Monday, March 13, 2017

". . ."

Zillions of seed stitches were added to the background of this piece before it was mounted to fabric-wrapped canvas.

It is called ". . ." because there are three empty dots . . . Can you find them? 

NEW WORK IN PROGRESS...

I started with a strip of tie-dyed material I created last summer.


I cut three snowflakes from freezer paper and ironed them onto the material.


With fabric paint, I added a bit of texture across the entire surface with white, then stamped white dots and red rings.  When I peeled the freezer paper snowflakes off, their shapes remained in the original dark purple from the dye job.


After compiling a top-batting-backing "sandwich", I laid a strip of purple sparkle netting on top of the snowflakes.  I free motion quilted around the outline of each snowflake, then carefully trimmed the excess purple netting away to reveal delicate, shimmery snowflakes.

I replicated the same process but with red sparkle netting over SOME of the red dots.


The edges were bound with yarn, zig-zag machine stitched and then hand whip-stitched with embroidery thread.  You can see along the right hand edge, that I experimented with a bit of machine quilting.  I did one line with white thread interrupted with swirly dots here and there.  I wasn't crazy about it and proceeded to complete the piece with hand work.


Each snowflake was embellished with extensive hand embroidery.


White French knots were centered on each white dot.

Think it's done?  Nawww...more is more!
Stay tuned!

PURPLE-HAIRED PUSSY "SNATCH-IMAL"

I present to you a needle felted, hand embroidered, purple-haired pussy "Snatch-imal". It's approximately 2" high and 1.5" wide. You can hold this pussy right in your hand. Will you be the one to "snatch" it up?  Find it in my Etsy shop!



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

1 YEAR OF STITCHES - DAY 64


What a handsome fur-baby...

1 YEAR OF STITCHES - DAY 57

This is taking forever.  I wonder how much longer the REAL Bear will be hibernating before he awakes and wants to see his completed portrait?  I better get a move on!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DRUMROLL, PLEASE...

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!  I hope you'll continue to stay in touch and follow along living the Creative Life!  Never fear...there will be more giveaways to come!  I LOVE sharing what I love!  In the meantime, you can keep track of my artsy exploits right here, on Facebook, in my Etsy Shop, and on my website.

The winner THIS time is...

(Drumroll, please!)


Cheryl Heeth!  Congrats, Cheryl!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE SKIN WE ARE IN

The Skin We Are In is an exhibit that came about as a result of the American Quilter's Society (AQS) pulling not one, but TWO art quilts, from a Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibit within their 2016 show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This action was carried out after AQS received a single, solitary complaint from an attendee who felt one of the pieces contained a penis.  Yep.  You read that right.  Some goody two shoes couldn't handle a cock.  And what's even MORE pathetic than AQS acting as judge and jury by censoring an ART exhibit?!?  THERE. WAS. NO. PENIS.  Miss Polly Prude totally needs to take a chill pill.  Here is the full story of this AQS/SAQA saga from the artist herself, Kathy Nida.

As a way to combat the ignorance demonstrated by Pure Polly Prude (whomever she is) and the incredulous response of AQSMaddie Kertay of the Badass Quilter's Society organized The Skin We Are In, giving fiber artists a platform to share their explorations of the human form without boundaries.  I am super stoked to be a contributing artist in this effort showcasing two of my art quilts.  Many, many thanks to Maddie for spearheading this event!

When you enter the gallery, please scroll through each artist's images.  Hover over their main image and then click left/right to view them all.

Heads up:  There are LOTS of penises in THIS exhibit!

1 YEAR OF STITCHES - DAY 50

Day 50?!  Is it really day 50 already?  I guess this illustrates just how slow going the embroidery process can be.  Those who engage in it are surely demonstrating a labor of love!  This piece is nothing BUT a labor of love...literally.

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What will the remaining 300 days of 2017 bring to it?  I have only a vague sense of what it will look like going forward since I've only planned out two more of its elements.  I'm sure I'll end up letting my heart decide what it will be as that is the typical protocol of my art-filled life!