Friday, December 26, 2014

WIP Assemblages

Finished this one
aperture is 8x10.  
Love these frames from Michael's, with the glass removed it's a nice, shallower shadowbox feel. 

P.S., these are really Emu neck feathers from my mom's Emus.  They aren't soft but are very durable the color variations are lovely! The plume of three is made from a single feather.




Final layout of Raven, now onto stitching and 'distressing' the gears I stenciled on to pop them more. This finished size is larger so it's about 11x14 or so. 

added some water and let them bleed out. I like the verdigris water stain in the lower left corner! Serendipity!

an early incarnation.  Head feathers too big; flight feathers too blingy.  But I loved the feet idea so I drew some and added them.  I replaced with silk ribbon and leather and will add some dark purple/blue/black tiny sequins to add depth. 

And lastly, little traveler kitteh is progressing.  Created the compass last night and will be adding more elements to the background and finishing this one today if the mood takes me. 
This size is also 8x10 and will be framed as kitteh above. 

I adore being on vacation at the holidays.  Wake up late, wander in to the kitchen full of noshes and coffee and then back to my assemblage tables and works in progress.  

I had decided if I was doing one that I should do multiples, that way I can have all the stuff out at one time and it's been a great way to work!  I can try out ideas and if it doesn't work on one piece it might just be what one of the others needs.  

I have one more set of kitten eyes in blue/green and I have some lovely blue silk scraps that will work nicely too so now that I freed up some space finishing kitten #1 I may start another.  

Happy, peaceful and inspiring sewing to you all! 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Small things

Had fun making this for my friend Vickie.  It was great to clean out my button collection after the great sewing room move/purge. 
 
 
 
 
 
You can see here how I made the eyes.  They were from Tim Holtz fabric; the moth wing dots became the eyes.   
 
I did this watercolor card for my boss.  My co-worker and I went in together and got her fresh flowers each month for six months (for Christmas gift).  She really loved them.  
Here's a shot of the first arrangement for December


 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bag It!

This new fabric with the cats & birds really inspired me.  I made six bags in this new collection.
Perfect timing for the fall celebrations!
The first bag features a stuffed little dead bird hanging off the front.
These two styles below are 10" x 10".  A nice grab and go style that won't weigh you down!


 Love this Raven fabric too!  Only one of this bag left!

 This is a large 13" x 13" bag and very fun!
 This collection has this lining
 
Happy Halloweenie!
 
 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Some Distraction activity

I've been experimenting with making bags.  I love a good bag and while I prefer small ones;
10" x 10" or smaller, lots of folks need larger ones.  So good for me! I get to play around with fun fabrics like this darling cat library fabric below:  
I encourage you to enlarge it and read the titles.  Too cute!
 
Then I found these darling neon houndstooth cats (and birds) and thought, wouldn't they be cute with some ribbon accents? 


 
My friend Vickie gave me the cat fabric below:  I fell in love with the painterly print and co-opted it with the Zen chic jelly roll strips I had layin around.

 
Then last night I played around with a new bag style altogether.  This is a drawstring bag with a single wrist strap.  I had hoarded some delightful chicken fabrics and thought they would be perfect for this style. 
 

 
Lots of fun!
 
Happy Sewing!
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One Step Up, Two Steps Back

I can't believe time has gotten so far away from me.
 
 
Quick catch up:
Class at Conejo Valley quilters was fabulous!
The lecture went very well and we had a great time!
Some photos I saved before the camera card got lost :(





 
Up in Thousand Oaks there was a GIANT Joanne's and I purchased one of those rainbow colored roll a way's with just enough drawers so that each of my unfinished quilt tops can be tucked (along with binding, backing and co-ordinating thread so I can just go grab a drawer and finish them!
(ok, granted it probably would have been just as easy to leave them in the stacks on my table but I have always wanted one of these roll a way's and it will be great for all the quilt block construction I plan on doing sometime in the near future... when I have time... and well, I see you all nodding in bemused agreement. 
 
Here are the tops ready for batting, backing & done!
 
 
Then upon return I had to lickity split get two twin size t-shirt quilt commissions done!
Good thing there was a three day weekend in there. 
One valuable lesson I learned was that instead of using regular fusible interfacing on the tshirts, using fusible cotton interfacing is the best.  With the polyester interfacing there is still stretch in one direction; the cotton has NO stretch AND you can easily iron on it! The iron just glides over it when you are pressing during construction. (Which you want to always press on the wrong side anyhow owing to some screen prints will melt at the touch of a hot iron)

 
All the while dealing with work, my foster kittens, other projects and this record breaking heat wave that's about to kill me (and my wallet) oi vey!
 
I've recently finished some projects that I've put up on my Etsy and am trying to get some of these quilt tops batted and backed so they can go into the 'Etsy' bin and they can stop nagging me to finish them! LOL
 
Small tote
 

 Large Tote (book bag size)
 
 

can be folded over for a clutch

 
small autumn prayer flag

 
 and then I got distracted by making these chicken pin cushions.    
 
I really do have craft disorder but I find that bouncing around on projects can be fun and helpful and then it seems all at once you've finished lots of stuff!
 
Ok, back to work.
 
Happy Sewing!