I’m still felting. Here are some tiles.
They take a fair amount of time to get them firm and the edges sharp. But I enjoy the process even if my fingers are a little sore from stabbing myself with the needle.
I have been felting lately, inspired by the Stephanie Metz workshop I took in July at Arrowmont.
This is a piece that I started in Stephanie’s class. I originally had soft worn down mountains and that’s how they remained until last weekend. Edwina Sutherland and I participated together at Fibrefest and I asked her what I should do with the piece. She said the mountains needed more definition. So when I had spare moments at the show I sat and felted mountains out of molehills. I had so much fun and the piece looks a lot better. It’s not what I had in mind when I started, but I do have ideas of what to do next.
Here is my second fabric postcard based on the same photograph.
(See the first one here)
This one is a little more colourful.
Fabric postcard loosely based on a photograph I took from the cruise ship between Vancouver and Alaska.
The title is from the first line of Golden Rowan by Bliss Carmen.
I recently watched a video demonstration by Dory Kantor on Notans. Traditionally these are done cutting out black paper and gluing the results to white paper. In the video Dory uses colour and that was a major stimulus for me to give it a try.
I started by experimenting with face shapes. Once they were done I traced and scanned them and then used my embroidery software to make embroidery patterns.
Next I tried a flower shape and I cheated on this one as I changed it while I was tracing it to get the form and shapes I wanted.
Then, just for fun I did cat silhouettes.
All the embroideries are done on white organza.
Two new dolls. These are forest sprites made from the same pattern as the fairy from last week (see here).
I just finished a new doll. I thought it would be quick as she is only 4 1/2 inches sitting. However the doll was a challenge as the parts were so small the stuffing kept escaping from the openings.
She hasn’t told me her name yet.
Here is a watercolour portrait of my mother using an old photograph taken by my father as reference.
When I was a teenager we had a cottage in the Eastern Townships in Quebec. Our closest neighbours lived on a farm where we all learned how to milk a cow by hand.
This is my sister Donna who isn’t quite sure if she wants to do this. The watercolour painting is based on a photograph taken by my dad.
Another image from my trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. The photograph I used as my reference was taken from the courtyard of the Hacienda el Santuario.
The watercolour was painted with M Graham’s Perylene Maroon, one of my favourite colours. I found that painting in monochrome went very quickly as I didn’t have to worry about colours running into each other. It is also a good exercise in finding values.