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Just taking a moment out of my day to wish a happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends I've made online through my blog. One of the things I am grateful for is all of you who take the time to read what I write, and comment now and then. I hope everyone has the best day they can doing something they enjoy! I'm planning on doing the same.
The first snow of the season fell yesterday, it was heavy and wet and made everything look beautiful. It fell quietly without a lot of wind. That is what happened outside.
And then here's what happened inside my studio while I was watching the snow convert the landscape to winter
These started with pieces of my own dyed or painted fabrics and ended up as little colorful pine trees. I couldn't stop making them they were so much fun! It's easy, here's how. I cut out a tree from freezer paper and ironed that to a piece of cloth. Then I simply dabbed white acrylic paint around the tree template.
I see many uses, perhaps a garland for Christmas, use them to create cards for the holidays, sew them into a pillow cover, and these are just a few ideas. It was a satisfying experience!
So I decided it was time to learn to weave a circle in tapestry. I've never tried it before but since I have a warp set up at 12 ends per inch I thought it would be a good time. Here's how far I've come. I first traced a circle on a piece of paper, then placed the paper behind the warp threads and copied the circle with a magic marker right onto the warp threads, which I think you can see. The procedure is to weave the outside of the circle at least halfway up before you begin to weave the inside of the circle. I think I'm doing pretty well although it doesn't look like my curves on each side are exactly the same. But I'm going to keep going and I think I will improve. This is something I have hesitated to try so I'm pretty excited that I've taken the plunge.
I have a leather cover for my iPad which has become soiled and unattractive, so I have figured out a way to cover it. This photo is my second fabric cover, the first lasted several months. After removing my iPad from the cover, I use regular glue to attach a piece of fabric cut out to the size of the front cover. After it dries, I coat it with a few layers of decoupage or some type of clear finish to protect it from stains. Works great! And allows some personality to show on your device.
I really wanted to be in my studio creating, but I was tired of sewing. So I decided to paint a piece of canvas fabric I had previously painted with organic branch lines.
Out came the acrylic paints and off I went! No plan, just playing with color, and at the end, mark making. I don't know what I'm going to do with this piece. But I do know someday it will be perfect for a project that comes to mind!
First a few pictures of the final sections of machine quilting.
The reddish area I tried to make look like a brick wall, then followed up with some more circular practice. I ended up with some curvy weeds and other patterns.
Somewhere I got tired of all the brown and did some washing with paint colors which I think really added to the piece. When I got finished I realized it reminded me of a rural setting so I called it "beyond the city limits" Here's the final quilt, 17" x 39".