Sunday, January 8, 2017

1 Year In Stitches: 2017

Long time no write!!! Here's a little project that I'm working on this year. At least one stitch a day, for 365 days. You can find start-up and background info on the Brown Paper Bag blog, but if you're interested, will be able to sign up on Facebook. Over 2000 members have already joined, so I think this may be a popular handwork movement this year. Here's another similar Facebook group, run by Susan Sorrell (so far, it's a smaller group, with almost 500 members). I've joined both groups!
I'm working on a heavy cotton, thrift shop dinner napkin, that I've tea dyed. No real plan for this piece, just some enjoyable stitching. Perhaps a little beading, later on....... I'm currently working in a hoop, but do plan on also working off-hoop, when necessary. The beading will get in my way, so will probably include that later in the year. That is, if I can stand it!!!
If you're wondering where I've been, I write a weekly blog post, every Wednesday, over at the BeadFX blog. Here's my latest post! I wish all of you a happy, healthy and creative new year!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

this is your last chance..... take my Nature's Muse - Beaded Art Doll class, before the new year! It's one of my most popular classes...I supply the face cabochon and the pre-stuffed doll body....all you need to do is stitch with joyful abandon!  My doll family has grown, so you'll have your pick of unique doll forms, to choose from. As it's running on Halloween day, I'll even bring along some treats!!

Where - BeadFX - October 31st, from 10 am until 5 pm

See you there!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

new adventures in my mixed up media world

I'm pleased to announce, that I've been asked to write, a weekly Mixed Media feature, over on the BeadFX blog, The Beadful Life.  I introduced myself today, and if you'd like to read more about it, you can find my post here.

I'm also happy to say that I'll also be hosting a monthly Mixed Media: Open Studio Evening, at BeadFX.  It's not a class, but more of a supportive play date.  A small fee will be charged, but this is your opportunity to create, explore, share and receive feedback, on your personal projects. Imagine, two solid hours of uninterrupted, creative, studio time!  Bring your own projects and supplies, or just hang around and soak up the knowledge........arrangements can be made to share my supplies, but advance notice is required.  There are only eight spaces available, so it's always a good idea to call ahead, to reserve your place.  These sessions are open to all of my students, and also anyone who has a working knowledge of the supplies, materials and techniques. Please feel free to draw, paint, wrap, roll, resin, stamp, bead, and more............

I'll see you there!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

the doll with no name

I finished this doll a few months ago, but am lacking inspiration for a name. All I can think of is "Sea Hag", and I'm not sure the doll will like me to call her that!!! LOL! Anyway, my hag has been intuitively bead embroidered on a hand stuffed, wool felt form, designed by moi! I received a small ribbon freebie, from one of my online suppliers, so ruched it to give the doll a little more texture. I rather like the effect! Now do I need to call her a beaded art mixed media hag? Her rather plain face cabochon, was made out of paper clay, painted with acrylics, and sealed. I've since moved on to Apoxie Sculpt and Polymer Clay for the face cabochons, but this one seemed to fit best. Tell me what you think!
Of course, she needed her own fish bowl!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

art among the ruins - road trip

I had a fabulous day out yesterday, with a two of my friends. We drove to the bustling little town of Newburgh, ON, a couple of hours east of Toronto. I expect this town is normally, more sleepy than "bustling", but it was the site of a lovely, and surprisingly large, art show (60 artists), in the ruins of a 19th century mill, on the banks of the Napanee river. There's actually a house on the property, but the homeowners had the foresite to leave some of the ruins in their natural state, and simply landscape around them. The sun was out, the temperature was perfect, the mosquitos weren't biting, and one of my favourite fibre artists was exhibiting in the show (Sylvia Naylor). What more could you ask? I'll leave you with some images from the day.
Don't you wish you were here?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

the experiments begin

A single layer of Washi Paper, coated with Konnyaku Starch, then free motion, machine stitched. You can see where the needle punctures the paper, but it still remains strong. I'm using rayon thread, and a size 12 embroidery needle (I think). Next I will stitch on my multi-layered paper bowl. BTW, another bowl is drying. Not washi this time, but instead a type of rice paper, tan coloured (it actually looks tea stained) with silver flecks on one side. Not as absorbant as the washi, but I'm hoping for some nice texture. it will certainly be pretty, but may not end up stitched.
Actually, the bowl count is now up by one, so two more drying. On the new bowl, I used some machine made Chinese Washi (that I purchased in a weak moment) and a few bits of my Brusho painted papers. The Brusho paper wasn't very absorbant (vellum, I think), so I'm not really sure about the outcome. I also have a layered flat piece, that includes more of the machine made Washi, sandwiched between two sheets of Gelli printed, deli paper. More about all of this in a couple of days!

Friday, May 22, 2015

paper bowls revisited

I've been on a quest to make a stitchable paper vessel, and now I have my answer. Konnyaku Starch! After my friend Cherryl, the queen of all things paper, gave me the solution, I wandered down to The Japanese Paper Place for one of their "Washi Wednesday" demos. To my surprise, the artist of the month was making vessels, very similar to the ones I've made in the past. Of course, I needed to add some of this starch to my stash (and we won't mention the paper I purchased)!!! Weeks passed, but I finally mixed up a batch, and was very pleased with the result. I didn't like stirring the mixture for 20-30 minutes, but the end result, of a smooth, clear, gell like paste, was worth it! I applied it to Washi paper, and after drying, it produced a strong, flexible, matte surface. Very pleasing to the eye and touch! Of course, the first thing I did, was try to bead on it. There is more surface tension than fabric, every needle mark shows, and you need to figure out how to hide the knots. But not really a problem. I've made three bowls so far. A large, small and teeny one. I've beaded on the teeny one, but then had to laugh! I had decided to bead on one side only, but when I set it back down, the bowl was so light, that it tipped right over. So I had to bead the other side. Something to think about!! A little plain right now, but they have huge potential! I made the large one, so that I could try machine stitch on it, and have also made a couple of flat pieces of washi, coated with the starch, to play with as well. I'll post again, after I finish experimenting.
I work with so much colour, that it's hard to believe that I'm working all in white! Don't you worry your pretty little heads about it, as I have plans.....big colour plans! Perhaps not for the first three, but definitely after that.