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Colour Personified

Colour Personified is a needlefelted piece based on a watercolour (see post here) I did a while ago.

Colour Personified

 

The curly bits are hand spun wool yarns I used to add more texture.

This piece, along with 2 others were in the OOTB‘s Colour Unboxed show at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum  that closed earlier this year.

The other 2 pieces were:

Nature Colours  also based on a watercolour  can be seen here. I renamed the piece for the show. The original watercolour is here.

Forest Fawn, an applique and part of the OOTB green colour challenge is here.

 

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Painting Embroidery Thread

I have been working on a hand embroidery project.  I have been using Sulky 12 wt Cotton Petites and Linda Palaisy’s hand-dyed Soy Silk and didn’t have the right colour of thread of either in my stash.  So I decided to paint some white 12 wt Sulky cotton thread using Inktense Blocks.

White thread ready to be coloured

White thread ready to be coloured

 

 

 

I wrapped a length of thread once around the clothes line and pinned it.  Then, using a dampened sponge, I wet the thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I re-wet the sponge and wrung it out.  Using the side of a Derwent Inktense Block I coloured the damp sponge. Holding on to the end of the thread to keep it taut I wiped the sponge up and down the thread making sure it was completely covered.dyeing-thread-first-colour

 

 

After rinsing out the remaining colour. I covered the sponge with a second, darker colour.

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I then coloured over parts of the thread.

 

 

 

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After the thread dries I will iron it and then re-wet it and use a sponge or old wash cloth to remove the excess colour.

 

 

 

Barnet Park Landscapes

In the summer I go to exercise classes at Barnet Park in Calabogie twice a week.  It is a beautiful setting.  I frequently arrive early and sketch until its time for the class.  I always bring my camera.

These watercolours are from photos I took.  They are the same view but one is taken with a wider angle.

 

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Felting Mountains Out of Molehills

I have been felting lately, inspired by the Stephanie Metz workshop I took in July at Arrowmont.

TopographicThis 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.

Notans

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.

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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.

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Then, just for fun I did cat silhouettes.

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All the embroideries are done on white organza.

 

 

How to Milk a Cow

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.

Milking a cow

Milking a cow

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.

Why My PHD is Not Finished

deer resting in woods

overnight guest

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.

deer standing in woods

I’m 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.

Deer in backyard

Mother deer and youngster

young deer resting in the snow


Young deer resting

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.

 

 

Watercolour and Pastel

Yesterday I was going to post another of my watercolour paintings.  However, when I looked at the photograph of it I noticed a few things that needed correcting.  I worked on it a bit yesterday and earlier this morning.  I need to photograph it again but I like to use natural light and it is raining.  So instead I am posting this painting.

watercolour&-pastel

This painting is done from a photograph I took near my cottage in Calabogie this past winter.  It was a beautiful day and after trying to photograph a Pileated woodpecker that was not cooperating, I walked up the hill and there were two deer posing perfectly for me.  One just stood there and stared.  The other, the one I have painted, moved around a bit but always kept his eye on me.

I planned to do the picture in watercolour and chalk pastels, so I chose rough watercolour paper to work on.  After I sketched and masked out the deer with frisket, I painted the background with watercolours.  I was not pleased with it.  Maybe, knowing I could cover it with the pastels, I was careless.  I did cover it with pastels.  I then removed the frisket and painted the deer with watercolours.  I used some pastel on the deer as well.

Epiphyte or Parasite?

An epiphyte is a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic.  It obtains  nutrients and water from the air.

This is a painting from a picture I took at the Botanical Gardens in Rio de Janeiro.  There was no label so I don’t know if the other plants growing on the tree were parasites or epiphytes.

There appears to be at least 2 different types of plant growing on this tree.  I took liberties with the colour of the tree trunk but the fruit was orange.

Detail

Fish Tales

I  have made two more fabric fish.  Choosing fabric was easy for the fish I did last week.  It’s relatively easy to match black and white patterned material.   It’s a little harder when you move into colour.  In going through my stash to find and match the right fabric, I realized that I could organize my fabrics a little better.   Right now I have one translucent plastic bin for plain coloured cotton and 4  of patterned cotton.  All the black and white fabric is in the same bin but that’s the extent of the organization.  One of these days I must figure out a better system and then reorganize.


So, after hours of sorting through the bins and auditioning different fabrics, I found 2 sets that would work.  Choosing the thread for the fins didn’t take as long.   I decided on a bright  pink for one set and, of course, I had a darker pink and a lighter pink but not the shade I wanted.  So I embroidered the fins with the darker shade and then changed the bobbin and top thread to the lighter shade and embroidered over the first colour, leaving a lot of it to show through.  The overall effect is now the right shade.

After washing out the stabilizer and setting the fins aside to dry I was all set to sew them onto the fish body. I couldn’t find one of the pectoral fins. So back to the sewing machine to redo the missing fin. Usually when this happens I find the lost piece as soon as I finish the replacement but not this time.

The second fish went a little easier.

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