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Embellishments

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Hilary Rice workshop: Imagine and Create: Embellishment Techniques for Quilters.  It was great fun and I learned a lot of techniques I will use in future projects.  Hilary is a great teacher and I was inspired by her techniques and art.

This is the piece that I started in the workshop .

Not all the techniques are included on this piece.  Others were done on smaller pieces of fabric to experience the technique.

I’m not sure if it is finished yet.  I’m going to put it up on the wall and look at it for awhile.

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Colour & Texture III

Colour & Texture III

The latest in the series.  Although I still have some of the hand painted fabric I think I will start on a different project.  I have some bits drawn out in my sketchbook but the ideas haven’t yet coalesced.  Maybe a few more sketches are required.

Winter’s Day

Winter’s Day

I started this project after a walk on a beautiful sunny day.  Using white fabric, I machine stitched shapes using a twin needle and then cut out parts.  I coloured a second piece of white fabric using Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and Derwent Inktense Pencils.  The plan for the piece evolved as the weather changed.  An ice-storm brought down many branches from my pine trees and then froze them to the ground and covered them with snow.

Detail – hand embroidery and weaving

I stitched the pine branches onto water-soluble stabilizer with the sewing machine and once the stabilizer was washed out I sewed them onto the back side of the cutouts.

Detail: Winter’sDay

This will be one of the pieces I will be entering in Out of the Box‘s Fibre Fling 6 show in April.

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.

dyeing-thread-second-color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then coloured over parts of the thread.

 

 

 

dyeing-thread-drying

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.

 

 

 

Forest Fawn

This is a fused applique I recently finished for the Out of the Box colour challenge.

deer amoung leaves applique

Forest Fawn

It is from a photograph I took of a fawn that, with its mother regularly visited my cottage in Calabogie.  The deer are quite used to humans and don’t run off as long as there is a bush or  a tree (and sometimes just a long piece of lumber) between you and them and you don’t get too close.

I used machine stitches on the tree trunk and branches for shading then coloured between the stitches using Derwent Inktense Blocks. The leaf detail is hand embroidered.

Fresh as a Daisy

I am busy getting ready for Fibrefest which is September 13 and 14.   I will be participating as part of Go Figure with my friend Edwina Sutherland.

I was planning on making some pin dolls but they weren’t working out as I had hoped, so I started playing around with Photoshop  and ended up doing another fused applique.  It was supposed to be simple and quick and it was until I decided that it needed some hand embroidery.

Summer Daisies

Summer Daisies

 

If the Shoe Fits

Another fused applique wall hanging. This time I followed Roberta Russell’s “About Faces” in A for Artistic‘s Spring 2014 emagazine.

fused applique shoe

If the Shoe Fits

 

Roberta likes shoes so that is what I chose for the subject.

 

 

Wet Felting with Embroidery and Beading

This week I thought I would show you the wet felted piece that didn’t make it into my doll club’s two colour challenge. (Challenge is described here.)

wet felting

After choosing the colours and felting the piece I did some free motion embroidery in places and added green beads in others.

free motion embroidery, hand embroidery and beads

I then decided to do some hand embroidery to add some contrast.  I added some french knots among the green beads.

detail including french knots

Once I  abandoned the idea of using just 2 colours I added the orange beads.

detail

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