Monday, February 17, 2020

A Bit of Handwork (and the horrors of Technology)

Since I will be sitting around during rehearsals for a while, I decided to start a handwork project.  I have made a couple of these in the past.  My favorite is titled String Theory - but I sold it in a gallery.

So it is time to make another one for me. Or at least to keep my hands busy while I wait my time to act.   I learned this technique from a class by Carol Ann Waugh.    So I have done all of the prep work that requires things I can't take to rehearsal. And of course I had to do some hand stitching to have it started.  Once it is going, it is easy to say "Oh, I can do this -here...." and keep going.

For now, here is how it looks:
The lovely hand dyed fabric is from a selection of Ricky Tims fabrics that I got in a giveaway a while back.  Those nice splotches of color give me inspiration for both color and form. 

In case you are wondering about the piece I mentioned earlier, you can find it here

Now about those "horrors of Technology" - For quite a while, my practice has been to take photos with my phone (android device) and when I get to my computer I can download them from Google Photos. 
Up until today, it has worked flawlessly. It is super easy, no need to connect anything or remove a data card, etc.   Today, I took the above photo and went to Google Photos on my computer to download it.  It isn't there.  I tried a few 'tricks' to get it to show up.  I deleted some photos that I didn't need anymore.  Still nothing.  I finally emailed it to myself from my phone.
And that is why you can see it now. 

I still haven't gotten it to show up on Google Photos.  Oh the horrors of technology gone awry!

At least I had a "creative" solution.


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

More Seminole Piecing - Batiks

The Seminole patchwork is still keeping me intrigued.   This time I pulled out some batiks from my Island Batik stash bin and played a bit.
To make this type of patchwork, you sew strips of varying widths and then sub-cut them and sew them back together.   The smaller strips in this were cut at 3/4"  - sewing them is a challenge to your quarter inch seam allowance -- as every bobble shows. I realized that my quarter inch is not nearly as good as I would like it to be.  But I am still happy with the patchwork.   Once it is quilted, the quilting will disguise the less than perfect seam allowance.

I really love the play of colors in this.  There was quite a bit of the leftover strip set after sewing the center band.  That became the border strips, top and bottom.  I think this piece will be great as part of the cover of a notebook or perhaps a binder. 

Seminole piecing is often used to make bands to decorate clothing or kitchen towels.  I have seen it on kitchen towels in the distant past, but I didn't realize what I was seeing as I wasn't a quilter then. If you are interested, here is a photo of the book I purchased to learn this technique.
I am sure that there are other books on the subject. Some may be better than this one. However, this one is a great starting point for me.

Have you ever done Seminole piecing? If so where/how did you learn the technique? 

A while back I told you that I had gone to a couple of auditions.  While I am still waiting to hear from one of them,  I was cast as "The Cop" in the local community theatre stage production of Clue!
This will  be a fun production.  We did our first read through this past Thursday night.  The cast is great and I think we will make a good ensemble/team.  But as I said before, I may be posting less on the blog as rehearsals will be taking up more of my time.



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Friday, February 14, 2020

February Fourteen


Happy Valentine's day.  Today we celebrate love.  So I am sharing a photo of one of my paintings from years ago.


A Moment in Time
by Gene Black
Have a wonderful day.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sometimes you just have to.....

Sometimes an urge strikes and you just have to do something.  A little while back, I was looking at some things I did early in my quilting journey.   I had been loaned a book on Seminole quilt piecing.  I did a band and used it in a purse I made for a friend.
I have no pictures of that so I can't show you.

But I did order a book at a great bargain price of less than $6 shipped. It came in the mail a couple of days ago.  I just had to sit down and try some piecing in this style.

Here is the panel I have made with my piecing. 
I used two pieces of hand dyed fabric and one piece of solid green.  The panel is roughly 12 by 11 inches.  I have no idea what it will become, but it will become something.   Mardi Gras is coming up on February 25th.  These are the colors of Mardi Gras - purple, green and gold (yellow.)  So I will close out this post with a proper Mardi Gras slogan.  "Laissez les bons temps rouler"  which is French for "Let the Good Times Roll."    Of course, I am studying Spanish so I should also say, ""Que pasen los buenos tiempos"

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Making a Couple of Gifts

A friend and classmate is having a birthday this month. She told us in our last class that she is celebrating her birthday month.  She also brought us cake.  So I decided that she deserves a present or two. 
My rigid heddle loom is perfect for making a scarf so I quickly put a warp on it and started weaving. I know that she likes a little bling - she wore a shimmery silver top to class and made sure we noticed it.
Black and silver it is!
The warp is a simple black, but the weft (threads that go across) is an interesting black and silver where the silver fades to a sparkle, but has parts that are much more silver.  It worked well.

Of course I needed a bag to put it in - and I had some extra handwoven that was already interfaced. A simple zipper bag would be terrific, right?

My opinion is that zipper bags should always have a lighter lining to make finding things in them easier. Thuss, I used this scrap of a pretty but light colored fabric. It doesn't show in the photo but the bag has some bling/shiny yarn in it also.
I hope she enjoys them.

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Saturday, February 08, 2020

Painting Fabric

I am always interested in fun ways to change fabric.  I saw a demo on using Pebeo Setacolor transparent paints some time back.  Once I had a few dollars to spare, I bought a set of the paints in 45 ml bottles online.

I have painted three pieces so far.  This one was painted and then overpainted.
This is my favorite of the three pieces
First it was painted with turquoise and green paints, then after that had dried I folded it diagonally and added the purple and the fuschia.  The paint is "transparent" in that what ever is there already will show through much like painting with watercolor paints. The color will blend with the color underneath it unless the top color just overpowers it.

I also used the same turquoise and green paints for this piece which was folded and dipped.

It isn't all that exciting but it offers possibilities in piecing or applique. 

And finally this one (which was actually painted first.)

I played around with some techniques on this one. I didn't have the fabric damp enough at the beginning though.  So I decided to use the salt technique to cause some visual texture. 
This close up shows how the salt draws the moisture and thus the pigment to itself.  It certainly makes an interesting texture in the paint.  

I will be doing this more once the weather is warmer and I can work outside so that I can splatter freely.
Here is a photo of the paints borrowed from the site selling them.

My favorite thing about these paints is that they leave the hand of the fabric soft not stiff like some other paints are prone to do. 

Have you tried painting fabrics?  If so I would love to hear what you did and how you liked or disliked it and why. 



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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

This and That - Catching Up

Life is interesting and sometimes I forget to blog.  I am sorry about that.

So what is going on?  In the past week I have auditioned for two plays.  First, I auditioned to be in the ensemble/chorus for "My Fair Lady" - that was Tuesday, January 28th. For that audition, I sang "Stars" from the musical "Les Miserables."  I think I did well.
 Then last night, Monday February 3rd, I auditioned for a small role in "Clue," a play based on the 1985 movie.  The director asked why I wasn't auditioning for one of the main roles.  I explained that my life is just a bit too busy to learn all of those lines. But, I was thrilled that he saw the potential for me to be more. 

Meanwhile,  I have been creating with my hands - as it seems I will never be able to just stop. 

I took some woven fabric and embellished a work shirt to cover the work logo and update the shirt - to make it more "me."
This is a rare selfie photo. And you can see my new eyeglasses!
I think it works.  I see that my collar was flipped up.  I sorted that out before I left the house.

I also experimented with a weaving technique  that I had not previously tried although I have known how it works for a while.
You can see that the top and bottom sections are woven right through each other to create a cross shaped piece. This will make a fun hanging to put where it will catch the breeze and turn.  I wove the center section as one single piece just out of curiosity. I wanted to see how it would work out.

And finally,  my name came up on the library's hold list for a book that I want to read.  It is titled simply "Me"  by Elton John.  I started to edit out the flash from my camera, but then thought "Elton was frequently subjected to the camera flash" -so I left it in.


I hope I am living my best life - combining all of my interests and moving along. 

Oh yes, I got the first section of the "Night Sky" quilt quilted.  The rest of it is in the "wait a minute" pile.  But it shouldn't be there too long.

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