Today is the darkest day of the year as the earth begins its tilt back toward the sun and the days begin to grow light a bit longer. This first day of winter is always a good sign for me. I love the light and know how important it is to the existence of life. It will be a month before the days have an hour more light time, but just the thought of more potential sunshine makes me feel good.
This week there was a FAB meeting at Judy’s home. She has decorated for the return of all of her children and grandkids. I am sure a good time will be had by all. Patti was the only one with work to share and her afghan is a gift that she will be passing off soon. I hope this season brings joy and delight to all my readers.
Progress Report: ZAP IT This work is 37.5”w X 55”l. It is a rework of an older piece that now has the words “Zap It” in purple appliqued on top of the old base. The new lettering was stitched down in silver thread in a big zig-zag pattern. I enjoyed the process.
ACE I created this new bit of graffiti form this week and it is now fused down to the base. I will begin to applique it down this week.
Ethel Scrap I keep working away on this project. It is more than half assembled now. It will be completed soon.
New Work I pulled the wood cuts and stenciled pieces out this piece this week and and built the rectangles around them. It is now ready for the machine work. This work is my last tribute to Ethel as the block print and the stencil work is hers. I do enjoy finishing off her piece but it is bitter sweet.
Glyph IV the beading goes forward on this project.
Hand work I have started doing the hand work on this whole cloth project. I have no plan except to use the yarns and threads in the color pallet in various stitches. It is my news work project. The big brown circle is a ball of yarn that I am cotching- and it will become a line as I go forward.
Card- Tribute to Light The time of year and the natural environment pushed me to do this work.
Enjoy the holiday.
As the wreath shows I am doing holiday work now. I had a great time creating this wreath and it is festive, but it is too thick to fit between the door and the storm door! I am so silly I did not even consider that possibility. It will have to hang inside some where.
I have been thinking a lot about rules and regulations lately. I think those thoughts are related to our recent snow, because two rules like alternate street side parking so the snowplows can do their work and clearing the sidewalks are two seasonal things that have come up. One tends to forget little items like those rules when there is not any snow. So some rules usefulness come and go. But rules in general are what makes for a smooth running society. One can be still be put into situations where they do not know what is expected of them and what to expect from others. But in general rules of self control and kindness usually are good ones to use to go forward even in unusual settings. Expecting everyone around you to follow the rules of the road sure make moving around a less hazardous activity. But to every rule there are times when one must respond to the environments of that time and place. One must be flexible and allow for changes and exceptions to rules at time too.
Progress Report: Christmas Banners My good friend Regina gave me some beautiful machine embroidered blocks last month. I had a good time putting them together in three small banners this week. My daughter saw them before they were assembled and she really liked them too and asked me for a set. So now that they in groups. I will pass one onto her and keep the smaller ones. I already have spaces on my walls for these two for this season.
ZAP This work is 37”w X 56”l. I enjoyed doing all the hand applique of the bubble “IT’S” on the top of the Zaps to break up the negative spaces here. The work is reflective quilted with the circles added as I went along.
Zap It This rework project is almost done. I decided that the quilt was ok- but nothing more then that. So I added the dark purple strips to spell out “Zap it” on top. Now I have stitched over the dark purple lines sense the rest of the work is quilted already. I am still toying with the idea of adding more stitched lines in purple on top. I think I need to set it aside for a while and then look again with fresh eyes in a week or two.
New workI pulled out the last pieces of work that I inherited from Ethel( the black stencil stuff and the tree) and found some fabric to work with those pieces. I will move onto it next.
Glyph IV I keep beading away on this project.
Card As the cards shows- rules are on my mind this week.
This week had been one filled with events. Last Friday was busy as I took down the Finger Lakes Fiber Artist show a May Memorial. Then I went off to Oswego State University to Sharon Souva’s Graduate show. It was wonderful. She did a deep exploration of four areas. She took a photo. This one is called” Yellow Strip” and is a shot of a part of the pavement. She wrote a poem about each subject.She then did a print of the subject. This was followed by a small rendering of the image in fabric before doing a full sized quilt on the topic. I enjoyed seeing the progression. Her other three topics where grass growing out of a crack in the cement sidewalk. This is the quilt.
A close up of a rock formation , this is also her quilt solution.
Lastly , a quilt of birch bark with with lichens growing on it. Her fabric interpretations are wonderful and inspiring. I am so proud of her and admire the effort it took to go to school and see it to the end.
Then this wonder woman was a part of the Plow Shears craft show and sale on Sat and Sunday. This is a shot of part of her booth showing some of her landscape fiber drawing sewing pieces.
On Sunday I went off to the Schweinfurth to the Finger Lakes Fiber Artist meeting. We talked about the Q=A= Q show that is up and enjoyed hearing other members favorites and the why of those feelings. At 2:00 we went up stairs to enjoy Bev’s trunk talk. She was very kind with her full explanations about how she got to where she is now as well as her current process.It was a good day.
Then on Tues I went off to QuEG’s and Diva meetings. The holidays are keeping folks busy so there was not much show and tell in either case. Regina had finished her hand work on her circles and squares piece. The base of this work is a piece of Shobori that she did. Ruth shared her cell work too.
- Progress Report: Peeling Orange This work is 38” w X 41” l. It is the last work that I plant to use the Owl graffiti layout on. It is not the same pattern that I made in class. I took the idea and made it smaller to fit the orange hand dyed fabric that Regina gave to me. There are cut-aways from other works in the series in this piece too. I am now at the point where I did not care if the viewer knows or can find the the word in the work any more. I realized I have also become enchanted with the little tails that sometimes end up sticking out along the edge . I have cut them away many times- but decided I will keep some times on this work and some in the furture.
Zap It I am now doing the machine quilting and hand applique of the “It’s” on this quilt. It is moving along nicely.
The beading goes forward on this piece. I was so busy this week I did not get my hour in every day. But I will keep aiming for that amount of time.
Zap It II In my preparation for my own trunk show I looked at all my old pieces. I ended up with a whole pile of not so strong work and was considering just passing it all off to other uses. Then I remembered Ethel telling me long ago that I made great backgrounds. So I though perhaps I could use some of those weaker pieces as a background for the letter form explorations. I liked one of my line drawings of “Zap It” – so I used that as the basis for the purple strips on the surface of this older work. The next challenge is how I want to stitch these lines down on the surface.
Ethel’ Scarp I am ready to put together the scrap quilt now. This is my back for this work . It is also made from scraps.
Label Card Flexibility When it came time to start a new card for this week I still had the “reuse” thoughts in my head so being flexible seemed like the way to go this time.