Friday, May 16, 2014

A Science Experiment is finished....

not really. That's just the name of the piece. It started out with pattern paper and bits of eco-dyed fabric and some scraps from a cut up quilt. Not much to tell about it. It just developed and I guess there are lots of stories that can be told after looking at it for a while, but I'll leave the story telling to you. I know you will all see something different within.

click on the images for close-ups.


the center section was framed with a blanket stitch and then a single crochet

hand stitching done on the pattern paper and the fabric within

the hexagon cloth at the base was dyed with a rusty grid and then over stitched and some steampunk elements were added

a spiral of french knots leading down to the bottom

the piece was stretched and hand stitched over mounting board and an old curtain that was dyed with onion skins was hem stitched on for the backing.

the back of  ' A Science Experiment'

The Downton Abbey coat is moving along. I'm working on both sleeves at once and then it will just be the collar and the tab for the back. I was reading the instructions today and the finishing doesn't sound too easy. It's going to be difficult to block such a big piece. I've never done that before. I am anxious to get it finished.

We had a good amount of rain early this week and the garden just loves it. Radishes and Lettuce were picked from the garden this evening for my salad. We are back into a dry spell but hoping the rain decides to visit again soon.

You might not see me online as much. I'm trying to scale back sitting at the computer. I'll still be visiting blogs but it might not be as often. I do love seeing what you all are doing and I have to keep up with all of my online classes.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

20 comments:

Ms. said...

I'll miss you if you don't show up at least every few weeks! What wonderful detail in this piece. So glad that coat is moving along...I long for that color. So long for a while to one of the busiest women I know.

Jeannie said...

Deanna, Science Experiement is fantastic and gorgeous!!! It is one of those pieces of art that I can look at for hours on end and enjoy every moment. Send some of the rain northward! We had blowing dust today - ugh! Have a wonderful weekend. (I have been staying offline more and I miss everyone. I don't see where I have gotten more creating done, either. Chores, yes, but that wasn't the point! LOL!)

Amanda said...

This piece is so satisfying to the eye. A really lovely composition with lots of interesting details to draw you in and make you think. i'm inspired!

Anita said...

a lovely piece! the blanket and crochet edging is so neat and beautiful,there is so much to look at in this piece..love the honeycomb and hexies. yep,computer takes so much of time now..will miss you and your weekly posts but hope you'll visit us once in a while,show all your creations and inspire us whenever you can.

Nancy said...

Ooh, I love this map-like piece! So many techniques, and things to explore. I hope you continue to post of your creations...and pop in on us once in a while too. I love seeing what you're up to.

Jane Galley said...

Love this piece, the edging you did with the crochet and blanket stitch is wonderful, just gives a perfect border

Anneliese said...

I have the impression that we bloggers do not have much time to blog in spring - when the garden and house have to be overdone. Your experiment is quite interesting and I had a good look at the enlarged photos with all the stitching - thanks to iPad.
My knitting is much maller but I am also doing the two sleeves at once, noting down every single row!!!

karen said...

you're right, there are so many stories being told from this piece, it's fascinating, it draws you in......less time online? I get that, I could do with that myself, more time for stitching.

Susan Hemann said...

What a stunning piece! I love the combination of paper, fabric, steampunk. Can hardly wait to see your Downton Abbey coat. I'm back from Dallas, had a wonderful time visiting my son. I just love Texas. Glad to hear you got some rain in Austin. I do hope you will post at least once a week, I love to see your projects and hear about the classes you are taking.

Nat Palaskas said...

It looks an interesting piece. I like the paper pattern you added in there. What other online workshops are you doing? I can't even keep up with one :( - Hugs Nat

Judy said...

Oh Deanna, I adore this piece!!! I'm so glad that you allow for enlargements, so I could get an idea of all of the hand stitching and detail work you did. It is truly a lovely piece and I hope you will enter it in some shows.
I'm impressed that you are almost finished with your Downton Abby coat. I can't imagine undertaking such a huge piece of knitting!
We had some lovely rain as well, and the forecast says we may get more tomorrow. My weeds are growing fast and furiously!
Have a great weekend!
xxoo
Judy

Rachel said...

So much progress. And yes, sometimes it is good to dedicate more time to doing than to reading about other people doing something!

margaret said...

lots to see here in this great experimental piece, am on the look out for rusty nails now so i can do some dyeing!

Peggy said...

I think your hypothesis has been proven true! :) Science Experiment is beautiful and I especially love the rusty grid/stitching technique. I'm about to start blocking, too. Finally.

handstories said...

Love the variety of textures and medium. At first glance it brought Klimt to mind & your portal ideas.

neki desu said...

this piece is full of wholesomeness.

Jillayne said...

I love your "Science Experiment" Deanna! It is amazing, as I knew it would be.
I understand your wanting to limit your online time. It does get difficult trying to keep up with everything - the curse and joy of having so many interests... I'll look forward to your posts, as they come, and know that in the meanwhile, you are happily creating something splendid!

epocktextiles said...

your science experiment has turned out well - love the steampunk lacy bits

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I just love this! You are inspiring me to do some experimenting.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I thought I had left you a comment but don't see it now. Sorry if I'm duplicating. I absolutely love the piece with the pattern paper mix and the dyed grid. I'm also intrigued by the blanket stitch in combination with crochet. I definitely must try that. This is truly inspiring!

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