Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recycled, Repurposed--What Fun!

I've been using one of Fee's old shirts as a summer cover-up for chores or when the air conditioner cranks up. I bemoaned the lack of pockets for a while, but was too lazy to do anything about it.  (This isn't the same shirt as the one I've embroidered all over, although I keep it for the same purpose.)

So after kvetching about no pocket, I found myself  in the studio, just looking at some of the things I'd made that had no purpose whatsoever, when it occurred to me that one of the eco-dyed, leaf-printed pieces I'd embroidered on a couple of years ago, might make a good pocket.  The piece was already backed with muslin, so I sewed it on the shirt.



Next, I cut off the badly frayed collar, and pinned one of my embroidered fabric brooches over the other frayed portion.  Hmmm....and there was the little blue & white patchwork piece, and some embroidered linen.  Two more pockets.





 What next? 
 Some of the fabric brooches I'd made several years ago?  
Some of the newer things I've embroidered to keep my hands busy?  
All of a sudden, the choices were plentiful, and
the shirt has become a canvas for items 
that had no other use.



Other possibilities:

 I originally planned to use the hearts
on something else,
but they may go on the shirt, too.

I love Julie Arkell's textile pins all over an article of clothing, a Mermaid's Tale used a child's robe to display her brooches, Diane Savonna's  (Treasure) Hunting Jacket that is heavy with artifacts, Mandy Patullo's creative whimsey, Jody Bloom's Mourning Jacket, and Jude Hill's work that includes this shirt.

And two Etsy shops with similar items:  SistersRoseandRuby and Fleurbonheur.

Since I've made a foray into the studio, maybe some of the other things I've planned to work on may come to fruition.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I've been absent for a while.  
Trip to Hot Springs for Thanksgiving, reading, and a little embroidery.  
Then my iPad died and had to go to the iDoctor. 
 An unpleasant story that I will skip 
as I've complained ad nauseam  on my book blog.  


To catch up a little, I never showed the all the blocks I quilted from Bryce Eleanor's drawings.  Here are a few more.


I saw a neat idea on Pinterest about attaching lace (or fabric) 
to windows or walls with corn starch.
Which is easily removed.
I tried it with lace on the bottom window panes on the door.
The photos don't show the pattern of the lace,
which is easy to see in reality.

I like the additional privacy,
but it is difficult to take a good picture.


Even with the light on....

It may occasionally frustrate the cats,
who have always spent a great deal of time
on the chest and looking out the window,
but they manage to get over it.

While I fidgeted 
because I didn't have my iPad,
I embroidered scraps.


I don't know what I will do with them,

but they kept my hands busy.

May use them to patch something.

I also embroidered some hearts,
which I'll take pics of later.

Without my Kindle, which was on my iPad,
my reading led to books with actual pages.

I read an ARC by Anita Shreve--
Stella Bain, a story set during WWI.
I really enjoyed it!

Fee had a copy of Sycamore Row by John Grisham
that I confiscated.
I liked it, too.
It is not a sequel to A Time to Kill,
but it does feature Jake Brigance and Clanton, Mississippi.

Then Fee gave me an early Christmas present,
a Kindle Fire.
I downloaded all my books from NetGalley,
and I'm back in business!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wonderful Weather

After several rainy days
 (and we needed the rain),
we are now enjoying some lovely weather.

I have found some new uses for my encrusted pieces--
I've attached some to the stretchy bands I use for my braid, some to hair clips and one to a cuff. 

This is the button that is used for 
the closure on the cuff.    
Mostly French and bullion knots.  
I like doing these buttons.

I think brooches may be next.  


Remember that I told you that Fee brings me things?   
The gold thimble, rusted utensils, 
pieces of wood, 
and last week, 
a hollow log!



"Can you do something with this?"  
Hmmm.  
Not right now, but I'll be thinking about it.

Any ideas? 
See the shadow of Edgar's tail 
in lower left corner? 
 Nosy cat.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Musings

 Remember this manipulated piece of raw silk from last fall?

I've cut it up and used it to make a bodice and sleeves for a new doll (well, a doll that was in progress from several months ago).  Then I added an encrusted piece.
Then I began adding beads to the sleeves.

I worked on this while watching Episode One of Arang & the Magistrate--a romantic comedy about a ghost who has lost her memory and the handsome, but cynical magistrate who can see ghosts--

Arang & the Magistrate is a lot of fun, and I can work on tedious things with pleasure while watching.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Discovered a new Etsy shop with some great patterns and labels--
check out Sweetwater's shop-! 
Jar Sewing Kit- Pattern Only


Sewing Kit Iron On Label
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A few more pics of encrusted pieces, including the work in progress.  I've used buttonhole lace on several pieces.  Love the Sassalynne perle cotton threads.  Beautiful variegation!

A rainy day!  A blessing in so many ways--a gift to the garden, the pleasure of watching and listening to the sound of falling rain, a great excuse to curl up with a book (I'm reading two ARCs right now--The Brain Fix by Ralph E. Carson  and Night Watch by Linda Fairstein), or retreat to the studio and work on a doll or embroider while watching a Kdrama.  

Lovely choices, and I'll take advantage of all of them--especially since the house is clean, the laundry done, and left-overs available for supper!

What are you up to?  Plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Boro Jacket Finished

I finished the boro jacket nearly a month ago.  I like it!  You've seen all the "in progress" photos, so this is the finished jacket--well, except for a fastening.  Jeogori jackets tie closed, but I'm not sure if I'll use ties or a button.



It is really quite warm!

Bryce Eleanor arrived in her PJs Monday morning and showed me some of her "awesome" gymnastic moves with a hulu hoop.

She tried to get me to do a handstand; I told her I was too old, but eventually complied (but unlike the days when I walked around the house on my hands--this time I used a wall).  Then she said, "Try  this...you're not too old for this!"  on several other moves.  Yeah, sure.

Another of the recent encrusted pieces this one mostly with coton a broder.

I'm teaching chair yoga at Horizon Bay, an assisted living facility.  My oldest student is 90, and she is in excellent shape; she says she played softball until she was 78.  She's my hero!

Today I'm going to introduce some qi gong exercise to the mix.  I love qi gong because working with the breath is so relaxing.  

Mid-week, mid-month already.  Where does the time go?

Monday, August 13, 2012

This and That

We went to see The Intouchables yesterday.  It was excellent.  If you have a chance to see it, you really should!  It is one of those films that leave you uplifted and smiling.



Here is another of the encrusted pieces I've been working on for the past several weeks.  I left some of the threads hanging.


I have company today.  Bryce Eleanor is visiting today and tomorrow.  She has been showing me some of her awesome gymnastic and hula hoop moves.  Her K4 classes begin on Wed. 

This is such a cool demonstration that an ant's stomach is transparent.  Found via Pinterest via The Chive.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bad Blogger

Well, this is the second extended blogging break this year--in fact, this may just be one long hiatus broken by a few postings.  I'll be blogging merrily along then, all of a sudden, the computer feels like too much trouble.  It becomes an "I'm going to..." exercise, but procrastination wins.

Max turned six in July.  Eric made his Angry Bird cake; Max loved it!


I've been working on more encrusted pieces.
Plastic circles, metal washers, tiny beads and rocks, buttons, etc.--caught between two layers of cloth and then embroidered and embellished.  Days of work go into a 2 x 3 inch piece, but it is a relaxing process for me.

I've done a little plant propagation.  In water...

and directly into soil.  I couldn't find my rooting hormone, but these seem to be doing fine without it.  

I've been thinking about art dolls again, lately.  It may be time to switch gears from embroidery to dolls again.  I've a half-finished doll waiting and plenty of clay.  

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Returning Prodigal

I've been absent for quite a while.  Thanks to those of you who emailed to see if everything is all right--I appreciate it.

Not only did I take a long blogging break, but I also took a long stitching break.  The only thing I was doing in the studio was my yoga sadhana and meditation.  I didn't  clean up the piles of fabric on the cutting table, put away my threads, or even pick up the white on white project to see what could be done next.

What I did do was read.  And read.  And read.  And work in the garden.  I have five passions: reading, stitching, making eccentric dolls, gardening, and yoga.  I can never seem to divide time equally between them; I go from one obsession to the next.  I haven't made a doll in months, but when that obsession returns, another obsession will suffer neglect.

This week, though, I've returned to stitching.  I've made some progress on the white on white, although Karen Ruane's class has ended, and I'm not nearly through with my piece.
Pinning some blocks together.






I have also done quite a bit of work on a boro jacket.  Last summer, I took 2 of Fee's old shirts to use as painter's smocks.  The shirts are huge, one had a rip in the front, and both were worn around the collar and cuffs.  Both also had paint on them, so they were a perfect fit for patching boro style.

Watching Korean historical dramas, I fell in love with the jeogori jacket worn over the traditional hanbok.  So I cut the shirt very short, cut 6 inches or so off the sleeves, and changed the shape of the neck.  After pulling out all my blue fabric scraps, I began applying the patches with simple kantha stitching using a cream Danish flower thread from Hedgehog Handworks and a black pearl cotton.  I'm going to order some more of the Danish flower thread in shades of blue.

The video below is so cool...what a sensational place for young people!  Makes your heart beat faster and makes you want to move and "dance with him".



Via The Small Object

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Continuing to work on these blocks.




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I've been reading like a maniac again.  Two favorites in the recent batch of mysteries:  As the Crow Flies, a Sheriff Longmire mystery by Craig Johnson  and The First Rule of Ten a mystery about an ex-monk who joined the LAPD and has recently resigned to become a private investigator-- by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay. Both were great reads. I've just posted a review of  As the Crow Flies on my book blog and The Rule of Ten is scheduled for next week.
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Our friend Teresa has been busy for the last few weeks preparing for the Highland Blooms Garden Tour which was held this past weekend.  The Highland area in Shreveport is an older neighborhood with many Craftsman-style homes, and complete with an old-fashioned/quirky/creative atmosphere.  Teresa and Ricky have been active for several years with the Highland Restoration Association for several years, and Teresa is the current president of the association that seeks to restore and revitalize the area.

Since I was unable to attend the Garden Tour, I've enjoyed seeing the pictures Teresa posted on her blog, Views from My Highland Cottage.  Stop by and visit!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Musings



Good Monday to you!  My gosh, it is already May 21; where does the time go?  I've been trying to catch up on book reviews over at A Garden Carried in the Pocket and have several scheduled, trying to catch up with Karen's class, trying to catch up with blog reading,  just trying to catch up!

I need some potting soil, so today I'll be running various errands.  If I have to get out for one thing, then I may as well take care of several others.  And, uh, my library books are overdue.  (note to self:  make list of books so I won't just wander around for 3o minutes)

I also want to check for some larger waste canvas since I just can't see the very small blocks in size 14 well enough to do a decent job.  Of course, once I get to JoAnn's I will find other items that I "need."

The white work continues:
 I still have such a long way to go in filling the blank space in all of the blocks I'm working on.  A long way.  Very slow cloth.  Maybe I should work on just one section at a time so that I could at least have one block completed, rather than going back and forth between blocks.

So many things that I love in Sophie Blackall's home!  Sophie is an illustrator, and she does have a blog, although the pic comes from Design Sponge.
sophie5
via Design Sponge
 I want to make a quilt like hers--already trying to decide what poems and which lines to use.

Dylan Thomas, of course, offers a multitude of choices.  I could probably do one based on his work alone.  Or maybe I could use the poet/lyricist Paul Simon.  Now, to decide--mix and match or one poet, many lines?  Not that I'll be getting around to this anytime soon!

Do you have favorite poets, poems, lines, or quotes?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday Thoughts

This has been quite a week.  Our first grand nephew, who weighed in at 1.1 lbs, arrived Wed. afternoon and is holding his own.   They tried to delay his arrival to allow his lungs to develop a little more, but circumstances dictated differently.   Megan didn't get to see him until yesterday afternoon, but mother and child are improving, although Jack will be in NICU for a long time.  What miracles modern medicine can perform!
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I've continued working on the white on white for Karen's class.  Here are some of the bits I've been working on.  
 Ruching--used a silk gauze for this section.

 I worked a piece of twine with cotton a broder and added it.


The thing is--you can just keep adding and adding to these blocks.  I've added some little tufts and some cut work (still working on that), some applique, and I keep adding to seam treatments.  I think I have 5 different blocks that I'm working on, moving from one to another.  Will take some more pictures soon.


I have lots of blogs to catch up on since I haven't been on the computer much this week!