Friday, January 31, 2014

Sacred Threads Gates of Heaven and Hell Travelling Again!

I'm excited to announce that my piece has been selected to travel with a select group from the Sacred Threads 2013 collection! 
The group will travel the Mancuso Show circuit in 2014!
I'm honored to have been considered & thrilled that work will travel with such a unique and powerful exhibit!

Gates of Heaven & Hell

note: the entrance to hell is a^^ bit more open that the heaven side :P

The binding on the heaven side is all black. The binding on the hell side is all white, around the bottom area it didn't look good; too boxed in so I took my fancy fabric marker and just drew out or carried the design fully to the edges. I was so impressed with myself for thirty seconds, then I only wished I could have done the white on the heaven side... note to self; much easier to get black onto a white surface that true white onto a black surface...

yes; those are fishnet stockings, I covered them in smokey tulle so they are flush.
The Raven is made of PVC material. I had to cover it in Solvy's water soluble stabilizer in order to quilt the feathers. The finished bird looks almost like leather.
BTW: The question I'm most asked is 'What is PVC material?'
It is used for outfits like this

I also used it on my Steampunk Cyborg kitteh.
You will need a water soluable stablizer if you wish to free motion quilt(or machine stitch it at all)  over it to prevent your presser foot from sticking. 
I use this one
Here's a shot my friend Teri took at the show for me:

I'm so totally stoked!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Broken Pull Toy Sold!

I am astonished and thrilled to report my second piece at the Whitter Art Gallery SOLD!  
How lucky can a girl get!
Thanks so much to joanell Connolly & Jeanette Kelly for the invite!
Giddyness today!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Recent Commission

It's always so humbling when you get a call for a commissioned piece of art.  Even more so when the call comes from a fello artist that you so admire! 
Cindy Cooksey contacted me with a quote she wanted me to use my calligraphy skills on. 
Here is the finished work. 
 Cindy provided some 'enticements' including the mixed silk hexagons & the fabric of the vase.  I cut the vase shape and used the same stencil that I used to create the background (using FW frosted white acrylic ink) I simply used black to mirror the flourishes. 
I was very happy with the placement in that it broke up the pattern & really gave it a nice depth.
In this shot you can best see the French Knots coming down from the top.
Believe it or not; those leaves (using some hand dyed silk scraps) were the most difficult for me and the stem.  I find it hard in hand embroider keeping that really flat even stitching.
Here is the quote Cindy wanted.  I used my own handwriting as it best echoed the swirls I feel; enjoining all the elements.

 I had machine stitched the bird shap first and then felt he needed more visual presense.  I had a ball with my Laura Wasilowsky hand dyed floss.  YUM!
You can see the white frost shimmer giving a ghost of a wing image there. 
I really love using stenicls to create quick, easy backgrounds.  When laying down ink I always go really light at first, then heavier in spots to give the illusion of depth.  The frosted inks add so much.  I typically dilute them a bit when I want that ghost image but keep the sparkle.

I was so nervous to give it to Cindy that I simply left it on my ironing board so she could look at it while I went to another room in the house.  That way if she hated she wouldn't feel that immediate pressure of me standing there like a happy kitten.  LOL
I'm happy to say she liked it. 
I enjoyed making it for her!
Happy Kittens to you!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Some small stuff

Taking a small break from a couple big jobs to enjoy Sherlock Holmes and some hand work. 

I had found these vintage yo-yo's a long time ago and recently stitched them together.  I like how they resembled the glass grapes we used to have in the 70's that sat on the living room table.   

I probably overworked this small piece but I simply love Deborah Boschert's 'y' motif and of course my favorite French knots in variegated threads. Most of these embroidery threads are Laura Wasilowski's hand dyed pearle cottons.  YUM!

Not too long ago I was reading a blog on the Creative Mind and they had posted this poem. It really spoke to me so I printed it out.  Fast forward to this week of boob tubing with Sherlock and I had an idea.
I quickly grabbed some moda basic grey fabric; quickly stamped some grunge images, sketched a raven and grabbed some pens.  I loved having minimum embellishments and time.  It quickly focused me and I really need that type of focus.  I find I get too bogged down into 'petting' all my stuff when I go searching for materials to create something new.  After an hour I have so much crap  stuff out that I am frozen and spoiled for choice.  

16" x 20" roughly
the pens I chose.  Not shown was a teal gelly roll pen.  

This ink is so very cool and I mix it with plain black for an iridescent look. It's not the blue/black sparkle that I'm after but it works for now. 

I love using  gelly roll pens on fabric!  I didn't pre-treat this fabric at all.  The black ink outline had dried so the jelly roll gold and green inks sat right on top and didn't bleed all over which was cool!

I'm impressed with the fine line detail I can get from these pens, the metallic ones are just awesome!

This is the back.  The ink that was in the dish was so gorgeous I wondered if I could just lay material in it and pick up the marbling.  No dice but the resulting 'spot' completely looks like a Bison's head to me. 

I also scrounged up some bigger scraps for something else entirely. 
While searching through this little ziplock bag I found this bird from some cards I had made last year.  I think he will work quite nicely on this motif. 

These are real Acorn tops that I have inserted a silk cocoon and two felted balls in.  I think that worked out nicely and now they are ready to bead! 

Finally, working on my running stitch I added outlines to this pattern.  I had previously stenciled this design on.  I embroidered the snail pattern & bubbles on the bottom.  Now the running stitches have been added.  Not sure if it's done yet. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cyborg Kitteh SOLD!

I am overjoyed to report that my piece
Cyborg Kitteh
SOLD the first day of the Whittier Art Gallery Show on Saturday!
I throughly enjoyed making this piece & actually have two others on my design table in various states of completion. 
I admit I will miss this one.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Whittier Gallery Art Opening!

I am such a dork; I completely forgot to make sure my camera was charged & arrived at the venue with a dead phone/camera.  These photos were taken by others (whom I had to bribe to get copies of-LOL)



What a fun event!
My Kitteh Prayer flags were a definite hit!  I'm so happy!  Often we make our art and don't think much about it; the feedback was wonderful!
Sew grateful!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Show opens TODAY!

I finished hand stitching some of my 'Kitty Prayer Flags' and felt they would go nicely as smaller works for sale at the show today. 

Whittier Art Gallery 
2:30 - 5:00 Artist reception
Everyone welcome!

These are all 9" x 11"
signed and numbered
complete with hanging rods (see below)

Kitteh prays: " Keep me safe indoors please"

Kitteh prays: 'Butterfly dreams'

Classic Coke Kitteh prays:  'Cheezeburgerz plz"
This kitteh is special; he is a feral who has been TNR (trapped, neuter/spay & released) you can tell by his 'tipped' right ear. 

Kitteh prays: 'In Spring, let their be bugs!'

They all come wrapped with their own hand painted, wire wrapped, beaded or buttoned hanging rods

Hope to see you at the reception today!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Collaboration Show opens this Saturday at the Whittier Art Gallery

I have two pieces in this show:
Cyborg Kitteh
And Broken Pull Toy

I will also have some bin work & hand made cards for sale.

Hope to see you there!
Artist reception is Saturday from I think noon to 4pm.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Small project & Ironing board makeover!

Catching up this weekend!
THIS was not on the calendar but it looked so cute to make I had to try it
I used a charm pack (5" squares) and a mini charm pack (2 1/2" squares)

You can see the mini is simply placed in the middle, then stitched directly down, then you take that and quarter it, mix 'em up and sew them back together (with a lot of them of course)
 This darling block is c/o Missouri Star You Tube (look for the title 'Loose change')

It was great to place my little spinny cutting mat, ruler, fabrics on my new ironing board along with my iron and have it right next to my machine!  Plenty of room for all!  Check it out below!

I was anxious to try out my new ironing board!

 Wheeee!  No more curvy pointy bit I don't need!
 Shots from underneath
The ironing board insulation and non insulated (for the top) I had purchased from Joanns
(at 50% off the ironing board insulation material was a bargain- it's normally $15 per yard) and I have a bit left over for another couple oven mits!

I modified  it myself.  I went to home depot, asked for a piece of wood approx 60"L x 24"W and they cut it for me.  I chose  Laminated pine - expensive at $23.00 for a 70" piece, but very lightweight to prevent accidental tipping.

The other benefit is that when I use steam (which is like, all the time; I don't worry about rust now, there's no way the moisture will get thru the wood to eat up the metal frame).

I brought it home and using these simple things,  assembled it!
That is Gorilla tape from the flooring dept.

If you'd like some further instructions I'm happy to help, email me. It was so simple and I LOVE the extra space on the board!

I have a customer quilt in progress that is a queen size so this will be awesome to iron it on!