Friday, July 8, 2011

and we're off...

Jude's Magic Diaries workshop started today. And, as usual, I'm off in a different direction than I planned. I did want to work on my moon quilt but I don't have as many pieces for that as I thought. I pulled out all my pieces and decided to go with the beasts and the very bright red/orange/yellow background. I'm hoping I can get all those pieces to work well together and plan to make some more beasts to add on. Also hoping I can tone down that bright background with lots of embellishments. If you want to join in, you can still sign on for this fabulous 6-month workshop here.
I'm back in here to say I just decided I'm going to onion skin dye that bright red/orange/yellow background before I do anything else. That should knock down that color.
the pieces I have so far
I came upon some silk scraps and just started playing with them and some cotton that was leaf bundle dyed. I was disappointed that the cotton was very hard to handstitch through so I wound up using the sewing machine for some of the stitching. I'm thinking the cotton and silk pieces will make a nice pouch and the nine-patches (hand stitched) will probably be used in the lining.

silk and cotton
The July/August issue of Piecework Magazine has a couple of great articles on Oya Lace with some instruction. It's a type of needle lace. I'm trying to learn. I'm using the edge of a vintage napkin.

the second one is a little better than the first.

9 comments:

PJ said...

magical indeed!

kaiteM said...

enjoy the magic diaries, it will all gel in the end. beautiful hand work - did you do that last piece, lower right?

Notjustnat said...

Love your color so far. So orange, is this going to be your color them for the magic diaries? I must start it soon too - Hugs Nat

liniecat said...

Hadnt heard of Oya lace, interesting that. Great idea to knock back the orange with onions, but I quite like the richness of the your background fabric, its almost like a sunset?
Looking forward to seeing how you tackle it all. I couldnt afford the diaries just now, so hope to voyeur at a distance and enjoy what you are all up to.

Penny Berens said...

Impressive start! I'm miles behind you.

karen said...

everyone seems to get so much from Jude's classes....the lady is a one off.

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

i love that background!!! if the onion skins don't tone it down any, try a sheer fabric over it. i thought i would have to tone down some of my fabrics for my leaf magic, then discovered that the sheer white toned down even the brightest! oh the things we learn on this journey!

handstories said...

again, you have so much going on & coming out of you! love that silk & cotton piece.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

This workshop looks very intriguing! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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