Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mr. Fox

Perhaps it is a Picasso fox?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Oodles of Doodles

That is what I have.
Oodles of them.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lines, Lines

Women with hats.
In the woods.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More Line Drawing

A one eyed bird.
With antlers.
Very small ones.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Drawing Lines

And making them into a kitty cat.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Teaching Schedule Updated- May Classes In Virginia

Please check the "Teaching Schedule" tab to find out about my May classes in Alexandria Virginia at Artistic Artifacts.
I'm excited to be teaching a few classes this summer and hope that you will join me!

I'll be teaching the ever popular Bound By Heart, Made By Hand book class. Everyone is always so excited about the books that they make in this class,
It has started more than one addiction to book making...

Also on the schedule is a Reverse Applique Fingerless Glove class (what a mouthful!). This is an easy, yet oh so beautiful (mostly) hand stitching class. You will leave with the most beautiful pair of fingerless gloves you have ever had!
Class includes instruction in hand stitching, beading, reverse applique along with thermofax screen printing.

The last workshop is the Quarterly Journal Dress (published in the Feb-Mar 2013 issue of Quilting Arts magazine).
 We will create a dress inspired by an antique christening gown and learn to turn vintage (and other) papers into fabric collage sheets, tricks to stitching on paper and how to use acrylic mediums to your advantage.

Check out the Artistic Artifacts website for more details or email them at sales@artisticartifacts.com.

These are all post SAQA events. I do hope that those of you that are in town for that event will stay over for more play with us!
Book your spot before the classes all fill up!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Modern Hand Stitching

My friend, Ruth Chandler, has a new book on the market.

"Modern Hand Stitching" is a great primer to ditching the tedious, perfectly reproduced (yet beautiful) embroidery of yesterday and allowing your creative muse to take over!

The table of contents is broken down into six different categories of stitches from the embroidery dictionary.

Straight stitches, Building Stitches, Cross Stitches, Knots, Chain Stitches and Couching & Wrapping.

Ruth has included tutorials on 38 stitches from the embroidery dictionary.There are step by step photos illustrating the traditional way to create each stitch.
Then she offers a plethora of free-form variations for each one, often showing completed pieces of artwork to showcase the stitch or combination of stitches.

While I do think that experienced hand stitchers will benefit from this book, it's the person that is wanting to approach free form stitching that will really get the most bang for the buck.
It's full of "food for thought" to get your muse up and running.

Check it out here and be sure to leave a review on Amazon after you receive it!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Love Affairs

As women, we have many love affairs in our lives.

You haven't?

Oh but you have, my friends!

Let's not limit ourselves to love affairs with people in this conversation, shall we?
Think of all that you love - reading, drawing, painting, sewing, gardening, writing, our female friends...we have a multitude of things that we love, that we share a passion for.

One of mine is sewing.
I have sewn since I was a young girl. My mom taught me to sew when I was, oh maybe 7 or 8.
I did create a few doll dresses by hand before that (albeit crude ones).
I loved them though.
They actually laid the foundation for a fire that has burned for decades (she said demurely) and is still flaming today.

The love of creating something beautiful.
The love of creating with my hands.
The love of creating.

It is difficult for me to allow a couple of days to pass without puttering around in my studio.
It may be on seemingly mundane tasks but they fall within the realm of "creating".

I have made a few pieces of apparel through the years and always had the desire to make more.
What held me back, you ask?
Skill, single-mindedness, level of desire....to name a few.
The biggest one was an early failure.

But I have continued to purchase patterns in a sporadic manner throughout the years, fantasizing about the next shirt I sew or the beautiful lines of a dress.
Just to have the pattern sit there, collecting dust (and my guilt).

The last few weeks have changed all of that!
I signed up for a FANTASTIC Craftsy class that reset my brain in regards to making clothing.

If you have any interest in  making a shirt for yourself (a knit one) you MUST take this class!
(I do not receive any compensation from Craftsy)

Katheryn and Marcy Tilton are such wonderful teachers!
You receive a pattern with your class fee and they walk you through, step by step, the entire project.
You can ask questions in the class format and they answer them within a day or two.
Their instruction assisted me in creating a sample tee (I used the first shirt as a sample to learn new techniques and not worry about making it "perfect")
(who am I kidding - none of my projects will be "perfect" but they will be close enough for me!)

I found a Groupon deal for the Craftsy site.
You can purchase up to three classes for $45.
Again, I do not receive and compensation if you purchase anything. I'm just passing on a good deal.
Which, by the way, does not last much longer.
The regular retail price is $50 for the class, so this is a great deal.

I don't have any photos of my finished shirts but I do have a sketchbook page showing how I decided which fabrics to use.

The Tilton sisters often use three (or more) fabrics on each shirt. I love this idea and fully embraced it when making my shirts.
But I couldn't decide which fabrics to use (or remember them after I auditioned numerous ones) so this way worked great for me.

The pattern is for a shirt length top but I added more length to one of mine making it tunic length. The one on my machine now is long enough to be a dress.

I am really enjoying making a few items of clothing this time around thanks to Marcy and Katherine Tilton (and Craftsy).