Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A piece for SAQA

This morning, I sat in my studio watching the first half of a movie on Netflix (The Imitation Game - an excellent movie)  while I finished stitching the binding on my 12” by 12” donation piece for the SAQA fall auction. 

Yesterday, I watched the movie Colette - also an excellent movie - while doing the flowered embroidery and the beads.

I think it might be what I enjoyed the most. It’s very relaxing.

A little project that I did on earth day was a small produce bag cut from recycled lace valance found at the 2nd hand store. I simply cut the peaked edges off the bottom, folded and stitched a side and the bottom. The drawstring which I ran through the holes already there for the rod, came from an old pair of pjs. Do you pull those things out before passing them to the rag bag?

I have enough from the one small valance for 2 more bags. Cost $2.00.

It’s a cold, half rainy and half snowy day here today but at least the snow is going and there are patches of garden showing. My tulips near the foundation on the sunny side of the house are just peeping out of the soil  and I managed to plant more bulbs earlier this week. I temporarily can smell (I do t have smell most of the time) due to the extra doses of cortisone that I needed for my chest colds. A silver lining as I could smell the earth when I planted. 

It is a hopeful time .

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Collage Layers on a Gelli print

For days it’s been wet, cold and windy without much change predicted for the weekend. There could be lots of flooding around the province  with all the snow melt, rain and ice jams in the rivers. It turned into a lovely sunny day today though. This morning, I was in the studio for about an hour before going out for lunch. I did a couple errrands and came home to play a bit more. The sun was calling to me so I went for a short walk.
I’m working on a 12” square Gelli print block. So far, I’ve free motion stitched it and started to cut out some fused bits to layer on top. In this version I laid thin strips along part of a joined edge as my Gelli prints are not 12” wide.

 I have never been able to insert videos with this APP that I write my blog with. I’ve tried adding a link below for a little video that I just did. It was easy to post on ainstagram and fb. It’s complicated here. 

In this one you can see the joined edge.

Once I get all the bits cut, ironed on and stitched, I’ll add the batting and quilt it. I enjoy these ad lib pieces.

On my design wall, there is a baby quilt in progress. My husband’s niece is expecting s little girl in July.i will take this to UFO day Saturday where I should get most of it done. I need 3 more blocks. Also, I want to change the 2 darker berry coloured squares as I find them a little dark.

As a fiber artist, I don’t generally do patterns from other artists. One artist that I’ve followed for years is Leslie from,  and recently she has been creating some really sweet collages patterns. She also does workshops. I couldn’t resist this one with the gnome. Isn’t it cute?

I’ll be gathering some of the fabrics when I travel, especially the fake fur. In the meantime, I’ve raided my stash and started cutting some flowers.

It’s kind of relaxing to put something on to watch and do the cutting. 

I’m linking to the Needle and Thread Network.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Emerging from the funk, fabric painting

Yesterday, I had an out of town doctor’s appointment, and today was the first day this week that I could do some creative work. This morning for the first time in weeks, I awakened feeling rested and ready to resume normal activities. I went to the pool for my lap swim and watersize. It felt so good and the energy lasted for the afternoon! 
This is what I’ve been doing a lot of lately so it felt good to finally feel inspired.

There’s a small project that I’ve been wanting to do and I felt up to it after lunch. I got out my paints and had a go at printing and painting some fabrics.
These are the best 2 I think.

They will need a bit more layering of textures.

If I’m satisfied, I’ll add some appliqué and stitch. These are about 12” each.

In the meantime, my chickadee piece is languishing on the coffee table, neeeding only a few stitches to finish it up.

I’ll be so glad to put the binding on this!

I have a commission for another one since I decided I’d like to keep this one.
 With pencil, I lightly sketched some of my chickadee pics onto a white cotton fabric. I will add color with paint to each one before adding stabilizer and thread painting them. 

If I do a few at a time, I’ll have them for future projects.

I’m writing this with my tea, taking a short break before I’ll get up to put a couple salmon steaks in the oven to bake - some leftover rice, and fresh steamed broccoli will round out the delicious but simple meal. My favourite.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Holding onto spring, some Gelli print collage

I’m writing a second post in a week which isn’t easy when weather and health are conspiring against the mood. I  decided this morning in the face of another snow storm, (schools are cancelled here today) that I would need to stay positive and not do anymore whining about winter. You wouldn’t blame me though, would you? I picked up a few groceries early and felt I deserved these.

To top it off, the cold that I’d thought I’d beat with natural methods turned into the second chest infection of the year and I had to visit the clinic where I picked up another antibiotic. How I dislike taking them but with asthma and a compromised lung function, it was necessary. 

At least I’m feeling better today, and so, I headed to my studio this afternoon. Some days one needs a little easy creativity to relax. I pulled out some Gelli prints and started slicing. The cardboard first initial of my name was a birthday gift from a friend.

Going through the print box got me thinking about a few others.

I’m playing. Cutting and thinking about what if’s. Maybe it’ll go back into the box. It was a good diversion on such a day.

Maybe it should have a bird’s nest instead of flowers.
I’m hoping this midweek finds you healthy and content. If not, perhaps some soft music, some flowers and a wee bit of creativity would help.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Signs of spring

This has been a rough winter for me. It seems like I’ve been resting and recouperating a lot! Gord and I have bothe been sick with a cough, sinus and bad chest cold for the better part of the last two weeks. I’d begun to wonder when I’d get back to my Bernini again. We’ve been both using sinus rinse and drinking green tea with lemon and honey all weekend and taking it easy. I’ve actually been watching some daytime tv and knitting.
Our knitting group has been making little teddies (this one is bigger because of the yarn) for the fire fighters and the hospital.

And later this week I managed a little ‘regular! Sewing, making a couple zippered bags from the vinyl backed fabric. I need a gift this week so I’ll use one and put a couple things in it.

After lunch today I finally made it back to my chickadee piece, finishing up a couple little details and doing some of the quilting. I actually spent some earlier with my tea printing out some other versions of the chickadees feeding from my hand, trying to get the size right for another small piece. I’ve been commissioned.

I’m almost done the quilting and I’ve chosen a binding. Perhaps I will add a few beads or a wee bit of hand stitching.

I’ve been doing a little whining lately about the snow here; all the pretty on line pictures of more southerly springs make me envious! This afternoon when I parted my lace shears in the studio, I noticed that my little orchid had bloomed. Do you notice the snow! It’s melting though. The driveway and roads are bare and we’ve lost at least a foot.

The orchid in my dining area is also in bloom.

My son who lives 4hrs away in southern NB is out hiking with his partner and their dogs today and sent me pics.

Isn’t it beautiful!

Another hopeful sign of spring here is the return of the birds. We had a pair of mourning doves in the apple tree this week. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A visit

This week, my daughter, her partner and our 2 year old grandson, Ollie, came for a visit on their March break. They’re both teachers in Charlottetown, PEI. We still have lots of snow here and very high snowbanks. Caley and Danny enjoyed the sled run more than Ollie, I think.

He was happy to make mounds of snow in his dump truck and to play on top of the banks, something that made Nana very nervous even though they kept a close eye on him.

They are so trusting at that age— jumping into momma’s arms.

I did a clean up after they left yesterday and hubby packed for a trip, so I’m on my own until Friday.

Today, I had lunch with friends to celebrate a 70th birthday for one of them. When I came home it was so nice outside I went into the yard again to do a little more tree trimming while I can still reach it. I even got Xmas lights off the pine tree, something Gord usually does in late spring with a ladder. Getting back down off the snowbank was a bit tricky though!

In my down time, I’ve been knitting another afghan using leftovers from my daughter’s Christmas present.

I’m making very slow progress on my fiber art pieces. Definitely I’m slowing down in my processes and I don’t know if it’s a confidence thing or simply an age factor. I finally took the chickadee piece to the machine after backing it with a stabilizer.
I stitched some of the hand lines, and the chickadee wings.

At the same time I added some writing with a white ink pen, a piece of stamped fabric, and a wilted leaf to the seed pods which are stitched to the background. If I decide I like it I’ll stitch it all down, add some shading to the wilted leaf and get to the quilting.
Do you see what I mean? I add something and then must think on it. My ‘groove’ seems to have really slowed!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Finishing some artwork

Although it’s beautiful and sunny - the type of day that makes one want to get out on the snowshoes -bit’s windy and cold so I opted for a swim this morning. Then I met hubby for lunch.

This afternoon, I’ve been in the studio. While I waited for the puff paint trees to dry on the cardboard backs (it could take 24 hrs), I decided to get to work on some artwork that’s been laying around waiting for a finish.

I’m hoping they’re going to work as a monoprinting motif on the chickadee piece that I’m working on. I’ve tried one on a small small piece of fabric.

I would like a few tree branches on the right side. We’ll see how the print plates work once they’re dried.

In the meantime, I cut and fused down all the pieces of the background trees to the rock cliff and added some confetti in the gold colors. When I finished, I overlaid a piece of tulle which I’ll stitch overtop and then trim around the tree shapes. I want to get that part done so I can move back down to the stitching on the rock. 

I haven’t done the black areas yet. It’s getting there though. I really need to push forward to get a couple of these pieces finished.
Finally, I feel as though I’m emerging from the hole I’ve been in for the last 4-5 months. It’s been one health issue after another. I’m getting stronger on the snowshoe trail; that’s a good sign. I’m committed to losing some weight too and I’ve managed 4lbs in the last couple weeks. Between ADD, feeling fidgety and wanting to munch all the time, and medications that cause weight gain, it’s a challenge. I need to do this.

After pinning the rock up on the design wall to contemplate, I backed this seed pod piece with interfacing and did some stitching. I haven’t touched my free motion machine in a while. I did the stems which are silk ribbon and stitched around some of the smallest seed pod.

Since I was very happy with the textures of the foam stamped pods turned, I intend to keep the stitching minimal. 
I’m feeling pretty good about myself!
Time for a green tea and a light snack.