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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label beading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beading. Show all posts

Saturday, March 3, 2012

~ Bloom ~ Finito

This is where it all started ~~~
From "A Wrinkle In Time" Feb 2, 2012
 and from there to here...using a couple of the most coolest thermofax screens from a favorite quilt artist and designer, Ms. Margaret Applin!  See my post "Thermofax Play Day" for more details! And those tulips eventually...  became the focal point of this piece!  Cool. I didn't plan it... it just 'happened' as I waited...
"Tulip in the Works"
and finally ~ several months later:  FINITO!  (I have no idea if it's a real word) - and I'm not looking it up - just go with my creative wordlplay, pretty please? LOL!

Bloom is  9.5" wide by 8.25" tall
The beads were sewn on by hand, individually on each little 'flower' at the bottom of this piece.  It was not fun. It is very difficult to put a needle and thread through such tough 'paper fabric' with my hands... but it was worth it.  Because I LIKE it!  But I'll tell ya - it is WAY easier to do this by machine!

and I decided to finish the edges using my ribbon stash. But first, I chose to use the 'pillow-finish' style, where I stitched right sides together, and turned it out, but also ended up fusing another piece of fabric to the back, using steam-a-seam 2 Lite, to cover all the stitching, and to help protect the integrity of the bead work's (the knots on the back). Then I added the ribbon embellishment and stitched it on. 
 And the bobbin work done in the iridescent white thread represents (to me at least) the tulips we get in a MT spring, oftentimes come with... yup - you guessed it - SNOW!  Or at the very least - FROST!
And I deliberately chose to only add beads to the bottom  'snowy-frosty flowers' on this piece.  The top ones are more indicative of snow falling, where the bottom is well, just creative in how you want to look at it.
The 'thick' thread that you see on the top upper left, in a 'triangular' quilting motif, (see photo above) is this:
 YLI Fusions.  It's a size 24/3 ply thread meaning it is THICK, top stitching type of thread.  It requires a size 100 needle... and perhaps even 110, depending on the application, machine, fabric.  I had a tough time getting to come off the spool smoothly, and needed to use a separate thread stand, as the thread 'stuck' from the wooden roughness on the cone, as you can see here:
But it's beautiful!  And to me, it's worth the extra fussin' to get the texture and thickness.  I love adding that kind of contrast to my art quilts.  The best bobbin thread was polyester, the Isacord brand, which is 40 weight.  And of course, I lowered my top tension quite a bit. I used it in the impression of small, little flower shapes at the bottom right of this quilt.
And just a hint on the tulip 'peeking from the binding-right hand side:
Otherwise, on all my other thread applications, I used exclusively, Superior Thread's "Rainbows" in solid and variegated polyester, a 40 weight thread.  Masterpiece in white (most often) was in my bobbin, and I used their newer, 3 ply that I recently ordered.  Love it!  Oh, I used King Tut in white to outline the word, 'bloom.'
Figuring out what to do with the open 'blank space' that was open to the left of the tulips was a bit of a challenge.  What to do?  And then suddenly, this past Tuesday evening, the idea of the word 'bloom' came. And I wanted to do a different style of what I will call 'word quilting.'  This style excited me, and it was also a good practice point for me---attempting such heavy stitchery on a delicate papery-fabric surface, and it's quite easy to pierce it in such a way that it makes a hole & tears away.  I was thankful this did not happen!  And... the best part of all?  IT WAS FUN!
I am considering whether I should enter this piece in the Quilting Arts Reader Challenge?  Maybe you should consider one of your pieces, too!

Whether or not you do - I hope you have some fun today! 
Thank you for stoppin' in!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fruit of The Spirit ~ Finished!

Galatians 5:22-23:  "And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law."

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Sneak Peek

Ahhh uhhhmmm... the bead frenzy has hit in full force! And not just for making the 
I bet you can all guess what I'm doing next...

with a whole lotta beads... and cute little felted wool balls...
A beading needle... and LOTS of patience...

and a bit of a stiff neck, actually!  Time for a break--often!  And a good S-T-R-E-T-C-H.
But I am super excited about these little GEMS!  And when I get it all done, and get on with a bit of Christmas decorating at home, I hope to show you the FINAL result.

Yes, it takes LOTS and LOTS of time to strings LOTS and LOTS of beads - which I have lots of --- beads that is, not so much on the time! LOL.

I'm hoping it will be worth all the effort... come back and SEE!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Love Bears... ALL

You've read it before.  A FUN foot to have, and to use!  PLAY.  
I cannot say it any plainer.
Because I believe in repetition... this is the width and length setting for attaching this RAZZLE DAZZLE thread.
I painted cheesecloth awhile back.  So I found it  (Yay) as well as the pom poms and the fused fabric flowers...

So this stash of cheesecloth was painted, using Lumiere paints.  I (of course) added glitter.  Some of you asked me about the glitter product I use.  I bought mine at the local Bernina store, or you can get it at the Quilt-A-Way, both in Great Falls.  However if you search for 'art glitter' on the internet, I am sure you can find sources through Amazon or other craft supply outlets.  I have not seen it, nor do I think they carry it in our Michaels or JoAnn Fabric stores.

As to the glue, my local quilt stores carry it, too.  It's a top quality glue product, one with a very fine tip, that I love using.  All I did was just dab a bit on the pom pom...
Sometimes the paint was heavily applied, and it 'stuck' to the plastic sheeting I dried it on.  COOL effect eh?!
Found this cool stash of linen-like ribbon.  LOVE! (Yes it is!) Oh how I love being a pack rat when you can start uncovering the treasures in the bottles, boxes, and jars!

 Yes, I decided to add more!  Bathing Beauty Beads! Yes, I start without a foot... use a polyester thread, and a sharp 90/14 needle.  You can read more about beading by machine in my post, by clicking here.  I've posted all my best tips and hints there.
 And I am thrilled with the look of the beads.  They make my heart sing.  Wild Thing!  (Go ahead--sing it with me!)

Love bears all things.
1 Cor 13:7 says: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
ALL things.
It's not just for weddings.
It's for each and every day...
with everyone.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thoughts of Christmas

Thank you, thank you -- you all touched me greatly with your sweet comments on our little Aiden!  I'm still looking at his pictures... we are truly smitten--no surprise, huh?!  Hopefully the kids will come visit us soon!  And his mom said she could use some more flannel bunting type blankets... so guess what I'm going to do!  And maybe he'll need a Christmas stocking...?!

In the meantime, here are some of the smaller projects I've been playing with:
 I love to attach my beads free motion style, usually without a foot, but you can use a free motion foot, make sure your feed dogs are down, set a zig zag for the width you desire to go into the bead hole, and then to the side of the bead... and go for it!  I really use this technique alot.
 These pin's edges are couched with yarn, using a free motion zig zag, as the yarns are twisted and sew on.
 The pins feature a base of black fabric, painted with Lumiere fabric paints, embellished with angelina, beads, ribbons, free motion threadplay, and fusible web that I painted. I cut them out in various odd shapes - (some not so odd I hope).
They are about 2" in size, give or take.
 New linoleum stamps I've been carving for Christmas cards.  Is it that time already?  Well, perhaps not... but in the world of sewing... it's time to kick it into gear! 

What projects are you planning? 
EnJOY your day!
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