wonderful clam shells too.    It was a good meeting and I came home with new ideas of things to do with my own work.

 

 

Three JacksProgress report: Three Jacks This work is 28” X 40”.  Because I had to take it apart  to fix the nail at the bottom I took photos of the work without the glass.  No  problems with reflections that way.   I also did a major cleaning of the glass- something that I had not thought of before either.  IMG_7446The work is dramatic and I like it a lot.

cl up- three Jacks  The velvet jacks really convey the rich contrast of the two parts of the flower.

Snow Dying

IMG_7420It snowed this week and so I did a bit more snow dyeing.  It is snowing today too so I will do an orange batch next.

TeasilTease I   I did the hand stitching on this work this week.  It is almost ready to stretch.

 

 

Teasel II IMG_7386  I pulled this fabric for the background  of the green teasel heads I made the week before on Monday.  Then I worked hard on getting that section done.   I got all excited  and even moved on to pinning the heads in place.  They are not stitched down.  Teaseil II   No problem with contrast this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ScarfLeaf Scarf   I did a lot of free motion work on this piece and determined yesterday that it was complete.   It is based on a work I saw on Pintrest by  Amanda McCarvour.  close up os scarf I only work from what I remember not from any reading or recheck.  So when I did look a second time yesterday, I was surprised by how different they were.  I like the vanes of leaves mixed with the wool roving .IMG_7425  The places where I  tried to work in air collapsed so I think when I try it again I will put a layer of nylon net in the middle of the sandwich so there is a some stability to the whole thing.    That and more stitching lines will do the trick I think.  It will also help avoid the arching that happened with some of the gold leaves.

Xavier Wood IceXavier Wood Ice  I have been taking a lot of photos on my walks of ice and now I am ready to begin a new ice work.  This is the fabric lay out at about the middle of the process.

Pods IMG_7429 I have assembled two of the pods from the felted pieces that I made.  They are nor quite finished as I think I want to add some additional beads on the bottoms  of them.   But I am making progress.  It is like the circle challenge in the way that I can think  of more  variations for each side as I go along.   I will play until I tire of the process.IMG_7431

Scrap Happy  IMG_7432.jpgI have been assembling the strips and cut pieces from Ethel’s scrap box for a few weeks.  I cut them into five inch squares yesterday and made a block.  It is 17” on a side.  That is a little bigger then I usually use so I may need to make adjustments as I move forward.

Block #106Label Block # 106   I was in Jo Ann’s this week and I was tempted to purchase some additional embroidery  thread- but I resisted.  Then when I got home I did a little search and found a new bag full, so I am very happy I did not give into temptation.  Only fourteen more blocks to build.

Keep  Creating

Carol

English

 

Tree Hello,

I was looking at how the light shown off this tree against the gray sky and liked the sheen there.   That lead me to think of all the different words we have in the English Language  to talk about light.  Objects can have gloss, glint, sparkle, luster, shimmer, flicker  and glow.    Light as a concept expands our language to make it more colorful  too.   We can see the light.  Things can dawn on one or we can have a flash of inspiration.  There are bright  folks as well as dim wits.     One can have a brilliant idea.  There are  many more examples of words related to light that are a part of our language that we use  to describe a lustrous  world and I am enjoying that.

Jill  I went to an opening at Onondaga Community College yesterday were Jill Doscher  talked about her fiber work.   IMG_7301She talked of her process and how she grew from a printer to a fiber artist who dyes her own fabric and prints on it too. It was great.

I also checked out the Scholastic Art show that is also on display there.IMG_7302 The teachers are doing a fine job with their students.

 

Little trickelProgress Report: Small Spill This work is 12” X 12”.   It is my usual construction but I did not use any wool roving on this work.  IMG_7322  I did use parts of a silk scarf I hand dye painted about fifteen years ago when Barbara anduse to get together and play with art ideas one a week .   IMG_7324  There are also some yarns that were free motion stitched down to add texture.

Blue Too Blue Too  This stretched work is also 12” X 12”.   I played with taffeta, metallic fabric  and  organza on this one.IMG_7318  I also stitched down purple candy wrappers because the color was what I wanted.   The candy was from the bed and breakfast were I  stayed with Marty and Rosalie last summer.  IMG_7319  It’s a fun way to add a personal memory to this work.

Three Jacks Three Jacks    This work is ready for the frame now.   Judy gave a big frame and glass that I will try to add this work to.    I enjoyed doing all the machine embellishing on the Jacks this week.IMG_7328  Lots of wide satin stitching.

Color Challenge IVColor Challenge VI   This work is  15.5” x19”.     I am enjoying the exploration this challenge is giving me.

IMG_7340This is the last  piece in this series were I will have three of the light colored circles on its surface.   But change is suppose to be a part of the process.

 

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 Collage VColor Challenge V   I only need to tack the last two facing ( brown at the top and bottom ) and add the sleeve to this work to complete it.

 

 

 

 

 

Color Challenge VIIMG_7334  I am  doing the quilting on this one before I add the bead work.  I am not sure how this will effect that aspect.     This is suppose to be a challenge and a place to explore……

FeltFelt Studies  I did three more studies in felting this week.  The pink uses organza ribbons as well as the wool roving.   The orange used silk and organza scarves and roving,  plus a bit of candy foil.   The green got it sheen from Angelina  and  a bit of taffeta.  These ideas are all from the book Stitch, Fabric, Metal and  Mixed Media.

New collageNew Collage work   I needed to do a bit of piecing this week so I went  back to the collage based working idea and found an old collage( from Sept)  to build a work around.  The orange marbleized sections are Ethel’s work.  The yellow and pale blue are mine altered fabrics.

New work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Work    I started another stacked fabric work this week.  I enjoy the process so much I can not seem to stop doing it.  Building the surface it time consuming and so transformative.

 

 

Ice Dying  IMG_7312  I did yellow ice  dyeing this week .  I like the softer colors here.      There is also a bucket full of  the next batch that I need to wash out today. IMG_7333I used yellow and turquoise- and learned that the turquoise takes over.  I will try again after the next snowfall to see if I can mix these two colors and keep some yellow in the final fabric.

Label Block # 104 Block # 118   I keep stitching away.

Happy CHinese New Year    Sat.

Keep Creating

Carol

My friend Judy gave this to me last week.   It smells heavenly.

Blossem

Numbers

Christmas CatusHello,

We are racing now toward the end of 2016.    In thinking about the end of the year  and closing my book keeping, I become very aware of numbers.   Because I am still enjoying Ethel’s fabrics I only purchased  38 yards of fabric this year and most of that in half yard units.    The first  for the  Label Block project for this year was block # 34.   This week I completed block # 100  so that is  67 blocks  for the  year.  A bit more than one a week.   I make pillows and  fill them with the cut off bits of batting  from the trimming and squaring off of  quilt work. This year I completed   9 pillows.   I donate quilts to almost every organization that asks for them and this year I gladly gave away  13 to such deserving origination’s like Ronald McDonald House, the Art Rage Gallery and my local Public TV station.   I am still ahead in that game as I completed 59 on my own creations.     I use lots of thread in my work and this year  and  I emptied   65 spools.   I was a part of  5 quilt shows and I am looking forward to my solo show in January.     I participated in 4 challenges.   A good way to stretch ones self.       I was rejected from 7 competitions.    But I keep trying.     I wrote and posted  37 blogs this year too.  This year has been a full   one with lots of  things going on in my quilt life.  Looking back,   I feel that 2016 has been a good one for me and I hope you can say the same.  I hope that I can face  2017 and handle the challenges it presents as successfully as I did this year.

Aunt Shirley's QuiltProgress Report:   Aunt Shirley’s Quilt  This work got shipped off  to it’s new home on Monday.  I hope it gets to my Aunt before her birthday Jan 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton Candy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton Candy   This work is  12” X 12”.     It seemed to take me a long time to get to this little work.  I just kept shuffling  it to the bottom of the pile.  The colors are so very different from what I am working with at the moment.  But once I decided not to try to make it into one of my rock works it was easy and enjoyable.  I will try again for rose quarts later.

 

Name GameName Game- Wendy and Mark This work has gone through a major change sense last  week.  I added Mark’s name- (he is Wendy’s husband)- because the Wendy section was not enough.   Still it is not something I look forward to working on.  But I felt the same way about the one I did last summer where I used my own name. Perhaps that is the nature of this project. I am still shuffling  the strips at this point.

Dead Horse Canyon  Dead Horse CanyonI have been calling this wool work 1 for the last few weeks.   That just does not cut it so I selected a name.    This name comes from a childhood play area near my then home in Carroll Iowa.    I have been thinking about it a lot of late and though this could be a tribute to all those memories.

 

 

New workNew Work This is the newest rock based piece.  I used gabardine for the base and I also added fusible inner facing  to the back.   That extra body has some real strength.   I really like how it is not a warped as the wool piece above.

IMG_7149Circle Challenge 1   I have finished the hand  circle  quilting on this work now.  I am ready to add the facing and finish it off.

Circle Challenge 2Circle 2   With the end of Circle Challenge 1 in sight I put in machine quilting work on this one.  I now feel I need to work on the layout for the third in that series now.

 

IMG_7158Scrap Happy  I am working with the scraps from Ethel’s box this week.  She had a whole stack of batik samples and they are all 5” square just like the ones I made for my quilt in the fall.  So I am using them with some old and  new 5″ squares for this new top.

Label Block  # 100  LABEL Block #100As the big Spiegel  label  ( upper left corner) shows I am still using labels that are not all current.  I just enjoy the process.

May the new year bring you joy and creative times.

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
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  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.

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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

Reworking

 

IMG_7051.jpgHello-  I am getting ready for my solo show that I will hang on Jan 4.  I am not a person who puts things off and being a quilter I know the value of doing lots of small things completes a task with a lot more success then tackling the whole thing.  So I have started pulling pieces for the show and looking with care at them to make sure they are ready for the public eye.    Big Blue( 36” X 24” X 2”)  is one of the works I needed to add to.  I had not added a label so that was one of the little  finish up projectsIMG_7052 I took on this week.   That just meant that I had to stitch a white square of fabric to the back of the stretched workand write the label infoirmation on it.       This process  of pulling out work for the show  also revealed a work that I really liked, but it was badly warped.   It was one of the early works in my wool based projects and I had just added batting and a black back to the wool felted quilt like project.  Coastal Color 1    I took the time to take the project apart and stretched it over a canvas based set of stretcher bars.   Coastal Color 1 ( 20” X 16”) looks a lot better now and I am happy with it.  It will now go into the show if there is space.  This rework is a much better solution than the process I had used with it before. Time and pashents really worked together to make this new treatment a much more successful piece then it was before.

 

 

The fist Tues of the month was this week so I had meetingsof both the QuEG’s and  Diva’s. IMG_7019Corrine did this wonderful piece of jewelry that she shared with us at the  QuEG’s meeting . Sally had a whole  pile of Christmas projects that she had completed, Snow Manbut I love the Snow Man the best. Even the the hat has thread work all over its surface.      Angela is in the middle of a on line class on three dimensional wool  works.  I really love this one she did withits  wool units about 2” tall sticking up from the surface.IMG_7021  She sure had become a major felter.

I then went off to the Diva meeting.  It was a very small group of us – only six, with not a lot of work to share.   But I do enjoy seeing folks.

Anne' ProjectAnne has created a wonderful top with a very limited pallet.    She has gotten very good at inserting those points too.

Noel is working on a small Van Goth landscape. IMG_7034It is inspired from a card she received.

Ruth took  an indigo class.  She had some  real beauties from that experience.Ruth's Indigo This is her sampler of different stitches.    She was also in the Open Wet studio at the Schweinfurth early in Nov.  She did some specular dye pieces.    This one is my favorite.IMG_7035  Both meeting got me all excited again as they usually do.

Progress Report:  Awakened by Black Birds Awakened by Black Birds  This work is 19.5” X 19.5 “.   This felt based pieceinspired by my experience at the Open Wet studio weekend  is complete now.   I used the fly stitch to add the feeling of birds in flight in the sky as well as the cut ones. IMG_7046  I also did a lot of machine drawing to create the limbs on the tree.

close up of Awakened   In the ground trees I added just little strait stitches to indicate  the birds.IMG_7047

Spot On  IMG_7053   I am still doing the free motion machine drawing on this work.  I only have the big white areas  and the yellow ones to fill now so I am sure it will be done by next week.

Wild PatchWild Patch I am trying a new  approach with this work.  I laid down a solid base and drew with a white pencil the areas I wanted broken up on the surface.  The I proceeded to place fabric on top in those shapes.  Sometimes I stitched the adjacent pieces together with the raw edges out and sometime I did it in the regular manner.  In other areas I just left raw edges with the background showing through.  Most of this is not sewn to the back ground yet – but that is the next step I plan to take.  When everything is attached to the background I will wash it to make the raw edges fray.   This is unchartered- so I do not know if it will be successful or not.   It is a true  “what if”  project.

Label Blocks # 96 and # 97

IMG_7058.jpgI did finish two this week to make up for not finishing any the week before.

Keep Creating

Carol

New York City

 

Statue of LibertyHello-

I am just home form a three day trip to the big Apple.    Nancy, Patti and had a grand time.   (yes the sculpture is made of Lego’s.)IMG_7011  We spent a day shopping in the Garment District.  The array of wonderful fabrics was a bit overwhelming.  I did come home with a wonderful piece from Mood and lots of samples that I am sure I will use in a rock piece at some time.IMG_7017  I learned that Mood runs a sewing school in the store too.  Open sewing class was just starting when I looked in.

coralWe went to The Museum of Arts and Design yesterday.    What a great space.  It is always full of exciting stuff.     I was most taken by the Crochet Coral Reef Toxic Seas  show by Margaret and Chrustine Wertheim.   The sisters took crochet to a whole new level with this one.  Their piece on coral bleaching was made primarily out of recycled plastics.IMG_6963 Some of  the beautiful little works made from beads were displayed on “plastic sands collected from Hawaii. bear coralThere was lots of vidio tap used to create the crochet work  on some of the parts.

recycled reef I found myself looking very closely  at the works and trying to see what plastic objects they used  to create the wonderful works.   IMG_6985 The ear phones here look like some sort of strange sea growth.  I had wanted to see this work sense I had read about it in the American Craft Magazine several years ago.  It was wonderful!     I came away all excited to try some sea life of my own.

The jewelry display was  wild.  The gold leaves- about the size of ones hands- were so powerful the jewelry was almost lost.gold leaf?

I took about six photos of just the light on those leaves that I think will be great jumping off places for new work.

 

 

lego Santa New Your City was all decked out for Christmas- even the Lego store.  There were lights and trees every where.    We had a great time and walked over 9,900 steps two of the three days.   I wore a whole in the bottom of my shoes too. ( they were older- but supportive)

 

 

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Progress Report; Awakened by Black Birds  Being away for three days cut down on work time so I made little progress.  I am adding birds  in flight to this work at this point.

 

 

 

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Collage based work    The work is all pinned and I have started the free motion work on it.

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Wool #1 I am still building on this work, but I have stitched down all IMG_7014.jpgthe darks that I had added last week.

Label Block  No blocks got completed this week.  I thought I could work on it on the bus coming home from NYC.   But the lights on the bus did not function.    I will finish two this week.

Keep Creating

Carol