Monday, September 29, 2008

Off the Grid

This is the piece that I began in Sherrill Kahn's class. We painted and stamped on fabric. Then I cut the pieces up and sewed them to a placemat! It saved time when it came to quilting and binding. I embellished with yarns, beads and buttons.

I have a collection of antique buttons which I rarely use so it was nice to find a place for them. I loved the process of making a stamp from a styrofoam plate and printing on fabric. I especially like the effect on black fabric. Sherrill has a wealth of information and I highly recommend taking a class from her.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

needle felted bird

I scored on hand dyed wool at a garage sale recently so I decided to felt a Toucan-ish bird on the back of a jeans jacket. I enlarged a pattern from a stained glass window book and traced it onto solvy. I pinned the Solvy to the back of the jacket and punched away. I used black yarn to outline the separate sections. It was a good project for my long drive to Los Angeles....but it really didn't take much time at all. When I was finished the Solvy tore away easily. I didn't even have to use water to make it disolve.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pattern of the month

I skipped last week! Did you miss me? It was the first Sunday all year that I didn't post anything - too busy in a 3-day workshop with Sherrill Kahn. You should see some good things from that one soon.
In the meantime, I got the Pattern of the Month quilt back from Pam who did a fantastic job quilting it. Be sure to look at the close up and visit the quilt in person at Quiltz. All I had left to do was the binding. So here it post for this Sunday a little bit early.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Artistic hats and high tea

My art group got together on Sunday for a wonderful High Tea at Carol's house. We were each to decorate a hat and wear it. I took a wool hat that I found at a garage sale and added tulle and beads.
The flower is made out of soy silk fiber and held on with the beads.

Patty made her hat from scratch by shaping buckram around a bowl and adding lace. She looks like such a lady!

Wendy started with a hat from the dollar store and added the feathers, pom-poms and yo-yos. Talk about bright and colorful!

Maya bought this crown at a garage sale - turns out it was Wendy's garage sale and she had made the crown. They didn't know each other at the time....small world. Maya decorated it with playing cards and all kinds of fun things.

Jayne's hat also came from a garage sale but she cut out the back and added the birds, bees and butterflies. Everything wobbles when she moves.

Denise found the centerpiece for her hat at a yard sale and went wild adding the extras.

Carol decorated corks left over from her husband's wine makingdays. They are painted with glitter and shake all over the place.
A wonderful time was had by all.