Listen to the road
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Friday, December 20, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
I trained as a jeweler. While making
this mosaic - like frame I could see my training has
kept me involved in making a setting with a focal point in a field..
The halo in this ancient cave painting fascinated me....
very much like a beautiful gem stone.
When I saw this photo it hit me - My training had locked
me into one way of design. Symmetry is OK but
I've discovered the power in lack of balance thru cloth making. Huh.
My favorite cloths aren't balanced but off kilter a bit. A little unbalanced.
Winter is dropping on us like a cold, wet anvil.
Good thing I have my puppy to remind me that fun
and mischief come in all seasons.
My new pre-wash cycle.
New bark alarm for reflected dogs.
What I see when I look down...fun and love.
Stay warm; sleep with a dog.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
This quietly came together in small bits of sewing time lately.
So many small and large gifts opened lately in my life.
Dad's death in Hospice House. HH having an open room for him(they only have four).
Meeting cousins I hadn't seen in 55 tears (!).
Being with dad as he died.
My Parkinson's symptoms responding so well to Yoga.
Most days I don't use a cane where last year this time
I needed a walker.
With my mind on all I have to be grateful for I began noticing
everyday magic... bright yellow leaves, the pup's soft muzzle,
crows roosting and gossiping, the hawk flying to a fence right
outside the big window, wild turkey families
crossing harvested fields - every day the world hands out visual magic
to us here in Va's rural zip codes. Right now the West field is
turning the color of a ripe melon. Deer walk the tree line.
Then we come to the Chrome browser/comment problem. Took time today and
may have found some possible fixes. In a nutshell, my browser has been
Firefox but mysteriously this summer changed to Google Chrome.
I'm in the process of finding the Borg-like Chrome, removing it as my
default browser, deleting the tentacles of Chrome's program and
firmly reestablishing Firefox as my browser.
Here's a link to where I started this morning;
When I get this fixed I'll be more specific. If anyone reading knows
a quick fix I'd appreciate your info. Just tried commenting to
Grace and know it's not yet fixed but I'm ot done trying.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
I use 100% cotton and usually dye it first.
Then I spray it with regular spray starch. This somehow
keeps the WC from seeping outside the lines. It's a nice effect - the
seeping color - but I like to make that decision. I iron it dry.
Then I iron freezer paper to the back side of the fabric. This is temporary and just keeps the
cotton flat while I draw/paint. I suspect it also controls the seeping of WC.
I draw the design with a fine point permanent pen. Sharpies are not so
good. I found that older pens make more regular lines with fewer blobs of ink along the line.
I use pan WC with a water brush. Most water brushes have a really good point.
I sometimes dip the brush in a bit of water for more concentrated color.
I do blot the brush just a little before painting. It takes awhile to
apply the paint as the fabric just drinks it in.
Here I sprayed the right side (from your perspective) with
starch but left the left side with no starch. I think you can see the slight
bleeding/seeping on the left side.
For details I use WC pencils. Dip the tip into water then you can transfer the
WC to small details. They work best on very small areas.
Please keep in mind this won't last on cloth exposed to water. Also, I haven't
been using WC for more than a few months on fabric. Not certain how it will
age. I use Daniel Smith WC so the pigments are rich and relatively color fast.
If you can add anything I'd love to learn from you.
Monday, September 30, 2019
The Outer Banks of North Carolina are full of stories.
Many wrecked sailing ships sleep under the dangerous waters
right off this string of barrier islands.
The horses who live on the island swam to shore (they say)
from sinking ships. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banker_horse
I experimented with drawing and WC painting on fabric for the
swimming horse and whales. 1 and 2 inch pieced blocks
framed their nvironment. It became a shrine to these horses and their
survival throughout the years. They make me feel hopeful.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
"Better it is to walk alone. There is no fellowship with fools. Walk alone,
harm none and know no conflict. Be like a Tusker in the woods alone."
- from A Life of the Buddha by Sherab Chodzin Kohn
I stumbled on a tapestry elephant and began 'skatchwork' based on this quote.
So satisfying to work with all the moon symbols for walking alone with dignity
for many nights. So many of us have had this experience.
I'll let this sit awhile and see if it needs embroidery.
Monday, September 9, 2019
This had an old beginning. The woven patch was made in Jude's
class in 2010.The colors leaned into a recently dyed plum-y linen cloth.
class in 2010.The colors leaned into a recently dyed plum-y linen cloth.
I worked in the quiet heat until I couldn't see it anymore. I slept, it slept and this
morning I could see it's done.
I saw this while out with the pup in the front yard.
See the old tree with the hole? A watcher is sitting there.
I love our local crow vigilantes. Also love hawks but...
Thursday, August 29, 2019
One of Jude's skills is to talk or think about why or what if.
Why is it that too many turned edges on top of each other are distracting?
How can I rethink edges and components?
Some turned edges and some softened raw edges. I used a needle to
pull one or two threads from each side of the blue grey backing.
This left an less solid flat edge. Much better.
Things were kind of static for the little horse here.
So I tilted some parts. Now I see the heart needs to
break out of the outside border...snip, snip.
This needed a broken border, too.
It feels bigger now.
This talking to myself is very helpful. Will unfold the edges
on this cloth and give this bird some room to wander.
Thank you, Jude.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Friday, August 2, 2019
The dots came in handy making this.
It just continued to grow up into space. Then it grew roots.
At least one blouse in it. Jude's class is showing in my work.
I keep hearing folks yelling about what our country is or isn't.
What if it could be many realities respecting differences.
Far from where we are now but as close as our noses.
Now I need stripes.
Monday, July 22, 2019
Sunday, July 14, 2019
The past 2 nights I've been up late with my squares.
Nine patch in my brain and too many possibilities to settle down and sleep.
One inch squares...
who knew i could still work so small.
Two inch squares. These are grey. Ive changed my sorting
to value instead of color. For now.
I've pinned them to foam core scraps to change them
around and look at different combinations.
Embroidered more of my little creatures. Removed them from sketchbooks.
Less paper and now they're all over the place inspiring me.
Speaking of creatures.....and inspiration.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
After ironing freezer paper to the felt body on this galloping little horse
I was able to cut my sketch with little stretching. Then just peeled it off
so I could applique and embroider the details. The wax surface held just
long enough for cutting-no residue.
I ordered a bit of silk velvet for more applique. Somehow hearts came from
working with soft velvet. The sewing down was so gentle, velvet seems
to love being sewn. I know I enjoyed the feel of it under my needle.
Years ago I used to carve stamps so got them out and experimented.
Dated my Ranger Archival black ink pad when I opened it 2/24/14.
It was a soft grey on fabric now ( a bit dry). Perfect for soft impressions.
The grand boy is visiting. Harry Potter marathon and a happy puppy
who loves running after him. Good long days to enjoy.