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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 bobbin play. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bobbin play. Show all posts

Friday, December 30, 2011

True Blue Velvet & Snowflakes

Ahhhhh... yes, hello my lovely, true blue winter friend.  
Snowflakes... bobbin play... silver threads. Love this color combo.  What about you? 
And velvet.  Isn't there a song about velvet?  Ah... yes, I think there is.  Isn't it called "Blue Velvet?"
Sparkly goodness. 
Shine on! 
It's fun to do embossing on silk velvet; it works the vest.  I'm thinking I'd like to do some more of it this weekend. 

I placed the velvet fabric, right side down against the stamp image, and placed a piece of rough cut piece of steam-a-seam fusible web a bit larger than the stamp, placing the fusible on top of it, which is really the back of the velvet fabric.  Spritz it lightly - lightly(!) with water, and then place your iron on top -- don't be tempted to wiggle the iron back and forth.  Just apply steady, downward pressure for about 10 seconds.  Presto-magico, you now have an embossed image.  Let it cool.  Peel off the fusible backing paper, and now cut around the edges of the stamped image.  Place the velvet embossed snowflake on your fabric.  Time to make it permanent... Steam-a-seam is sticky, without fusing, so it's lovely re-positionable qualities work to stick it to the fabric for precise placement.  When you are satisfied with the arrangement... press, using a needle board (a pressing board for velvets or other fabrics with nap) and steam-press it lightly until it is permanently bonded. Then add your pretty silver threads for some lovely thread accent!
To get the bobbin stitching to show, I first stitched around the snowflake with a blue thread (so it wouldn't show against the fabric), and then from the backside of the runner, and with my bobbin full of dark blue Razzle Dazzle, I free motion quilted the outside edges of the snowflake.  One thing to always remember... draw yourself a 'road map' from the front, so you can see where you're going from the back!
And I'm so grateful this little sparkly one sold recently.  Thank you!


I'm hoping to do some more embossing this weekend, as well as some other mixed media experimentations... now that's what I call a fun "NEW" Year's weekend!

2012 here we come...  EnJOY!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"LIVE with INTENTION" Paper Fabric Quilt

NOTE:  This is a repost from earlier this year, February.  I just thought I would share this... noting that I also recycle the paper towels I clean up with.  
I bet you can pick it out in the picture below:

Here's number 3 in the 'pastel series' I've been playing with. I'm calling it "Live With Intention" as it is inspired  by my high school art teacher, Katie Twedt -- once again! (I could never get enough of her art!) and ... FYI, I will be the guest artist late this summer at the LIBERTY VILLAGE ARTS CENTER in CHESTER, MT!  Yay!  Thanks for asking me,  Katie!  Anyway... Katie's  hand stamped, designed paper piece is directly sewn onto this pastel fabric quilted collage. 
The triple stitch... decorative stitches 'adorn' the paper art by Katie Twedt.  Above that, is a paper towel - upcycled!
 Pastels are not my 'norm' as I generally am attracted to bold colors, first.  I'm sure having a good time with them though... and it's a good thing to get outside one's comfort zone... ah... more to be said about that; whether it is living a Christian life, working, playing, or quilting!




 Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ghost Town Blooms

Finished.  









Left: Bryce Canyon and Right:  Ghost Town Blooms

 Ghost Town Blooms.  What do you think of the title?  Desert Ghost Blooms?  I'm ready to hear what you're thinking!

And I hope you will tell me, and post your suggestions!  Because I will draw a name from all commenters throughout this series, since the posting of the Bryce Canyon piece, which began on October 8th! 


I am hopeful to have the prize finished and pictures taken by this coming weekend.  What will it be?  Hmmm... I've got several ideas, and I'm excited!   It's a privilege to share, and to celebrate this 'blogiversary' with all of you. 
Soli Deo Gloria.



Saturday, October 15, 2011

Desert Blooms

Happy Saturday everyone!  Thank you for your get well/good wishes for my tooth issues; I really appreciate the kind thoughts. 

Similar to the Bryce Canyon piece I created earlier; this piece is using the same batik fabric for the background.   I am thinking to continue with one more; like a triptych with the remaining fabric.  I've seen some really cool pieces done by other artists, but I've never attempted to do so myself, so why not give it a try?


When I began, I thought this might be solely done via bobbin thread play. By the way, you can always see more on Bobbin Play posts & tutorials here and here and of course, there are more!  Just type in 'bobbin play' on the search box on the right-hand sidebar of the blog to see more posts about it.

Adding... layers and layers of different colors...

I like the contrast of the top thread, which is a variegated cotton with lime green and turquoise threads. This is definitely a personal choice, and can add alot of textural interest if you start playing with your top tension.  Much of my bobbin play has typically shown a significant tightening of the top tension.  I prefer to use a strong (40 wt) polyester thread.
I switched back and forth between a straight stitch, and a zig zag stitch, free motion style, for varying color impact, and texture detail.  I really do love the added depth a compact zig zag can bring to the piece.

Do you think the blooms are missing anything?  Well, I did.  So I veered away from 'just bobbin play' and added 'regular' free motion, beginning with a black thread...  this is 40 weight King Tut.
 Hmmm... does it give the flower any more impact? What do you think?  

And I made each flower's center black center in a slightly different look...
No angelina.  I think the thread is enough sparkle on it's own.
And I decided that I did want to add more color and quilting, using variegated polyesters (Rainbows 40 wt from Superior Threads).

And I thought I'd try some solid thread color, in a purple tone.  I'm not done... or am I? What do you think?

Anyway, It has been a year since I began this blog, and I was more than a bit intimidated by the whole 'how to' of the blog world.  I spent many, many hours trying to figure things out... and the good news?  It's been a fun ride!  And it reminds me that is what I try to teach to others.  The JOY is in the stepping stones, the process, the challenges.  There would be no satisfaction without the process!   

So, let's celebrate MY FIRST YEAR as a BLOGGER!

Anyone interested in winning a prize?  Don't know what it might be, but I'm thinking a small quilt... journal size, give or take. 

And as the Widow Hen says to the Rooster Foghorn Leghorn  (in the Bugs Bunny cartoon from my childhood--I love this line), "Widow Hen, I need yur love ta keep me warm."  (use your best southern accent here)  LOL!  Thank you for all your support over the past year; your encouragement, and comments; it really is so very much about community.

I hope you'll come back to read and see more.  Ya just never know... those comments already posted... may  start adding up as extra tickets to win!    

Love and Blessings to ALL.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Back in The Saddle!


Anyone remember Hee Haw?  How about that song those men would sing on the show: "Pain, despair, and agony on me.... deep dark depression... excessive misery."  Well, I don't know how you could forget those lyrics if you watched the show.  And that's exactly how I felt this past week. Tooth pain.  Abscess, infection... jaw bone pain.   Ugh!  Thank goodness for penicillin and some much needed super pain meds.   My root canal is set for first thing Monday morning, but I'm told by my doc that will feel good compared to what I've been feeling.  Alleluia!  (except for the bill that comes with it --- gulp).   Nothing like a little jump start into losing a few pounds... always an upside?!!  LOL.

Meanwhile... back at the ranch!  This is the beginning stages of a wonderful little technique in 'following the yellow brick road.' Well, so to speak.  It's not really a yellow road.  Not exactly.  Although it is yellow!  And it's not a road, but it IS a great road map!

 And my passenger? Razzle Dazzle thread.  Oh yeah.
 We're on our way...
 A big, beautiful, and lovely flower print fabric makes for a wonderful drive...


Destination:  Inspiration for flower power.
 As for Thread.  I chose something that would show up better on camera, so for that reason, (and I wanted to use this up as there isn't much left on the spool) it's a pretty variegated cotton from YLI; their machine quilting thread.  Otherwise it's really a better choice to use a polyester, like you see in the pink thread used in the picture below.
 Build your layers of bobbin threadplay as you like.  Be creative!  I think you'll find it's an easy way to get there, and a lovely scenic drive you can go on in your bobbin play. I'll post some more pics of the details, and the finished piece.  

In the meantime, can you think of any names that might suit this little piece?   Hint:  It's a companion piece to "Bryce Canyon."

I really enjoyed your comments on "Bryce Canyon" and "Grow" -- thank you, your thoughts provoked more of my own, and great fodder for future pieces.  XO!

Bless Your Weekend! I'm sure looking forward to mine!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Grow

Grow. In every single moment... there is significance.
I started with a hand-stamped "g" and stitched around it, free motion with white thread.  Then turned it to the back, and did the bobbin play around the same path.
The bobbin quilted flowers were placed randomly. And I then switched to a polyester tri-lobal, and went around them again, adding details, or more build-up of thread around the petals as I liked.

 It's a small paper-fabric art quilt.   6" x 8"
 I added some black thread in King Tut, for the letters 'row' and some more quilted flower motifs in a smaller size.
 A little bit of this... and little bit of that.  Leftover candy wrapper... paint on a leftover paper towel... tissue paper, and a couple of stickers.
  All you have to do is add the fun... and then ...

LAugh
****
'till the Mascara 
RUnS!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Play In Progress...

Play a little.  
Laugh a little.  
Do this every day.
 Feathers.
 Sparkle and Shine. 
 A hand dyed and painted piece of fabric.
Lime Green.  Periwinkle.   Aqua.
Inch by inch. Thread by thread. Stitch by Stitch.

 Free motion couching.  You knew that was coming!
 Solid polys for now.  I'm using from the Art Studio 40 wt polyester by Ricky Tims, from Superior Threads.

Razzle your world! (Razzle Dazzle thread by Superior/Ricky Tims)
 Texture.
 Leftover bits from "Summer Shimmer."  If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you may remember this piece.  If not, you can view it by clicking here.

 Radiance.
 A touch of elegance.

Here's the 'big picture' of my progress on this piece.  
And that is how I start.
What do you think of it so far?  I'm contemplating my next stitching ideas.  I can tell you I am thinking of a bit more Shine.  
Perhaps... some beads.  
More feathers?  Flowers?  Swirls?  
Hmm.  
Percolating.

Hope you will be SHINING 
no matter what you do, 
or where you are.
Laugh.
Play!
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