Monday, September 24, 2018

"Home on the Range" Pillow

  This is a little back pillow that I made for my computer chair. I had some leftover paint in my fabric painting palette one day, and I decided to use it up instead of washing it down the sink.

Here is the painting on the white fabric that I used:

It's not a great painting but I liked trying to create something from what otherwise would have been wasted.

Here is the top after I cut the painting down and sewed on some side panels. I also couched some yarn down around the edges of the painted area and on the border.

This is the back fabric that I used. I sewed overlapping panels so that I could slip the pillow form in it.

Waste not, want not is a great philosophy.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Renee's River

Renee's River

I'm looking forward to an upcoming fishing trip, so I thought I'd post a watercolor painting I made from a photo my friend  Renee took on a river. Renee and I will be sharing some good times soon, and this painting makes me think of her.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"The Royal Treatment"

In this post I am showing final photos of my peacock piece. I am very happy with the way it turned out!

"The Royal Treatment"

As you can see, I added a suggested horizon line with a sunset in the upper right, and ground surface for the peacock to stand on. I didn't want it to look like the peacock was floating in mid air. I also thought that the area in the upper right was very large and needed something to fill in the space. 

I decided to name it "The Royal Treatment", because peacocks look like the royalty of the bird world. They even have a crown!

Here are some detail photos:

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Beyond the Edge Exhibit Starting

"Pelican on Pier"

I am a proud member of Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists, and we have an exhibit opening soon at the Potaki Art Center in Mission Viejo. The exhibit is entitled "Exploration in Fiber" and it opens September 8th.  It will run for about two months. 

The Potaki Art Center is located at 27301 La Paz Avenue, Mission Viejo, CA. Phone number is 949-470-8470.

I hope you have a chance to see the exhibit. It will have a wide variety of art pieces from 7 different artists. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Constructing the Peacock's Tail

In this post I'm going to show how I made the peacock's tail.  The peacock's tail in my photo can be seen through, so I wanted to create that kind of effect.

There was also an iridescent quality in the feathers that I was hoping to mimic with fabric.

I looked at yarns with a glittery thread in them, as well as fabrics. I decided to use a combination of sheer fabrics. I used organza and what JoAnn's fabric calls "specialty fabrics". These are found in the bridal area.

The photo below shows the start of putting down strips of these fabrics.

I needed a combination of light, medium and dark strips. Here is another in-progress photo of the tail.

I just kept working at it to give it a full appearance. Once the tail pieces were in place, I glue tacked them down and then machine quilted through them. The peacock is almost done at this point. My next post will be the final photos and details. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Next Step - Quilting!

After getting the background set, I placed the cut out peacock on the background and used a tacky glue to hold it in place until it was sewn down.

I started the machine quilting on the peacock itself. I used a tight meandering stitch to secure all the little pieces that make up the body of the peacock.

I considered placing tulle over the entire bird and stitching on top of it to make this process easier, but I didn't like the change in color that resulted from the tulle. The only area that I used tulle was the white/gray feathered area on the back of the bird.

After stitching down the bird I started on the background. You can see the area near the feet of the bird has been stitched in the photo below.

I moved around the background and did the majority of it, saving the tail area for last. The peacock's tail extends down to the ground, so I needed to add more tail pieces in this area, and use the stitching down of the tail as the quilting stitch. I will show that on my next post.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Peacock Background Process

I'm showing photos from the creation of a peacock art quilt that I started in a workshop with Susan Carlson. This post shows the progression of making the background. 

Here I am cutting out the peacock collage piece from the muslin that it was built on:

Next I did a lot of experimenting with different fabrics to find the right design for the background:

 I liked the orange colors. They make the peacock colors pop.

I considered making the bottom darker, as if it was a ground surface. This idea was considered but I rejected it.

  I wondered if putting blues in would make it tie back in to the peacock. I considered this but rejected it.

I did many other iterations and this last one is close to what I ended up doing. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do on this. It really was a struggle for some reason! But it is done now, thankfully!

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