Monthly Archives: December 2011


One of my favourite forms of artistic cross training is watercolour painting. I have been painting with watercolour  for longer than I have been making fibre art. Doing it as cross training allows be to concentrate on the process rather than the product which makes it all the more enjoyable. If it turns out well – great – if not, it was fun doing it.

This is Samson, my cat. He is gray with touches of yellow but it was much more fun to use purple and accentuate the yellow. I think I got his eyes.

Christmas Tree Angels

The faces are made from polymer clay, the bodice is machine embroidered and the wings are free motion embroidery.

Thread Tangle Evolution

The thread tangles have now spread to my dolls! The pattern on the arms, legs, face and neck were drawn in with pen after the doll was put together. The crocheted scarf is removable.

Thread Tangles

I am a firm believer in artistic cross training. It helps you grow as an artist, strengthens weak areas and is fun. Sometimes it can evolve and become  part of your  area of specialization. At  the very least it allows  one to take a break from your regular work while still being creative.

My machine embroidered doodles started out as just plain doodles with black ink on paper. After making several doodles I noticed that a lot of the patterns I was using to fill in the spaces were very similar to the built-in stitches on my sewing  machine. As I have a software program that allows me to program the built-in stitches into embroideries that’s what I did!
First I do a complete doodle with pen and ink.

Then I trace the outline and the areas to doodle, scan it, bring it up in my my embroidery software and choose the stitches. That is almost the hardest part. You have to decide which stitch, how large to make the stitch etc. I use my original doodle to help decide how dense the stitches in each area should be. The drawback to the embroidered doodles is that the stitches have to go in a straight line.

This one has beads added (in the centre of the flower).

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