Monthly Archives: March 2014
This large beautiful bird is a frequent visitor in Calabogie.
I did this watercolour from a photograph I took last summer.
Many trees in the area bear the marks of their foraging.
These photographs are of a tree that I can see from the window of my cottage. A Pileated Woodpecker visited this tree and one nearby frequently earlier this winter.
I have finished my latest project.
I described in a previous post (here) how I prepared the pattern from an old photograph.
I dyed the pale green fabric using inks because I couldn’t find the fabric I was sure I had bought to use in this project. (I found the fabric a minute after I finished the piece.)
The hair and background were quilted using free motion embroidery.
The crows were making a racket. I noticed one in the woods and it lead me to the deer. The deer stayed on the ground for quite awhile before getting up.
I watched the deer until it finally walked away through the woods.
After lunch I went by the dining room window and something caught my eye.
I’m sure these are the same two that walked through the snow in my yard a few weeks ago. These two stayed until sometime between 6 and 6:30. They moved once, a little farther away but were still in view when I looked out at 6:00. When I looked out at 6:30 they were gone.
However, they must have returned at some point because when I got up this morning, they were there, just getting up. I didn’t get a picture as they quickly moved off.
Project Half Done.
I have started my next fabric portrait. I have chosen one of my Dad’s old slides’s to work from.
This is a picture of my mother, myself and my sister from a long time ago.
I cropped the photo and changed it to black and white.
It has 4 value areas instead of the original 5. (I hadn’t liked the result Photoshop gave me with the 4 values.) It doesn’t look as child-like as the original photo, but that’s not what I’m looking for.
My next step was to use the find edges filter.
…read the instructions.
I usually do read the instructions but I was impatient and thought I knew what I was doing.
I was making a fabric portrait from a sketch I had done on my iPad. I had hand appliqued the first quilted face I did (here) and wanted do more. For this one I was using iron on adhesive and I couldn’t get it to stick. After talking to some friends who had used the product (HeatnBond) and reading the instructions I realized that I was using too hot an iron. Everything went smoothly after I lowered the heat setting on my iron.