Sunday, January 6, 2019

"The Lion's Mane"

Happy New Year and let's all hope 2019 is full of creative inspiration and accomplishment!

I thought I would start the year off by showing you a recently completed project. I call it "The Lion's Mane".

I created this using a fabric collage technique. It is about 14" x 14". I show below some of my in-progress and detail photos. I find the fabric collage technique to be easy and fun!

Collage pieces are in place, but no stitching has occurred yet.

Stitching is in progress.

You can see some of the stitches here.

Here are a couple detail shots:

I prefer making fiber art by painting on fabric but it's always good to dabble with other techniques to keep your creative juices flowing. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Happy Holidays!

"Autumn Tree Copse", mixed media painting by Eileen Wintemute

I wish you the very best for the New Year. Enjoy the holidays and I'll catch up with you in 2019!
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Friday, December 14, 2018

"Waste Not, Want Not" Close Ups

"Waste Not, Want Not" 

I thought I would show some details of this fiber art piece in this post. This first detail has a block with fruit and a leaf from a fabric painting class, a left over leaf block from a completed fall quilt, and a couple of pieces that are my watercolor paintings printed on fabric. 

In this detail - The horse rider was a test piece I made for a commissioned quilt. I placed it on an abstracted landscape fabric image I painted from left over paints. It looks like he's riding in to the landscape. The flamingos are watercolor paintings I did that I had printed on fabric. The pieced areas are from blocks I made in one of my first quilting classes.

  In this detail I have a couple of pitchers that I made during my "still life" obsession. The mission bell was painted for a California Mission based art quilt I made a few years ago. It didn't make the cut for the quilt, but here it is! Lastly, there is a painting of my own hand that I made for a painting practice exercise.

As you can see, in addition to a still-life phase I also went through I bird house phase. This art piece is like looking back through a scrap book for me. I think that is enough of the details and I thank you again for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Using Your Leftover Pieces

This is one of my recently completed art quilts, and I'm calling it "Waste Not, Want Not". It is created from left over fiber art parts and pieces. Many of them were test pieces to see if a technique would work, or pieces created in a workshop to learn a technique, or the start of an idea that had not been completed.

I have a lot of these leftovers, and the picture below shows a few bags that are filled with them.

I challenged myself to create an art piece using as many of these as possible. Here are some guidelines that I have figured out for doing something like this:

* Have a variety of sizes of pieces, and put the larger pieces down first. Try to place them so they add balance to the overall design. By that I mean don't place too many on one side, or too many on the top or bottom. Placing the biggest pieces on the bottom is better, in my view.

* Add medium sized pieces next and then go to smaller ones. Just place them down and then adjust their placement. Use smaller pieces at intersections to act as connectors or highlights.

* Put a lot of pieces down initially to see what works well together. Thin things out later, but first get a lot of parts down.

* Look for color trends that please your eye. Thin out pieces in colors that don't work with the majority.

* Cutting out shapes that have curves and placing them on a lot of pieces that are squares or rectangles adds interest.

Below I show an in-progress photo of the top before I thinned. I thought it was too busy and I removed a few pieces, and in their place I added dark blue fabrics. The dark blue worked as a nice unifying color.

This photo helps to show the blue pieces that were added. The process is one of trial and error. I found it a fun task and I think I still have enough leftover pieces to make another "leftovers" art quilt one of these days.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Waste Not!

One of my favorite life philosophies is "Waste Not, Want Not". It is partly because I am thrifty by nature, but it is also because I don't have a large art studio and can't function well when I'm overwhelmed by clutter. I have learned to try to make use of what I have before buying more to save space, time and money.

I am proud to be a member of "Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists". We have an exhibit being created right now with the theme "Say Something". We are to choose a phrase and make a fiber art piece based on that phrase. The phrase is supposed to be meaningful to us personally. So I have chosen "Waste Not, Want Not" as my phrase. Below is the fiber art piece I  created for this exhibit:

Over the next couple of posts I'll talk about how I made this piece. I hope to give you some ideas for reusing some of your items.

Sorry to have taken so long since my last post. Between trips and a few other things I just didn't have the time. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, October 5, 2018

I have two pieces in PIQF this year!

"The Royal Treatment"

I'm going to the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara this year, and it will be especially nice since I have two art quilts on display there.

My peacock quilt, "The Royal Treatment" was accepted in the "That'll Be The Day" quilt competition at PIQF! I shipped it this week.

My "Bird of the Night" piece will also be there as part of the  Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists "Put A Bird On It" special exhibit. 

"Bird of the Night"

PIQF runs from October 11 through 14, and is at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The address is 5001 Great American Parkway, Santa Clara, CA, 95054.

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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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