Thursday, 8 June 2017

teaching the next generation

 

                    Personalized booties

 
 
 
Here's the back story:  A very dear friend of mine just lost her father.  During the shiva (when the family sits in mourning) I was chatting with her daughter, who had flown in for her Papa's funeral, but was on her way to her friend's wedding, and she let me know that she had come up with an idea to 'do embroidery' and was reading all about it on google.  She wanted to buy the bride and groom camping booties and personalize them by embroidering 'his' and 'hers' on them.
So...we came up with a plan and I taught her how to do a stem stitch and then a blanket stitch, and this is the result!
She is so very proud of her work, and there were so many unexpected results, not the least of which was that her grandmother supervised the whole process, admiring her granddaughter's handiwork, and reminisced about the handiwork that she used to do.  We all agreed that it would be great to get her back into this kind of activity as she moves into this next phase of her life.
I love the juxtaposition of the new world cutting edge fabric and manufacturing of these booties with the very old world of the hand stitching!
 

 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Peaceful Tidings





This is the finished work. ( process shots were in my previous post). This began as a photo I took while visiting Newfoundland. I "grew" the photo with some of my hand dyed fabric after free motion quilting over the photo. 
This work now has a new home in Emsworth, England, a beautiful coastal community I recently visited. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

work in progress

Working with a photograph I took while on a trip to Canada's east coast.

After printing the photo onto water soluble paper, my intention is to "grow the image" with some of my hand dyed fabric.   The photo is covered with silk organza so I can free motion without shredding the paper.

 auditioning a fabric.

 Another consideration of fabric

 Here's the plan, for now.  Stay tuned for the finished product!


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Namesake


Here is a simple project that is a good one when you don't feel you have the time to launch into a full blown quilt. A great keepsake for a new (or not so new) babe. 
I cut out the letters and satin stitch them to the background fabric. This can be done before it's layered up or after, to have the letters puff up a bit. 


If you attach a sleeve to the back the child can hang it over a bed or on a door. 
I did some hand embellishments with embroidery thread because I am doing lots of hand stitching these days.  Like the comfort and the "slowness " of it, but anything goes, beads or appliqué....

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Nature inspires contemplation

Nature inspires Contemplation

This work was inspired by my cottage in the woods.  I am lucky enough to have the time and opportunity to spend lots of time in the summer up there, in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains of Quebec.  Many loved ones have grown to love this special place as much as I do.  I began this piece with the drawing of the canoe, and then worked the composition around it.

The figure is taken from one of my photos, changed in Adobe and printed  on to water soluble paper.  I find this is a great way to add elements to work easily.  I add a layer of silk organza, and then I can stitch on top of that. Easy as pie!


The trees are created with a completely different technique.  Free motion stitchery, and then I used wax crayons for the reflection.    This work is inspired by my home away from home, and has elements of this place, but doesn't actually reflect the lake or the mountains.  I am not able to compete directly with mother nature.  You will need to come and see it for yourself!                                                                                                                                                        

Where are we going from here?

Where are We Going from Here?

 This is the finished work, (my previous post is this piece, in progress).  Thoughts the germinated while I was working on this were primarily about our political world.  How we seem to be so confused about priorities and threats. 
This is a shot on the angle.  I did free motion stitch inspirational thoughts into the lower half of the work.  One cannot necessarily read the sayings, unless truly motivated to get 'up and personal' , but then the words just 'read' as another design element (I hope).

 
detail of some of the figures.  As previously noted on some of my other work, these figures are inspired by photographs I have taken during my travels.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Work in progress



Lately I have been preoccupied with the developments in our world. In an effort to express this concern in a visual way, I have been working on this piece which has as a working title "where are we going?"
Stay tuned.