Friday, March 31, 2017

1 YEAR OF STITCHES - DAY 90

 Phew...So here we are:  Day 90!  I haven't stitched EVERY day of 2017, but most.  Well, that's not accurate.  I absolutely DO stitch each and every day, it's just that I haven't been stitching THIS particular piece every day, non-stop.  It's good to take breaks and switch gears a bit.  I never want what I'm doing to become stale and boring.  I'm so incredibly motivated to work that, never fear, I WILL FINISH this piece.  I've had plenty of other projects going concurrently, as per my norm.  Never a dull moment.

 It crossed my mind that y'all might be interested to see where this Teddy came from.  These pics aren't the inspiration behind my piece, but I did use them to make the initial sketch.  That was in late December 2016 and I haven't looked at them again until just now.
 
Wondering what the next element in this composition will be...

1 YEAR OF STITCHES - DAY 85

Just about ready to change shades of brown...how exciting!!!

MOCK PIE AT BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY

 "My World's Not Round Without You"

"Flower Child"

"Fear Less"

These Mock Pie Studio fiber art pieces are on display in the second floor open gallery of Bloomsburg University's Haas Center until April 9th.  Each piece originated as a white piece of cloth.  All the color and detail was either hand painted/dyed, hand embroidered or machine stitched.

1 YEAR OF STITCHES - DAY 78

 Well, I suppose it was inevitable that these embroidery updates would begin to spread farther and farther apart as the year wore on.  It looks like I'll at least be posting progress most Sundays...I promise! 


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!!!