Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Note: Please excuse any missing "t's" as my t-key is not always working.
These have what looks like teeny neon lights running up and down the long sections. They move really quickly so they are harder to get a clear photo.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
First is Lesley Riley's great book: Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur(r): For Quilting, Papercrafts, Mixed Media Art 27 Techniques & 14 Projects Revolutionize Your Craft Experience!
I love Lesley's work and recently purchased some TAP, Transfer Artist Paper
from her website, to try out some new-to-me image transfer techniques. Some of the techniques include using Lutradur, so I decided to spring for the book too. I didn't realize that Lutradur is a whole 'nother thing though, it is a kind of hybrid, a cross between fabric and paper, made out of polyester non-woven web. Translucent and perfect for adding a lot of layers to art pieces.
This book is great, it starts out with a clear description of what Lutradur is, what its properties are, an illustrated list of "27 Things To Do With Lutradur" and then there are 14 projects that follow which demonstrate how to combine all these techniques into making specific things. Books, quilts, 3-D stuffed shapes, collages. There is a whole lot of information crammed into a small book. I recommend it if you are looking for something new to add to your art, art quilt or collage repertoire.
And second is a book I've wanted for a long time, but it was always just a little too pricey for me to justify buying. Luckily for me, one of my CQFA friends, Maureen, had received two copies as gifts and wanted to sell one of them for a cheap enough price to tempt me. Thanks Maureen! This is the go-to book for all things Shibori, Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing . There are beautiful and inspiring pictures of historical and current shibori pieces along with really clear directions for using stitching, clamping and other techniques as resists for making patterns as you dye. I was really impressed by the appendices which include a fascinating essay about the history of fabric production and dyeing.
Guess I'll have to study up and try to combine Shibori and Lutradur somehow...innovate, innovate, innovate right?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
First is a selection of upholstery trim scraps that I purchased in a little plastic bag for $1.99 from Harts Fabrics. I swear this is just like crack for me, I find that I really can't resist the siren call because:
- the small amount
- the cheap price
- the color coordination
- the array of textures
- can very easily see using this on a wall quilt (I do have a history with fringe after all...)
I have a feeling I'm not the only one that will buy one of these little goodie bags. Upholstery fabric and trim, also from Hart's, that I'm using to recover an old ottoman. It is almost done, it is taking a while to hammer all the upholstery nails in. I can only hold the hammer for a little amount of time. I'm also going to recover the seat cushion and arms from the leather chair that this ottoman goes with. It is really worn out and ripped in a couple of places. I love how the worn-in leather feels, but I don't like how it looks now.
This is a shiny (I'm guessing acetate) about 8"x10", and it is a really cool cut-out fabric. Another FabMo find. It made me think of one of those fancy neckroll pillows, couldn't you see it on top of a red or yellow silk. It is too small to wrap all the way around one of those pillow since it is a sample. But I like the pattern a lot and am thinking I'll use it somehow in surface design. And lastly, four new fabrics from the CQFA retreat weekend, the two on the right were in the freebie pile. I'm finding I'm really into checks and checkerboards these days.
But hey, when this picture loaded I noticed the colors don't look right, especially the fabric on the lower left is this intensely weird chartreuse color, which was why I bought it! You just don't find that color very often, certainly not with such a lovely pattern. The same fabrics with a flash, there that's a little better but still kind of brown. Oh well, I'm giving up on getting the right flash or lighting. At least for now.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The use of my right hand is definitely coming back and I was able to work with the safety pins without much problem. Smoothing out the backing, batting and quilt top was a bit harder. Guess I used to use the pinkie side of my right hand for that function. Well after today's basting session, I'm now able to use my left hand for that action, but not quite as successfully as the right. I'm just not meant to be ambidextrous I suppose! It is mostly smooth and flat and I don't think there will be much of a problem quilting it.
This is a picture of the threads I'll likely be using to quilt it this week and the pink/chocolate polka dot fabric will be the binding fabric..
I spent a lot of time making the backing, piecing together all the scraps from making the heart blocks and the rest of my saved-up Valentine/Heart/Love theme fabrics, it is pretty wild. Haven't taken a picture of it yet though.
I gave this quilt in progress to my husband for his Valentine's Day present, since I was thinking of him while I made it. He liked it unquilted and very lightweight, but I think he'll like it more when it is snuggling weight.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Image Made with Mosaic Maker from Big Huge Labs 1. one is the loneliest number, 2. Number 5, 3. zero One World, One Heart sure seems like it was a resounding success. There were so many participants (1,088 blogs from 40 countries!). I only managed to get around to a very small percentage of all the participants. I'm really glad that I participated because I saw a lot of really interesting and inspiring blogs that I probably never would have found on my own. I'm also glad that so many of you came by and commented and hope that you'll be back at some point. Wonder if Lisa (Whimsical Bohemian) will do it again next year? Sure seems like a huge amount of work!