Friday, May 27, 2011

Points and...

I've been experimenting with points and flaps and a pattern designed in a dream. These are all works in progress.

cut a circle into 4 flaps.opens to an ikat like embroidered star

playing with circles in squares
this pattern was created in a dream
played a bit with the pattern. background is a needle felted piece from long ago.
an experiment that failed turned into a kind of basket

I've been spending a bit more time in the yard this year than usual. You might remember the fig tree crash of a few weeks ago. I found a small root at the base with some leaves and cut it off and put it in a small pot. Initially all the leaves dyed so I clipped them off and cut the whole thing down closer to the root. Just a few weeks and brand new leaves have sprouted. Now to decide where to plant this tree.

baby fig tree
I love opening my front door in the morning to pink flowers

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Catching Up

I've been fascinated with 'points' lately. It all started with one of Jude's posts. I had lots of dreams last night about designing with points and when I woke up this morning, I jumped out of bed and quickly put one of the ideas down on paper.

now to work it up in cloth
I've been working with some of my shibori dyed silk with inspiration from Jude's Whispering Sun, Moon and Stars class. Did a personal constellation on the green and just gathering things together now to see what will work.

personal constellation stitched on green silk
My moon now has a face of sorts. The pattern in the weaving obscures some of the embroidery which gives the face more interest, I think. Go here to see the 'before' picture.

moon face and beads added to the stitched stars
I did a little weaving for a quilting friend. I've decided to send these little weavings from now on instead of greeting cards. I guess I will need to plan ahead.

a little greeting for a quilting friend

made a new basket that will carry my bobbin lace supplies to class
Some of you asked me to post the results of the leaf weavings I did a while back. Two were outside drying and basically fell apart. The little basket dried inside and did not change color much but it's quite flimsy and basically, useless, but it was fun to do.

not very successful but fun
Click on the images for a closer view.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Moonglow in progress

This moon piece was started here. It reminds me of the times when the sun is setting and you can also see the moon. Haven't seen that in a long time but it is in my memory. This moon does have a face penciled in but have not stitched it yet. The idea for the diamonds came from looking at the video of the Cosmati Pavement in Westminster Abbey. I made a pattern to cut out the buildings in the little village below the moon. The bottoms are just basted down because I'm not yet sure what will happen in that area. All suggestions are welcome. I also think that my stars (thread beads) are not the right color. They have no life to them as they are. Just sharing my thoughts and images as I progress through this piece. Lots of stitching planned.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

some bobbin lace and an inspiring video

These 3 pieces are each slightly different. I'm finding that repetition is helping me with bobbin lace technique. I will do one more that is similar and then go on to another design. Hope to use these as embellishment on some small cloth bags. Click on the photo for a closer view.

each fan is slightly different. done with a fine linen thread
Kate and William were married on the restored 'Cosmati Pavement' in Westminster Abbey. So many fabulous ideas here for stitch designs for the sun, moon and stars class now available through Jude's Cloth Whispering Series. There's also a bit of history in the video. Hope you enjoy it. I just ordered a book from the library where I'm hoping to see some more detail of the designs.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Some new embroidery stitches to use...

practicing some embroidery stitches
tutorial found here and here

look at the size of this squirrels tail
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