Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DOES IT GET BETTER THAN THIS??? - Felted Bowls

Part of the fun of creating felted bowls.....is figuring out unique embellishment treatments. For way too long I've been fondling some beautiful sea glass  treasures sent to me by a New Jersey quilt world friend. The right project that would do them justice just hadn't appeared....until now.

Today I assigned a total of 6 pieces of sea glass to just completed bowls. Here's the first......   Thank you Jo......


Monday, May 25, 2015

MEMORIAL DAY 2015

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER THIS IS MORE THAN A 3 DAY WEEKEND!!

ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL.
NEVER FORGET FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WET FELTED BOWLS

Ready, set.....go.......
 This weekend I'm determined to create an inventory of wet felted bowls....that will then be embellished with beads and thread....   
 Using merino wool, both prefelt batts and roving, this session is the first time I really feel I 'get' how to do this.  One change in my process was to place the 'design' elements on the resist, rather than adding them on the final layer.  It has helped so much in keeping the colors/patterns in position.
I'm also getting a real feel for how to properly and layer the wool....and not to rush the felting process.  Now the bowls are far more uniform in thickness and shape.  So I guess the old moral to the story is:  Practice, practice, practice!!! 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BEAUTIFUL WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

Though (as I've said numerous times) North Carolina will never be 'home' to me........perhaps I'm becoming more local than I think.  Why??  Because the fabulous scenery and recreation options have too long been ignored.  A concerted effort is being made to begin appreciating all that this area has to offer....in other words, becoming a 'tourist' again. 
 There are zillions of places to hike.....though unfortunately the percentage that allow dogs is surprisingly small.
Waterfalls are prevalent here in Western North Carolina....and never fail to dazzle!!

This long holiday weekend may be your excuse to get out and explore your local attractions that perhaps you've been ignoring!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN MEADOW - NEW WORK

 Well, this piece was a LONG time in the works.  It was one of those projects where an 'ahhhh' design just kept eluding me.  I had every intention of posting  photos of the entire process, but after seeing just how many there were and realizing how much whining and indecision would be exposed....I've opted to share only 3.
The project began in Nov. 2014, as a small piece of yellow silk noil. It was transformed using a soy wax resist and green, yellow, and orange/red dyes.
I'm inspired by the mountains that surround me.....so the idea was to hand embroider a mountain scene and frame it with hanging branches using two strands of floss.  (Which took a lonnnnng time!) Though I had not envisioned any other design elements....as often happens....the piece tells you to keep going....and so I did.  
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN MEADOW  18" X 16"
Artist soy wax resist/hand-dyed silk noil, cotton batik, hand embroidered.
Detail - Appalachian Mountain Meadow

Check out how what other artists have been up to this week:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop, Whoop Friday, Richard and Tanya Quilts.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREY'S ANATOMY FANS

SO....for those of you who where surprised when viewing the recent episodes of Grey's Anatomy.....I must admit I wasn't.  We are big race fans.....and in the race world we KNEW this was coming.....




Dr. McDreamy is no more....still Dreamy??  Yes of course.....but perhaps only to race fans.  We've seen him up and personal many, many times.....very personable and accessible to fans.......  as cute in person?   Yes!  But as most race car drivers are:  physically quite small....however the cuteness factor is still there as you can see!

Yup...this is fiber unrelated...guess that means I have nothing to report about that subject today!  Coming soon though.......

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BLOGGER CONNECTIONS

I've already rambled on about how much I miss the in-person connection with students......I'll try to stop whinning about that...the decision not to travel teach anymore was valid for so many reasons......  However, I now realize I'm not living in a vacuum afterall.

Today a smile developed as I read Crafty Quilting with Pamela's blog.  I had been contacted by this New South Wales, Australia artist, inquirying about specifics of the resist dye felted wool pieces I've created.  The real expert is Chad Hagan, and I passed along her contact info.... and also shared some tips that I found helpful.

As they say....a picture is worth 100 words.....I'd say she's suceeded!!

Here are two of my pieces which have been embellished, finished with a backing and hanging device.
 Shooting Stars & Space Blossoms -  6" x 8"
SOLD
Sunshine & Shadows - 8" - 5"
Available here (about 1/4 way down the page)

Monday, May 18, 2015

ONE PERSON'S TRASH.......

Even though we are trying to 'purge' all unnecessary 'stuff'.......thanks to my pal Georgia Bonesteel I inherited a nifty antique drying rack.
Georgia actually had it packed up ready to transport to Goodwill when she happened to mention this handy item.  PERFECT for my use....a portable and rather small rack.  It needed a bit of repair - 'the handy husband' took care of that. I scrubbed years of grime away and sealed the wood with varnish.
Next week the Fiber Junkies will be dyeing.....so I'm preparing a cut up old white on white tablecloth (that I no longer use) with soda ash.  I'm a happy camper!!  Thank you Georgia!

Friday, May 15, 2015

PLAID-ITUDE

Back in January I eagerly dug into a box of felting supplies, a Xmas gift from my son & DIL.  
 The luscious color of this batt of pre-felt is called watermelon.  Layers have been carefully placed and ready for the wet felting process.
After lots of rolling and throwing and with the aid of a variety of 'curls' and pencil roving, this small plaid design was the result.  It's more than a blank canvas yet it could still use more design elements.
 My initial idea called for a lot of beading with the addition of hand embroidery. However, the more I studied the graphic design the more I realized keeping it simple was a better plan.
PLAID-ITUDE  10" X 11"
Artist hand wet felted wool, bead embellished.

See what other creative folks have been up to this week at:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Whoop, Whoop, Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Richard and Tanya Quilts. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MOUNTAIN LIVING

Declaration - spring has sprung into summer here in the mountains! The garden beds and potted plants are now nicely attended to (without much help from me I might add!) At this elevation, the Rhododendrons and Blaze Azaleas are just beginning their show.  They bloom from mid-May to late June.

Enjoy the season wherever you are.......